I first photographed these championships previously known as the ABA's back in 2011 at the women's semi-finals which featured names such as Lisa Whiteside and Stacey Copeland and Amanda Coulson. The England Boxing National Amateur Championships have been held since 1880 and see the finest boxers from outside the paid ranks facing off for the most prestigious title in English amateur boxing.
Saturday's finals across nine women’s weight classes proved to be an excellent event which saw some very close bouts from a selection of the very best female boxers in the Country. The event was held at Manchester Central convention complex and was extremely well attended, England boxing certainly put on a brilliant show with live broadcasting also from BBC sport and streamed on YouTube. This year there has been a huge increase in Women's boxing and its popularity and it is absolutely fantastic to see more and more females getting into the sport. Female participation now stands at roughly 35,000, a rise of 11,700 in the past six months, suggesting that more women and girls are choosing boxing as an alternative to those traditionally seen as women's sports. Love or loath it the White Collar Boxing movement has been responsible for introducing a lot of women to the sport, and we should be grateful. There are thousands of women who have discovered their strength and confidence as a result, and its helped swell the number of women taking up boxing, becoming fans and supporters. It can only be a good thing.