13 golds for Team England in Germany

October 28, 2019 | by Matt Halfpenny


Team England enjoyed an overwhelmingly successful Schweriner Boxturnier in Germany – with every one of the 15-strong team claiming a medal.

The final count saw the Three Lions take 13 golds, one silver and one bronze, with Patris Mughalazi claiming best boxer title.

That included a remarkable 12 victories out of 12 on Finals Day yesterday (Sunday), which not surprisingly saw England named as Team of the Tournament.

It was Pinewood’s Alfie Hedges who started the goal rush at Junior 48kg as he defeated Denmark’s Jonas Jakobxen by a 4-1 points decision.

Next to step on top of the podium was Muhammad Ali, from Earl Shilton, who beat Ireland’s Daniel Murphy by unanimous decision at Junior 52kg.

Shane Patterson made it a hat-trick of successes as the Wearmouth youngster, boxing at Junior 54kg, secured a unanimous decision against Germany’s Leon Schellenberg.

Junior 57kg boxer Royston Barney-Smith, of Pinewood, was too strong for French boxer Mohamed Stitou to claim England’s fourth gold medal of the day.

And that was soon five as Andra Manning, from Phil Thomas School of Boxing, beat another French boxer Zykrallah Zouaoui, claiming a unanimous decision at Junior 60kg.

There was more celebration as Jimmy Dean Wood won at Junior 66kg, with the Kent Gloves seeing off Denmark’s Leutrim.

Enriko Itauma followed that up at Junior 80kg+ with the St Mary’s boxer stopping Germany’s Michel Dobler.

The Youth boxers proved to be just as successful as their Junior teammates, with Billy Adams getting the ball rolling at 57kg as the Dagenham boxer beat Germany’s Anton Kondratev by unanimous decision.

Powerday Hooks’ Mughalazi was next to take to the ring at Youth 60kg and did not disappoint, getting the better of Germany’s Razmik Sargsyan with a unanimous decision.

It was double figures for England’s gold medal count when Billericay’s George Liddard was given a walkover at Youth 69kg after his opponent withdrew.

John Hedges made it 11 from 11 when the Hoddesdon teenager beat Germany’s Baran Ali Balkiz at Youth 75kg.

And the dozen was completed when Attleborough’s Tommy Dixon, boxing at Youth 81kg, dug deep right to the last bell to claim a 3-2 split decision against Germany’s Cumic.

On Saturday, Merridale’s Sahil Khan put in a great performance against the French European silver medallist but lost out in a competitive bout, taking the silver medal as a result.

Repton’s Prince Dubois, meanwhile, had been forced to settle for bronze after losing on a split decision to a very good Germany international at Junior 70kg. He had beaten an Irish opponent in an earlier round.

Friday had seen England wrap up their first gold medal as Mykyle Ahmed, from Manor, stepped it up in the third round to claim a stoppage win at Youth 49kg against an Irish opponent.