Commonwealth Games medallists Paige Murney and Lisa Whiteside pull-out of next week’s European Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia

By 31st May 2018News

Commonwealth Games medallists, Lisa Whiteside and Paige Murney, have withdrawn from competing at the EUBC European Women’s Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria (5 – 12 June 2018).

The pair were among five boxers selected by GB Boxing to compete at the Championships which get underway next week.

Lightweight, Murney, was withdrawn on medical grounds due to a persistent infection that has prevented her from training and hampered her preparations for the tournament.  Flyweight, Whiteside withdrew at the weekend for personal reasons.

It means GB Boxing will now send three boxers to the tournament, including Commonwealth Games gold medallists, Sandy Ryan and Lauren Price.

Ryan will box for England at welterweight (69kg) and Price will represent Wales at middleweight (75kg).  Ebonie Jones, from GB Boxing’s Podium Potential squad and winner of the recent U22 European Championships, will compete for England at bantamweight (54kg).

Boxers selected by the national governing bodies of England and Wales who will also compete at the Championships include Demie-Jade Resztan and Karriss Artingstall who will box at light-flyweight (49kg) and featherweight (57kg) for England.  Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Rosie Eccles, will box for Wales at welterweight.

The full list of boxers is (* member of GB Boxing squad):

Athlete Country Category Club
Demie Jade Resztan England 48 Kg New Astley Boxing Club, Newmarket
Ebonie Jones * England 54 Kg Army (Portsmouth)
Karriss Artingstall England 57 Kg Army (Macclesfield)
Sandy Ryan* England 69 Kg One Nation Pegasus ABC, Derby
Rosie Eccles Wales 69 Kg Pontypool Boxing Club, Pontypool
Lauren Price* Wales 75 Kg Pontypool Boxing Club, Pontypool

Individual profiles of the boxers from the GB Boxing squad are available at http://www.gbboxing.org.uk/gb-boxing-squad/podium-squad/.

Boxing begins on 5 June 2018.  Results and updates on the progress of the boxers at the European Championship will be posted at www.gbboxing.org.uk and on the GB Boxing twitter feed @gbboxing once the tournament begins.