Delicious Orie

By 22nd March 2022


  • 2022 European Championships – Bronze
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games – Gold
  • 2023 European Games – Gold

Born in Moscow, 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Delicious Orie spent the first seven years of his life in Voronezh in Russia before moving to London and then eventually Wolverhampton. He didn’t begin his journey into boxing until at 17 he saw London 2012 gold medallist Anthony Joshua win his first professional world title. Seeing his arms raised instantly inspired him to waste no time in getting down to his local gym and he has not looked back since.

Delicious remembers fondly his first bout which he says didn’t last very long, 45 seconds to be exact! But it was in that moment he realised this was something he wanted to pursue for the rest of his life. Less than two years after starting out in the sport, he clinched his first title in 2018 when he won the England Boxing National Championships.

After his success domestically, Delicious was asked to attend the Lions’ Den at the English Institute of Sport for a series of assessments which he successfully passed, joining the squad in 2021.

The 2021 Socikas tournament was Delicious’ first tournament as a GB Boxer where he missed out on a medal, however he would soon go on to compete at the Golden Glove in Serbia, Spain’s Boxam and the Gee Bee held in Finland all in the space of six months – winning gold at all three.

Delicious was selected for his first major at the 2021 World Championships in Serbia and did more than hold his own on his way to reaching the last 16 stage. In May 2022, he was part of the squad that travelled to Armenia for the European Championships, and it was here where he earned his first major medal, earning bronze after losing to the eventual gold medallist, Nelvie Tiafack of Germany, in the super-heavyweight semi-final.

He followed up his impressive displays in Yerevan with further success in the ring, this time at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, winning a gold medal right on his doorstep. After sealing is place on the top of the podium, he said: “We’ve got the gold medal. It’s made in the Jewellery Quarter. I started boxing in the Jewellery Quarter and to now have this in my hands means everything to me. The sky’s only the limit – we are going to exceed that.”

A year later, Delicious’ Olympic dream became a reality when he earned qualification for the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris after winning gold at the European Games in Krakow, Poland. The super-heavyweight won five bouts on his way to being crowned champion, including a unanimous victory over Azerbaijan’s Mahammed Abdullayev in the final.

Speaking after qualifying, an emotional Orie said: “It’s a dream I’ve always had and now I’ve got it. Every single day I wake up I tell myself I’m going to be an Olympian and today is the day.

“The Olympics is all I think of. When I’m with family, when I’m training, even if I’m doing the most mundane task, it’s always at the back of my mind that I have to qualify for the Olympics and we’re here today and we’ve done it.”

Outside of the ring, Delicious has earned himself a first-class honours degree in Economics and Management at Aston University and has a keen interest in basketball, which was the sport he played most until his later switch to boxing.