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Eryk Ciureja does Wisbech proud with national boxing title win

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Wisbech youngster Eryk Ciureja continued the fine start to his young career with a brilliant recent win.

The 20-year-old Polish fighter won his fourth national title at the weekend after beating tournament favourite Yusuf Thahmin of Haringey in the final on points in what was a monumental upset.

It was only Ciureja’s third senior fight, but his victory in the 52kg category means he has now won national titles at every available age group.

Eryk Ciureja with his coach Matt Lenton
Eryk Ciureja with his coach Matt Lenton

The youngster’s coach Matt Lenton says he has become an inspiration to the Polish community in Wisbech.

Lenton added: “It was a monumental achievement for Eryk to come back from nearly three years of not being able to box due to Covid , fighting three times in six days and emerging victorious at the end of it.

“As his coach I know what he can do, but even I am staggered at this achievement to win this final against Yusuf Thahmin.

“Eryk I knew would have to perform above and beyond anything he had ever produced before, and that exactly what he did. It was the proudest day of my life.”

Ciureja has been boxing with Fenland Sparta Amateur Boxing Club since he was just nine-years-old.

On his way to defeating Thahmin, he also dispatched a reigning European champion at the semi-final stage.

Eryk was pleased to take the opportunity to thank the British people for the support and backing they have given him.

He believes that without that support, he wouldn’t have been able to achieve everything he has so far done.

Throughout his youth career, he won at prestigious events such as the Juniors ABA, the Bristol Box Cup and the Junior NABC competitions.

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