Young boxing champ heads north
By HELEN JACK
JESSICA Williams' gleaming hazel eyes are the first thing you notice. Then it's her sparrow-like stature.
Not so unusual for a 14-year-old girl but couple this with the knowledge she is a champion boxer and it stops you in your tracks.
Jessica's career in combat began with jujitsu.
When her father, Jason noticed how coordinated and balanced she was he decided to introduce her to the world of boxing.
"I began training with dad and then last year I found myself training to fight," Jessica said.
"Dad said I had a good technique; I tried a few bouts and then started sparring with the boys."
Jessica's brother, Timacoy Williams, is himself a champion boxer winning a Golden Gloves title for his weight category.
"I'm proud of her," said Timacoy.
"In the ring she shows no signs of pulling off; she just keeps going forward.
"The last person she fought was an adult and Jessica stopped her in the first round."
Jessica heads off this weekend to Beenleigh, in Queensland, to compete in the South-east Queensland boxing titles, backing this up with a representative spot in the NSW Indigenous Murri Koori Tournament at the Broncos Leagues Club on July 27.
Jessica trains twice a day, resting on the weekends. But she is not alone because her five brothers and sisters train alongside her.
"They love to train because it makes them fit," said Jessica.
Sister Tanika Williams, 11, said she has had one fight. "I stopped; it's pretty hard," she said.
Step-mum Debbie Williams said she supported Jessica 100 per cent.
"Although I worry about her and Tim," she said.
"I have seen two other boxers knocked out and I just hope it won't happen to them.
"But I know the match would be stopped if they were in danger of that."
Jessica said she would love to box at the Olympics along with her brother, if ladies boxing was ever allowed.
"I don't think I am brave to box. I just get excited when I am in the ring," she said.