New Astley Boxing Club coach Mark O’Reily has backed Demie-Jade Resztan to get over her GB Tri Nations woe and become a future champion.
The 18-year-old, representing England for the second time, narrowly missed out on title glory in Sheffield after suffering a unanimous defeat against a much stronger and more experienced Welsh opponent in the championship final.
But despite the disappointment of having to settle for silver, O’Reily is confident his young fighter will go on to become the number one boxer in her weight category in the country.
“Her opponent was just too strong at the end of the day,” he said.
“After being forced to take a standing count in the second round her opponent was just too mature for Demie and took the victory.
“She caught us by surprise a bit but we have to remember that Demie is at the bottom of the senior age group and is just beginning out at that level.
“She is coming up against fully grown women who are not only physically stronger but more mature as well.
“It can be a daunting challenge coming up against a more experienced opponent but we are all very proud of what she has achieved.
“She has plenty of time to challenge for titles and I am in no doubt she will go on to be the number one boxer in her weight category in the country, her time will come.”
The defeat comes as the second title Resztan has missed out on recently after she suffered a split decision 46-48kg final defeat to Tanya Dady at the National Senior Elite Championships at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in May.
However, O’Reily is of the belief that the lessons Resztan has learnt from the experiences will only help her to become a future champion.
“Really she is only a baby at the senior level who is just starting out, we can’t forget that,” he added.
“She will have learnt an awful lot from these experiences and although she is disappointed there are a lot of positives she can take forward. There is a lot still to learn but I know she will win a title in the future.”