Search

Oriance Lungu tipped for England call-up after second triumph at Haringey Box Cup

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 June 2014

Oriance Lungu (right) celebrates her victory for host club Haringey ABC at the Haringey Box Cup. Pic: Dieter Perry

Oriance Lungu (right) celebrates her victory for host club Haringey ABC at the Haringey Box Cup. Pic: Dieter Perry

Dieter Perry

Haringey Police founder and coach Gerry Willmott MBE believes the England coaches should have a look at Oriance Lungu after she retained her Haringey Box Cup title.

Oriance Lungu (left) with Haringey Police coach Brian John. Pic: Dieter Perry Oriance Lungu (left) with Haringey Police coach Brian John. Pic: Dieter Perry

Alexandra Palace hosted 273 fights across four rings over the weekend, with fighters from all over Europe battling it out in the seventh edition of the increasingly prestigious and popular tournament.

Lungu triumphed on her debut in the competition last year before winning the national ABA Championships in December – and she won her three fights by unanimous decision to win the women’s 64kg category at Ally Pally again.

Olympic champion Nicola Adams was registered with Haringey when she won gold for Great Britain at London 2012 – and still is.

While Willmott feels it would be unfair to make comparisons with Lungu, he hopes his protégé will get some recognition.

“Hopefully England might take notice and have a look at her,” he said. “Nicola’s a special talent so it’s always difficult to make comparisons with her, but Oriance is tough, strong, she’s got ability and she proved it again. She had three tough fights but won them all.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone from England about her but I’m sure she could handle it. It would be a good challenge and it would be good to see how far she could go.”

Lungu earned a 3-0 verdict against Hana Carlsson from the Glenrothes club in the quarter-final, before beating Adrianne Pheby (Brighton University) by the same margin in the last four and ultimately overcoming Elaine Greenan (Livingston) 3-0 in the final.

Willmott was also impressed by Kiev-Del Dyer – a beaten finalist in the senior men’s 75kg class.

He beat Connor Vian (Army) and Chris Blaney (Navan) by technical knock-outs to earn a showdown with Adam Farrell (The Solly), but lost out on a unanimous decision.

Willmott said: “Chris Blaney’s one of the top Irish boxers – he’s had over 100 fights and Kiev stopped him.

“Kiev was behind going into the last 10 seconds but he knocked him down. He’s always got a puncher’s chance, he’s got heavy hands.

“Adam Farrell’s the current ABA champion and he took him all the way in the final as well.”

Haringey captain Kingsley Okolie was also a losing finalist in the senior 75kg group. He earned a unanimous decision against Lewis Syrett (Sevenoaks) in the quarter-final and, despite injury, repeated the feat against Jack Hill (Blackbird Leys) in the semis before losing 3-0 to Adam Watson (Spennymoor).

“Kingsley’s hand went again in his first fight,” said Willmott. “He’s got a recurring problem with his thumb and he couldn’t make a fist. He did well considering he was boxing with one hand for two days!”

David Kamara competed in the youth 67kg section but he lost to Billy Phillips (Birtley) on a split decision in the final four.

Gutsy Gumanda bowed out in the same manner in the youth 71kg category, going down 2-1 in the semi-final against Joshua White (March). Zoheb Zuber was beaten in the senior 67kg quarter-finals.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Saracens’ director of rugby Mark McCall described his side’s demolition of Northampton Saints as “the culmination of a brilliant six weeks”.

Read Arsene Wenger’s verdict on his side’s 4-1 win against Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday and the reason he took off Nacho Monreal in the first half.

Saracens did everything that was asked of them with a 62-14 bonus-point win over Northampton Saints putting them on the verge of qualification for the quarter finals of the Champions Cup.

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Saturday. Read Layth Yousif’s player ratings from the Premier League match on a bitterly cold day in North London

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 4-1 in Saturday’s north versus south London derby on a bitterly cold day in the capital.

Yesterday, 19:13

Hendon’s Amaranta Chavez has dreams of becoming a world-class rhythmic gymnast and a Just Giving campaign has been created to help her in that quest.

Yesterday, 17:30

Sarries know a win is a must on Saturday if they are to progress to quarter-finals

Yesterday, 15:27

Belgium international has been out since November with a hamstring injury

PROMOTED CONTENT

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now