Empire School of Boxing’s Stubley named best female boxer of the year

Savannah Stubley from Empire School of Boxing in Blyth has been awarded the best female boxer award by the Tyne Tees and Wear Association for her performances this season.

Stubley had to sit back at the beginning of the season and watch fellow club-mates get bout after bout as she was the victim of her own success the season before.

Girls her own weight and age did not want to box her.

Empire head coach Les welsh said is was decided Stubley would box in the national championships.

But once the championships came around it was discovered she did not have an opponent, so a letter was sent to England Boxing and after numerous phone calls she was accepted at the weight above and her championships began.

Opponent after opponent were defeated until Stubley boxed in the national final where she out pointed a very good opponent and became national champion.

Stubley, from Blyth, was then invited to box in the Three Nations Championships, becoming the first girl in history to do so.

She took this in her stride and after two bouts was awarded the title.

This season has been rewarding for Stubley, who has aspirations to box for England in the Olympics.

Welsh has no doubt that is a strong possibility.

He said: “We should all watch Savannah’s career unfold. She is a great boxer and has an outstanding future in front of her.

“I am looking to train more girls as the last three years we have produced more female champions than anyone else.

“I would welcome more girl participation in our club, we already have a few coming through but we would like to add more, so anyone interested just come a long to the club in Cowpen Road and get involved.”