Homerton fighter tipped for England honours after second Haringey Box Cup title

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

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

Oriance Lungu’s coach believes she is worthy of an England call-up after the Homerton fighter retained her Haringey Box Cup title.

Lungu triumphed on her debut in the competition last year before claiming the national ABA title in December – and she won her three fights by unanimous decision to win the women’s 64kg category again at Alexander Palace last weekend.

Gerry Willmott, who coaches Lungu at host club Haringey Police ABC, said: “Hopefully England might take notice and have a look at her.

“Oriance is tough, strong, she’s got ability and she proved it again. She had three difficult 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 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.

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Another Homerton fighter, Kiev-Del Dyer – who also represents Haringey Police – was a beaten finalist in the senior men’s 75kg class.

He stopped both Connor Vian (Army) and Chris Blaney (Navan) by technical knock-outs to earn a showdown with Adam Farrell (The Solly).

In one of the tournament’s best fights, the pair traded punches through all three rounds, but Farrell gained the unanimous decision.

n Lion ABC’s Billy Underwood looked convincing in his Class A Under-69kg semi-final against Martin Pirret (Downend ABC), sending his opponent to the canvas with a perfect right hook to end the contest in the second round.

In the final, Underwood’s opponent Patrick Allen-Cripps (Harwich ABC) edged the first two rounds and, although the Lion boxer came back in the last, it was not enough.

Underwood’s fellow Lion boxer Louis Isaacs cruised through his Class A under-64kg quarter-final against Tony Buttigieg (Lansbury ABC) and then saw off Laiq Khan (Fairbairn), who took two standing counts as their semi-final bout was called off in the second round.

Isaacs then faced old rival Danny Barrett (Hooks) in the final, where he walked into a big right hook and, despite a good last round, lost out on a majority decision.

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