More success for Downend Boxing Club
DOWNEND Boxing Club has enjoyed a hugely successful month, with one achievement coming completely out of the blue.
On November 29, head coach Craig Turner received a telephone call from England high-performance coach Mickey Driscoll, asking if 24-year-old Downend boxer Kimberley Rowe was available to box in the GB championships a week later. Kim jumped at the opportunity to perform in the Elite-level event between the GB team (comprising the top boxers in England, Scotland and Wales) against England representatives.
Kim faced one of the full-time GB athletes, Hannah Robinson, at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, with live coverage on BBC.
Kim, a veteran of 16 bouts, made a strong but nervous start, being caught with a shot that pushed her to the canvas in the later stages of the first round. The second round saw Kim push Robinson back with powerful rear hands, and some excellent defensive movement had the GB athlete disorganised on numerous occasions. In the last round, Kim went for her stylish opponent in an all action round that saw superb mutual respect at the last bell.
The decision went to the talented GB girl, but not without an eyebrow-raising performance from Kim, who had given Hannah all the problems she could handle at seven days’ notice.
Kim said: “I am so pleased to have represented my country, and boxed well despite not having the best preparation.”
Head coach Craig Turner said: “The GB team are highly gifted full-time athletes and have the best coaching and facilities available to them. These are international medallists and Olympians.
“The atmosphere at our base at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds was electric as we gathered around the TV. Kim gave it her all, representing her country and Downend superbly – we are so proud.”
This success was followed by club mate Ellouise Challenger taking two titles in a week!
16 year old Ellouise won the National Clubs for Young People championship in Bridlington by a unanimous points win over classy boxer Demi Uscroft, of Hull.
A week later, the action moved to Manchester for the inaugural England Boxing Women’s Winter Box Cup.
In her semi-final, Ellouise again faced Demi Uscroft, this time forcing the referee to stop proceedings in the first round. The final saw the Downend girl up against talented Irish International Lisa O Rourke, of Castlerea Boxing Club, County Roscommon, who is European Junior sliver medallist.
Ellouise went to the taller boxer from the first bell, prompting a second round protection count from the referee. At the end of three action-packed rounds, the title came back to Bristol, and a delighted Ellouise Challenger.
Her 15-year-old clubmate Morgan Baber, took her first steps in major competition at the Manchester event.
Morgan opened her account with the club back in November at the Harry Crook centre, disposing of Welsh champion Demi Edwards inside a round.
At the National event, she faced Emily Monks of Leigh boxing club, Lancashire.
An understandably nervous start from Morgan followed by two superbly technical rounds of boxing from both girls saw a 3 judge to 2 split decision go to the Lancashire boxer.
Coach Simon Pirret said: “It was simply brilliant. Morgan regained her composure at the big event well, and lost a very close decision. From here on in, she will be no stranger to major tournaments.”