Asquith wins national title

Emily Asquith

Emily Asquith

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Bridlington’s Emily Asquith became the town’s latest national boxing champion when she stopped her opponent in the final round of Saturday’s final.

The 13-year-old proved too strong for Georgina Gorman of Sefton, and returned home with a coveted pair of golden gloves after winning by technical knockout.

Emily Asquith, aged 13, new national boxing champion.

Emily Asquith, aged 13, new national boxing champion.

Asquith, the third Bridlington girl to box in a national final in the last two years, only took part in her first competitive bout in April.

She said: “I don’t feel like it’s just me who has won, I feel like the whole club has won. I get so much help from people sparring with me, doing pads with me, running with me, everything.

“I may have been the only one in the ring, but without the support of everyone at the gym, I know I wouldn’t have been good enough to be entered into the championships this early as I haven’t been boxing for very long.”

The England Boxing Schools and Minors Championship Finals saw more than 140 boxers box for national titles at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre in Lincolnshire.

Emily Asquith with brother Harvey, who is also a member of the boxing club.

Emily Asquith with brother Harvey, who is also a member of the boxing club.

The day began with 10 bells and a round of applause as a mark of respect for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, whose death was announced earlier in the day.

The long wait before her bout did not affect the Headlands School pupil, whose attitude has impressed Bridlington head coach Damien Grant.

He said: “Her dedication in the gym has been second to none, she has worked as hard as any other boxer preparing for championships, coming in for extra sessions whenever I have asked whether it be at 7am before school or on a weekend.

“When other boxers in the gym are winding down for the end of the season, Emily has continued to work hard and attended every extra session I put on for her with passion and enthusiasm.

“Emily was very gracious and modest in her victory showing he utmost respect. A shining example of sportsmanship.”