On October 25th Newburgh Hook Elite boxing hosted the “International Box Cup” tournament at the Newburgh Armory in attendance were fighters representing USA, Ireland, UK, Poland, Canada and Denmark.
All the fighters on the card did a great job as did the officials from USA boxing that attended. There were a total of one hundred fighters who entered the tournament, with forty five bouts or sparring exhibitions for those fighters not matched up against opponents.
We also had former world champions Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis and “Downtown” Leona Brown in attendance supporting the event.
The following clubs from the United States, Canada and Europe were in attendance
Representing team United States-
Newburgh Hook Elite
“Hittaz Boxing Club” Albany Tyshaun Goldston wins best coach from USA
Representing Team Ireland- Erne Boxing Club who also won the International Box-cup
Also representing Ireland would be the “Olympic Boxing Club” out of Mullingar and “Loughshore A.B.C” out of Loughshore
Shawn Crowley from Ireland’s Erne Boxing wins best European coach
Representing team United Kingdom-
“Romford Hammers” Romford
“Newham Boxing Club” West Ham
Representing Canada would be Lucas Cranston
Representing Poland would be Joanna Czerwinska
Representing Denmark would be Cecila Koella (Red) who also won best female boxer of the event.
Raimier Walker out of “Heavy Hitters Boxing Club” was presented with Best US Boxer after scoring two wins over an Irish national champion.
Alfie Jordan out of the “Olympic Boxing Club” was presented with Best European Boxer, after scoring three straight wins.
Tim Olla out of Romford wins Best Boxer of the tournament with two stoppage wins over Europe and USA
All teams and fighters involved not only put on a tremendous effort but had a great time
Newburgh Hook Elites Elijah Williams poses with Ireland’s Harris Crowley
Special thanks were awarded to Bill Kaplan of the Kaplan Foundation for their continued support with “Newburgh Hook Elite”. The Newburgh Armory venues host Jimmy O’Donnell and family did an amazing job at not only preparing the venue but providing refreshments during the event.
Without time and dedication of Max Cuacuas who was also present and led pre-event prayer for safety of all involved, USA boxing officials Sonya Lamonakis, Darryl Bettie, Paul Brown, Lou Cedella, Marty Steinhilber, Tim Silva, Gary McGillion, Sue Winslow, Brad Winslow, Pat McNamee and Ringside Physician Dr. Rufus Sadler this event would of not been able to happen
This event most importantly the message behind the event was spectacular, the fact these teams were able to join together without assistance from law enforcement or politicians speaks volumes. In future years I look forward to attending the event and seeing its message spread not only in our community but all communities around the world.