Boston ABC fighter Nina Bradley has been called up for training with the England squad.
She has impressed squad bosses with some stand-out performances in a 12-month period where she has also been crowned a national champion.
Bradley won the 60k 10-fights-and-under category in the women’s Amateur Boxing Association finals, stopping Joanne Barrett in the first round last year.
“I’ve always wanted to be part of the England squad, so I’ve got to work hard now to impress the coaches,” Bradley told The Standard.
She will link up with the England Select Team in Leeds next month, where the top female fighters will be put to the test.
But those that impress could be offered the chance to box for the country in future international tournaments.
“It’s time to up my game,” Bradley added.
Competing in Halesowen this week, Bradley faced Ireena Peliah from Second City ABC, and was dumbfounded not to get the decision.
Despite fighting well, some strange scoring - 17-11, 17-18, 15-17 - went against her.
Meanwhile, Thomas Pogson has been on the wrong end of two close decisions.
The teenage Boston ABC fighter just missed out on the decision when he boxed Jahmal Weaver in Middlesbrough last week, competing on a show hosted by Pallister ABC.
Then, this week, he under-performed against Naser Mahazi of Warley ABC in Halesowen.