Resztan on right path to Olympics

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New Astley Boxing Club’s Demie-Jade Resztan is going in the right direction for a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to coach Mark O’Reilly.

After taking home a bronze medal while on England duty at the International Balkan Tournament in Bulgaria last month, the 18-year-old is in Sheffield this week to take part in a sparring week alongside boxers from Germany, France, Azerbaijan and the USA.

And with an English Title fight potentially being on the cards early next year, O’Reilly insists the future is bright for New Astley’s Boxer of the Year.

“It was a huge experience for her to mix with that sort of calibre,” O’Reilly said. “It will be a great confidence boost for her as well because she’s training very hard.

“She’s training twice a day and has got a lot going for her. Going up to Sheffield for a multi-nation sparring week will be another great experience.

“I was asked last night (Tuesday) if Demie would box for an English title in January and we’ll give that a thought after this week.”

O’Reilly outlined his long-term plans for the England international, which included competing at the Olympics in 2020, but was quick to point out a lot can change in the next four years.

“The long-term plan is that they will hopefully add another two weight classes at the Olympics so it’s the same amount for females and males,” the New Astley coach said.

“Demie will be 23, 24 when it comes around again and that’s where we’re looking to be.”