NO CONTEST: Jessica Williams, 14, entered the South-East Queensland titles, but no one would take her on. Picture: CATHY ADAMS
NO CONTEST: Jessica Williams, 14, entered the South-East Queensland titles, but no one would take her on. Picture: CATHY ADAMS

They've made our Jessica angry

By HELEN JACK

JESSICA WILLIAMS' reputation as a tough little boxer has preceded her.

Arriving on the Gold Coast the first weekend in June to compete in the South-East Queensland boxing titles, Jessica, 14, of Goonellabah, was left without a fight.

Her scheduled opponent refused to weigh in for the fight with our Jessica.

"Jessica was too strong," said her father, Jason Williams. "The two girls will fight it out at the Queensland Amateur Boxing Association's Championships on June 23.

"The winner will then take on Jessica at the Broncos Leagues Club on July 27."

Having to wait nearly six weeks for a fight Jessica, a% cadet bantamweight, said she felt a little let down.

"I was more than ready to fight, but I am training harder than ever now, pushing myself because these girls might be training for me.

"They are both fighting-off to fight me, so the match will be a good one."

Mr Williams said the no-show often happened during tournaments and was part of a boxer's strategy to get a fight they have a good chance at winning and so improve their points standing.

"They can't pull out on July 27," he said.

Jessica continues to train twice a day, running and lifting weights in the morning before school and then sparring and perfecting her technique after school.

"At school I am pretty busy trying to get all my assignments done because I don't have much time at home,"% Jessica said.

"I have heaps of vegetables with my dinner. My dad likes to see lots of vegies at dinner because he wants us healthy and not fat."

Jessica said she felt very confident going into the championships.

"I am training harder than ever now, pushing myself because I know these girls will be training specifically to beat me," she said.

"But I will have an advantage because they have to fight on June 23 with the winner to fight me on July 27, so I will get a chance to see how they both fight and find out what I have to work on."



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