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Briant joins the élite with top title and a gold medal

02 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Charlotte Briant, centre, with Amy Pu, left, and Sunni Torgman

TALENTED fighters from St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club and Islington Boxing Club stepped between the ropes on Sunday looking to conquer the country and land a National Devel­opment Championship title.

Held at the North Solihull Leisure Centre in Birmingham, rapidly emerging Saints boxer Adam Zeroual showcased his skills as he took to the ring in the Under-52kg division.

The 16-year-old, who lives in Finchley, displayed good shot selection and movement throughout the contest but, in the end, just ran out of steam as he was beaten unanimously by Harvey Ashcroft from Leigh Boxing Club.

“I did everything I could to win, but in boxing there is only one winner and on this occasion that’s not me,” said Adam. “I went into the fight full of confidence. I’d been training and sparring really well and was ready. But in the end it felt like Ashcroft was that little bit fitter and had that bit more experience.

“I’m extremely proud to have made it to the final, and, although I’m disappointed, the experience has taught me a lot and gives me great confidence going forward.”

There was glory for Islington middleweight Charlotte Briant as she fulfilled her dream of winning gold in the Under-75kg Class ‘A’ final after gaining a unanimous victory over Storm Steele from Spire Boxing Academy. The 28-year-old dominated from the start, using her jab to maximum effect as she took the fight to her opponent from the opening bell.

Adam Zeroual: Saints ABC silver medallist

Charlotte becomes only the fifth female boxer from Islington Boxing Club to win a national title, earning a place among the élite fighters who have been immortalised in a painting placed on the wall above the rings at the gym in Upper Holloway.

“I feel really, really, proud and grateful for all the support that my coaches and team-mates gave me,” said the champion. “The win is a reward for all the hard work that everyone has put in, it took a real team effort.”

Club-mates Amy Pu and Sunni Torgman were also in action on Sunday, but had to settle for silver medals after tough bouts in their respective weight categories.

Competing in the Under-57kg Class ‘A’ division, Sunni lost her unbeaten record as Natalia Rok from Evolve Boxing Academy gained sweet revenge following their previous meeting.

Last time out it was Sunni who tasted victory as she struck gold in the Haringey Box Cup.

This time, however, the tables turned as Rok’s movement and unorthodox punches saw her earn a unanimous victory.

Meanwhile in the Under-60kg Class ‘B’ final, Amy simply got caught by one too many big shots in her bout against Magdalena Olsztynska from Banbury ABC.

The Islington fighter backed off her opponent to try to give herself some much-needed breathing room, but Olsztynska continued to close down the space.

The Banbury fighter landed a couple of heavy shots which resulted in the referee giving Amy a standing-eight count, which the Islington coaches said afterwards they felt was harsh.

As the opening round continued Amy again retreated without returning any punches, and the referee once again signalled a standing-eight count – before bringing an end to the contest.

Fighters from Islington Boxing Club will be back in action this Friday when the north Londoners host a dinner show at the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury against rivals from Germany.


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