Boxing silver for Norwich Lads ABC’s Frank Sictorness
Frank Sictorness collected a silver medal as Norwich Lads ABC made their annual pilgrimage to the biggest club tournament in Europe, the Haringey Box Cup, at London's Alexandra Palace.
The four-man squad consisted of Harry Gidney at 54kg, Rylan Charlton at 63.5kg, Sictorness at 75kg, and James Collins at 91kg.
First up on day one for Norwich Lads was Charlton, whose strong performance against Sikander Rasool, of Priory Park, made him a clear winner. Next on day one was Sictorness against Mykhalo Dmytryshak, of Earlsfield, London, a giant among clubs with three current ABA champions in their gym. Sictorness battled hard against a game opponent and his superior skill level saw him home.
On day two, Gidney put in a solid performance against classy technician Ben Davey, of Chadwell, Essex. Gidney gave it his all in a close bout but it just wasn't enough.
Next Charlton returned to the ring against Irish international Dean O'Gorman, of Munster. It was one-way traffic in Charlton's favour as he gave O'Gorman two standing counts, but with 30 seconds left of the bout, O'Gorman, to his credit, threw a very heavy right hand which stunned Charlton enough for the referee to give him a standing eight count, which ended the bout in the Irishman's favour.
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Third to box on day two, Sictorness was up against the very experienced Chris Goddard, of Canvey Island, Essex. Many at ringside marvelled at Sictorness' skill level in a clean-punching, comfortable victory, which put him in a medal position.
Fourth in the ring on day two was giant Norfolk heavyweight Collins, jumping in with former ABA champion and England international Ben Ileyemi, of Finchley, London. Collins boxed beautifully with fast hands and fast feet against a very strong, aggressive opponent, with Ileyemi a close winner.
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Finals day saw the last man standing for Norwich Lads, Sictorness, take on multi-titled Chris Blaney, of Navan, current Irish ABA elite 75kg champion, and also world ranked at number 38. The bout was screened live on Box Nation and, right from the start, it was of international standard, both men showing skill in defence and attack. A low- scoring tactical affair saw the Irishman's hand raised in a close but fair decision, leaving Sictorness to pick up a well-earned silver medal.
Norwich Lads coaches Micky Wright and Steve Sictorness were very happy with the way their boxers performed as the only club represented from Norfolk and Suffolk.
For Frank Sictorness to take a silver medal from such a strong field was a feat in itself.