Top talents rewarded after Haringey heroics

Terry Singh
Terry Singh
Danny Couzens beats Ossie Jervier. Picture: Natalie Mayhew, Butterfly Boxing

Couzens: I’ll do my talking in the ring

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The boxing season came to a close with another rush of gold medals for the area’s talents at the Haringey Cup.

Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) and Gosport proudly delivered a string of excellent performances when stepping out at the international event in London.

That saw them collect a hat-trick of gold medals, along with a double silver salvo at Alexandra Palace.

HOP pair Greg Bridet and Leann Bourne were joined by Gosport’s Ricky Pipe, who continued his outstanding winning streak with victory.

Heavyweight Bridet defeated Peterborough’s Adam Thompson and then followed that up with a spectacular stoppage victory in the final against Empire ABC’s Tom Gifford to be crowned champion.

It was a similar story for Bourne against Jessica Kull, as her frenetic work-rate saw her pick up a majority decision success.

Pipe had a tournament to remember as he came through a semi-final against Blackbird Leys’ Leslie Hill.

The 19-year-old then followed that up with a shining display against Walsall’s James Beech in the final to grab glory.

Gosport coach Amanda Holloway lauded his success, with Pipe now on the back of a seven-fight unbeaten stretch.

Holloway said: ‘Ricky had to be on the top of his game to win against a high-class opponent.

‘He proved his class and skill in the ring, throwing combinations from all angles and connecting with shots while attacking with a high defence. He has a bright future ahead of him.’

HOP’s Biola Kudus showed the potential he has for next season as he delivered two impressive stoppages on the way to silver.

Two concussive rearhands first dropped Southend’s Adrian Walsh and then saw the referee step in in his quarter-final.

A similarly-impressive display saw Empire’s Jonathan Pomeyie stopped inside a minute before Fitzroy Lodge’s Ricardo Slue edged their final.

Terry Singh can be proud, with his efforts as he overcame Met Police opponent Lawrence Morrow to earn a medal.

Singh went down to a close majority defeat to Hollington’s Thomas McKeogh in a rugged final battle.

Mikey Ballingall showed what class he possesses in a massively-close meeting with European silver medallist and Irish champion Dylan Carr.

The non-stop action made for exciting viewing and Ballingall could count himself unlucky not to get the decision against a quality rival.

Luke Sylvio lost a majority decision to Norway’s Alexander Zaneski, while Natasha Cole lost a majority to experienced Islington boxer Stephanie Louis-Fernand.

Robbie Matthews overcame Stockholm City’s Karzan Salim with a gritty effort before going out in a blistering battle to England international Sam Bowen.

Pipe’s Gosport team-mates were also in action as Mitchell Harrop won his first clash before going out in the semis. Harvey Blair also lost a close points decision in his first senior bout.

HOP coach Q Shillingford said: ‘All the boxers gave everything and did the area proud at an international event.’