Mersey girl celebrates national boxing success for the first time by asking

Olivia Holmes celebrated a famous national success last weekend – on first demand.

The 19-year-old bantamweight Rotunda ABC was the only boxer from Merseyside to reach the final of the English Senior Elite Boxing Championship (formerly the ABA Championship) – and she won the crown at the University of East London SportsDock with a 4-1 decision over Holly Heffron of Hall Green.

This was the first year that Olivia was eligible to compete in the Senior Nationals – and her success now means she got an automatic GB assessment.

After winning the 4-1 women’s under 54 kg final, Olivia said: “I was up against a top level opponent and it was difficult, but I’m delighted to have succeeded and to win the title.

“All my life I’ve worked for this moment so it’s amazing to finally get here and I can only go up from here.”

Delighted coach Michael Albertina added: “Olivia did a fantastic job winning the top flight on her first attempt at the age of 19.

“She was in a very competitive weight class, facing three former England national and international champions.

“She is dedicated to sport and, like many other boxers, missed the European and World Championships as a young boxer due to the covid pandemic.

“Her goal now is to get on the path to Great Britain and emulate former Rotunda boxer Natasha Jonas and qualify for the world championships and the Olympics.”