A female boxer from Milton Keynes enjoyed her first taste of national glory on Saturday when she won gold fighting at the British University Championships.
Amber Withers, 21, fought her way to victory in the 67kg weight category in the event in Sheffield, representing the University of Brighton where she is training to become a PE teacher.
As part of her final year of study, Withers is on a work placement at the Sir Herbert Leon Academy where she hopes to introduce some of the young people she teaches to boxing.
Also training with the MK Victors, Withers will get back in the ring at the club’s home show on March 23 and wants to go on and win regional titles.
She explained: “I only took up boxing when I was 19 after I watched some of the guys sparring and thought I wanted to give it a try.
“I went to the University Championships last year but only took the silver medal after losing in the final. So it was nice to go back and get gold this time. That’s one mission accomplished. I won the final by knocking the other girl out. It only lasted one minute.
“There are so many health benefits to boxing so I’d love to get more young people involved. Women’s boxing is really taking off at the moment and it’s a good time to be in the sport.”