GB call for Chesterfield’s rising boxing star

A 15-year-old Chesterfield boxer has bagged a gold medal at the finals of the National ABAE Female''Championships in Essex.''Jade Ashmore won the 54kg junior class at the event which took place in Brentwood, Essex on Saturday, ''December 14.''Jade, who regularly trains with Derbyshire Constabulary's OzBox team in Chesterfield, beat Kennedy Atkins ''from Liverpool. ''She said: 'I'm one of only three female boxers at my club, so it feels absolutely fantastic to represent them ''and win.'''Police officers Darren Comins and Lee Oldham, who also run OzBox sessions, have worked with Jade and ''both received a 'Champions Coach Medal' at the Essex finals. ''PC Lee Oldham said: 'Jade has worked relentlessly on perfecting her boxing skills in preparation for the final ''and more notably Jade has managed to balance her boxing training whilst undergoing her mock GCSEs. We ''are very proud of her achievements.'''OZBOX was set up in Chesterfield in 2003, by Steve Osbaldeston MBE, to encourage young people to keep ''fit and
A 15-year-old Chesterfield boxer has bagged a gold medal at the finals of the National ABAE Female''Championships in Essex.''Jade Ashmore won the 54kg junior class at the event which took place in Brentwood, Essex on Saturday, ''December 14.''Jade, who regularly trains with Derbyshire Constabulary's OzBox team in Chesterfield, beat Kennedy Atkins ''from Liverpool. ''She said: 'I'm one of only three female boxers at my club, so it feels absolutely fantastic to represent them ''and win.'''Police officers Darren Comins and Lee Oldham, who also run OzBox sessions, have worked with Jade and ''both received a 'Champions Coach Medal' at the Essex finals. ''PC Lee Oldham said: 'Jade has worked relentlessly on perfecting her boxing skills in preparation for the final ''and more notably Jade has managed to balance her boxing training whilst undergoing her mock GCSEs. We ''are very proud of her achievements.'''OZBOX was set up in Chesterfield in 2003, by Steve Osbaldeston MBE, to encourage young people to keep ''fit and

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.