Defeat in Sweden has only made Nina Bradley more determined to succeed on the women’s international boxing scene.
The Boston ABC fighter’s first taste of boxing abroad didn’t end in a gold medal, as she had hoped.
However, the 25-year-old believes the competition in Boras - where she lost on points to fellow Brit champ Sarah Dunn - will be a defining moment in her career.
“They say things like this make or break you, and this will definitely be the making of me,” Bradley (pictured) told The Standard.
“I didn’t feel 100 per cent, but I’m making no excuses.
“I’ve learned a lot about international competition.
“It will make me a better boxer.”
Bradley finished 2012 on a high by winning the Amateur Boxing Association’s 60 kilo category.
She hoped the Golden Girl Box Cup would bring the chance to prove herself against some of Europe’s finest.
But after a first-round bye she was drawn against fellow England fighter Dunn, of Bury, who won the ABA title in the 57 kilo category.
“It was an even fight between two champions,” Bradley added.
“But my movement wasn’t quick enough. She was taller than me and worked her jab well.
“It’s something I’m going to work hard on now.
“Being there made me realise I want to get into the GB squad and I have to make sacrifices to get there.”