Riiddy makes history for Gloucester and becomes King of England
On Sunday 16th July 2017 Akeem Ennis-Brown or Riiddy as he is known to friends made boxing history for the city of Gloucester as he was was crowned King of England in the Super-Lightweight division, dethroning hometown fighter and vastly more experienced Glenn Foot with a masterful display of skill and heart.
With over 80 fans making the long trip to the North-East for a Sunday afternoon showdown at Sunderland’s stadium of light and a journey for Riiddy alongside coach Jon Pitman that began several years ago with many ups and downs, this was the platform set for Riiddy to truly make a statement and put his name on the radar of British boxing for all to take notice.
The home fans on arrival at the stadium had no doubt their man Foot was going to win comfortably and go onto bigger things, BUT, what they did not expect was a deafening noise created from the south-west fans and a fighter who we all believe in to show a maturity well beyond his 21 years, combined with blistering hand speed, mesmerising footwork and the heart of a lion at times making Foot look like a “novice”, swinging wildly and missing with 4,5 and 6 punch combinations like a scene from Hollywood film the Matrix. The home crowd were soon silenced as thoughts of their man having a relatively easy nights work not quite going to plan.
Riiddy started the fight with supreme confidence keeping Foot at length with his rangy jab and light footwork, constantly finding his opponents face. Every time Foot tried to pressure Riiddy he produced 2 and 3 punch combinations to stop his man getting close and then was away for Foot to be hitting nothing but fresh air.
It wasn’t until round 7 when Foot started to apply some real pressure to Riiddy and land a handful of clean shots, unfazed and unhurt, Riiddy stuck to his game plan and picked Foot off to stop any momentum building.
To his credit and with a record of 20-1 (before Sunday) Foot showed real heart and never became dejected when he couldn’t hit what he couldn’t see, potentially rounds 7-8 and a debatable round 9 could have been given to Foot as he knew a knockout was his only hope of retaining his title. Riiddy kept himself out of range and trouble in 10th to take the final round and it was left to the judges’ scorecards.
As the away fighter and on the champions hometurf, Riiddy, his corner team and fans awaited the scorecards with the hope the judge’s had scored it as everybody had seen the fight and a unanimous points win for our pugilistic genius.
When the MC for the night announced a majority decision of scorecards reading 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95 the crowd were a little stunned, but, then the words “AND THE NEW” sent everyone into pandemonium that our man had done it and was crowned English Super-Lightweight champion!!!
A dejected but very humble Glenn Foot congratulated Riiddy on a superb victory as he made his way out of the ring, leaving Riiddy, his corner team and “Barmy Army” to strap the belt on and start the celebrations!
An incredible achievement by Riiddy and everyone involved with his coaching and guidance to the path he is well and truly on now to hopefully greater nights like Sunday, a little closer to home next time would be nice, but I am sure the “Riiddy Riiddy Army” will travel wherever and whenever to support this humble, polite young man with an ever growing reputation.
Riiddy not only becoming Gloucester’s first ever Professional English title holder, but, at 21 years old one of the youngest ever to win the belt. Riiddy, Jon Pitman and the coaching team have well and truly put Gloucester on the boxing map.
Planet Logistics are extremely proud to be one of Riiddys sponsors and cannot wait to see where this win takes him on his journey.