National champion Jade Ashmore has been called up to train with Great Britain.
The 16-year-old, who upset the odds to claim gold at the National ABAE Female Championships in December, has been in inspired form of late and her success has not gone unnoticed with the GB selectors.
The decision has come hot on the heels of another victory in the UK’s first all-female tournament in Tamworth, as north took on south - with 46 fighters taking to the ring in an elimination event.
Jade won her first two fights to qualify for the final where she took on Ebony Webber, from Bideford, who had won her previous two in first round stoppages. The fight was scheduled to last three, two-minute rounds.
But the former Tupton Hall pupil, who is headed for South Leicestershire College Academy of Sport in South Wigston, didn’t need to go the distance, stopping Ebony twice in the second round with two standing eight counts.
The referee decided to stop the contest after the second eight count for a technical knock out victory, as Jade’s speed and power proved too much for her opponent.
Jade’s mum Stella said: “She showed no nerves inside the ring and came out strong. Her opponent came out and tried to punch her out but Jade stopped her and you can’t tire Jade out. She trains so hard and is seeing the benefits in the ring.”
Jade will attend GB’s emerging talent camp, in Sheffield, at the English Institute of Sport on June 13.