WHITWELL IS BACK

Eng­land Box­ing stage Women’s Win­ter Box Cup

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ENG­LAND BOX­ING hosted their first Women’s Win­ter Box Cup, a tour­na­ment staged to cre­ate fur­ther com­pet­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties for fe­male box­ers.

Af­ter a long ab­sence, for­mer Elite cham­pion Shona Whitwell re­turned to the sport and won the gold medal at the tour­na­ment. The St. Ives boxer beat Head­land’s Sadie Thomas on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in their 60kgs fi­nal at the Ge­orge H Car­nall Cen­tre in Urm­ston, Manch­ester on De­cem­ber 9.

“I was a bit ner­vous with hav­ing been out for so long, but all the hard work I’ve put in to come back has now paid off with win­ning this ti­tle,” said the 20-year-old. “To win the Eng­land Box­ing Women’s Win­ter Box Cup is a big hon­our for me and it’s re­ally good to win some­thing na­tion­ally be­fore I hope­fully step up again to in­ter­na­tional level and try to get back on the GB squad.

“It’s been a great at­mos­phere to watch the other girls, but it’s just nice from a per­sonal point of view get that first one back out of the way.”

Whitwell won the prize for Best Elite Boxer at the Box Cup. As­ton’s Ileana In­gram was judged the Most Promis­ing Elite boxer. She edged out Kerry Ha­ley of Houghton Dis­trict on a split de­ci­sion in their wel­ter­weight fi­nal.

Em­pire School of Box­ing’s

Sa­van­nah Stub­ley was the Best Youth boxer, af­ter she beat Rep­ton’s

Maisie Court­ney on a split de­ci­sion. El­lie Hib­bert, of North West Re­gion Women’s War­riors team, was named Most Promis­ing Youth Boxer af­ter de­feat­ing Cleary ABC’S Morgan Ansell, an Eng­land in­ter­na­tional and na­tional cham­pion, on a split de­ci­sion.

“It’s been amaz­ing to be here and have girls from ev­ery­where in the coun­try tak­ing part,” Hib­bert said. “We’ve been able to get to know each other as well as com­pete. I’ve loved it... Morgan is a re­ally good boxer, who’s rep­re­sented Eng­land, so I just went in want­ing to per­form well. To come out with the win was even bet­ter, and all the coaches at North West are over the moon.”

Head­land Ju­nior Court­ney Scott stepped up to light­weight and was re­warded with the Best Ju­nior Boxer belt af­ter unan­i­mously out­point­ing Kamile Poskauskyte.

Most Promis­ing Ju­nior Boxer was judged to be Sal­is­bury’s Shas­san Dut­ton, who saw off the chal­lenge of River­side BC’S Lola Han­nant.

In other no­table per­for­mances, Omarah Tay­lor bounced back

from de­feat to Laura Stevens at the GB Cham­pi­onships ear­lier that week in Sh­effield to de­feat Tyne Tee & Wear Golden Girls team’s Han­nah

Shields on a split de­ci­sion at Elite A 69kgs.

Amy An­drew, who com­peted for New Zealand in the re­cent World cham­pi­onships, got straight back to ac­tion tak­ing part in this Box Cup. In their 57kgs fi­nal An­drew took a split de­ci­sion win over Latvia’s Amanda Millere.

RE­SULTS

Elite fi­nals: Class A: 48: Marie Con­nan (Left Hook) outpd Miriam Zouhou (Strat­ford upon Avon) split. 51: Nicola Hopewell (Work­sop Xbox Box­ing Academy) outpd Monika Markowska (Jer­sey Leo­nis) split. 54: Nina Hughes (Chad­well St Mary) outpd Carly Skelly (North Mersey) split. 57: Group A: Amy An­drew (Haringey) outpd Amanda Millere [Box­ing Club Riga] split. Group B: Amy Tim­lin (Cleary’s) outpd Lind­sey Buczyn­skyj (Hal­li­well) unan. 60: Group A: Shona Whitwell (St Ives) outpd Sadie Thomas (Head­land) unan. Group B: Si­mone Thomp­son (Lambton Street) outpd Jade Pearce (Welling­ton) unan. 64: Chelsey Hei­j­nen (Aleco Boks Academier) outpd Ori­ance Lunghu (Haringey) unan. 69: Omarah Tay­lor (Fire­walker) outpd Han­nah Shield (Golden Girls) split. Class B: 48: Ella Har­ris (Miguel’s) outpd Amy As­pinall (Golden Girls) split. 51: Group A: Michelle Klich (Team Greaves) outpd Chiara Gre­goris (Hic Sunt Leones) split. Group B: Ny­cole Hayes (Togher) outpd Clare Gill­ham (St Mary’s Chatham) split. 57: Paulina Bier­nat (Left Hook) outpd Zoe Hef­ford (Dou­ble Jab) split. 60: Jenifer Fer­nan­dez Romero (VS Box­ing Club) outpd Michelle Cox (Women War­riors) split. 64: Char­lie Wild (Aspirea outpd Jor­dan Barker (Lambton Street ABC) split. 69: Ileana In­gram (As­ton) outpd Kerry Ha­ley (Houghton Dis­trict) split. Class C: 48: Jonita Jab­bal (Lon­don Com­mu­nity Box­ing) outpd Seema Ag­gar­wal (Rep­ton) split. 51: Cristina Planas (Left Hook) stpd Rachel Ovens (Work­sop Xbox Box­ing Academy). 57: Group A: Colleen Roach (Left Hook) stpd Abi­gail Waw­man (St.ger­ard’s). Group B: Amie Clarke (Birt­ley) stpd Pamela King (Fel­bridge and East Grin­stead). 60: Group A: Natalie Har­ris (Jer­sey Leo­nis) outpd Lou Vi­dor (Bright Star Box­ing) unan. Group B: Katie Waw­man (St.ger­ards) outpd Claire Purvis (Golden Girls) unan. 64: Vic­to­ria Az­zaretti (Sweat­box) outpd Madi­son Bir­rell (Jer­sey Leo­nis) unan. 69: Bron­wyn Browne (Wes­sex) outpd Bil­lie Don­ald­son (White­haven & Dis­trict) split. 81: Cindy Ngamba (Women War­riors) outpd Lau­ren Mor­ris (Moule­scoomb) unan.

Pho­tos: ENG­LAND BOX­ING

BEST BOXER: Shona Whitwell [left] lands a pow­er­ful cross on Sadie Thomas

UNAN­I­MOUS: Chelsey Hei­j­nen [right] out­points Haringey’s Ori­ance Lungu

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