Dennis heads to national quarter-finals
PUBLISHED: 16:58 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009
A WGC fighter has reached the quarter-finals of the Senior Amateur Boxing Association of England tournament. Ashley Dennis will showcase his talent at the national event due to take place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield tomorrow (Friday). D
A WGC fighter has reached the quarter-finals of the Senior Amateur Boxing Association of England tournament.
Ashley Dennis will showcase his talent at the national event due to take place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield tomorrow (Friday).
Dennis made the quarter-finals after winning his Home Counties Final at light-heavyweight.
He defeated Thames Valley fighter Marley Churcher on points, hosted at The Auction House in Luton.
And WGC trainer Martin Calvert is delighted with Ashley's efforts so far.
"He's a good fighter and deserves his chance at the finals," said Calvert.
"It was a good fight at the Home Counties event, and we are hopeful going into the Sheffield bout."
Eight members of the ABAE's elite squad have qualified for the Beijing Olympics in August and many of the athletes competing in Sheffield this weekend have already been identified as potential London 2012 medallists.
If Dennis is successful in Sheffield, he will go through to the finals at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, May 16.
The 26-year-old has boxed for 15 years, and is no stranger to the Home Counties title, having won it on three occasions.
He said: "I have got to the quarter-finals before, and my aim this time is to go even further.
"I would be lying if I said I haven't got my eye on the finals, but I just have to focus on Friday's quarter, and then Saturday's semi."
Ashley said that he has seen an improvement in his boxing over the past few months and feels "fitter and sharper than ever" and is confident going into the meet.
With future Olympians possibly on show, does Ashley see himself pushing up to that level?
He said: "It's always something to aim towards, obviously the Olympics is a dream, but you never know. I am certainly looking forward to taking on the best."
Should the WGC boxer progress on Friday, he will go into a semi-final on Saturday.
However, Dennis won't be joined at the Senior ABAE tournament by 28-year-old Peter Samuels, who lost in his Home Counties fight against Cheshunt's Philip Gill on a points decision.
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