Courtney has a bright future in boxing – Roche

Coach Brian Roche coach (left), back, centre Anthony Crolla, front, centre Courtney Hughes, and, right, coach Padraig Coakley
Coach Brian Roche coach (left), back, centre Anthony Crolla, front, centre Courtney Hughes, and, right, coach Padraig Coakley

Brian Roche feels he could have an England boxer on his hands in female star Courtney Hughes.

Courtney made it three wins from three bouts in Rochdale on Friday .

We could have an England squad boxer on our hands

Brian Roche

She boxed a tough opponent from Rotherham, and from the first bell controlled the fight with her speed and agility.

In the second round she used her skills to have her opponent on the back foot throughout, and it was a similar story in the third.

It’s been a great year for Courtney, who has travelled far for bouts, with Rochdale being the closest to home, and all her wins have been unanimous decisions.

Watching on was top professional Anthony Crolla, who is back on track for his world title fight, and coach Brian Roche said: “Courtney was the highlight of the night - her footwork was awesome and she displayed great skills.

“I believe she has a very bright future in the game.

“Courtney is always first in the gym and last out, and her commitment to the sport is now showing in the ring.

“Women’s boxing has got bigger thanks to the likes of Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor. More girls are coming to the sport for confidence and also to get fit.

“Courtney has stuck with it and had a great year, but we would like to see more females in the sport as we have had to travel to London and the Scottish borders for fights. But if she carries on learning from each bout, we could have a England squad boxer on our hands.”