Oriance Lungu targets a hat-trick of titles at Haringey Box Cup
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 June 2015
Oriance Lungu is targeting a hat-trick of Haringey Box Cup titles as Alexandra Palace hosts the eighth edition of Europe's largest international open boxing tournament.
Nearly 400 amateur fighters from around the continent will be in action across four rings from Friday through to Sunday’s finals, while Olympic champion Anthony Joshua – a Box Cup winner in 2009 and 2010 – will cast his eye over the fighters throughout the competition and present the awards.
Host club Haringey Police are entering four of their members, including Lungu, who won the Box Cup in 2013 and then repeated the feat last year. This weekend she will be aiming to make it three in a row.
Haringey coach Gerry Willmott MBE, who has been instrumental in the growth of the competition, said: “Sam Maxwell’s done it [won three Box Cup titles] but she’d be the first female to do it. It would be brilliant for her.
“She’s got her first England vest this year so she’s stepping up in class and improving all the time. She’s looking good, she’ll be the favourite in her category.”
Lungu will be competing in the 64kg light welterweight class along with recent recruit, 22-year-old Deeayndra Allen, who is being tipped for a bright future.
“She’s new to the club but she’s very good,” said Willmott. “She’s tall for her weight, she’s technically good, we think she’s going to do really well – not necessarily at this tournament, but we think she’s going to do really well in the next couple of years.”
Kiev-Del Dyer and Kingsley Okolie will also be returning to the Box Cup to represent Haringey in the male sections.
“Kiev lost in the final last year to the guy who won the best male boxer of the tournament award, Anthony Fowler,” said Willmott. “He’s a lot fitter this year, he’s a lot more ready for it.
“Kingsley’s been doing it every year, he’s always been unlucky. He suffers with his hands, he always breaks something halfway through the tournament, that’s the trouble. If his hands hold up he stands a chance – he’s a good boxer and he hits hard.”
While the Box Cup starts tomorrow (Friday), a youth day will take place today.
“We get 1,000 school kids from all over London turning up and then the police, the fire brigade, the army, Spurs and Saracens and people like that will put on activities,” said Willmott.
Joshua’s presence is sure to inspire the fighters on the following three days of compettion, and Willmott added: “He won the Box Cup himself so he knows what it’s all about. He’s a friend of ours and he’s there to support it. I’m sure it will help his profile too.
“The Box Cup is a showcase event at the end of the season. It’s always well supported and, if the weather’s nice, Alexandra Palace is a good place to be.”
Tickets are available at www.alexandrapalace.com, and on the door, priced at £15 per day or £30 for all three days.