It’s been an epic few weeks for Fight for Peace as some of our young athletes have taken to the ring to compete. We’ve seen some outstanding wins from team Fight for Peace, as well as some losses – but we channel both equally in order to move forward into learning and progression, training harder to come back stronger.
Eniola has been a Fight for Peace member for many years, starting his boxing journey as a young teenager. In 2018, he became the London Junior Development Champion. This was just the start of the journey and since then Eniola has continued to develop and grow as a boxer and a person.
Despite not being able to compete over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eniola has continued to put the work in, and returned to the ring two weeks ago to begin his bid to secure the title of London Development Champion again, this time in the youth category.
After swiftly moving through the early competition rounds and into the final, Eniola won with a 4-1 split decision making him a two time London Champion! This is a massive achievement for Eniola, and a very proud moment for Fight for Peace.
“I am very excited and I feel like a true champion because I haven’t only done it once but twice now,” explained Eniola.
“I am using my faith to win the nationals as I did in the Londons. It’s quite an exquisite feeling to know that you are on the road to being one of the greats and it is showing at the start of my journey in my boxing career,” he added with characteristic confidence.
He will now move forward to continue his run in the first round of his bid to become national champion. Congratulations champ!
But that’s not all – Eniola wasn’t alone in these events. Many of our young athletes have been working hard to prepare for their own competitions, among them Athena, Donte, JJ, and Algor. All of these athletes competed alongside Eni on the show in which he was crowned champion.
Some weeks prior to this, young Fight for Peace boxer JJ was also in action, competing alongside Eniola at the semi-final stage of the London wide competition. Despite a courageous performance, JJ sadly didn’t progress onto the next stages on this occasion.
And last weekend, Algor delivered a strong performance but lost his bout after a close split decision. These adversities are something we learn to embrace as part of our journey. We remain motivated and focused, and we are all looking forward to seeing JJ and Algor return to the ring even stronger.
Rising star Athena also moved her record to 2-0 securing her latest victory via referee stoppage. And, on the same day, Donte showed an excellent display of skill to win his fourth competitive bout.
Well done to everybody, it’s been a great pleasure to witness your journeys so far. We can’t wait to watch you grow and compete further.
Eniola is back in the ring this weekend in Southampton as he embarks on the first round of his bid to become national youth champion, while boxers Dylan and Sabir are both in competition on Friday in the first rounds of their bids to become London champions! All the best, champs!