Tinker shines at Haringey

Scarborough's Matthew Tinker in action
Scarborough's Matthew Tinker in action

Scarborough boxer Matthew Tinker bounced back from his double ABA disappointment to win the prestigious Haringey Cup at the Alexandra Palace.

Tinker, 23, formerly of both Scarborough ABC and Westway, was unlucky to lose out in the Irish and London ABAs, but hit back in superb fashion by winning the light-heavyweight class at the famous London venue.

Tinker beat Basingstoke’s 6ft6inch Bryce Goodridge in the semi-finals before gaining revenge against Ashley Vanzie in the final.

Tinker, now boxing for west London club Dale Youth, said: “It was great to get the win after being unlucky at the Irish and London ABAs.

“Goodridge was tricky and I knew what to expect from Vanzie as he’s beaten me before.

“It was good to beat him and beat him convincingly.

“I was very pleased to get the win though. It was a great tournament with over 400 boxers across the weights there.”

Tinker rounds off his season when he boxes for the famous Repton Boxing Club in a charity event against a team from Azerbaijan, led by former England and Arsenal footballer Tony Adams.

The Repton squad will be led by former IBF middleweight world champion ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker, a man who Tinker can’t wait to meet.

He added: “It will be a great way to round off the season.

“Repton are a club with great history and it will be an honour to box for them.

“The night is to raise funds for Mo Farah’s charity so it’s all for a great cause too.”

Tinker isn’t getting too carried away and was quick to thank those who helped him to progress along the way.

He added: “I have to say a big thank you to Ray Simpson an d Neil Brocklehurst, they’ve helped me so much and I owe them.”