The Independent London Newspaper
16th January 2018

Eight golds haul in Denmark

    Published: 29 September, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    A TEAM of explosive fighters from St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club struck gold at the weekend after dominating their divisions in Denmark during their first international outing of the season. 

    The squad of nine from the Kentish Town-based gym travelled to Haslev, just north east of Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, to represent Great Britain in the Box Cup.

    Under the guidance of coaches CJ Hussein and pro fighter Kian “The Technician” Thomas, the hard-hitting team won eight gold medals. 

    Kilburn’s Lyon Christopher celebrated his 15th birthday this week by earning an impressive victory in the Under-53kg junior category following a one-sided three-round contest. 

    Finchley duo Adam Zeroual and Liam O’Hagan, also both 15, continued the gold rush as they won their respective Under-47kg and Under-53kg finals in the juniors ranks, while Queen’s Crescent’s Christian Thomas, 16, put in a fierce performance on his way to glory in the Under-62kg junior division. 

    In the senior ranks Jernair Thompson, the only Saints squad fighter to have fought    in Denmark before, collected his second gold after winning the Under-64kg division. 

    Sherifdeen Lawal from Islington and Mir Baloch from Mornington Crescent joined the list of champions after winning their Under-73kg and Under-56kg contests. 

    Nasreen Anderson wrapped up the Danish dream for the Saints when she took the golden haul to eight medals by winning her bout in the senior Under-48kg division. 

    Fighting in the Under-66kg junior division, Kieton Browne of Queen’s Crescent was unlucky not to make it a gold medal clean sweep after losing his bout on a split points decision by the judges. 

    Having manned the corner, coach Kian, who has won gold in Denmark as an amateur, said that St Pancras can look forward to a bright future with “countless champions”. 

    He was proud to be an inspirational figure to the club’s new stable of fighters. 

    “As a young fighter who has made the step up to becoming a professional, it keeps me humble and makes me train harder every day knowing that there are younger fighters looking up to me,” he said. 

    “It’s nice to know that I have a positive influence on the amateur boxers. I’m more than happy to help them along the way as they plan their own paths within the sport. 

    “St Pancras has a bright future, and there will be a lot of future champions emerging from the club.” 

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