Golden chance Delicious hopes to taste success.
REMEMBER the name... Delicious Orie.
Without casting aspersions on the hulking super-heavyweight's parents, if you're called Delicious and based in Birmingham, you'd better be able to fight. And that's something the Jewellery Quarter ABC boxer (pictured) is very good at.
This morning we'll know if Delicious, tipped to be Britain's next heavyweight hope, has captured one of the domestic amateur game's biggest prizes. At press time, he was due to face Gideon Antwi (Hoddesdon) in the final of the England Boxing National Amateur championships. The tournament took place at Manchester Central.
Delicious booked his slot with hard-fought, split decision victory over Swalwell's Steve Robinson at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham.
The Birmingham boxer has certainly earned his place in the finals. In the Midlands final he outpointed 2017 GB champ - and competition favourite - Hosea Stewart. In that one, Delicious dominated down the stretch to clinch victory.
Delicious has an interesting cover story. The 21-year-old is half Russian, half Nigerian and currently studying economics and management at Aston University.
Delicious, who aims to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua, was recently filmed by Sky Sports. He and fellow top heavy Cheavon Clarke came under the spotlight as the next generation of big men chasing boxing's greatest prize. They were interviewed at the Finchley gym where Joshua learned his craft.
And there are comparisons between Orie and Joshua. Last year, Delicious was crowned super-heavyweight champ at the prestigious Haringey Box Cup - one of Europe's biggest fight tournaments.
Joshua won the same title in 2009 and 2010. Delicious said: "Joshua is a huge inspiration for me and it was a great opportunity to go to Finchley and see where Joshua started out. His achievements just make me want it more. He's definitely paving the way for super-heavyweights like me."
Mick Maguire, head coach at Jewellery Quarter ABC, said: "Delicious' work ethic and talent continues to impress and his accomplishments speak for themselves, and it's great that this rising star is recognised on this scale."
The future looks golden, Delicious.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)|
|Date:||Apr 14, 2019|
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