And the new champion of England, Dylan Oke
30/10/2018 – Fight for Peace London Academy boxer Dylan Oke has become a national champion after securing an impressive victory in the final of the 2018 England Boxing National Development Championships, held in Banbury, Oxfordshire on Saturday 27th October.
In gaining a unanimous victory in the championship final against District Youth’s Brad McCardle, 18 year old Dylan became the first Fight for Peace boxer to win the England Boxing competition – the premier amateur boxing tournament in the UK.
Having been crowned London Champion at the end of September, Dylan demonstrated fantastic skill and dedication to get through pre-quarter, quarter and semi-finals to arrive at the final where he emerged victorious in front of a dedicated group of supporters who had travelled to the event from Fight for Peace in London.
“This is a huge achievement for the whole of Fight for Peace and it will act as motivation for the other boxers to show that they can also go all the way to the top! As a team we are very proud of Dylan and the whole process has been a great learning curve for all of us”, said Fight for Peace Boxing Coach Ruth Raper shortly after the victory.
“First and foremost this is a sporting victory, but it also goes far beyond the ring. Dylan’s national title win was built on lots of dedicated training and a great deal of courage. It’s living proof that success, in life and in the ring, comes through hard work and dedication, something which we believe in deeply at Fight for Peace. This is a fantastically well deserved victory for Dylan, his teammates, his coaches and the whole of the Fight for Peace family”, added Head of the Fight for Peace London Academy, Jacob Whittingham Vigor.
It has been an excellent year so far for Fight for Peace athletes with Eniola Akingbesote winning the London Boxing Junior Development Championship earlier in the year and Rebeca Lima, a boxer from our Rio Academy, becoming the first Brazilian female boxer to medal at a Junior World Championships.