Second national title the target for St Ives boxing star Harli Whitwell

Harli Whitwell fights for a second national title.

Harli Whitwell fights for a second national title. - Credit: Archant

St Ives Boxing Academy talent Harli Whitwell bids to collect a second national crown of the year this Saturday.

Whitwell contests the National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs (NABGC) Championships final in Portsmouth.

She faces Alana Atkins of Chadwell in a straight final due to a lack of entries in the Under 63kg class.

Father and coach Steve Whitwell said: “It would be great for Harli’s chances of making the England team if she could pick up the NABGC title so soon after winning her division at the Junior Novice Championships.”

Whitwell’s older sister, Shona, is already a member of the England squad and recently picked up a silver medal when boxing for her country in Bulgaria.

Another St Ives Boxing Academy fighter, Jack Smith, came up short in his recent NABGC quarter-final. Smith paid the price for not throwing enough punches against James McDonaugh of Northolt.

Smith now moves up to senior level and is already being earmarked for a future professional career.