Lambton Street’s first home show saw the emergence of a new star on Friday night as 12-year-old Gina Jefferson, a member of the club for the past few years, took to the ring for the first time.
Opposing Chirnside’s Catlin Black (the duo will rematch later in the year) Gina belittled her opponent’s greater experience to claim a deserved and hard-fought split decision victory after three, two minute rounds. It is the first step onto a tall ladder for Gina and, with a few more bouts pencilled in she is ready to go, more so after her fantastic first.
“It went quickly to be honest but everything went to plan and it was like a dream,” said Gina.
“I’m already back in training and I’ve said yes to a rematch with her (Catlin) as well as having another couple of outings lined up. I’ve not had any skills bouts and had to go straight in there due to my power – the only thing that needs improving is my going forward more.”
Her coaches at Lambton Street could not have been more delighted, proud, at what their first member of the new Female section produced and, with more to come (Josie King, Abbie Hillam and Jacee Pink readying to step up) Katrina Brown added: “She (Gina) took it all in her stride, was very mature for her age and was nice and calm when she was in the ring.
“She certainly listened to her coaches, kept her guard, had a good defence as well as an excellent work rate and great technical ability. It was a close fight (with Catlin Black) but she picked up a well deserved win and we are all very proud of her.”