Haringey Box Cup ready to celebrate 10th anniversary

Haringey Boxing Club's Brian John (coach) Deayndra Allen, Claudia Wilmot, Daniel Yevu, Amy Andrews,

Haringey Boxing Club's Brian John (coach) Deayndra Allen, Claudia Wilmot, Daniel Yevu, Amy Andrews, Kiev-Del Dyer and Gerry Willmott (coach) face the camera ahead of the Haringey Box Cup - Credit: Archant

The Haringey Box Cup boasts another impressive line-up as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.

Over 500 participants, including male and female amateurs from all over the UK and Europe, will compete over three days, starting on Friday (6pm)

Arguably the biggest and most prestigious tournament in amateur boxing in Europe, it uses five rings and takes place at Alexandra Palace, with current IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua a past winner.

“The Haringey Box Cup is so important for your development as a boxer,” he said. “I was lucky enough to win it twice and it gave me a taster of what big tournaments are like.”

Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams is another to have tasted success at the event and added: “You have to make weight every day. You have to box up to three times in three days, often against a variety of styles and in front of a big crowd.”

All 500 spaces for this year’s event were filled within two hours of it going online and Team England are entering a squad for the first time, hoping to find their next Olympic hopeful.

As a prelude to the Box Cup, a Pan London youth and public services day will be held today (Thursday), including nearly 1,500 young people from schools across the 32 London boroughs.

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The Great Hall will be filled with vehicles and activities from the Metropolitan Police, Army, Air Force and London Fire Brigade, while Tottenham Hotspur and Saracens will run mini tournaments on the day.

Former Finchley ABC heavyweight Joshua’s possible rematch with Wladimir Klitschko is likely to take place some time in November should it go ahead, says Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.

A second clash between the two titans will only happen if the Ukrainian remains keen on a second fight. As yet, Klitschko is yet to inform the public of what he has in mind and if he is going to continuing boxing or retire.

“If Klitschko does want another fight, I have had a number of offers from other venues, meaning that there is a lot of big money for the fight out there if he wants it,” said Hearn.

Joshua, 27, stopped Klitschko in the 11th round in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium in April and a rematch could well attract a similar audience.