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Golden Girl
Monday 23rd May 2016 @ 09:31 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Sports

Members of Ashton Albion Boxing Club have been punching the air in delight this year.

Having been created in 1991 by current coach Wayne Heywood, the not-for-profit club celebrated its 25th birthday in January.

More recently, the clubs only competitive female boxer, Michelle Klich, returned from the multi-nations in Cardiff with a gold medal after convincingly winning the final while representing England.

The 17-year-old has been with the club for the past five years and competed for England in the Under 51kg youth category at the start of May.

Victory against a Scottish opponent in the penultimate stage was followed 24 hours later by a win in the final.

Michelle claimed gold having convincingly won over four, two minute rounds.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Michelle was back in competitive action last weekend, this time at the Eindhoven Box Cup.

The teenager, who turns 18 in August, represented the North West Region women’s squad.

Organised by the Dutch Boxing Association, the competition took place at the famous Hotel Eindhoven.

Michelle claimed a gold medal once again, this time beating Russia’s Angelina Osetrova.

The youngster’s exploits were praised by Wayne. Speaking to Reporter Sport, he said: “Michelle joined the club when she was 12-years-old, and within that time she’s made real progress.

“She’s our only competitive female boxer at this moment in time, but we’re hoping that she’ll pave the way for future female talent.

“I’m delighted that she’s done so well in recent competitions, and hopefully she can replicate that success in future bouts.”

Although Michelle is the only competitive female, Wayne admitted that there has been real progress in the last few years.

Citing the 2012 Olympics as a possible cause, Wayne added: “The last six years or so has seen a steady increase in girl participation.

“It’s been fantastic to see the growth in popularity, and long may it continue.”

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Meanwhile, Droylsden Amateur Boxing Club’s Jay Cornforth beat Luxemburg’s Erpelding Michel to secure a place in the semi-final.

However, the 20-year-old was undone in the penultimate stage by the Netherlands Foru Martin.

Zack Miller (pictured) was beaten 3-0 by the Netherlands Marengo Romano, whilst Gerard Shaw (pictured) succumbed to defeat against Indonesia’s Alfons Gresty.

Ashton Albion Boxing Club are gearing up for a show which is taking place at Ashton’s Masonic Hall this Friday (27th).

Admission, which includes 12 bouts, has been priced at £15 each, or £40 for 2 adults and 2 children.