CHARLOTTE Jarvis suffered disappointment in her bid to become national schoolgirl boxing champion at the weekend.
She lost in the under 42kg final to Serena Wybrow, after her preparations for the event were thrown into disarray - but she has the consolation of being crowned Yorkshire champion.
Jarvis had been expecting to fight Hull’s Natasha Dolan in the final at Manchester but with less than a week to go before the bout, the Bridlington club were told a new challenger had entered the weight class.
Officials ordered that Jarvis and Dolan fight in a semi final with just a few days notice and the bout was arranged for Hull last Thursday.
The Bridlington girl had beaten her opponent in their two previous encounters but their third encounter was very messy, and Jarvis had two warnings for going in with her head.
However, she had scored more than enough points to win the bout even with the four points deducted, and progressed to Saturday’s final against Wybrow of the Brentwood Youth club.
Bridlington head coach Damien Grant said: “Charlotte started off very well and for the first minute of the first round was on top however in the second half of the round Wybrow came back and landed some good shots, finishing the first round 6-3 up.
“During the second round Wybrow managed to get a good left hand through which although it didnt hurt Jarvis it knocked her head back and the referee was forced to give an eight count.
“However knowing she was down Jarvis battled on well and actually won the second round closing the gap down to two points with a score of 10-8.
“In the third round Jarvis really put the pressure on and worked back the points she was down however she kept getting caught with the same left hand which twice again knocked her head back and forced the referee again to intervene with an eight count.
“After three eight counts despite the contest being about level the referee had to stop the bout in Wybrow’s favour.
“Charlotte has become the club’s latest Yorkshire champion and the club’s first female champion and national finalist.
“She has done really well to get where she has. She has really had to watch her weight to make the under 42kg category and had to box less than 48 hours before the final.
“She has done herself and the club proud and will be back in action in the new year after moving up a weight.”
Her mum Tracy said: “Me, her dad and her brother Ben, are just so proud of her.
“She came up against a girl who had had twice as many fights as Charlotte has had.
“But she boxed really well, Damien said that even though she lost, it was the best that he had ever seen her box.
“She was definitely not out-boxed by the other girl, who just caught her with a couple of very good punches.
“Charlotte herself is just so happy that she had the opportunity to box at this level, it was a really good learning experience for her, and she is now even more determined to carry on, work hard and improve in time for next year’s championships.
“She is still this year’s Yorkshire Schoolgirl champion in her weight, and in the next year she just needs to train hard, and learn as much as she can.
“With the help and support of the club, we are sure that come next year she will gain more experience and get herself some more fights under her belt.”