Stubley and Webster set for big weekends in the ring

Blyth’s Empire School of Boxing fighter Savannah Stubley has been clocking up the miles up in her quest to become 2016 Three Nations champion.

Stubley won the same title last year, becoming the first female to do so ,and this year she is hoping to go one better by establishing herself as a regular in the junior ladies international team.

She has also been selected to box for Tyne Tees and Wear in the up and coming Hull Boxng Cup.

Stubley had a series of trials recently with the England and Tyne Tees and Wear squads, where she passed with flying colours to be selected.

Empire coach Les Welsh said: “Savannah has worked her socks off to succeed in the sport of Olympic style boxing . Her training regime has had to be regularly adjusted and tweaked to get the very best out of her.

“The work this young lady has put in has been nothing short of inspirational, she never ever complains and her work rate, which is monitored, is managed by the coaching staff who see Savannah as a special talent.

“We have put the miles in for regular quality sparring, training, assessments as far afield as Sheffield at the Institute of Sport, home of England Boxing .

“Savannah will get a chance to box for England in a multi-nations tournament soon, and believe me she will be ready when that challenge comes along.

“The coaching team are working flat out as we have a gym full of great young talent.”

Stubley boxes for England in Cardiff on April 29, 30, and May 1.

Meanwhile the club has a heavyweight through to the quarter-finals of the Elite Championships, to be held from Friday, April 29, to Monday, May 1.

Welsh said: “Michael Webster, at 6ft 5in and 91kg, is an impressive puncher and boxer and as no one wanted to box him after he won the national novice championships a couple of years ago, we decided to up his training and Michael has worked so hard to achieve a level of fitness really associated with heavyweights .

“The championships started at Aycliffe Leisure Centre a couple of weeks ago, and Michael had to box one opponent on the Saturday and one on the Sunday, stopping the both in the second round.

“The next round saw the team travel down to Croxteth in Liverpool, and again Michael put on a tremendous performance to beat his opponent on points.

“The performance was exactly what we were looking for as it was a great test and Michael came through it well, rocking his opponent time and time again.

“Michael is a very good talent and with his levels of fitness and strength he will take some beating in this championship.

“This lad has shown tremendous commitment to the sport of boxing while many may have called it a day and walked away, but he has stuck at it and now he is getting his just rewards.

“The quarter-finals are at the Echo Arena in Liverpool Friday, April 29, and if Michael wins he boxes again the very next day in the semi-finals, and should he win he will box in the finals, so everyone wishes him all the luck going as you could never meet a more dedicated lovely man as Michael.”