Final places in the bag as Lee looks to make it three for Derbys
DERBYSHIRE will be sure of two ABA Senior Novice Championship finalists with the chance of a third to follow.
The quarter-finals of the competition in Manchester saw victories for defending champion Dinesh Puri and for in-form Royal Oak cruiserweight Lee Harrison, with Trinity's Jake Harrison going through uncontested.
It was the end of the road for Faisal Ali, the Merlin bantamweight, but with no opponent for either Puri or Jake Harrison in the northern semi-final on December 2, it has been a successful championships for the county.
Puri, the class A champion last season at flyweight, had made it through this far without seeing action but had to overcome Matt Temby of South Durham in the class B quarter-finals.
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Temby tried to keep the bout at long range and was quick on his feet but once the South Normanton boxer worked out there was no power in his opponent's punches to trouble him, he was able to cut down the ring and score well when he had his man on the ropes to take a 4-1 majority verdict.
Lee Harrison made it seven wins in a row against Thomas Riley of Wellington, moving his head well to get inside the jab of the taller man before landing solid left hooks and straight rights. One big hook wobbled Riley in the last round and though he made it to the final bell, the outcome was in no doubt.
He goes on to face Tony Hart of Everton Red Triangle in the semis at the same venue in Manchester.
Ali had also got through to the quarter-finals without having to box but came off a good win against Puri on a club show and shared a close contest with Chris Woods of Albert Hill. There was little to choose between them but Woods was the stronger in the final 30 seconds and that just gave him the edge on a 3-2 majority decision.
The focus switches back to the NABC Championships this weekend, with the northern semi-finals at Nissan Sports and Social Club in Sunderland on Sunday. Royal Oak pair Connor Parker and Billy Glover, plus Buxton's Jon Pickering, will represent the county.
Aldercar & Langley Mill host a show at Shipley WMC tomorrow night.