Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bainbridge Going for Gold; AFTER A KNOCKOUT 2018, MEGAN WANTS EURO TITLE JUNIOR BOXING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bainbridge Going for Gold; AFTER A KNOCKOUT 2018, MEGAN WANTS EURO TITLE JUNIOR BOXING

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MEGAN Bainbridge boxed so clever to secure Euro silver in 2018 - but has her sights set on going one better in 2019, writes TONY HODGSON.

The Chester-le-Street fighter, who turns 16 this month, claimed an impressive silver medal in the 48kg category at the Junior European Championships at Anapa in Russia.

The Brandon Boxing Club fighter stopped her Moldovan opponent in the quarter-finals and enjoyed a lastfour victory against an Armenian rival before losing to a more experienced Russian boxer in the goldmedal decider.

It was a knockout performance from the North Durham Academy pupil in what was her first Euro callup for Great Britain.

However, proud dad Paul believes his daughter has a fighting chance of striking gold at the 2019 Euros, which will be staged in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the summer.

He said: "Megan attended an England training camp in Italy before going out to the Euros, where she did fantastically well.

"She boxed so well in her quarterfinal and semi-final bouts and put up a great show in the final before losing to a very strong girl from Russia.

"She is determined to right that wrong and go for gold next year."

Bainbridge really did pack a punch in a memorable 2018 which brought her major success in the ring.

As well her Euro exploits, the youngster claimed gold - for a third year in succession - at the prestigious Monkstown Box Cup in Ireland. She defeated England's Kelsey Oakley - one of her rivals for GB selection - on a split decision in their 48kg bout.

The result made up for the disappointment of her not being able to contest the National Junior Championships due to an ankle injury.

Earlier in the year, Bainbridge had clinched a silver medal at the Golden Gloves Box Cup in Sweden, an event she hopes to return to in February.

The year before the teenager - who took up boxing at the age of nine - had celebrated a hat-trick of gold medals, including at the Hull Box Cup and in Monkstown. …

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