CLEARY’S Morgan Ansell became the No.1 youth women’s boxer in the 48kg category at the Junior and Schools GB Tri Nations tournament held in Scotland.
Ansell made the long journey to Motherwell to join up with the rest of the England Team for the prestigious event and defeated Wales’ Caitlin Cromie and Scotland’s Billie Denholm to take the crown.
“It really hasn’t sunk in,” said Ansell.
“I never expected to achieve so much in my first season as a youth but the sacrifices I’ve had to make such as forgoing my 17th birthday celebrations last week are starting to pay off.
“I’m excited for what the future could hold as at the minute it’s just getting better and better for me.”
On her first day Ansell was pitted again Wales’ Caitlin Cromie.
Ansell won the previous meeting against Cromie on a points decision two months ago.
This time around Cromie came out for revenge but Ansell had a game plan.
She drew her opponent on and struck on the counter which proved to be highly effective as she won the bout 4-1.
Ansell knew she was in for a tougher encounter against Scotland’s Billie Denholm the next day and started at a fast pace, keeping Denholm away with some long shots.
Towards the end Denholm seemed to become more desperate and came at Ansell.
Ansell used her rival’s tactics to her advantage to claim another 4-1 victory and secure the crown of the best 48kg youth woman in Great Britain.
RISING Cleary’s star Lewis Williams claimed a silver medal at an international box cup in Lithuania.
First up for the 19-year-old was Olberkis Tomas and fresh from his Elite ABA Championships victory last week, Williams boxed from range to win 4-1.
In the final Williams took on the taller Jokulys Robertas who claimed the first round.
After a telling off Williams dominated the second round.
With both boxers tiring from a high tempo in the first two rounds, the final round was about better boxing.
Great Britain coach Paul Bennett believed Williams had done enough to win but the victory went the way of Robertas.