Silver lining for Bradley at Haringey

Nina Bradley.
Nina Bradley.

Nina Bradley believes the experience of winning silver at the Haringey Box Cup will only make her a better fighter.

Bradley, along with fellow Boston Amateur Boxing Club competitor Tommy Upsall (both pictured), competed at the four-day event which was held in eyecatching surroundings of Alexandra Palace’s Great Hall.

Tommy Upsall.

Tommy Upsall.

The event attracts top boxers from across Europe, with stiff competition throughout.

A fighter with more than 16 fights under their belt is automatically placed in the elite category - and that saw Bradley, who had contested 18 bouts before her final, come up against Swiss international Sandra Brugger, a veteran of more than 150 contests.

But Bradley did herself proud, giving her all for all four rounds, even if Brugger’s experienced showed and she was given the decision.

“She hit me with good shots and I did feel them, I’m still bruised now,” said Bradley.

Tommy Upsall and Nina Bradley.

Tommy Upsall and Nina Bradley.

“But I gave it back to her, and I didn’t give in. I gave it everything for those four rounds.”

Bradley says the silver medal will now take pride of place at home, along with her Diamonds in the Ring belt which she won at the Liverpool Echo Arena after defeating the previously unbeaten Oriance Lungu.

“I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get gold - because that’s what I went there for,” Bradley added.

“But the experience was really good for me. It has made me want to get back in the gym and work even harder for next season.

“I’ll definitely be going back to Haringey, and I’ll definitely be going for gold next time.”

Upsall - in his first season back in boxing - following a 17-year absence from the sport - was granted his first taste of elite and international boxing.

He came close to reaching his final, but was defeated in the semi-finals by previous winner Haithem Laamouz, from Malta, which brought the curtain down on Boston ABC’s season.