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Female boxer Nina Smith targets historic Olympic bout

By Paul Joslin

Nina Smith
Nina competes in the 51-60 Kg flyweight division

It would be a dream come true for Essex boxer Nina Smith if she becomes one of the first female fighters to compete at an Olympic Games.

The 27-year-old was recently named in an initial seven-strong GB squad earmarked to compete in London 2012.

Three will go on to make history as women's boxing makes its Games debut.

"It's very exciting. To make history as one of the first women boxers in the Olympics, especially on my doorstep, would be brilliant," said Smith.

Smith, a flyweight, only began boxing competitively around two years ago, after initially taking up the sport as part of her fitness training.

Since then she has won 13 of her 18 bouts, both nationally and at tournaments in the likes of Sweden and Denmark.

In March, the Grays boxer was named alongside six other amateur boxers in the GB Boxing squad for the 2012 Olympics.

Nina Smith training
Nina will spend her time training in Sheffield and Chadwell St Mary

As a result Smith will train at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, under the guidance of performance director, Rob McCracken.

She will spend every other weekend from Thursday to Sunday in Sheffield, whilst the rest of her training will be at her local club in Chadwell St Mary, Essex.

Smith will make her international debut when she competes in the Felicks Stamm tournament in Poland, which begins on Tuesday, 20 April.

Despite her success so far, Smith is well aware there is still a long way to go before she becomes one of the first Olympic women boxers.

"It's a great achievement [to make the squad], but I've just to work hard now over the next two years to achieve my goal," she said.