Pride in ABA final defeat for Amber

Friendly rivalry: South Holland Boxing Academy's Amber Lewis (left) and winning ABA finalist Ellisha Mea Williams.

Friendly rivalry: South Holland Boxing Academy's Amber Lewis (left) and winning ABA finalist Ellisha Mea Williams.

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South Holland Boxing Academy have been consoling Amber Lewis and celebrating her efforts after she narrowly failed to become Schoolgirl National ABA champion.

She was beaten by Ellisha Mea Williams, of Swale Gloves in Kent, in the final at Mansfield.

But a silver medal for being number two in England in her first season at her first club is a fantastic achievement.

The first round was explosive, both boxers unloading with accurate and vicious blows. At the bell, it was even at 5-5.

Amber was given new tactical instructions to step up the pace and to use her strength to wear down her opponent.

But Williams also came out strong.

Lewis landed some ferocious shots, which would have troubled a lesser opponent, but this was for the ABA title, and Williams was not going to yield easily.

At the bell for the end of the second round, Lewis was three points adrift at 11-8.

Emotions were running high in the corner and coach John Sutton gave specific instructions to go for broke; Lewis didn’t let him down.

With her support from Holbeach shouting encouragement, she responded well.

At the bell, there was a warm acknowledgement of a great bout, but Lewis lost the contest on a points decision of 16-11. She was deeply upset at her loss, but warmly congratulated her opponent.

Sutton said: “Amber was fantastic. It was a great effort and she made everyone very proud.

“The dream of anyone in amateur boxing is to win the ABA title.

“She is a winner to us. I am extremely proud of her and her dedication in the gym has been her reward.

“A lot of the credit for Amber’s success is been down to a lot of intense sessions with assistant coach Lin Secker.”