Department of Sport

Multiple medals for the University of Nottingham at BUCS Boxing Championships

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At the end of May, the University of Nottingham Boxing Club entered multiple boxers into the 2022 BUCS Boxing Championships - held at the University of Wolverhampton with competition across many weight categories, as eight athletes laced up their gloves for the #GreenandGold across the weekend. 

In the Men's Bantamweight (under 54kg) category, veteran Nottingham fighter Alec Cheung took to the ring at a BUCS Championships for the third time having taken Bantamweight silver in 2019, before winning gold in the 2020 Flyweight category. Alec's experience was clear to see across the weekend as he became a two time national champion by going one better than in 2019, and claiming a fantastic Bantamweight gold medal!

Another Nottingham athlete who saw their hand raised at the end of the competition to be claimed national champion was Mohsin-Ali Mustafa who won the Middleweight Class B (under 75kg) competition, taking home a well deserved gold. Mohsin-Ali fought across all three days and comfortably won each bout. Fighting alongside Mohsin-Ali and representing the university at Middleweight (Under 75kg), but in a different class bracket, was Joseph Anton. Anton also fought across all three days in his first competitive BUCS experience having missed the opportunity in his first two years of study. After brilliant showings, Anton earned a place in the final before narrowly losing a very close decision to take the silver medal. 

Winning the final medal of the weekend for the University of Nottingham was Akin Tijani in the Super Heavyweight (over 92kg) category. Much like Joseph Anton, Akin was on the end of a close decision, denying him a place in the final. However, Akin's valiant efforts earned him and the club another medal to add to the collection as he came away with a bronze medal.

Alongside our medallists, the club had many athletes represent the university who narrowly missed out on adding to the medal haul. Daryl Amon was matched against an experienced fighter from Loughborough in the Junior Welterweight (under 63.5kg) category for his first fight, losing a close decision, whilst Cody Chan was coming off a dominating knockout win at Bristol University’s home show in March, but was unsuccessful this time round in the Lightweight (under 60kg) category at the nationals. Adham Kumar was also frustrated by a close decision at Super Welterweight (under 71kg), and it was a similar story for Callum Ray as he competed at Light Heavyweight (under 81kg). All four athletes registered a fourth place finish.

Overall the club and everyone at University of Nottingham Sport is very proud of everyone who competed across the competition, with the team training very hard despite the distractions of exams. We also applaud the club's vice president Maddy Trudgian who was able to organise transportation to and from the venue for all members. The club also hope and aim to have more female members compete in future BUCS National Championships.

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Posted on Thursday 9th June 2022

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