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IT'S JOE TIME; Talented youngster takes show by storm: Boxing.

JOE MAPHOSA was the pick of Middlesbrough ABC's five winning boxers on their crowd-pleasing 13-bout show at the Ironopolis Club.

Maphosa showed the calibre that took him to this season's national schoolboy semi-finals as he whizzed in fast jabs and rights to defeat Doncaster Plant's Thomas Harty on a majority decision that should have been unanimous.

Juniors Boysie Mabena, Brian Collins and Lee Bircham, along with senior Chris Lynch, also recorded wins for Tony Whitby's stable, two of them coming among a hat-trick of disqualifications.

Rough and tumble featherweight Mabena remained unbeaten when Connor Harland (New Biggin) was thrown out in the third round for holding.

Collins, whose older brother Tom was a regular championship winner in his time at the club, won for the first time when he out-hustled Empire's Jason Batch for a unanimous decision.

After getting drawn into an early scrap, Bircham stuck to his boxing from the second round to outscore Doncaster's James Michison, also unanimous.

Light welterweight Lynch used his feet well to spin off the ropes and counter to a majority verdict over Birtley's aggressive Chris Burnside..

Darlington's Elroy McArthur did the pressing to outpoint Jordan Rookes in the opening bout, with Empire's Jason Batch following with a unanimous victory over Mick Iley.

Robert Morgan, a 2008 Golden Gloves finalist, lost an untidy clash of styles and physiques to Wellington's chunky Liam Cahill when he was disqualified for lying on in the second round.

Josh Sadiq's return also ended in a second round DQ win for his opponent - Birtley's Tom Coleman - after being chucked out for persistent use of the shoulder.

In one of the night's best bouts, Stockton Natural Progression's Salman Khan exchanged hard and fast throughout his three rounds with Sonny Francis (Birtley), who sneaked home on a majority..

Antonio Linardi slipped to a unanimous loss to Empire's Gary Reid, while Haroon Hussein (Wellington) looked a touch fortunate to claim a second win (unanimous) over Brambles Farm's bustling Aaron Sergeant in their lightweight return.

Also at lightweight, Paul Archer, from Gus Robinson ABC in Hartlepool, spoiled Imran Zaman's senior comeback in the show closer.

Archer won on unanimous points after a bout in which Zaman (Phil Thomas School of Boxing) inexplicably lost his balance at one point and went hurtling across the ring.

BRAMBLES FARM light welterweight John Doherty beat Bridlington's George Homer 4-3 at Newton Aycliffe..

PACKING A PUNCH: Middlesbrough's Mick Iley, in red, and J Anderson of New Biggin battle in the ring, above, left and below.

Anderson eventually came out on top in the contest

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DECISION TIME: Elroy McArthur jumps for joy after winning his bout, above left, and J Anderson raises his fists in celebration, above right HARD-HITTING: Middlesbrough's Jordan Rookes, in red, takes on Darlington's Elroy McArthur, above, right and far right. McArthur managed to outpoint his Middlesbrough counterpart to secure victory. Left is Joe Maphosa who was the pick of the ABC talent on show PACKING A PUNCH: Middlesbrough's Mick Iley, in red, and J Anderson of New Biggin battle in the ring, above, left and below. Anderson eventually came out on top in the contest
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Jun 6, 2009
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