International golds for boxers Jodie and Ellouise
TWO Downend Boxing Club fighters have won international medals, with two more making national finals.
Jodie Horton and Ellouise Challenger won through to their finals in the England Boxing 2019 International Female Box Cup, held on the weekend of December 7-8, by points decisions.
In her final, Jodie, 23, faced Georgina Cranmer, of Haringey Police Boxing Club.
A faced-paced contest saw cleaner shots coming from the Downend boxer, but the London girl's aggressive attacks made it very close.
At the end, Jodie took a split decision and the title of Box Cup Champion.
Ellouise, 17, was a little more direct in her win, stopping brave Eleanor Coulson of Worksop in the first round to take her second Winter Box Cup title.
The contest was a replay of the inaugural Riviera Box Cup Torquay, which took place two weeks earlier.
At that tournament Taylor Andrews, 17, joined Ellouise in winning the competition, beating the tough Barnstaple boxer Aiden Friendship.
There were also great performances in the National Association of Girls and Boys clubs championship finals.
Morgan Baber, 16, contested her final in Bridlington and 17-year-old Jack Oram travelled to Altrincham.
Morgan faced the experienced national champion and England representative Katie Lane, of Bernisfield Boxing Club.
After a superb effort, the experience of the Oxford girl proved too much at this early stage of Morgan’s development, with the referee stopping the contest in the last round.
Jack Oram faced the immensely strong Edward Hardy of Highfields Boxing Club in Yorkshire.
Similarly to Morgan, Jack had a big deficit in experience in facing the England international.
He made a bright start, taking the fight to his opponent from the first bell and into the second.
But the accuracy of Edward’s punches and the massive effort Jack had put in took its toll, and the referee stopped the contest in the last round.
Head coach of the Hillfields-based club Craig Turner said: "It was a truly great achievement from both guys, winning through to the finals in such a strong way, so early in their development, is superb – and a great indication of things to come."