The British Boxing Board of Control has presented an English Diamond Cut Chalice to the Midlands’ first female World Champion, Rachel Ball.
In November, at Wembley Arena, Ball made history when she defeated the Spanish based Argentinean, Jorgelina Guanini to claim the World Boxing Council Interim World Female Super Bantam Title.
Ball’s victory was described as a “wonderful achievement,” by Martin Florey, chair of the board of control’s Midlands Area Council.
He said, “As we are unable to hold our annual Awards Dinner due to Lockdown Restrictions, we wanted to mark Rachel’s achievement and wish her all the very best for her upcoming World Boxing Association Bantamweight Title fight with Shannon Courtenay.”
It’s been some journey for the Aldridge boxer who began her professional boxing career in December 2017 with a points win over Claudia Ferenczi at Walsall Football Club’s Stadium Suite.
She remained unbeaten in her next three bouts before suffering a controversial first defeat in Norway. She was swiftly back to winning ways with a points win over Bec Connolly in Swindon. Two further wins followed (including her victory over Shannon Courtenay) taking her record to 7-1-0.
Her Coach Gav Burrows, owner of Trojan Martial Arts Academy and a full time boxing and kickboxing coach, told MBC, “It’s been a great honour being awarded the trophy by the Midlands British Boxing Board of Control. It’s great to see her [Rachel] getting the recognition for her achievements.”
He said, “And winning the WBC Interim World Title, and featuring with Matchroom and Sky Sports – last year was a great year, and this year it’s gonna be even bigger and better. We thank everyone for the support. We thank BCB, Errol Johnson and Paul Mann, all the coaches, Dan, and yes — this year, let’s see what it brings.”
Ball takes on Shannon ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Courtney on 10th April live on Sky Sports in a re-match of their 2020 encounter. A 77-75 scorecard in Ball’s favour sealed a dramatic win when they met at the Matchroom Fight Camp last August.
Looking ahead to the much anticipated return bout Ball said, “I have 100 per cent improved since the last fight. I’ve learned so much and I’m doing different things in my training. I’m growing so much as a fighter. This year I learned how to properly box and I’m looking like a boxer.”
She said, “It’ll be a much harder fight for her. They’re going to be careful. There’s things I can take from the Shannon fight and my last fight to work on to be ready for this one,” adding, “It’s about working on my weaknesses and everything else will slot into place.”
Check out the 10th April Fight Card