March Amateur Boxing Club star Larham wins national title in just four bouts

HISTORY maker Vicky Larham continued her incredible rise to boxing stardom by winning a national title just eight months after stepping into the ring.

Larham, March Amateur Boxing Club’s first female competitor, was simply too powerful for Stafford Town ABC’s Tammi Bennett during Sunday’s Southern Amateur Boxing Association Class C Final.

The 26-year-old forced Bennett into three standing eight-counts before the bout was stopped in the third round. It was unbeaten Larham’s fourth win since making her competitive debut in February.

Larham said: “I was extremely nervous before. I think it was the pressure of it being a final.

“I only started boxing for fitness and it has sort of come naturally to me - it’s as if I was a born fighter. Once I got into the ring it was a feeling I’d never felt before and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“There are improvements to be made but I haven’t really felt tested yet. I just want to win the Class B and Class A titles now and of course I’m desperate to keep my undefeated record in tact.”

Larham thanked coaches Bernie Wing, Dave Cole, Scott Cullon and Nick Morrison for their help during the build-up to the final. She also praised March ABC trio Charlie Stevens, Perce Baxter and Danny Hedges for sparring with her in recent weeks.

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The sensational victory is another boost for the 62-year-old club just weeks after Stevens became March’s first national Junior ABA champion in 54 years.

Wing said: “The past few weeks have been out of this world and I’m sure it will help inspire our other boxers to realise they can be successful too.

“We didn’t expect Vicky to do this well so quickly but she’s risen to the challenge of whatever has been put in front of her.

“I can see Vicky working her way up through the classes and beating better-ranked boxers because she’s that good.”