March boxer Eric Ciureja chosen to represent England at international competition, but needs funding to get there!

Erik, Grecjan and Casper Ciureja with Marcin Laskowski (middle right) of Eunice bakery

Erik, Grecjan and Casper Ciureja with Marcin Laskowski (middle right) of Eunice bakery - Credit: Archant

A young March boxing talent has been chosen to represent England in an international competition against Russia.

At just 14-years-old Erik Ciureja is a current ABA champion, English schoolboys champion and, along with his brothers, holds a variety of East Midland and Eastern country titles. Now he’s been chosen to represent the country at a contest which takes place this November.

However despite living in the UK with his family for eight years - more than half his life – Erik hasn’t got a UK passport and cannot currently compete.

For Erik to officially become an English citizen it would take six months and £1,700, so in order to try and give the young boxer an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’, two Huntingdon based businessman have shown their support by donating.

Marcin Laskowski, director of Huntingdon based Eunice Bakery, made a £150 donation and a business associate at SOS Automotive donated £100.

The money will help with the funding of the trip and aid Erik in fulfilling his potential on the national boxing stage – something which has been picked up on by a famous promoter.

Frank Warren, a well known boxing promoter, sent his scouts to Sparta Boxing Club in March where Erik and his brothers train.

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The result of the visit led to a BBC Look East video feature, which highlighted that Erik and his brothers, Casper, 12 and Grecjan, 13, were “causing quite a stir in the Fens.”

To donate, contact Andrew Maclaren on 07952642956.