Haringey gold for MBBC’s Kar­riss

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD boxer Kar­riss Art­ingstall was cel­e­brat­ing re­cently af­ter she picked up a gold medal at the Haringey Box Cup in London.

The com­pe­ti­tion is widely re­garded as the best box cup of the year, with some top class box­ers from around the world tak­ing part.

Mac­cles­field girl Kar­riss Art­ingstall is a two-time na­tional ABA cham­pion and one­time na­tional fi­nal­ist, so she was no ex­cep­tion to the level of par­tic­i­pa­tion in this com­pe­ti­tion.

It was over two years since she’d stepped into the ring for com­pe­ti­tion so she was slightly ap­pre­hen­sive to say the least.

Now with the Royal ar­tillery army team, she has the best train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, strength and con­di­tion­ing coaches and proper di­etary ad­vise, so she need not have been con­cerned.

Her first op­po­nent in the semi-fi­nal was Swedish boxer Zoe Koh from Basel box­ing club in Switzerland. Koh looked very con­fi­dent as they touched gloves for round one.

Kar­riss went straight to busi­ness tak­ing the fight to Koh, draw­ing her in then coun­ter­ing with sting­ing shots that seemed to be unan­swered.

Look­ing at ease and con­fi­dent, Kar­riss fired at will and it was only in­evitable that be­fore long the eight count came for Koh.

The ref­eree waved for the bout to con­tinue, but Kar­riss went straight back to work and af­ter sens­ing the end she landed with a beau­ti­ful back hand that forced the towel to come in as the cor­ner de­cided Koh need not take any­more.

The cob­webs were well and truly gone for Kariss as she picked up the tech­ni­cal knock­out and moved onto the next round.

Kar­riss watched the next fight as the win­ner was to meet her the next day in the fi­nal, with Bella Mad­den from Fitzpatrick ABC pro­gress­ing af­ter a close fight.

With the gold medal within reach on fi­nals day, Kar­riss was ready to go and was feel­ing con­fi­dent that she would win hav­ing seen her op­po­nent.

Con­tro­versy then struck though as just as they were due to en­ter the ring, Mad­den had sec­ond thoughts and pulled out of the fight as they were due in the ring, ex­press­ing aches and pains from the pre­vi­ous day.

The Mac­cles­field camp felt that the real rea­son for Mad­den’s with­drawal was that she had wit­nessed Kar­riss’s ex­plo­sive first round de­mo­li­tion of the Swedish girl and de­cided she didn’t want to risk the same con­clu­sion, but nev­er­the­less Kar­riss was awarded the gold by de­fault.

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