Golden girl! Bradley is ABA boxing champ

Nina Bradley is a national champ.
Nina Bradley is a national champ.

Boxer Nina Bradley is a national champion - after winning the women’s Amateur Boxing Association gold in just one-and-a-half fearsome minutes.

After opponent Joanne Barrett was given two first-round standing eight counts, the referee stopped the fight.

And when her arm was raised, 25-year-old Bradley became the first national champion to represent Boston ABC since former Commonwealth Games representative Joe Dawson in 1979.

“It hasn’t sunk in,” Bradley told The Standard.

“I keep watching the video but it doesn’t feel real yet.”

Opponent Barrett had won five of her amateur bouts before meeting Bradley in the final of the women’s 60 kilo 10-bouts-and-under event.

So the Boston fighter knew she had to be on top of her game.

“She came at me and that suits me,” said Bradley (pictured with her medal).

“I made a decision in my head that I had to go for it and work, work, work for as long as it took.

“But I didn’t think it would be over that quickly.

“In my head it took a lot longer, there were lots of punches being thrown.”

Christmas will be a quiet one for Bradley, a mother of one.

She is now in training for the Golden Girls Box Cup, held in Sweden in January.

Bradley is trained by Dave ‘Crock’ Goddard and Tom Brazil.

She is sponsored by Pilgrim Electricals and is also funded by Acorn Taxis, who paid for her costs to fight in Cannock and will also fund her trip to Sweden.