Boston ABC’s Nina Bradley is going for gold as she prepares for her first international competition.
The 25-year-old fighter ended 2012 on a high - winning the Amateur Boxing Association’s national women’s title in the 60 kilo category.
And now she is aiming to pick up where she left off in 2013 as she competes in the Golden Girl Cup Box from Friday to Sunday.
Tomorrow (Thursday) she will jet off to Boras in Sweden.
It will be the first taste of international action and a steep learning curve for Bradley.
“It will be good for me to learn about boxing internationally,” she told The Standard.
“It’s a chance for me to learn more about myself.
“When I get back I can start training on what I think my weaknesses were.
“But that doesn’t mean I’m not going there to win the gold medal.”
Bradley’s preparation suffered a setback over the festive period as she picked up a sickness bug.
But after recovering she has been training with Boston pro fighter Callum Johnson, who has been passing on tips about how he dealt with similar tournaments abroad.
Bradley is also aiming to follow in Commonwealth Games gold medallist Johnson’s footsteps and box for her country.
“The Olympics in Brazil is my aim,” she added. “But I’ve got to make things happen now.
“I’m 25 and need to get involved with the England squad as soon as possible.
“Hopefully, I impressed them at the ABAs and this is another chance to get my name out there.”