2020 vision for two-time national champ Perkins

Warwick boxer Molly Perkins claimed her second national title at the England Boxing Youth Championships at the Ferryhill Community hub in Durham.
National champion Molly Perkins. Picture: chrisbevanphotography.co.ukNational champion Molly Perkins. Picture: chrisbevanphotography.co.uk
National champion Molly Perkins. Picture: chrisbevanphotography.co.uk

The 17-year-old, now boxing for Birmingham club 2nd City, outpointed Chloe Litwin (Turners BA) to reach the 48kg final, where she came up against Boston’s Adrianne Finch, who she beat in last year’s final.

After a close first round, Perkins found her range and used her angles to take control of the bout, which led to a standing count for Finch in the fourth round.

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Perkins got the nod from the judges on a split decision, but coach Paddy Farrell thinks there is plenty more to come from the former Stratford ABC boxer.

“She’s come on leaps and bounds in the three months she has been here,” said Farrell.

“Fitness-wise and technique-wise she is really coming up.”

A forthcoming three-day trial with England underlines the faith Farrell has in Perkins and he sees no reason she cannot follow in the footsteps of London gold medallist Nicola Adams.

“2020 would be her Olympics,” he added.

“She’s got a lot of learning to do but she’d be the perfect age.

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“She lives the life of a boxer and that’ll make her go far.”

Meanwhile, Warwick ABC’s Bella Madden claimed a second win over Berinsfield BC’s Harriet Healey in Banbury last weekend.

Healey had racked up three successive wins since losing to Madden and came out all guns blazing in the opening round.

However, Madden’s superior technique and fitness saw her take control of the second and third rounds to claim a unanimous victory.

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Cleary’s ABC’s Lewis Williams and Danny Quartermaine are both in championship action in Alcester tomorrow.

Williams takes on Joe Ireland for the Youth Central England light heavyweight belt, while Quartermaine meets Macauley Owen for the lightweight equivalent.