TWO of Great Britain’s best female boxers, Natasha Jonas and Lisa Whiteside will compete in an exhibition of women’s boxing on Saturday 26 April as part of the England Boxing National Finals weekend at the Echo Arena Liverpool, 25-27 April 2014.
The pair, who are both part of the GB Boxing Olympic squad, will compete for England in a three match international contest against New Zealand at Olympic weights. Whiteside will compete at flyweight (51kg) and Jonas will box at lightweight (60kg). The middleweight (75kg) selection is to be confirmed although it will not be Savannah Marshall who has only recently returned to full-training after injury.
The evening will also include an exhibition of domestic women’s bouts at a range of weight categories featuring some of England’s finest up-and-coming young female talent.
For Liverpool’s Jonas it will be the first time she has competed in her home city for more than four years. Since then she has gone on to establish herself as one of the best female boxers in the world at lightweight and won bronze medals at the 2011 European Championships and 2012 World Championships.
She competed at the 2012 Olympics where she lost to the eventual gold medallist, Katie Taylor of Ireland, in one of the most spectacular bouts of the whole boxing competition which famously registered the loudest crowd noise of any event at the London Games at 113.7 decibels.
Jonas said: “Having boxed around the wold for the last four years it will be absolutely fantastic to return to Liverpool and compete in front of my family and friends in my home city. I have had so much support from people in Liverpool and I am really excited at the opportunity to box in front of them again at such a great sporting venue like the Echo Arena.”
Like Jonas, Preston’s Lisa Whiteside won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships and landed silver in the 2011 European Championships, where she boxed in the featherweight division (57kg). She joined the GB Boxing squad in June 2013 and now competes at flyweight.
Whiteside added: “Women’s boxing has made huge strides in the last five years and England is now recognised as one of the leading nations in the sport. The evening will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the depth of talent that exists in this country and a chance for boxing fans to see some of the young women and girls that have the potential to become household names in the future.”
The England Boxing National Finals run from Friday 25 April–Sunday 27 April 2014. Tickets for all three days are available for £39 (£28 concessions) or £16.90 (£11.50 concessions) for each day, inclusive of booking fee. A handling fee of £2.25 per order applies
Tickets can be purchased at www.echoarena.com or by calling call the Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400.
40 quarter-final bouts will be held on Friday 25 April from 1.00-7.00pm with two rings in the Arena.
On Saturday 26 April, there will be one ring in the Arena for the 20 semi-finals, which will run from 11.00am-6.00pm. It will allow boxing fans to see all 20 of the semi-finals for the first time, whereas previously they were held at two separate events in different regions of England.
The exhibition of female boxing will on Saturday evening from 7.30-10.30pm.
The Men’s Elite Finals will be from 2.00-6.00pm on Sunday 27 April 2014.