Bradford College boxing coach Mally McIver has spoken of his pride at seeing student Jade Ashmore take on Canadian Olympian Mandy Buyold.
Teenager Jade was invited to Canada to fight Mandy, who finished fifth in the Rio Olympics last summer. And while the 30-year-old Canadian’s experience won out, 19-year-old Jade did herself and the college proud according to Mally, who is accompanying his student on the trip.
He said: “Jade came to Canada to box a quality boxer, an Oylmpian, and boxed in the lion’s den. But, what a star Jade is. It didn’t faze her at all. Mandy Bujold a superstar in Canada. Jade gave her a little bit too much to start with but once she settled into the fight, she gave Mandy plenty to think about. It was a cracking bout to watch. Jade didn't get the win but boxed superbly.”
Jade, who is studying a sport course, said: “It was a privilege to box one of the best in the world – an Olympian. I gave it my best shot. I didn’t get the win but got lots of experience from it.”
Following the fight, Jade joined Mandy and other members of the Canadian team for a week’s training before she flies back to Britain at the end of this week.
The Chesterfield-based boxer’s career has taken another leap forward with GB Boxing calling her up to its Podium Potential squad.
She earned selection after impressing coaches on the GB Boxing’s women’s assessment camp earlier this year. Inclusion in the Podium Potential squad effectively makes the Bradford College student a professional athlete. She will attend training at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield from Wednesday to Saturday every other week where she will work with national coaches and support staff.
She joins fellow Bradford College student Harris Akbar in the GB Podium Potential squad.
Jade’s next competition is the English Elite Championships which take place in London on April 21st, 22nd and 23rd.