Source: England Boxing

Women’s boxing packing a punch!

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A fascinating and packed National Championships culminated in an explosive finals bill in Liverpool’s Echo arena yesterday.  

Among the finalists were a number of GB and England International’s who secured multiple national titles. Preston’s Lisa Whiteside (JR Gym) secured her second flyweight title with a unanimous victory over Jade Ashmore (Chesterfield) to add to the three she has won at bantamweight and featherweight.  Remarkably this makes her a five-time national champion.

Light welterweight Cherrelle Brown (Islington ABC) showed composure and class throughout her bout against a tough fellow England International Page Murney (Leicester Unity). She made good use of her straight shots to keep Murney at range to clinch the win and second national title on a split decision.  Finally Natasha Gale (Jubilee ABC) convincingly defeated Nikoletta Paksi (Repton) to secure her second national title at middleweight.

First time recipient Stephanie Wroe (Army) at welterweight utilised her height and range to out point Laura Stevens (Far Cotton). Number 2 seed Demi-Jade Retzen (New Astley) won unanimously against number 1 seed Tanya Dady (Earlsfield), whilst GB’s Sandy Ryan (One Nation) beat St Mary’s Louise Orton to secure her first senior national title.

Meanwhile, the next generation of women boxers were representing their country at the Youth and Junior GB Three Nations Championships in Cardiff this weekend.

Boxers from England, Scotland and Wales battled it out to claim the best of Britain spot.  The England team, however, were unstoppable and they secured six out of six wins in the final to sweep the floor with the competition.

The six Junior and Youth England boxers pose with their gold medals alongside England Coach Amanda Coulson (Centre back) Photo courtesy of Amanda Coulson

The six Junior and Youth England boxers pose with their gold medals alongside England Coach Amanda Coulson (Photo: Amanda Coulson)



This weekend has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that women’s boxing is ‘on the up’ and the quality of boxing is the best it has ever been.  As we look forward to Rio and beyond to Tokyo 2020 where we hope to see an increase in participation from three weight categories to five as we strive for parity with the men’s competition.  Plenty still to do but the women are certainly packing a punch in this country!

England Boxing Elite Women’s National Championship Final Results

48kg Tanya Dady (Earlsfield) #1 lost to Demi-Jade Resztan (New Astley) #2 pts unan
51kg Lisa Whiteside (JR Gym) #1 beat Jade Ashmore (Chesterfield) #2 pts unan
54kg Rachael Mackenzie (H Hour) lost to Ramla Ali (London Community Boxing) #3 pts unan
57kg Raven Chapman (Arena) #1 beat Hatty Nylon (Hebden Bridge) #3 pts split
60kg Sandy Ryan (One Nation) #1 beat Louise Orton (St Mary’s) #3 pts unan
64kg Cherelle Brown (Islington) #1 beat Paige Murney (Leicester Unity) #3 pts split
69kg Stephanie Wroe (Army) #1 beat Laura Stevens (Far Cotton) #2 pts unan
75kg Natasha Gale (Jubilee) #1 beat Nikoletta Paksi (Repton) pts unan

GB Three Nations Junior Women’s GB Final Results

46kg Savannah Stubley (England/Empire) beat Caitlin Cromie (Wales) pts unan

54kg Elise Glynn (England/Solihull) beat Kelsey Coleman (Wales) pts unan
57kg Caroline Dubois (England/Fisher) beat Chloe Pope (Wales) RSC2
63kg Gemma Richardson (England/Scunthorpe ABC) beat Alysha Luff (Scotland) pts unan
GB Three Nations Youth Women’s Final Results
51kg Michelle Klich (England/Ashton Albion ABC) beat Helen Jones (Wales) pts unan
54kg Emma Dolan (England/Lowestoft) beat Vikki Glover (Scotland) TKO2
With many thanks to Lucy O’Connor for the report.
Lead photo:  Stephanie Wroe (Army) lands one of many scoring rear hands against Laura Stephens (Far Cotton) Photo courtesy of England Boxing