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Phoebe’s gold rush is put on hold

Bognor ABC boxer Phoebe Griffiths-Johnson’s hopes of winning a national title have been put on hold.


Griffiths-Johnson eased into the semi-finals of the England Boxing National Youth Championships at Coventry but the tournament was halted after serious crowd trouble at the venue.


England Boxing is looking at options, including rescheduling, the championships – which could open the door for Griffiths-Johnson to continue her bid to win the title.


Griffiths-Johnson beat East Midlands representative Leah Gunton (Guntons Community) in her quarter-final at the The Sports Connexion, Coventry in her 48kg to 51kg class.


She was scheduled to meet Spennymoor’s Carmel Carey (Tyne Tees) in her semi-final before the premature end.


If she had got through to the finals, Griffiths-Johnson would have been up against either Holly Heffron (Heart of Portsmouth) or Courtney Cox (Headland), who are both England boxers.


Griffiths-Johnson said she felt confident and hungry after her unanimous points quarter-final victory.


She said: “I felt like I boxed really well. I felt relaxed and I enjoyed myself.


“To win a national title would mean everything.


“I can already see the belt on my wall! I want to be a two-time national champion.”


And her performance drew praise from former world champion Duke McKenzie.


Coach Alan Wise said: “We got a lot of good feedback from coaches and also from Duke McKenzie, who made some lovely comments.”


Wise added: “She has been training really well, she has been on weight and the strategy has been to stay relaxed.


“We wanted to box smart and always be the one to finish the exchanges and get the last shot off. She did everything we asked of her from start to finish.


“She is the type of girl who needs to relax. If you try to make her too technically correct, it can fall apart and she needs to out her own stamp on it.


“The reason why I wanted her in the finals is because then she would be chosen for the Tri Nations to represent England.”

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