After missing out on landing her first national title, Sudbury’s up-and-coming boxer Ruby East admitted she failed to perform to her potential.
In Grantham on Saturday, she was up against Saoirse Henry from Brentwood in the final of the Under-15 Junior Novice Under 50kg Division.
East started well, boxing off the backfoot, landing nice clean shots.
In the second, Henry upped her pace and just nicked it, with East struggling to find her rhythm.
Henry just kept coming in the last and deciding round, which would normally suit the Sudbury boxer, but she just could not find her flow and Henry took the round to be crowned national champion.
Sudbury head coach Neil Anderson said: “She has done so well lately sparring at different clubs.
“But after the contest, Ruby said she just didn’t feel right. She said everything was in slow motion and her legs just wouldn’t move quick enough.”
n Friday night saw two Sudbury boxers in action on the Eastgate show at Whelnetham Village Hall.
Eleven-year-old Noah Ranson (34kg) took part in a skills bout with Freddie Collins from Norwich City.
Collins started the quicker but once Ranson found his range he used his southpaw stance to keep his opponent off balance to land some nice shots.
Jake Sumner (74kg) also took on an opponent from Norwich City in Evan Norman, in a highly-entertaining contest.
Sumner had the better of the exchanges and in rounds two and three the referee had to give Norman standing eight counts after body shots.
In a much-improved performance from last week, Sumner was awarded the judge’s verdict to pick up his first win of the season.