Morgan is Downend Boxing Club's latest national champion

December 01 2019
Morgan is Downend Boxing Club's latest national champion

TEENAGER Morgan Baber has become the latest member of Downend Boxing Club to win a national boxing title.

The 16-year-old won through the England Boxing development championship rounds to the final which took place at the Spiceball Leisure Centre, Oxfordshire on October 27.

Morgan, who trains at the club's base in the Harry Crook centre, Fishponds, forced the pace against the taller Manisha Sanghera of Newcastle.

From the first bell Morgan threw an effective straight right hand, the classic answer to a southpaw boxer which prompted two protection counts from the referee in the all-action, three-round contest.

Taking a unanimous points decision, Morgan said afterwards: "I'm so, so happy.

"Thank you so much to everyone who’s supported me, and a massive thank-you to my Downend coaches for helping me get this title."

Morgan will now work towards the England Boxing open National Championships later in the season.

She won her place in the final courtesy of a semi-final win over Elizabeth Dunster of Evolve boxing club of Buckinghamshire in Swindon a week previously.

Boxing behind a strong jab, Morgan prompted the referee to give her opponent two protection counts, before taking a unanimous decision to win herself a place in the finals.

That bout came shortly after Morgan had represented Western Counties against an Irish side from County Mayo. Taking on the vastly more experienced Irish international Aimee Carey, Morgan went for her taller opponent from the first bell and scored some quality shots. But the Mayo girl’s experience came to the fore with skilful movement and using her long reach to land eye-catching blows, although she admitted afterwards that the contest was her hardest yet.