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Varsity victory for battling Ben.

Byline: DOUG THOMSON ,

Huddersfield's Ben Quigley helped Oxford win the boxing Varsity Match for the second year in a row.

His points success over Cambridge's Ardil Salem contributed to a 5-4 team triumph in the 100th match, which took place at the famous York Hall venue in London's Bethnal Green.

It was 19-year-old middleweight Quigley's fourth bout - and he has a 100% record.

The former Greenhead College student from Netherton took up the sport only in the summer of 2005.

He was heading to Oxford, to study biological sciences at Wadham College, that autumn.

Having decided to join the historic Oxford University Boxing Club, founded in 1881, he sealed his spot in last year's Varsity squad - and a prestigious Blue - with an impressive debut display in Oxford's annual Town v Gown match-up.

His 2006 Varsity win over Konrad Andrzejczyk clinched the team's 5-4 triumph, a year after they had been whitewashed by Cambridge.

This year, Quigley put Oxford 4-2 up by getting the better of the far more experienced Salem, who had boxed 16 times before.

Salem had strength and stamina, but Quigley's snappier jabs and clean combinations kept him on top.

While Oxford have the Truelove Bowl back in the trophy cabinet, Quigley is considering whether to aim for a third Varsity match appearance next year or focus on football, his other sporting love.

He played for the Greenhead College team and local club Storthes Hall and has also represented Wadham in the inter-colleges event.

Quigley is Huddersfield's third Varsity competitor this year.

Matthew Martin played football on Saturday while Edward Oddy takes part in the golf this Friday.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Mar 21, 2007
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