GB Boxing names six women to compete at 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul

By 6th May 2022News

GB Boxing has named a team of six women that will compete at the 2022 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in in Istanbul which get underway next week (8-20 May 2022).

The line-up is made-up of four women from England and two from Wales and includes 2020 Olympian, Charley Davison, 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Rosie Eccles and 2019 world championship bronze medallist and European silver medallist, Demie-Jade Resztan.

They are joined by flyweight, Helen Jones, lightweight, Shona Whitwell and middleweight, Kerry Davis who will all be competing at their first world championship.

For 28-year-old Davison, who qualified for Tokyo 2020 after a seven-year break in which she had three children, it will be her third competition of the year having returned to full-time training in January 2022, after a four month break post-Tokyo.

She said: “It was great to go to the Olympics however I was disappointed not to win a medal so I had a lot to think about when I got home.  I took some time out and it was nice to spend time with my family but I had to think about what I wanted to do next and once I came back into the gym and started training again I knew I wanted to give it another go.

“I have enjoyed being back in training and I’ve really felt the benefit of being around the other boxers and working with the GB coaches again.  I am looking forward to the worlds.  It’s all a stepping-stone to where I want to be and winning a medal at the next Olympics in Paris.”

The tournament in Istanbul will be a first outing of 2022 for Wales’ Rosie Eccles who will box in the welterweight category where the upper weight limit has been reduced from 69kg to 66kg.

Eccles missed out a chance to go to Tokyo when the second qualifying event was cancelled owing to Covid-19 but has been on a great run of form over the last 18 months, winning 10 of her last 11 bouts.

The 27-year-old is hoping to make a statement of intent at the world championships before this summer’s Commonwealth Games where she plans to go one better than the silver medal she won on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Eccles said: “This is the first event of a big year for me.  Not having the chance to go to a second qualifier for Tokyo 2020 was a massive disappointment but I have come back strong and my form has been good so I just want to continue with it and build on the results I have had over the last year or so.

“The new weight class really works for me so I am looking forward to boxing at 66kg and showing what I can do.”

Another boxer in going into the world championships in good form is middleweight, Kerry Davis.  The 25-year-old from Cheltenham has won gold at both of the tournaments she competed at in 2022 and has been sparring with the Tokyo Olympic champion, Lauren Price, who has now turned professional but continues to be based at GB Boxing.

Davis said: “I have been in good form recently and have won gold at my last two tournaments which has really boosted my confidence.

“Having the opportunity to spar Lauren has been great and has certainly helped me to improve over the last few months.  You learn so much from being in the ring with someone that good.  It gives you a real confidence boost when you face your opponents in the ring as you know that they cannot be as good as the person you have been sparring with in training.”

A final person that will travel with the six GB Boxing selections is three-time England Boxing national champion, Cindy Ngamba, who will compete at light-middleweight.

Ngamba lives in England but does not currently possess a British passport and will compete at the world championships for the Fair Chance team that has been established by IBA to create opportunities for refugees to compete in international boxing events.  She will travel with the GB Boxing team and her participation in the competition will be funded by IBA.

The full team is:

Boxer Weight Class Country Hometown / Club
Demie-Jade Retszan Minimum weight – 48kg England Cambridge / New Astley
Helen Jones Light-flyweight – 50kg Wales Swansea / Premier ABC
Charley Davison Flyweight – 52kg England Lowestoft / Triple A
Shona Whitwell Lightweight – 60kg England Cambridge / St Ives ABC
Rosie Eccles Welterweight – 66kg Wales Cardiff / Pontypool ABC
Kerry Davis Middleweight – 75kg England Cheltenham / Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Cindy Ngamba Light-middleweight – 70kg Fair Chance Bolton / Halliwell ABC

The action starts on 9 May 2022 and the results of all the bouts involving boxers from Great Britain will be posted on GB Boxing’s social media channels and at www.gbboxing.org.uk.