Islington Boxing Club star defeats Haringey rival to claim second national title

Islington BC's Cherrelle Brown with coaches Lenny Hagland (left) and Winston Worrell

Islington BC's Cherrelle Brown with coaches Lenny Hagland (left) and Winston Worrell - Credit: Archant

Islington BC light-welterweight Cherrelle Brown hopes she has given her international prospects a boost after clinching her second national title in Liverpool on Sunday.

Brown, who won her previous title in late 2012, triumphed again in a ‘derby’ clash with Oriance Lungu (Haringey Police ABC) at the England Boxing Elite Championships.

And the Islington fighter – who had actually considered quitting the sport at the end of the season – is now aiming to make a renewed push for GB recognition instead.

“This victory was just as good as my first England call-up in January, when I received the boxer of the night award on my debut in Denmark,” said Brown.

“Recently I was let down in my assessment with GB, but the experience in the Elite Championships gave me a chance to redeem myself.

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“I want to take it one step at a time. I would still like to box for the club and further my international boxing experience in the near future.”

Brown took on Army boxer Megan Reid in the semi-finals the previous day at the Echo Arena and boxed well from the outset behind her accurate left-hand lead.

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In the second round the Islington fighter put together more combinations, pressuring her opponent with double jabs and right-hand shots throughout as she secured a unanimous decision.

The final pitted her against England team-mate Lungu – who brought an identical record of 16 wins from 18 fights to the contest – and she began by boxing at long range, making good use of her jab.

Brown got too close to her opponent during the second round, but still produced an eye-catching combination before resuming her tactic of boxing at distance in the third and fourth rounds, while Lungu struggled to land any telling blows.

Islington BC take on a select XI from Bavaria on their dinner show on Friday May 8 at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square.

To discuss sponsoring a bout or advertising in the event programme, call 07921 724 601 or email no later than Friday May 1.

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