New Astley Boxing Club’s Demie-Jade Resztan has been tipped for success at the National Senior Elite Championships this weekend.
The 18-year-old will be the youngest competitor in her 46-48kg weight class when the three-day event begins in Liverpool tomorrow.
But New Astley’s head coach Mark O’Reilly believes that will not faze the England international when she steps in the ring at the Echo Arena on Saturday.
“Demie has prepared really good for this,” he said. “She has knuckled down and has been very dedicated.
“It’s a massive opportunity and could be a huge stepping stone for her.”
Resztan’s last fight saw her claim a unanimous decision victory against Mayland’s Martyna Jockowska, despite being considerably younger than her opponent.
“She boxed a girl who was 27 in our show back in March and it wasn’t an issue for her at all,” O’Reilly said. “She will be the youngest in the competition. The other girls are 24, 26 and 27 years old.”
It was the teenager’s first outing since suffering an early exit in the European Female Junior and Youth Championships last summer, with O’Reilly insisting the New Astley boxer had learnt from that defeat and is ready to prove herself on the big stage this weekend.
“I think if she can win it she could well get onto the GB team,” he said. “I’ve got hopes of her becoming an Olympian in Tokyo in five years.
“At the moment there is not a weight class for her but in five years time their definitely could be.”
After her last training session in the gym today, Resztan will travel up to Liverpool with her family and coach tomorrow.
Resztan is set to take on one of Jade Winfarrah (Grimsby), Tanya Dady (Earlfield) or Kerry-Anne Aaron (Combined Services) in Saturday’s semi-finals, with the final being contested a day later.
“It’ll be a quieter atmosphere than what you would get on a club show, which takes a bit of getting used to,” O’Reilly explained.
“It’s probably going to be the biggest crowd Demie has boxed in front of, but we are all behind her and think she’s got a live chance of winning it.”