WHAT a difference a year makes!
Just 12 months after her first fight, Boston ABC boxer Nina Bradley returns to scene of her debut.
The 24-year-old will be competing in front of a home crowd at the Boston Show this Saturday.
And Bradley says she has come along way since that night at Haven High Technology College, where she gained the decision against Trudy O’Loughlin
“I’ve got a lot more belief and confidence now,” she told The Standard.
“Before that first fight, I was asking myself whether I’d trained enough and if I was good enough. But this year has been a big learning curve.”
In a year where she has had five fights, the major learning curve came in November, a hard-fought victory over Jessica Poxon.
Giving away weight and size advantage, Bradley was forced to pull out all the stops to get the decision.
Since then, she has dropped down to the 62 kilo category as she hopes to gain an edge in tournament fighting.
But, over the past 12 months, one thing still hasn’t changed.
“I still get nervous before every fight,” she added.
“But I’m told that’s normal.
“It’s a good thing as it gets you ready for a fight.”
The Boston Show, one of two hosted by the club in the town each year, offers local fighters the chance to showcase their skills in front of a home crowd.
Also on the bill for April 14 will be Ross Batey, Patrick Jachowicz, Jared Brereton, Aaron Johnson, Ben Gaunt, Dave Baggley, Nick Staples, Tee Singh, Shane Elding, Daniel Clarke, Martin Ruck and juniors Logan Hare, Keir Sellars and Thomas Pogson.
Action gets underway at 7.30pm and tickets - priced £10 - are available on the door.