Demie-Jade Resztan has taken a giant step towards fulfilling her Great Britain aspirations after being selected for the England Elite senior women’s squad.
The New Astley Boxing Club fighter came through two national assessments among more than 50 other competitors to seal one of 15 places in the squad.
Her selection will see the 18-year-old train and box for England on a permanent basis, a move which New Astley coach Mark O’Reilly believes will play a major factor in allowing her reaching her goal of fighting at the very top level.
“Being part of the Elite team means that any international bouts or competitions that come up, Demie will automatically be selected, which is fantastic news,” he said.
“It is also a massive step towards representing Great Britain, which is her main focus.
“It is just a great opportunity for Demie to really progress with her boxing and allow her to make an easier transition into competing for Great Britain, which I’m sure she could handle.
“Potentially Demie can go as far as she wants to. She has all the right attributes and the mental strength to go all the way.
“She has shown that she can deal with setbacks and in boxing that mental strength is the most important thing.
“Potentially she is good enough to reach the top and be as good as anyone.
“I’m the hardest person on my boxers and they know that, so I’m showing no bias to Demie.”
Reflecting on her burgeoning potential, O’Reilly has backed Resztan to even go as far as emulating Nicola Adams, MBE, who became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title at London 2012, albeit if the weight categories are changed.
“We have spoken about the Olympics and potentially that could be on the horizon for her,” he added.
“One issue is the fact that there is no recognised weight category for Demie as the lowest is 51kg.
“However, there is a chance that her weight of 48kg could be introduced and although Rio next year is too soon, by the time 2020 comes around she will be 23 and starting to reach her peak.
“There is no reason why she couldn’t reach that level but if the weights aren’t changed there is still plenty for her to achieve and win such as world titles.”
n Meanwhile, New Astley Boxing Club will begin training for the new season on Tuesday evening at the Racing Centre Newmarket starting at 7pm.
The club cater for both beginners and experienced boxers.