14th Aug, 2020

Youngsters have "frightening" potential, says Cleary

Ben Tyler 13th Feb, 2020

HEAD coach Edwin Cleary says the current ability of ten-year-old fighters Jaya Kalsi and Serena Mali is “frightening”, on the back of their recent skill bouts.

The two local Cleary’s fighters were in action last weekend, with Kalsi competing with Tamworth boxer Evie McCormick, while Mali took on Wolverhampton’s Layla Grace-Cox.

Having been impressed by what he had seen from the pair, Cleary believes both fighters have what it takes to succeed in the sport.

“Both girls are showing the mentality, character and skill-set needed to be top boxers. The scary thing is they are both still only ten-years-old,” he said.

“They’re both ready to go, and if there were championships to take part in this year, then I’m pretty sure both of them would be the ones to look out for.

“They spar boys all the time, sometimes giving away a little age and weight.

“The only thing that is really holding them back is the opportunity for them to box in tournaments. But the things they are doing is frightening.”

The founder and owner of Cleary’s has admitted that the duo have already received plenty of external praise from their performances in the local community, adding: “It’s not only the Cleary’s coaches that see their potential – everywhere we go, we constantly get compliments to how good these two are, and now from other coaches and boys they spar.

“In 30 years in boxing, I have never seen anything of the likes of these two at their age – and dare I say – from girls.

“They are both well ahead of the game and their development and will only keep improving. These two are special and have exciting careers ahead.

“To have them both is so exciting and there’s a healthy rivalry between them which keeps them improving in the gym. They get on so well and have become great friends, but in the gym you can see they want to be the best.”

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