Three fighters from the East London Boxing Academy are gunning for glory when they take part in the National Junior and Senior Development Championship finals in Banbury this weekend.

Zeeshan Ali, Uzair Maqbool and club captain Jack Daly are all hoping to be crowned champion in their respective divisions after enjoying success at the semi-finals in Swindon on Sunday.

Ali is the current London and Eastern Counties champion and set up a showdown with Jaheim Steadman in the under 54kg final after easing past Nyle French in Swindon.

The East London fighter had French on the ropes early on and enhanced his growing reputation by finishing the job in the second round, knocking out the Banbury boxer to condemn him to the first defeat of his career.

Maqbool followed in his team-mate’s footsteps by securing East London’s second knockout victory of the weekend, stopping Aiden Terry in the first round to reach the final in the 46kg category, where he will face Kai Owen.

Club captain Daly then made it a memorable weekend for the boxing academy when he made it three wins from three by beating the reigning Western and Home Counties champion Levani Ditkoa.

Daly certainly wasn’t holding back and after a dominant early display, he forced the referee to intervene in the second round after hurting his opponent, meaning East London claimed their third knockout victory of the weekend.

Wycombe King from Collyhurst and Moston Boxing club now stands in Daly’s way, as the East London captain aims to bring home the senior cruiserweight title.

East London Boxing Academy head coach Umer Ali said: “At this stage of the tournament, the bouts are usually very close and won on small margins. However, the dominance of the East London Boxing Academy boxers over this weekend is a testament to the hard work the boys have done in the gym.”

Meanwhile, Gator ABC’s Jamal Berleen extended his unbeaten run as he beat Tyson Drohan from Finchley Amateur Boxing Club at the Army vs Fitzroy Dinner Show at the Grange City Hotel.

Berleen was in control from the opening bell and recorded a comprehensive victory, meaning the Gator ABC fighter has not tasted defeat for over two years.