Boxing history was made at the National Schools Championships 2019 this past weekend.
Sisters Ruby and Amber Moss-Birch made history at England Boxing’s National Schools Championships on May 18, becoming the first pair of sisters ever to win a title on the same event.
Ruby stopped Charlotte Bowers in the Female Cadet Under 42kg division – capturing that version of the national title.
Her sister Amber clinched the under 62kg title with a split decision over Madison Adkins.
The both box out of the Golden Ring club in Southampton. Golden Ring also saw success in March’s Junior National Championships with Danny Boardman.
There was success for another boxing lineage in the schools championships. Under 32kg female cadet Jordan Barrett won a shut-out.
Jordan said: “I never thought I would win this title, so I was very happy to stop my opponent and now I just feel excited.”
Her cousins James and Martin Nathan Barett both won in the Cadet Under 32kg and Class A Under 43kg.
James said: “I feel on top of the world to be the best in the country at my weight for the year. I’ve boxed everyone, and they are at a good level, so it feels good to have come through.”
Another piece of boxing history took place in the Male Class A Under 52kg. Dale Youth boxer Mohammed Mehdi won the club’s first national title since the 1970s.
Mehdi said: “It was really fun. I have been training hard every day. My dad and my coach push me hard and really support me.”
Wins also went to Daniel Hamilton in the Male Cadet Under 28kg; Riley Holmes in Cadet Under 46kg and Joe Joe Corrigan, Under 52kg. Lily Deacon defeated Morag Hetherington-Smith in the Female Under 54kg and Frances Cope beat Ruby Waters in the Under 45kg.
The female boxers that triumphed in this tournament join names like Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields in making boxing history.
In April Claressa Shields shut-out Christina Hammer to become the first female undisputed champion. Katie Taylor looks to unify her own division against Delfine Persoon in June on the undercard of Joshua vs Ruiz.