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03/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 04:16

Inaugural England Boxing Women’s Winter Box Cup announced by NGB

In line with International Women's Day, England Boxing are delighted to announce confirmation of the inaugural Women's Winter Box Cup which will take place on 8 - 9 December 2018.

Athletes from across England and internationally will be welcomed to compete at the England Boxing Women's Winter Box Cup. The event provides athletes with the opportunity to participate in an event that simulates an international competition.

Boxers between from schools through to elites and international level are invited to enter and compete in this competition.

Women's boxing was first introduced at the Olympic Games in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games in 2014 but England Boxing have hosted women's boxing competitions at elite level since 2004.

Linked to the competition will also be women's coaching and officiating seminars, plus the chance for youngsters to come along and have a go. England Boxing aims for this to be a celebration of Women's boxing in England and the contribution women make to the sport.

England Boxing's Chief Executive Gethin Jenkins said: 'We are excited to announce England Boxing's inaugural Winter Women's Box Cup.

'As detailed in the recently published four-year strategy the development and support of women's boxing is clearly shown as a priority for the National Governing Body. Creating more opportunities for women boxers to compete is vital to encouraging more females to take part from entry level through to international level and hopefully the Olympic podium. We are delighted that Sport England have agreed to help back this initiative.

'Women's Boxing has been successful at Olympic level and our participation numbers continue to grow, and we hope this event will not only offer more competition but also create greater awareness of the opportunity for girls and women to participate in amateur boxing, whether this be in the ring or as a volunteer officiating, coaching and administrating.

'What better day to announce our new competition than on International Women's Day; a day designed to celebrate the achievements of women and we know that our boxers will showcase their sporting talent on that weekend in December.'

[Quote from Sport England]

European Youth Champion Caroline Dubois (17) said: 'I think that it is great that female boxers are getting the support they need, and time is being spent on them.

'I am really excited and cannot wait to fight again and step in the ring and show what I can do because at the end of the day that is what I train so hard to do and it can be frustrating sometimes when I can't get bouts.'

England Boxing's London Regional Secretary Terri Kelly said: 'I am absolutely thrilled with England Boxing's decision to host a Women's Box Cup. It's a thoroughly progressive move which will help boxers increase their competitive experience by enticing opposition from much further afield to our shores. Lead by example, I always say, and we are.'

England Boxing are currently in negotiations with several venues which will be confirmed along with the entry details in due course.