SILVER MEDALS for Karris Artingstall and Demi-Jade Resztan and a bronze for Rosie Eccles capped a great week for Great Britain’s female boxers who returned from last week’s EUBC Women’s European Boxing Championships in Madrid with three medals.
Boxing in the Olympic featherweight category (57kg), Artinsgtall defeated the highly experienced Bulgarian, Stanimira Petrova of Bulgaria and the home nation favourite, Jennifer Romero Fernandez, on route to her first medal at a major international tournament.
Her achievement was matched Resztan, who overcame Yana Burym of Belarus and Anna Okhota from Ukraine to earn her place in the light-flyweight (48kg) final.
The English pair were joined on the medal podium by Rosie Eccles of Wales who took bronze in the welterweight category to add to the silver medal she won at last year’s Commonwealth Games.
All three boxers competed at the tournament in their home nation vests. Artingstall and Eccles are members of the GB Boxing squad, however Resztan is not currently part of the world class programme as her weight category is not an Olympic weight class so she is not eligible to receive UK Sport funding.
Four other members of the GB Boxing squad also performed creditably at the tournament without managing to secure a medal.
At welterweight, Sandy Ryan, shook off a recent bout of illness to secure two wins before narrowly losing out to squad mate, Rosie Eccles, in their quarter final.
In the lightweight category, Paige Murney defeated Melissa Noemi Gonzalez of Spain before losing an agonising 3-2 split decision to the defending champion and Rio 2016 medallist, Mira Potkonen of Finland.
Rookies Tori Ellis-Willets and Kerry Davis both performed very well in their first major tournament in the face of an extremely cruel draw which pitted both of them against highly experienced Russian boxers.
Ellis-Willets in particular stood-out in her contest against the former world champion, Elena Saveleva, who could only manage a split decision (4-1) against the English newcomer.
The next major competition for Great Britain’s women is the AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships (3 – 13 October 2019) which get underway in Russia in less than four weeks