Burnley boxing sisters’ Olympic ambition


roche Amateur Boxing Club have two sisters looking to follow Nicola Adams’ lead.

Adams became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal, at the Games in London last year, boxing at flyweight.

And the 2011 European Union Amateur Championships winner is the perfect role model for Shelby and Bria Fielding.

Bria has already made her debut, which she lost, before going on to win her following three fights, but Stacy made her bow at the weekend in Wythenshawe, stopping Salford opponent Stacy Hutchinson.

The 18-year-old made an impressive bow at 67kg.

Shelby earned a second round stoppage, and coach Brian Roche said: “It was Shelby’s first contest and she really enjoyed herself.

“She’s a hard puncher, but as she’s come to the gym and got into it, she’s picked up skills and is a good technical boxer.

“She’s done really well and boxed superbly on the night.

Her younger sister Bria has also won three of her four fights, and they both look good prospects.

“They’ve been with us for 18 months and are both tough girls, they spar with the lads, and Shelby was too good for Hutchinson.

“I think they could both make the grade.

“There is an England girls’ team now, and it’s now an Olympic sport, so that is something to aim for.”

Shelby will fight again tonight in Corby looking for a second victory.