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Joel beats reigning champ to make it to ABA quarter-finals

Joel on his way to becoming North East champion last year.

Joel on his way to becoming North East champion last year.

Another trip to Merseyside is required for Sunderland’s Joel Hassan this Sunday as he beat last year’s national champion to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Joel reached this stage last year but has shown he has improved vast amounts and will be looking to go further this year. To do that though he will once again have to beat a national champion as he boxes Benjamin Vaughan of King’s Heath who also won his weight category last year.

No matter what happens this Sunday (10th) though, Joel must be respected for his fantastic achievement last Sunday. Beating Patrick Birkenhead is no easy task, and something that in last year’s competition no one managed to do. Joel took the fight to him though and displayed just why he is regarded as such a special prospect.

Joel said: “I am buzzing because I know I am just a couple of steps away from winning the ABA’s now. My fight (with Birkenhead) was a very tough fight we were both good boxers and both wanted to win.

“I was really happy to beat last years winner because he was a tough fighter and to beat him you had to be tough and mostly fit. I know I fight a national champion again this Sunday but like I said before my last fight, to be the best you’ve got to beat the best.”

The quarter-finals take place at Everton Park Sports Centre and Joel will be joined by his stable mate Reece Amir. The other Sunderland boxer in the competition finally gets the chance to show what he can do after walking over to this stage due to no opponents in his class and weight.

Amir will meet Bilal Ahmed from Meir in the class 3, 66kg quarter-final. However, they will not be joined by Jamie Cockburn. The young boxer, who was competing in his first major tournament, was beaten last Sunday by Kirby’s Kamran Butt.

Jamie boxed very well in a tight contest though and he should take huge credit for getting so far.

The full line-up for Sunday’s event is:

Class 1 3 X 1 ½ Min Rounds
1A/ 30kg Nathan Blades Tootill V Kyle Mason Far Cotton
34kg Joe Berry Birtley V Thomas Harty Braunstone Golden Gloves
36kg Carl Stout Shildon V Ibrahim Solamaan Eastside
38kg Joe Tyers Newbiggin V Charlie Pearson South Normanton SOB
40kg Antony McKenna Transport V Leon Norman Birmingham Irish
42kg Kamran Butt Kirkby V Clayton Orchard Leicester Unity
44kg James McMeekin Shildon V George Butler Droitwich
46kg Ryan Tennent Ward Degnans V Connor Hannifin Kings Heath
48kg Ethan Scott Sunderland East End V Gregory Lunt Stoke Staffs
54kg Liam Blousfield Wellington V Louis Reagan Small Heath

Class 2 3 X 1 ½ Min Rounds
34kg Christian Harvey Gemini V Kieran Solon Telford & Wrekin
36kg Jake Harrison Gemini V Usman Ali Eastside
38kg Joe McKenzie Birtley V John Dunne Nuneaton Boys
40kg Ben Marksby Darlington V Harrison Tubman Willenhall
42kg Peter Smith PTSOB V Christagie Charalambous St George
44kg Mark Dickinson Birtley V Billy Scott Retford
46kg Joel Hassan Sunderland V Benjamin Vaughan Kings Heath
48kg Jason Foster Darlington V Joseph Jenkins Tamworth
50kg Jack Comby Spennymoor V Patrick Smith Kings Heath
52kg Kieran Sutton West Wirral V Hakeem Hussain Birmingham City

Class 2 3 X 1 ½ Min Rounds
54kg Joseph Burnside Birtley V Giann Mango Buxton
57kg Callum Johnston Sefton V Daniel Elliot South Normanton SOB
63kg Kai Hume Newbiggin V Harvey Ainsworth Hall Green
66kg Reece Amir Sunderland V Bilal Ahmed Meir

Class 3 3 X 2 Min Rounds
38kg Callum Measor Hartlepool Catholic V Zak Davis Hall Green
40kg Connor Butler Kirkby V Aqash Tuqir Wellington
42kg Michael Jaques Spennymoor V Connor Downs Far Cotton
44kg Louis Pennington Kirkby V Edward Stokes Far Cotton
46kg Elliot Search Everton Red Triangle V Morgan Bosley Far Cotton
48kg Anthony Quick Rotunda V Jamie Edwards Triumph
50kg Jack Dickinson Birtley V George Rourke Far Cotton
52kg Daniel Stringer Rotunda V Josh Pope International BA
54kg Callum Thompson Tower Hill V Ryan Talwar Aston
57kg Ben Rees Newbiggin V Liam Gould William Perry
60kg Freddy Young Birkenhead Venture V Patrick Dunne Nuneaton Boys
63kg Joseph Winchurch East Middlesbrough V William McCann Kettering SOB
66kg Jamie Aramayo Phoenix Fire V Alfred Smith Stamford

Walk Overs (Do Not have to Weigh In)

Class 1
32kg Ryan Moore Wildcard
50kg Jerry Mongan Priory Park
57kg Clyde Best South Durham
60kg Adam Smith Capitol

Class 2
60kg Thomas Hessin Melton Mowbray

Class 3
70kg Kevan Brown-Wingfield Sileby BA


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