Hard-hitting champ

Hard-hitting champ

A hard-hitting East Durham College student fought her way to the title of female youth champion at the Amateur Boxing Association of England National Championships.

Shauna-Leigh Taylor, aged 16, travelled to Rotherham to compete in the championships, defeating her opponent Michelle Lynch in the under 51kg final.

The level two diploma in sport learner trains at the East Durham College boxing club and, since 2014, has been part of the England ABA national set up.

She was overwhelmed to win the title.

“This is a great achievement for me and the proudest moment of my boxing career so far,” Shauna said.

“I love the sport and to see all my training pay off really shows that with the right amount of effort and dedication you can achieve your goals.”

East Durham College head boxing coach, Dave Binns, added: “Shauna joined us here to train last summer and she has just gone from strength to strength, she’s a fine advert for the female side of the sport and I’m sure she will continue to develop and go on to achieve great things.”

Pic: KNOCK OUT: Shauna-Leigh Taylor with her female youth champion belt