Chloe says switch of box­ing clubs just cham­pion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - Andy McGil­vray

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.”

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