England honours for Hunslet Club boxers

Four Hunslet Club boxers – Ivan Hope Price, Ellis Price, Abby Briggs and Kayla Holdsworth – have been selected to represent England in 2019/20.

Of the three categories within each age group, the Price brothers are both part of the top-level ‘Excel’ phase, which comes before the Challenge and Discovery phases.

Hope Price

Ivan Hope Price, 19, is one of only two Excel-category boxers in the Team England elite squad.

He won flyweight gold at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and triumphed at the EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships.

Younger brother Ellis Price, meanwhile, is one of only five Excel-category boxers in the junior age group for boxers aged 15 and 16.

Earlier this year, Ellis, 16, won the National Junior Title in Sheffield and has claimed five national youth titles overall.

He also won a bronze medal at last year’s EUBC European Boxing Championships and competed again at this year’s tournament in Romania.

Abby Briggs, 13, is the only boxer from the Schools age group to be selected in the Challenge category.

After attending a selection camp in Sheffield earlier this year, she will represent England at 60kg at the EUBC Schools European Boxing Championships under lead coach Mick Driscoll.

She won silver at the European School Champions in Bulgaria in 2018 at the age of 12, earning her recognition at last year’s White Rose Community Awards.

The Cockburn School student followed up last year’s success with a gold medal in May at the England Boxing National Schools Championships in Crawley and another gold at the Three Nations Schools Championships in June, beating Welsh opponent Nicole Twomey in a second-round stoppage victory.

Lastly, Kayla Holdsworth has also made the Schools age group for fighters aged between 12 and 14 as part of the Discovery category.

The under-42kg boxer won silver at this month’s GB Three Nations Championships in Barnsley, where she lost on points to Welsh fighter Ffion Wilmott in the final.


Main image: Abby Briggs and Kayla Holdsworth with their golden gloves at the National Schools Finals