Italian job waits for history-making teen

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Teenage boxer Demie Jade Resztan will create history when stepping into the ring for an international contest in Italy on July 17 and 18.

Resztan, who boxes for Newmarket’s New Astley Amateur Boxing Club, is to pull on an England vest following her selection for this year’s women’s junior and youth European Union Boxing Championships in Assisi.

As a result of the 17-year-old’s selection for the event, it sees her becomes the first-ever fighter from the Fred Archer Way club to compete in a major international championships.

“We have had previous boxers take part in things like the three nations and multi-nation events, but we have never had anyone 
box in a major European championships,” said Mark O’Reilly, head coach at New Astley. “It is fantastic for the club and Demie is absolutely buzzing about receiving the call-up as it’s all she has ever wanted.”

Although impressing O’Reilly ever since joining the club two years ago, it 
was her performance at a recent England squad training session down in Oxfordshire last month that won over those selecting the team for Italy.

“Demie performed out of her skin down in Oxfordshire,” said O’Reilly. “It was hard training event as she did four sessions in one day and she came through all of them very well.

“Although I was coaching another group down there, 
I had no influence on the 
decision, but from what I 
had heard the other coaches saying about her I left 
there with a good feeling 
that she would be selected.”

While it was ultimately Resztan’s performance in the training squad that led to her selection, O’Reilly believes a large amount of her impressive display can be put down to her split-decision victory over Shannon Byrne in Ireland last month.

“The bout in Ireland brought her on so much confidence wise,” said O’Reilly. “It was her first bout in two years and she worked really hard for it.

“She boxed really well against good girl and it just changed her self belief.”

Despite Rezstan, who will take part in another England training camp in Sheffield before jetting out to Italy, not knowing her first opponent, O’Reilly has made it clear she will be more than ready for the occasion.

“It could be anybody 
from any of the countries 
taking part that she takes on, but we will keep her up to 
her work and make sure she is in good form who ever she faces,” said O’Reilly. “Demie works very hard and is a dedicated trainer and now that she has the chance to prove it I know that she will take it as she is exactly that type of person.”