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Demie-Jade Resztan looking to add another medal to her collection at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

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New Astley Boxing Club head coach Mark O’Reilly is confident Demie-Jade Resztan can follow up her recent success at the Women’s European Boxing Championships when she appears on the world stage.

The 23-year-old knocked out top seed Hanna Okhota on her way to the final at the Euros, where she had to settle for silver after a bout with Iulia Chumgalakova proved a step too far.

Nevertheless, Resztan’s performances in Madrid were enough to convince Great Britain selectors that she was worthy of a place in the squad for the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia, which get under way today.

Mark O'Reilly and Demie-Jade Resztan
Mark O'Reilly and Demie-Jade Resztan

And with one international medal already around her neck, O’Reilly sees no reason why she cannot add another over the coming days.

“Most of the world’s top 10 fighters are European so if you can get on the good side of the draw, the passage can become slightly easier at a World Championships,” said O’Reilly.

“Of course there are no truly easy passages at this level but Demie got the worst end of the draw at the Euros and managed to come through it, so that is a big confidence boost.

“There is no doubt in my mind she is capable of winning a medal in Russia. She is now proving what I have always believed of her – she is a world class fighter.

“To be honest she has maybe done it a bit quicker than I thought she would, but she has always had the potential and talent – crucially she is believing that now.

“She is incredibly strong, has the speed, ability and quick reactions to go far over the next week.

“I could not be happier with her and she is living the dream right now.”