Clevedon boxer Jasmine Poole has reached the pinnacle of UK’s amateur boxing after fighting in the final of the National Amateur Championships on Saturday May 20th at Derby Arena.

The tournament, which features the top elite male and female amateur boxers in the country, boasts former winners such as Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams, and Tyson Fury to name a few.

Poole, who has won 19 of her 26 fights, had fought brilliantly the previous weekend to see off quality opponents in the quarter and semi- finals of the super lightweight category to earn her place in the coveted final.

First, she took on Millie Hansen and won by a split decision on the May 13th and then just one day later repeated the trick against Billie Matthews in the semis, this time winning via a unanimous decision.

With the national title belt at stake in the final Jasmine was up against two times Youth National Title winner and England boxer Ella Thompson from Leigh ABC.

The finals were held a week later at the impressive Derby Arena and the event was professionally run throughout.

North Somerset Times: Poole after the fight with her coachesPoole after the fight with her coaches (Image: Chris Boyd Photography)

In the final Poole and Thompson treated the crowd to an all-action encounter, closely contested from start to finish.                                                                                                               

Poole was forced to adopt a variety of tactics to try and force the taller Thompson to fight on the inside.

Despite some success and some excellent footwork from Poole, Thompson managed to keep her at distance using her strong jab and superior reach, and at the end of the fight was awarded the victory on points.

Speaking after the final Jasmine said: "Obviously I was disappointed to lose the fight but I recognise it's a massive achievement and a huge step in the right direction.

“I'll be back for no.1 next year!"

Ian Eisentrager, owner of Eisey's Community Gym in Clevedon where Poole began her boxing journey, said:" I don't think people outside of Boxing realise the magnitude of what Jasmine has achieved, it's huge!

Reaching the final and attaining the #2 status in England qualifies Jasmine for an England and GB assessment and means she is one step closer to her next objective of making the National Squad.