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Golden girl Megan has great fighting qualities; JUNIOR BOXING.

A PROMISING young boxer has become Durham's Golden Girl after a series of successful fights over recent months, writes SAM BLACKLOCK.

Megan Bainbridge, 13. claimed the Golden Glove title after success in Sweden, where she fended off the challenge of boxers from Germany and Denmark.

However, that was not the only knockout success for the girl from Brandon Boxing Club in an outstanding year in the ring so far.

Bainbridge has boxed nine times in 2016 to date, triumphing in seven of them.

Of the two defeats, one was avenged within 18 hours and the other was a close affair which could easily have been given her way.

As well as her victory in Sweden, Bainbridge won the national under-13 title and a silver medal in the Monkstown Box Cup.

She has received a first England call-up for the European Junior Championships later this year.

In the nationals, the youngster blitzed her way to victory in bouts in Liverpool and Grantham.

She bagged the title with some ferocious performances - including a first-round stoppage in the semifinal of her previously unbeaten opponent.

On the back of that success, Bainbridge competed in the prestigious Monkstown Box Cup in Ireland.

The youngster elected to box there despite being selected by England for the Multi-Nations Tournament - a decision which was to be vindicated in style.

She boxed twice, first coasting through her semi-final with a unanimous decision over a highly-touted opponent from the host club.

Bainbridge then fought the following day against a southpaw from Port Loaise called Jane Lin Roddam.

The bout was extremely scrappy with Bainbridge pressing throughout - but the judges awarded the Irish girl a narrow points victory.

Her memorable run of results led to Bainbridge being named Boxer of the Year at Brandon BC's annual presentation night.

Her coach Alex Oliver said: "Megan is the most dedicated of athletes who never lets her weight fluctuate and is constantly training.

"She boxed twice in two days three times over the course of the season which is a remarkable feat in itself and she could have remained undefeated over the season."

"Megan is also on the Olympic pathway and is one of the the best talents in female boxing in the region."

At the club's presentation night, Brady Smith was named Best Rookie and Phil Murray Coach of the Year.

Lewis Maddison was Most Courageous Boxcer of the Year and Peter Hardman Boxers' Boxer of the Year.

Oliver added: "It is a very exciting time for the club as we await confirmation of our new premises.

"We will take an extremely strong team into the new season while continuing to take kids off the street and promote a healthier lifestyle among our members."

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MEGAN Bainbridge shows off her Golden Glove award alongside her proud coaching team at Brandon Boxing Club

Megan Bainbridge who became a golden girl in Sweden

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Aug 1, 2016
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