Charlie shows she’s a proper talent

Portsmouth University ABC's Charlie Southam
Portsmouth University ABC's Charlie Southam
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Charlie Southam continued to show her precocious talent with a latest success.

Southam overcame six-time Irish champion Louise Donnolly when she represented a Cambridge Select side against Ireland.

That follows on from the Portsmouth University ABC boxer’s selection for England at the European Championships in Russia.

Southam lost by the narrowest of margins when representing her country in Orenburg, but there was victory against Donnolly after a clear points success.

That bodes well as she aims to defend her ABA title in December – and look towards the World Championships next year.

University of Portsmouth’s fast development was seen at their recent open-air show, which greeted students returning to the city.

A host of the club’s talents were in action and took the opportunity to impress.

Boxer of the day was Guy Lawrence, who overcame HMS Sultan’s Adam Clayton at 71kg. Lawrence has been training for just four months but showed fine hand speed in a unanimous win.

Brooklyn Wearn returned to the ring after a two-year absence but showed no rust on the way to her success over Moulsecoomb ABC’s Raven Chapman.

Dan Yardley’s skill shone through against brave Gosport boxer Tom Gregory in a first-round win.

Team captain Yannick Foh and British Universities champ Callum Lewis showed their technique in demonstrations, with Southam showcasing her talent on the pads.

University coach Wayne Gardiner said: ‘We’d like to thank Hampshire’s Ken Charman, the local officials, boxers and other clubs for making the show a success.’