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

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 PerryOriance 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.

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