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Army boxers are fighting fit for titles
ARMY boxers from south Wiltshire are making the headlines nationally as they reach new heights.
Bombardier Siobhan Haynes from 14 Regiment RA based at Larkhill is a member of the Army Boxing team who have had an amazing season in 2012 and are just one bout away from winning a championship title at the Amateur Boxing Championships.
Bmdr Haynes is in her first season and has had some tough fights leading up to the finals, but is looking forward to the next stage.
“It will be a hard fight,” she said.
“There will be more pressure as it is the final and it is another stepping stone for me.”
“You have to have a goal, and mine was to win the ABAs. It is hard work but because the army has such a good set-up you don’t mind that.”
Private Ashley Williams from 2 Royal Welsh is targeting European boxing honours.
Having won bronze at the Tanner Tournament in Finland and silver at the Olympic Gloves event in Estonia, the 21-year-old was in a confident mood as he prepared to travel to Russia to face the best young boxers in Europe.
“I am quite apprehensive as I have never been to an event like this before,” he said.
“It is going to be tough. I will be facing some of the best young boxers in Europe and they are all potential prospects for the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Pt Williams hopes that success will gain him a place in the Welsh National side to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.