HOP’s big hitter Biola Kudus represented Finchley Select v Las Vegas Select at the Silver Nugget Casino in Las Vegas Boulevard on 25th April. He departed with the Finchley Select team from Gatwick Airport on 24th April 2013. HOP coach/Judge Brian Featherstone also attended the organised event. Every year Finchley ABC organise a trip to Las Vegas and box a local select side against the Finchley Club. Both Featherstone and Kudus requested they could attend and join in on the event. Kudus was matched against Elma Rivera. Kudus had to concede both weight and experience against the Californian based boxer, who proved to be a hard hitting attacking boxer. However, this style suited Kudus as he used his height and reach to his advantage.
After a very close first round, Kudus stepped up the pace. Using his jab to the head and body and keeping the rugged Californian boxer at bay. In the last round Kudus pushed his now tired opponent back and used two phased attacks to confirm his win. Kudus won by a unanimous decision of the judges.
HOP Coach Brian Featherstone said “Kudus did very well, to beat a tough, come forward boxer in America is not easy, I was very pleased with his performance.”