Kara claims first ever gold at the Haringey Box Cup

Kara Baah
Kara Baah

Kara Baah won Brighton University Boxing Club’s first ever gold at the Haringey Box Cup - now officially the biggest boxing club tournament in the world.

The Bantamweight British Universities’ Champion and unbeaten Baah faced Alexandra Richards of Miguels ABC from South East London on finals day of the competition.

With instruction to start fast, she ripped in right hand after right to force her opponent backwards with some heavy, sharp, point-scoring shots.

Richards came back with success of her own with the jab but Baah’s movement was far too elusive for her London opponent.

By the third round, the pace began to slow but Baah managed to go through the gears, working head and body to push her way to a unanimous decision and Haringey gold.

Baah has now had six bouts and six wins and is developing beautifully.

In total, the club took three of their boxers to the Capital to compete against some of the best around.

Lightweight Richard ‘Brummie’ Keating saw himself drawn against a very tough and Technical Sean Benson from Munster in Ireland.

Brummie started well, pressurising his opponent and catching him with the southpaw backhand.

As the bout progressed, Benson managed to make his experience and height count in his favour using good angles with his feet and landing the left hook around Brummie’s lead hand.

An excellent performance ,but the Irishman seemed to be on the next level as he was awarded a unanimous point decision by the judges.

Next up was Club President and Light Welterweight Adrianne Phebey.

She drew a bye in the quarter-finals to meet England Number one Oriance Longue of Haringey Police Boxing Team.

With Longue having now had 13 bouts and 12 wins, Phebey as always going to be up against it in the bout.

The tactics were to start fast and push back the defending champion and she responded well with a positive start.

She put her shots together beautifully to head and body, forcing Longue on the back foot and pinning her on the ropes.

Phebey took the first round. The second saw Longue moving her feet more and establishing a fast and flashy jab which Phebey at bay, knocking her head back more.

End of the second - all square.

Longue went through the gears and used her slick boxing to pick off Phebey and push her way to a unanimous decision which, in fact, was extremely close.

Organisers at the club said they were I was extremely proud with the way she pushed the light welterweight all the way, with little in it at the end.

The club have five boxing shows scheduled from October 2014 to June 2015 and have urged supporters to come and watch these stars in the making.