Who to watch at this year’s Haringey Box Cup
Preview of the Haringey Box Cup
JTHE Haringey Box Cup begins on Friday (June 22) and will continue through to Sunday June 24. The tournament will see action in five boxing rings running simultaneously at the Great Hall in Alexandra Palace on the first day. The event remains hugely popular, so much so that the organisers, the Haringey boxing club, had to bring in a new method to enter, letting clubs apply through a lottery system. 450 boxers are currently registered to compete, though some will still drop out before the start of competition. It is a massive event, the largest in Europe of its kind.
“We’re still full to capacity,” Haringey boxing club’s Brian John explained. “This year we did it differently, where clubs had to apply to the Box Cup and then we selected clubs randomly until we reached our quota, rather than the free-for-all, all trying to enter at the same time... It’s that popular we took 700 applicants in 24 hours, we can only really manage 500 tops.”
In its 10 year history the Box Cup has seen boxers like world and Olympic champions Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor pass through its ranks at early stages of their amateur careers. Even Chris Eubank Jnr boxed in it.
It’s hard to tell who the stars of the future will be this year but Brian points out, “There are still a few big names in there, Elite boxers, we’ve still got 150 on paper.”
A variety of clubs will be fielding strong sides so the contest for team of the tournament will be fierce. Look out for Basingstoke welterweight Jacob Gabriel and his team-mate Bryce Goodridge. Bryce won the England Boxing Elite championships at 86kgs this year. The Box Cup takes place in the international weight classes and Goodridge will enter at 91kgs. His is an interesting division that also features Miguel’s mobile Ben Vickers and Woking’s Danny Williams.
The Elite welterweight division will be the busiest though. Repton’s strong London champion Romario Wallace will be in action, lining up potentially against the likes of Gabriel, Islington’s Lamin Conteh and St. Ibar’s Dean Walsh of Ireland. There other good London boxers to look out for at lightweight. Shiloh Defreitas will be boxing for Repton too. Defreitas won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games and is a rising talent. Earlsfield lightweight Connor Marsden is a gifted boxer well worth watching. At lightheavyweight Omar Augustine is another Earlsfield boxer to keep an eye on.
Another reigning England Boxing Elite champion registered to compete is Tom Hill’s Conner Kelsall at lightflyweight. England are entering a Youth team, made up of Louis Small, Cameron Paul, Tyler Rivers, Khalid Ali and Harry Kinsella. Head of the England Talent
‘WE HAD 700 APPLICANTS IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS’
programme David Thorley said, “It’s a great opportunity for these promising boxers to develop their skills at a highly competitive box cup in an England vest. This is another important step in their development.”
Hoddesdon will be a strong club in the tournament. Boxing for them will be Henry Turner, a Youth lightwelterweight. He’s a former European Junior gold medallist, who’s recently been sparring Ohara Davies and other elite light-welterweights. Jamal Khan is a Youth 56kgs who’s been sparring Ricky Burns and Martin Ward, Nico Leivars is an Elite bantamweight who has also got in training rounds with Joe Cordina, a GB Olympian, European champion and impressive professional prospect. At super-heavyweight Gideon Antwi recently joined Hoddesdon and we’re told he is looking sharp and strong.
Jeami Tshiekeva, the London Elite champion this year, will be boxing for White Hart Lane at 91&kgs. Jewellery Quarter’s Delicious Iwichukwu will also feature in the division.
Middleweight Gabriel Dossen, a World Youth bronze medallist and 2020 Olympic hopeful, is set to box for Olympic Galway. He will feature in exciting division, along with Triumph’s Bradley Goldsmith and Fairbairn’s heavy handed Joshua Gustave.
The Army can enter a deep squad. They have not won the team trophy before but came close last year. Among the Army boxers, Ryan Fillingham will enter at light-welterweight. Shamim Khan, a perennial contender at the higher levels of the England Boxing championships, is set to box at bantamweight. Alanna Nihell, team captain and a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist boxes at 60kgs. Her division has an international flavour, as well as national championship finalist Louise Orton, French, Canadian and Swedish boxers Benmessahel Fatia, Deedra Chestnut and Katrine Steingrimsen are due to compete.
Hosts, the Haringey boxing club have a small team that sees England international Amy Andrew boxing at 57kgs. Arena’s Raven Chapman, a national Elite semi-finalist this year, is also in her division.
On Thursday ( June 21) there will be some Junior showcase bouts and a recruitment fair, including the emergency services, for the local community. “The open youth day, we do that every year,” organiser Brian John explained. “We basically invite the recruitment for the fire service, police to try and engage youngsters. We invite a number of schools. About 1500 pupils turn up, we have a bit of boxing on, so we have eight junior bouts. It’s an open day for the schools. We do that every year.” For a club to become team of the tournament, as well as individual performances much will depend on the draw. “There is so much luck as well because it comes down to the draw and the groups being split,” Brian John said. “So you can never predict.” Doors open on Friday at 4pm, 12pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are £15 on the door, £12 in advance (visit www. alexandrapalace.com).
‘THIS IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP’
VETERAN: Bryce Goodridge [left] has been a hugely successful competitor in the Haringey Box Cup
REPRESENTING: Ryan Fillingham[right] boxes for the Army, Amy Andrew [left] enters for host club Haringey and national Louise Orton [below] competes at 60kgs