Stylish start to 2017 for London Academy boxers

23/01/2017 – The Fight for Peace London Academy staged its first competition of 2017, hosting an action packed boxing show in partnership with West Ham Boxing Club. Over a total of twenty-two match ups, four Fight for Peace boxers entered the ring, putting on mature performances in front of a record Academy crowd.

For three of the young boxers competing – Joe Concepción, Eniola Akingbesote and Laszlo Varga – this was the second competitive encounter of their careers and their progression and development, owing to consistent dedication in training, was clear to see.

Joe and Eniola contested junior bouts where no winner is declared and where the aim is to gain confidence and experience, while Laszlo added to his debut victory last year with another brave display which saw him gain an exhausting win. Former Fight for Peace member and current member of staff Silvino Domingos also competed in the senior division, losing out on a split decision.

Laszlo was justifiably pleased with his display, reward for the efforts he puts in with his coaches at Fight for Peace where he trains three times a week:

“I feel proud and happy with the victory! When the announcer called my name as the winner, I felt really, really happy because I didn’t expect it. I was surprised and happy!”, said Laszlo.

Photo: Laszlo celebrates with coaches Marcus Forde and Abdul Bangura

Fight for Peace Youth Councillor Jack Clarke, who helped with the running of the event, was equally impressed by what he saw in the ring:

“The show went well, you could see that the competitors had worked hard through training and how everyone had developed their skills. The fights were amazing from young to old. Our fighters performed well, they fought with heart and you could see the training that they have been through”.