World Boxing Cup GB Open: England Strikes Gold
January 21, 2024 | by Nabillah Akhtar
England gained fourteen medals on the last day of action at the World Boxing Cup: GB Open 2024 which took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Sunderland’s Kiaran Macdonald led the charge by winning the first gold of the squad which was swiftly followed by Savannah Stubley (Empire School of Boxing), youngster Lauren Mackie (Burton Park ABC), Shona Whitwell (St Ives ABC), London’s Patris Mughalzai (Powerday Hooks ABC), Dione Burman (Brainstone Golden Gloves) and light heavyweight Ramtin Musah (Beartown ABC).
Elsewhere, Patrick Brown of Moss side Fire Box also claimed gold after his opponent withdrew from the competition, as well as, Refugee athlete, Cindy Ngamba who trains in England alongside the GB team.
There was plenty of silverware secured too from the likes of Elise Glynn (West Warwicks ABC), Jack Dryden (Birtley ABC) and Colchester’s Lewis Richardson along with a number of boxers having to face their peers on enroute to receiving an accolade. Lucy Kings-Wheatly (Acocks Green), Joe Tyers (Darlington Abc) and George Crotty (Royal Navy) all went head-to-head with their teammates and came second in their divisions.
Recent England Pathway graduate, Chantelle Reid (Kode Red) also made her mark by taking bronze, similarly to Demi-Jade Resztan (New Astley) who has already qualified a quota place for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Middleweight fighter, Kerry Davis (Small Heath ABC) also landed herself a third-place position on the podium with Olivia Holmes (Rotunda ABC).
Reflecting on his 4-1 victory, Ramtin Musah said: “I’m absolutely buzzing, just beat a teammate of mine to get here (George Crotty). It’s been three fights in three days, I’m over the moon and absolutely ecstatic.
Can’t believe I’ve got the gold medal. I put that hard work in by training over Christmas and it’s clearly all paid off.”
The inaugural event was delivered by England Boxing in partnership with World Boxing and GB Boxing which was supported by the National Lottery, UK Sport and Sheffield City Council.