BOXING: Shona Whitwell shows her Commonwealth Games credentials with terrific triumph and now seeks backing to help her quest for the top
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Shona Whitwell continued her wonderful winning streak – thanks to her best performance to date.
That’s how father and trainer, Steve, described his 19 year-old daughter’s display in winning the lightweight category of the Haringey Box Cup last weekend.
Whitwell produced a pair of polished performances to beat fellow English fighter Louise Orton on a unanimous judges’ verdict at the semi-final stage before stopping former Irish captain Rivers McCormack in the second round of the final.
They were victories which again highlighted the class of Whitwell, who has emerged as a contender for major events such as the Commonwealth Games next year and the Olympic Games in 2020 during a sparkling debut season at senior level.
“This was as dominant a display as I have ever seen from Shona,” said Whitwell snr. “It highlighted the terrific progress she has made this season when winning three major titles.
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“The future could not be any brighter. I’m confident Shona can not only remain as the number one in Great Britain, but also compete at major events if we can secure the sponsorship she needs.
“She has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Games next year and is also being lined up as a potential member of the team for the Olympics in Tokyo.
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“We’re desperately seeking enough backing to allow her to train full-time and have the best possible opportunity of making her dreams come true.”
Whitwell also helped to create a slice of history along with younger sibling Harli, 16, last weekend. They became the first sisters to represent England at the same event with Harli part of the team which took on Australia.
It proved to be a tough experience as she suffered a recurrence of a nose injury, which left her bleeding heavily and led to her bout against Ella Boot being halted late in the final round – a decision which left her father dismayed.
“Harli wasn’t in any trouble so the fight should not have been stopped,” added Whitwell snr. “She wouldn’t have won it so it makes no real difference, but a boxer always wants to hear the final bell. Harli will take a break now and allow her nose to heal fully before she boxes again.”
Any individuals or businesses interested in backing Shona should contact dad Steve by email at email@example.com