The national title triumph of Bradford schoolgirl Ambreen Sadiq at Manchester’s Boxing School of Excellence earned a glowing tribute from ABA national coach Mick Gannon.
The Belle Vue Girls School pupil defeated Leigh Park’s Bobbie Clark 20-5, earning her the highest points tally of the day and capping off a tremendous season for Eastburn Boxing Club.
Gannon presented her with the gold medal and predicted big things for Sadiq.
“Mick was really impressed,” said Eastburn coach Naz Jalil.
“He said she was brilliant to watch and could be a future superstar.”
Sadiq – known as “Beeno” – dominated her southpaw opponent from the off, catching her with numerous combination shots to go 9-2 up after the first round.
She continued to pressure Clark, who had no option but to come forward to win some points of her own but each time was met with a barrage of punches, leaving the score 14-3 after round two.
The third round was Sadiq’s best. Her skills saw her slip Clarke’s punches, making her miss wildly.
On one occasion, she slipped under a big right, turned Clark and delivered three big shots which forced the referee to give an eight count as the Eastburn girl triumphed 20-5.
Sadiq – who as a Muslim has not always had universal approval of her participation in the sport – will attend a boxing camp in August when she will train with the England squad and hope to impress selectors.
Clubmate Jessica Wilson, of Silsden, was also hoping to compete in Manchester but her opponent pulled out with a broken rib.
Jalil, along with fellow coach Simon Halifax, is delighted with the Eastburn club’s progress this year.
He said: “From 27 bouts, we have won 19 and this is the icing on the cake. To finish with one of our boxers winning a national championship title is just brilliant.”
Jalil also used to coach Keighley youngster Muhammad Ali, who won the Royal Navy national schoolboys under-12 title this year representing Cleckheaton Boxing Academy.
Keighley’s Ambreen Sadiq has made a shortlist of three for a British Asian Sports Award.
The Eastburn Amateur Boxing Club member has been selected by judges for the female junior sports personality of the year.
Sadiq was crowned Amateur Boxing Association schoolgirls’ national champion last June, aged 15.
Her nomination means she is invited to the glamorous awards ceremony on Saturday, February 6 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, when she will have the chance to rub shoulders with industry leaders, sporting celebrities and a host of VIPs. Sadiq (pictured), who was thought to be the only Muslim girl taking part in ABA competitions in the country, is up against Farzana Ali and Riana Devi Soo-badoo for the award, with the public being asked to vote for the winner.
Thrilled coach Naz Jalil said: “For someone from Keighley to be selected for this award is fantastic.
“We were contacted to see if we would put Ambreen forward initially. That was great in itself but for her then to be picked in the final three is a real honour.
“We just hope people will now support her by voting for her.”
Bradford’s Yorkshire and England cricketer Adil Rashid has been shortlisted for the Most Up and Coming Personality of the Year, while Bradford-based Jasbir Athwal, founder of the Asian Golf Society, is in the running for the Community Business in Sport Award.
- If you wish to vote for Ambreen, call 09050260306 or SMS 84555 with the short code BASA 306. For terms and conditions, see the competition website www.basauk.tv/. Voting closes on February 4.