Smith foiled in bid for national junior title

Leah Smith
Leah Smith

Bridlington’s Leah Smith was edged out in her attempts to be come the town’s latest English champion.

She was at Ponds Forge in Sheffield at the weekend for the finals of England Boxing Junior Championships.

In Sunday’s final of the 60kg category, Smith was beaten by Harrow’s Shelley Sweeney after a unanimous decision by the judges.

The previous day, she had seen off the challenge of Millicent Hanson of Huthwaite, to secure her place in the national final.

Bridlington head coach Damien Grant said: “Leah didn’t win but it was such a close bout.

“We thought Leah had done enough to win the contest but was very very close again a really good girl.

“The England scouts have still asked for Leah’s details which is really positive.”