STILL KING

Hod­des­don take their fourth team of the tour­na­ment prize at the King of the Ring in Swe­den

Boxing News - - Amateurs -

HOD­DES­DON Box­ing Academy claimed an his­toric fourth Team Of The Tour­na­ment ac­co­lade at the King of the Ring Box Cup held in Borås, Swe­den.

They also re­ceived awards for Best Diploma Boxer in Char­lie Brown (12), Best Tech­ni­cal Boxer Nico Leivars (19) and mid­dleweight Stan Stan­nard (22) was in­volved in the Best Con­test over the week­end at the Bo­rashallen cen­tre. Re­cently crowned Com­mu­nity Club Of The Year at the Ac­tive Herts/brox­bourne awards, Hod­des­don’s suc­cess con­tin­ues.

In the Elite sec­tion there were im­pres­sive wins on Novem­ber 25 for Faraz Abid (19) at 60kgs win­ning twice to take the gold medal and his cousin and cur­rent English na­tional cham­pion Hamza Mehmood also 19, who outscored

Ja­son Clay (KFM Linka) to se­cure the 52kgs ti­tle. Nico Leivars was a stand­out at 56kgs win­ning his two con­tests, in­clud­ing beat­ing the Swedish na­tional cham­pion

Ar­salan Dast­par­var (Narva BK) to take a well-de­served gold.

Both mid­dleweights had to set­tle for sil­vers as they were beaten in their re­spected fi­nals. In group one, Stan Stan­nard out-punched

Will Han­son (Cas­tle Hill ABC) over three rounds be­fore pick­ing off ex­pe­ri­enced Amer Smeasen (Lunds BK). He was then matched with the ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional Adam Char­lotoi (Ham­mersby BK) and in a fran­tic con­test, which was de­clared the best in the tour­na­ment, it was Char­lotoi whose hand was raised. A tac­ti­cal chess match for the purists with each boxer mak­ing the other miss be­fore coun­ter­ing with hard shots from both hands.

In the other group ex­pe­ri­enced Wes­ley Wash­ing­ton over­came the tough Gam­bian boxer Ger­ard Col­ley in the semi-fi­nal. In the fi­nal, Wes­ley was look­ing com­fort­able be­fore Nor­way’s Min­dau­gas Ged­mi­nas (AIK Lund) caught him an over­hand right and forced a stop­page.

Char­lie Brown boxed three times to win gold. What was more im­pres­sive was that he was the youngest in his cat­e­gory. Wins over

An­driy Khochaba (Red­bergslids BK) and Ben­jamin Printz Bah (IF Lin­nea) set up a great bout with

Jas­sun Zina (BK Re­van­sch) in which Char­lie re­mained com­posed, pick­ing his op­po­nent off with the jab and coun­ter­ing off trig­gers he was set­ting up for his Swedish coun­ter­part. Brown im­pressed the judges win­ning a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Equally im­pres­sive were Alexan­der Luong and Bran­don Fos­ter-sweeney both box­ing twice to win gold medals. Other no­table per­for­mances came from the promis­ing Ju­nior sec­tion with Kyle Quinn (16), Brady Cronin (15) and Alessan­dro Head (16) all bag­ging gold medals. Cronin and Head forced the ref­eree to call a halt in their con­tests. Joshua Sholoye boxed through the pain bar­rier with an in­jured thumb to se­cure his ti­tle.

Six-time na­tional cham­pion

Ge­orgie El­lis pro­duced a sub­lime per­for­mance to break down the re­sis­tance of na­tional cham­pion

Yod­khwan Idh (Vag­geryds BK) to win by stop­page in the third round. El­lis kept the dan­ger­ous Idh at range be­fore sit­ting in the pocket and at­tack­ing the body to slow his op­po­nent down. Af­ter the ref­eree ad­min­is­tered two stand­ing eight counts he called a halt to pro­ceed­ings.

A see-saw bat­tle with lo­cal favourite Kevin Scott (Upp­sala IF) saw a de­ci­sion go against Al­fie Gaskin. Both Kurt Lee and

Jonathan Hart could have been bet­ter re­warded in close split de­ci­sions.

“Ev­ery time we en­ter this tour­na­ment we are looked upon as the team to beat. The ef­fort the box­ers put in was sim­ply bril­liant. We ended with 12 golds, four sil­vers and two bronze [medals] from a squad of 20 box­ers,” said Hod­des­don head coach Sab Leo.

“The plan­ning be­hind this tour­na­ment takes months and the team of coaches and parental sup­port be­hind the team of box­ers was cru­cial and de­ci­sive. We had a blast over four days. Highs and lows, thrills and spills but through it all, the team spirit shown for each mem­ber gave them that ex­tra boost. A fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment with a fan­tas­tic end­ing for Team Hod­box.”

WIN­NING TEAM: Hod­des­don are on an ex­cel­lent run

TECH­NI­CAL: Nico Leivars has his hand raised in the King of the Ring tour­na­ment

MEDAL­LISTS: Brady Cronin, Joshua Sholoye and Ge­orgie El­lis [from left to right] get re­sults in Swe­den

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