Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club tasted international boxing in the prestigious Hvidovre Box Cup in Copenhagen over the weekend.
The club flew 11 young pugilists out to compete, with the trip was part-funded directly by the National Governing Body England Boxing and the Sandygate ABC Charity, who pride themselves in giving back to the youth of the area.
Hameldon Year 9 pupil Rio ‘DJ’ Lynch (13) opened the tournament, facing Nasip Gazir (Hvidovre Bokse Klub, Denmark) winning a 5.0 unanimous decision.
Unity Year 10’s Sam “Slaughter-man” Walsh (15) made light work of Johnas Harring (Esbjerk BK, Denmark) stopping him early in the second round of his semi-final.
Burnley’s Jaden Howarth-Franklin (14) unfortunately faced Danish Schoolboy champion Wahid Khoshal (AIK Roskilde, Denmark) and was narrowly beaten.
“Magic” Max Turner (16) wasn’t to disappoint, beating Nikodem Kusz (Valby IK, Denmark) comfortably, while Ryan Hathornthwaite (16) was unlucky against English opposition, losing to Danny Evans (Burmatofts ABC).
Ben “The Treacle-Kid” Jeffries (17) beat James Jackson (Henry’s Gym ABC) in a cracking contest, and, ending the day’s interest for the local club, in the first final, was debutant Angelo “Junior” Wade (16) who earned England’s first gold medal against Ômer Necdeti Kocbay (Høje-Taastrup Bokseklub, Denmark).
Finals day saw Stoops Estate’s Lynch open against Yazan Abdel Kadar (Team Jabu, Denmark), with the Burnley boxer dominating from the start to collect the club’s second gold, and the Boxer of the Tournament mantle.
Hasan Khan (13) lost on a split decision against Jaden Hughes (Burmatofts ABC).
Sulaiman “Solly” Malik (15) boxed Swede Jakob Darwich (GAK Enighet, Sweden) and won a third gold for the Hargreaves Street club.
Walsh’s final was a war with Davy Adams (Henry’s Gym ABC) which had the crowd on their feet, but the Trafalgar’s Terror got the nod from the five international judges.
Turner was denied a victory from a controversial decision against Adnan Hamid (AIK Roskilde, Denmark), having given his opponent two standing eight counts.
Jeffries narrowly lost on a split against Tomas Jakutis (Herlev BK, Denmark).