Annie Rosam will bid to become the WKU British Thai Boxing champion today.
The 12-year-old, from Bruce Park, Gosport, will compete at the Thai Boxing Junior British Open in Birmingham.
Rosam, who trains at Portsmouth Thai Boxing Club, has been taking part in the sport since the age of seven.
Today’s event will represent the biggest stage of her fledgling career.
But dad Jason Rosam believes his daughter is ready to make the step up and can excel in her new surroundings.
‘Annie has had a few friendly fights, but this is her biggest fight to date.’ he said.
‘She has worked so hard for this.
‘The whole club, mainly adults and her junior sparring partner, Tyler Hughes, have given their total commitment to helping Annie be ready.’
Rosam trains four times a week under the tuition of her coach Matt Scott.
With his expert help, she has flourished as a fighter and is fully prepared for her title assault.
The youngster will compete in the 11-13-year-old category at the championships.
So far there are three competitors registered – two will fight in the semi-final, while one will get a buy to the final.
Dad Jason is adamant his daughter can bring the British title to Gosport.
‘I think she can go all the way,’ he said.
‘She’s fitter and stronger than she has ever been.’
The winner of the open will get the opportunity to join the UK Muay Thai team, who are scheduled to fight abroad later this year.
Dad Jason added representing her country was something his daughter wanted to achieve.
‘They will fight for the title, with the winner getting a call-up to the national team,’ he said.
‘Annie wants to go all the way, she wants to represent the UK and I believe she can do it.’
– JAMES LING