HARD-HITTING teenager Shauna Taylor is eyeing international honours after being crowned national champion for the second successive year.
Hetton’s Taylor triumphed over Weston-super-Mare’s Esme Taylor in the final of the junior female ABA Championships at Cannock High School last weekend to lift the 40-42kg crown.
Last year, the 13-year-old beat Portsmouth’s Cody Byrnes to win her maiden national title in the 34-36 kg category.
And after successfully maintaining her status as England’s finest, coach Paul Quarmby, from Hetton Town ABC, hopes Taylor will have caught the eye of national selectors.
Quarmby said: “Obviously things will quieten down now as we’re at the end of the season, but we’ll see what the New Year brings for her.
“Shauna has won five out of her six bouts and she is hoping for bigger things now.
“Winning the ABA’s for a second time will hopefully give her a chance of getting an England call-up.”
Taylor began slowly against her namesake from the south coast and struggled to make an impression in the opening round.
But she upped her work-rate in the second round and began to take control, picking her shots behind a tight defence.
Esme Taylor was given a standing count in the second round and again in the third, during a strong finish from the Hetton fighter, who won by a unanimous verdict.
H Sunderland ABC fighter Jimmy Hall will enjoy his Christmas after winning his latest fight.
The budding boxer took on Aycliffe’s Connor Bamber and continued from where he left off in his last fight with some powerful punching, working off a fine left jab and following up with strong two-fisted attacks.
Bamber took a count in the first round and then again in the second as 13-year-old Hall took the fight to him, bringing a swift intervention from the referee.
Sunderland ABC coaches Jimmy Richardson and Steve Hurcombe say they are very pleased with Jimmy’s progress.