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