Impressive West Ham duo celebrating a golden double at Haringey Box Cup event
PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 June 2017
West Ham celebrated a golden double at the Haringey Box Cup as Aaron Palmer Cenal and Ailreza Ghadari were crowned champions at Alexandra Palace.
Super-heavyweight Palmer Cenal shone at Europe’s biggest club event, which attracted over 500 entries over the three-day competition, as he extended his unbeaten run to 10.
The Plaistow postman beat Midlands rival Delicious Iwuchukwu on Friday, then had a semi-final success over IQ Boxing’s George Fox the next day.
And he delivered in the Senior B final on Sunday, unanimously outpointing Repton rival Franklin Ezembuenyi with accurate, long-range shots for the victory.
Lightweight Ghadari came through a keenly-contested bout with Islington’s Masood Abdullah in his Senior B 60kg opener on a split decision, then earned a clear points win over Cam Shaw (York) in the semi-final to set up a meeting with Hoddeson’s Mario Redev.
And the powerful Ghadari exchanged heavy hooks with his opponent before claiming a justified points win for his gold.
The club’s double triumph made up for some disappointing results on the opening day, which saw heavily fancied Jay Dujon lose on points to Chloe Thomas (Torfaen Warriors) in a decision that led to a protest.
Alfie Mehegan went out of the Youth 60kg competition at the hands of Trojan BC rival Cillian Spillane, while Tyrane Winter dropped a decision to Masoud Abdolkarami, from Birmingham’s O’Dell’s Boxing Club, in their Senior A 56kg encounter and Deniss Dalglis lost a split decision to Ryan Kettle (Miguels) in the Senior B 75kg category.
Fairbairn’s Taps Makhado got through to the final of the Youth B 56kg competition, after boxing his way to a semi-final points win over Harrogate’s Jamie Walker.
But Nyall Berry, from O’Dells, proved too strong in the decider and claimed the gold medal.
Fatjon Gola fought bravely against heavy-hooking Evoke Club rival Courtney Frimpong in the Senior A 64kg group, but lost on points, while Joshua Gustave was edged out in the Senior B 75kg category by Andrei Descalu, of Stonebridge, who went on to win the gold.
Taha Riaz was another Fairbairn member to suffer an early exit as he went down against the powerful Sam Dawson (St Mary Chatham) in their Youth B 64kg contest.