LEAMINGTON’s Bella Madden has been putting in the extra hours ahead of this weekend’s trip to the capital for the prestigious Haringey Box Cup – Europe’s biggest amateur boxing event.
The three-day event takes place at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace where over 500 male and female boxers will take to the ring looking to replicate the performances of current heavyweight giant Anthony Joshua and fellow Great Britain star Nicola Adams who have tasted success at the competition.
Madden, who trains at Leamington-based Fitzpatrick Amateur Boxing Club, has been travelling around the country sparring different opponents in preparation for the competition.
The 28-year-old will not know who she is fighting until the opening day this Saturday, but coach Derek Fitzpatrick is hopeful that all of her long hours in the gym in recent weeks will pay off.
He said: “Bella has been working really hard in the build up to this event and we’re really hoping she can come away with a medal.
“She has worked hard on her fitness and we’re confidence that she can step up to the mark.
“It’s the first time we’ll be sending a boxer to the competition. It’s our first taste of tournament boxing so it’s an historic moment for the club.”
Fellow Leamington boxers Danny Quartermaine and Lewis Williams will also be in action down in London.