Search

Lion youngster relishing challenge at Haringey Box Cup

15:39 18 June 2014

Billy Underwood

Billy Underwood

Dieter Perry

Lion ABC welterweight Billy Underwood believes this weekend’s Haringey Box Cup will provide a valuable benchmark if he decides to turn professional in the future.

Underwood, who lives in Islington, is making his debut at the prestigious tournament, which starts tomorrow (Friday) at Alexandra Palace, and says he is relishing the chance to test himself against the best.

The 17-year-old said: “I can’t wait to get going. I’ve been planning for it for months, and I’m in fantastic condition.

“Now the adrenaline is starting to kick in, and I just can’t wait to get into the ring and show everyone what I can do.

“The cup attracts some of the best up-and-comers in the country, so you can never expect an easy draw. But I’ve pushed myself to the limits in the build-up to this and I believe I’m ready for anyone.”

Underwood has developed a reputation as one of the tougher competitors around after facing the likes of Jimmy Smith (Repton ABC) and Dale Youth ABC duo Zak Chelli and Daniel Dubois.

He has won 13 of his 21 amateur bouts to date and was recently invited to spar with former British and Commonwealth super-featherweight champion Kevin Mitchell.

“A lot of my mates have been involved in the cup in the past and have done well, and I want to emulate them and go as far as possible,” added Underwood.

“Everyone knows what the cup is about, and you only have to look at the names who have competed in it before who have gone on to do great things.

“I have a lot to do yet before even thinking of stepping up, but it’s something that I’m definitely interested in. I believe that I have the talent and the attitude to succeed.”

Lion ABC have also entered London youth champion and national semi-finalist Louis Isaacs for the tournament, which runs until Sunday.

Islington BC have a total of eight entries in the Haringey Box Cup. Reece Shagourie, Hazel Gale (both Under-75kg) and Cherrelle Brown (Under-64kg) box in the Class A section, with Sherif Musah (Under-86kg), Elena Narazanski (Under-69kg) and Troy Smart (Under-56kg) at Class B, and Charlotte Briant (Under-75kg) and Jack Rowe (Under-81kg) at Class C.

Latest Islington Sports News

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A visibly delighted Arsene Wenger praised hattrick hero Alexis Sanchez or his ‘killer instinct’ after his treble routed West Ham United 5-1 at their new home the London Stadium.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Arsenal sent a message to the rest of the Premier League after an impressive display of power and glory at the West Ham United’s London Stadium this evening by winning 5-1.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Islington cruiserweight Joe Seabrook has vowed to raise his game this weekend when he makes his second appearance in the Queensbury Boxing League.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Following another Alexis Sanchez-inspired win over Bournemouth at the weekend, Arsenal maintained their pursuit of the top three – and they will fancy their chances of moving a little closer to the leading trio when they face West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Two heads are better than one, the saying goes – and that’s certainly been the guiding principle behind the establishment of Blacksmiths FC.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Amy Andrew overcame a bout of flu – and some controversial judging – to clinch victory for Islington BC in their team match in Jersey.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mark Stephenson grabbed his second goal in as many games but Islington & Camden Under-14s had to settle for a share of the points as they drew 2-2 at Haringey.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Adam Saci led the way for Sobell Karate Club with a double gold medal success in the annual Portsmouth Open tournament.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If your favourite pair of shoes are on their way out, you might be thinking of throwing them away.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now