Chloe says switch of boxing clubs just champion
Young Chloe Bodwick has become a boxing champion – less than a year after moving to a more progressive club in Cambuslang.
The 12-year-old felt she was not getting the chances or support that she needed so moved to the O’Neil’s ABC on Northbank Avenue.
Within nine months she became the first girl at the club to take the Scottish Under-48kg schoolgirls’title at the Scottish Novice Championships at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
Mum Donna says Chloe, who stays in East Kilbride, has her sights set firmly on going professional in the game – and that she is utterly dedicated to fitness and to boxing, to the extent she dropped down from under-52kg to under-48kg to maximise her chances.
Donna said:“Chloe was with another boxing club but they weren’t putting her forward for competitions and she left to join O’Neil’s.
“Within a week Brian Murphy had put her forward and although she was up against a more experienced girl, she really enjoyed it. Brian and the rest of
Going places Chloe Bodwick the coaches work constantly with her, five or six days a week sometimes, and she’s out running on her own accord to get fitter.
“The club members also run 10k on Sundays, weather permitting.
“She’s very dedicated for her age, even if she’s ill she’ll go to training, that’s just how she is now.
“She’s the only girl at the club and for that reason we worried that she might not settle but she proved us all wrong – and they all treat her like a sister, which is great!”
Donna added:“It’s hard to put into words how proud and happy we are.
“Chloe is being given more encouragement and chances at O’Neil’s, who know all about her strength and power, which has improved dramatically.
“We were at Dundee for a fight recently and it had to be stopped within 30 seconds, against a taller and heavier opponent.
“Boxing is something she takes extremely seriously and her main goal is to get to the professional stage.
“Girls can’t turn professional until they’re 18 or 19, so if she keeps up her training and she’s in good health, I think there’s a good chance that it will happen. “She has dropped down to under-48kg because that gave her a better chance of getting better fights.”