Heart star will be ready for anything

Ivy-Jane Smith. Picture: England Boxing
Ivy-Jane Smith. Picture: England Boxing
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Q Shillingford is certain Ivy-Jane Smith will rise to the challenge of boxing for a place in the AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships final in India.

The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) fighter guaranteed herself a medal at 54kg when she beat Kazakhstan champion, Laura Yessenkeldi, by a unanimous verdict on Wednesday.

That success earned the England switch-hitter a semi-final showdown with American Isamary Aquino on Saturday, with the winner boxing for gold 24 hours later.

And Shillingford reckons 18-year-old Smith, who won the national youth title in Sheffield last year, will be ready for anything when she steps into the ring next.

The HOP coach said: ‘It will be tough but Ivy will be ready for whoever she faces.

‘The quarter-final was an unbelievable win for Ivy. Kazakhstan are a boxing powerhouse and she’s gone in there and boxed her ears off.

Ivy-Jane Smith celebrates her national youth championship title in Sheffield last year with Q Shillingford, far right. Picture: England Boxing

Ivy-Jane Smith celebrates her national youth championship title in Sheffield last year with Q Shillingford, far right. Picture: England Boxing

‘All the girls there like to come forward but Ivy can box as well.

‘Now she has to be ready to go out there in the next stage and show what she can do. She has a medal but is going for gold.’

Smith began her challenge in India with a unanimous victory over Thailand’s Phonnapa Laban in her first outing on Tuesday.

She has a medal but is going for gold

Q Shillingford