FIGHT FOR PEACE PAIR CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF LONDON
01/10/2018 – Dylan Oke and Eniola Akingbesote have created history by becoming the first pair of Fight for Peace boxers to be crowned London Development Champions in the same competition. Victory in the prestigious championship represents a huge achievement, both for these young fighters and for the wider Fight for Peace boxing team whose collective work did so much to support the victories. This is the first time a Fight for Peace boxer has won the regional stage of this competition since Daniel Evans back in 2015.
The London Development Championships is the regional stage of the national Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) Championships, the premier competition in amateur boxing in the UK. Winners of the regional stage of the tournament go on to face fellow regional champions to determine a national champion.
Competing at 69kg in the senior category, Dylan was facing the largest pool of fighters in the competition and had to come through four gruelling bouts against older and more experienced opponents. Stopping his opponent from Repton Boxing Club in the third round of the competition final, Dylan was crowned champion in emphatic style and took his record to 7-0.
Eniola, meanwhile, boxing in the 60kg junior category, put in a dominant performance to win his final and become London champion. The charismatic boxer, who is also a youth councillor at Fight for Peace, was in typically flamboyant form on his way to the title. The fact that these two athletes only had a handful of fights between them going in to the competition makes their performances even more impressive.
“In the most prestigious competition in the UK, both Dylan and Eniola put in exceptional displays. These are two very talented fighters and we are very excited now for the next stage of the competition – there is no reason why they can’t go on to win it”, said Fight for Peace boxing coach Ruth Raper.
“Dylan is very professional in his approach and his work ethic, and boxes with great maturity and tremendous stamina. Eniola is very different but equally as effective, using his enormous natural ability and unpredictability to defeat his opponents. This is a first class start to the season for us and validates all of the work and processes we put in place as a team. It also serves to inspire and help all of us at Fight for Peace feel a sense of pride, far beyond the boxing ring and gym”, added Ruth.
Dylan and Eniola are already back to work and preparing for the quarter finals of the national stage of the competition where they will face off with finalists from other regions from around the UK. We eagerly await the next instalment!