ROYAL Leamington Spa Amateur Boxing Club fighter Laura Carron has fulfilled her dream of becoming an England National Boxing Champion.
The Leamington boxer took home the Gold at the England National Boxing Championship Finals with an inspired performance in the final.
Carron forced the referee to stop the contest in the third round after she delivered several punishing blows to her opponent Amy Templeton.
After two close opening rounds, coach Ollie O’Neal instructed Carron from her corner and his advice enabled her to clinch the title in style.
Carron said: “I was pretty shocked, it was really hard work and I was just really shocked afterwards.
“I didn’t think I could achieve this after my injury setback, the guys around me believed in me, the problems that come from an injury are psychological as well.
“Boxing has always given me a focus, when people are in the pub, I’m training.
“I’m 31 now so I’m going to have a nice Christmas and then see what I’m doing next.
“I’d like to thank my coach Ollie, Tracy Sheppard and my wife and sparring partner Jessica Barry for pushing me to my limits.”
The action unfolded at the University of East London’s SportsDock with Laura winning the female under 64kg category.
And Carron’s success came after she was forced to take a break from the sport due to a back injury having started boxing at the gym when she was 17.
Carron’s win means O’Neal has now coached three female National Champions in the last five years.
And Carron also thanked ‘Christ the King’ Boxing Gym and ‘Newdigate Gym’ Coventry along with Mick Donohoe.