BOXING: JADE Yeomans banished the memory of losing out in the finals last year to be crowned a female National Novice Champion in Grantham.
The Leamington boxer lost to Jem Campbell at last year’s event but this time around there was to be a fairly-tale ending as Yeomans came up against a tough challenge in the shape of Lucy Kisielewska on Saturday.
Yeomans boxed nervously early on in her second 69kg final but eventually found her flow but it was in the second round where she took her performance up to another level.
A more controlled fight saw Yeomans put her opponent down twice for two standing counts before finishing the job in the third by landing a body shot followed by a left hook to the head.
It was just reward for Yeomans who lost out at this stage back in 2015 and coach Oliver O’Neill feels the talented boxer can go far after losing one of just eight bouts.
He said: “ Jade boxed the perfect fight and she deserves this title for everything she went through last year.
“She started our quite nervous but she eventually got going, picked her shots and deserved the win.
“In the second she was much more controlled and managed to land a lot of body shots. Her opponent was a strong girl but Jade was superb.
“I’m really please for Jade and the club too. She’s had a great run and I hope she can carry on after this. I can only guide her.
“She’s a talented girl and it depends how far she wants to take it.”