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Who to watch at this year’s Haringey Box Cup

Boxing News - - Contents - Ama­teur Edi­tor John Den­nen @Box­ingnewsjd

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

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