Women boxers strike gold

ABAE Female boxing championships 2011 at Manchester Boxing centre of Excellence , Gorton, Manchester on Sat 17th Dec 2011. schools and juniors. Chloe Sampson (Blue corner) of Hillsborough v Molly Perkins, ABAE schools final class3 46kgs.  pic by Andrew Orchard for ABAE
ABAE Female boxing championships 2011 at Manchester Boxing centre of Excellence , Gorton, Manchester on Sat 17th Dec 2011. schools and juniors. Chloe Sampson (Blue corner) of Hillsborough v Molly Perkins, ABAE schools final class3 46kgs. pic by Andrew Orchard for ABAE
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Three Sheffield boxers bagged gold medals at the finals of the National ABAE Female Championships.

Perry Draycott, Gervan Smith and Chloe Sampson all clinched title glory at the Manchester Boxing Centre of Excellence.

The finals, which took place early due to next summer’s Olympic Games, included a wealth of talent, from novices with only skills bouts under their belts to seasoned England representatives.

Fourteen-year old Chloe Sampson, representing Hillsborough ABC, beat Molly Perkins (Stratford Upon Avon) in the 47kg Schools Class 3.

Chloe, who is the sister of undefeated professional Jamie Sampson, said: “I’m the only female boxer at my club, so it feels absolutely fantastic to represent them and win.”

Aspire’s Perry Draycott (51kg) struck gold in the Senior Class B category. The 24-year-old produced an impressive display to beat Melissa McSweeney (Brentwood Youth).

In the Junior Class 5, 16-year-old Gervan Smith (50kg), from Steel City ABC, produced a title-winning performance against Sophie Stewart (Stafford Town).

The Great Britain squad’s 2012 hopeful, Natasha Jonas, who boxed in four national finals before gaining her place on the GB squad, handed out medals and words of inspiration to the boxers who dream of boxing alongside her in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2016 Olympic Games.

All the National ABAE Female champions will be given the opportunity to develop their skills further at training squads and combined training camps in the New Year. Advanced coach Amanda Groarke, said: “It’s great that women’s boxing has gained momentum as we head into a significant year, but the key thing now is to ensure that the girls don’t lose interest, and that they have a chance to train together, to get plenty of sparring experience. It’s essential to keep that momentum going throughout 2012 and beyond.”

For full results visit www.abae.co.uk/aba/index.cfm/news/2011-national-female-abae-championship-finals/.