Islington Boxing Club clinch hat-trick of gold medals at Haringey Box Cup

Islington BC's gold medal winners at the Haringey Box Cup, left to right: Amy Broadhurst, Lamin Cont

Islington BC's gold medal winners at the Haringey Box Cup, left to right: Amy Broadhurst, Lamin Conteh and Amy Andrew. Pic: Dieter Perry - Credit: Archant

A trio of Islington BC fighters maintained the club’s excellent record in the Haringey Box Cup with three gold medals at Alexandra Palace.

Islington have picked up at least one gold medal in each edition of the annual tournament – and this year they scooped a hat-trick courtesy of Amy Andrew, Amy Broadhurst and Lamin Conteh.

Andrew, who recently switched from white collar boxing, had fought just once as an amateur prior to the tournament, while Broadhurst was making her debut for the Hazellville Road club after winning 13 national titles in her native Ireland.

Conteh completed the treble as he secured the senior Class B Under-69kg title, his first honour in amateur boxing.

Andrew, who boxed in the Class C Under-60kg section, got her campaign under way with a commanding performance in the quarter-finals against the previously unbeaten Katie Ramm (Jewellery Quarter ABC).

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A series of quick and accurate punches landed on the head of Ramm, who took a standing count in both the first round and the last, but managed to see out the fight as Andrew claimed a unanimous decision.

The Islington boxer recovered from a cautious start in her semi-final clash with Swiss opponent Julia Bauer, progressing through the gears to take another win by unanimous verdict.

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The final matched Andrew with the tall and rangy Natalie Gyte (Broad Street ABC) and she started strongly, forcing her opponent to take a standing count in the opening round.

Andrew upped her work-rate and landed a blow in the second that left the Broad Street boxer’s nose pouring with blood, with the referee stopping the contest and awarding a technical knockout.

Broadhurst, competing at Class A Under-60kg for the first time, came up against a former opponent in her semi-final bout, Saihbh Greene (Irish Colleges & Universities).

Boxing on the front and back foot, the Islington fighter dominated the contest and, despite a scrappy final round, she took a unanimous decision to secure her place in the final.

Opponent Shanice James (Army), who reached the national elite semi-finals earlier this year, looked a tough proposition – and she almost ended Broadhurst’s title hopes with a fierce overhand right that induced a heavy nosebleed.

The contest was stopped for a medical inspection, but Broadhurst was allowed to continue and her high-paced punches kept her in the lead – enough to seal another victory by unanimous decision.

Conteh made a slow start in his quarter-final against awkward southpaw Brahima Kpowsowa (Miguels ABC), but gradually found his range and landed a number of combinations to secure a unanimous verdict from the judges.

That took the Islington boxer into the semi-final against Dennis Daglis (West Ham Boys ABC), a rematch from the Hoddesdon BA dinner show earlier this year.

Conteh used his jab to good effect, but allowed Daglis back into the fight before stepping it up during the final round, just enough to swing a split decision in his favour.

In the final, Conteh faced Lewis Mullineux (Seacombe ABC) and, despite a lacklustre start, he produced a string of strong jabs and combinations in the second and third rounds to clinch another split decision.

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