Dagenham's Marija makes mark with silver at 'truly amazing' Haringey Box Cup
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 June 2018
Dagenham's Marija Malenica had to settle for silver after a thrilling final at the Haringey Box Cup at Alexandra Palace.
Competing in the Elite Class A at 64kg, Malenica was awarded a walkover through the quarter and semi-finals and met Sweden international Madeleine Angelsen in the Great Hall.
And their bout proved one of the best of the weekend, with Malenica targetting her opponent’s body early on, as the pair traded some frenetic exchanges.
Both refused to give any ground and at the end it was the slimmest of margins between them as Angelsen won a split decision 3-2.
Dagenham’s Jay Campbell (60kg) had been the first to enter the ring in Friday’s quarter-finals and conceded substantial experience to Patryk Adamus (Irish Colleges & Universities BC), losing a unanimous decision after a tough battle.
Martin Dimitrov had won Class B gold in 2017 but was edged out by Miguel ABC’s Gyimah Seth in a close-fought 81kg quartet-final.
Seth pressed forward as Dimitrov returned fire with neat counter-punching, but the judges gave it to the Miguel man.
Kerim Agius made his senior elite debut in the Class A 56kg category, after footage of one of his recent knockout wins went viral on social media.
And he came out on top against Attleborough’s Connor Holloway in a lively and entertaining quarter-final, boxing on the back foot and picking his shots well for a 3-2 split decision.
But the vastly experienced Irish international Sean Purcell proved too strong in the semi-finals, throwing the more eye-catching combinations to claim a 4-1 victory, despite some big shots from Agius.
Dagenham club secretary Dan O’Sullivan said: “With 500 boxers entered in this huge tournament, with 308 bouts over three days across five rings operating simultaneously, it was a truly amazing advert for amateur boxing.
“Most of our boxers will now rest for the closed domestic boxing season and look forward to our annual presentation awards evening at The Roundhouse, Dagenham on July 8 (4pm).
Meanwhile, national champions Billy Adams and Tariq Agius have a session with the England Junior team in Hull, hoping to go to the European Championships in Russia in October.