England - The Haringey cup
In June 2019, Team EMLO travelled to Engalnd to compete in the world famous Haringey Box Cup. The EMLO boxers that made up TEAM EMLO for this tough tournament consisted of Canadians Spencer Wilcox 60 Kg, Triston Brookes 75 Kg and Coach Tony Wallace. They were joined by Portuguese 69Kg boxer, Andre Sousa & Coach Rodrigues Rodrigo. As, well as our youngest team member, Adrian Diaz a 64kg boxer, from Pennsylvania, USA. The team prepared long and hard for this challenging, fiercely technical and highly acclaimed event. The team was focused on the task at hand of competing at this event, therefore trained hard prior to the competition. The Haringey cup which was first held in 2008 is a three day spectacle which has gained them international status as Europe’s largest open amateur boxing tournament. Attracting over 500 boxers from all over Europe, Team EMLO were the only Canadians that were selected to attend this year. The venue is one of London’s most iconic buildings, The Alexandra Palace, or as it’s affectionately known amongst locals as “The Ally Pally”. The moment you walk into the Palm court Grand entrance you are instantly in admiration of its massive size and magnificence. There are 5 rings that are continuously in action over the three days, ending with the finals on the Sunday. Our boxers and coaches were filled with excitement and delight the minute they walked through the grand entrance and saw what would be their battle ground for the next three days.
Spencer stayed busy, had fast hands and great defense, he calculated his opponents next moves to counteract them, it was a very strong performance by Spencer and Bailey, a fantastic show of athleticism, determination, technical skill and Spencer with the edge on his UK opponent gets the Win and is awarded the gold medal of the Haringey Cup as well as the only Canadian to win gold in the History of the Haringey cup.
It was a phenomenal way to end the tournament, they celebrated with sightseeing London at night, having a lot of laughs and creating some beautiful memories and friendships that will last a life time.
It truly was an honour for TEAM EMLO to be selected to partake in this incredible international, world famous tournament, we would like to take a minute to acknowledge and thank a few very special people, who without them and their hard work and dedication to the sport and the athletes around the world, this event would not have been possible. First and foremost Mr Brian John for putting on an exceptional world class event with the help of your brilliant team which includes Gerry Willmott, Terri Kelly, Ken Marsh, all the officials and judges that travelled near and far to lend their knowledge and expertise, the tech people Paul Kelly and Keelan Murphy, everyone that had a small or large role to play in the seamless execution of this amazing tournament, THANK YOU! Also, to the friends and family that travelled near and far to come out and support TEAM EMLO and the countless number of you that follow, share, support and who eagerly watch our journey on the live streams of our adventures around the world, we appreciate your love and support and we thank you.
Excerpt from The Haringey Box Cup; previous winners have included world champion Anthony Joshua, Double Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion Nicola Adams, Chris Eubank jr plus Ireland’s 2012 Olympic champion Katie Taylor, and many more
Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist and current IBF world heavyweight champion described how the competition helped his development. “The Haringey Box Cup is so important for your development as an amateur. I was lucky enough to win it twice and it gave me a taste of what the big international tournaments are like; you have to make weight every day, you have to box up to three times in three days, often against a variety of styles and in front of a big crowd. It’s a true representation of the types of competitions you’ll be experiencing at a later stage of your career and an experience you’d be hard pushed to replicate at the earlier stages of your career”.