Kings Heath boxers set to step it up

OLYMPIC AIM - Chantelle Cameron (left) continues her quest for a place at Rio 2016
OLYMPIC AIM - Chantelle Cameron (left) continues her quest for a place at Rio 2016

Kings Heath ABC head coach Arthur Daly is ready to take his talented team of boxers ‘to the next level’ in the second half of the season.

Chantelle Cameron, who remains England and Great Britain’s No.1 at lightweight, Reuben Arrowsmith, Kieron Conway and Noel Smith all have high hopes for 2015.

And Charlie Lee, Stanley Forskitt and Ryan Conway will hope to start their club’s year in style at the Junior ABAs this weekend.

“We have been flat out for the past few months and we have another generation of talent coming through,” said Daly.

“We also need to take our reigning national champions and numerous Internationals to the next level.

“The club is only a few short of 100 internationals and 50 national champions over the years and our ambition is to achieve that figure at least in the future.

“The club remains very progressive and ambitious with a team of boxers sponsors and coaching staff totally dedicated to that common aim.”

Cameron remains the jewel in the club’s crown and she will step up her bid to make the Rio 2016 Olympics when she jets off to Poland to 
represent her country in a Multi-Nations tournament this year.

Meanwhile, Arrowsmith, Kieron Conway and Smith are all boxing for Central Area belts in the next few weeks as they prepare for the Senior ABAs.

A Far Cotton ABC quintet will be in action at the Youth England Boxing Championships at Mansfield on Friday night.

The Fail brothers, Carl, Ben and Aaron, will be joined by Morgan Bosley and Connor Downes as the club bids to add to its burgeoning reputation.

Carl Fail will fight at 64kg, Ben at 69kg and Aaron at 60kg, with Bosley boxing at 56kg and Downes taking to the ring in the 48kg category.

Meanwhile, Laura Stevens was in Derby last weekend as she enjoyed a three-hour session with an east midlands select squad.

The 25-year-old recently returned from claiming a gold medal at the Golden Girl Championships in Sweden.

She will enter the ABAs in April, boxing at 69kg rather than 71kg as she bids to secure more bouts and more titles.