Rosie Eccles: Boxing gold bid in Paris fuelled through Olympic heartbreak


Rosie Eccles punches Amy Broadhurst
Rosie Eccles (left) beat Eire’s global champion Amy Broadhurst in June

Rosie Eccles has mentioned the heartbreak of lacking out at the final Olympics will gasoline her medal bid in Paris subsequent 12 months.

The 27-year-old from Cardiff ignored out on a spot on the Tokyo Olympics following the “curse” of Covid.

Eccles gotten smaller coronavirus 3 times and noticed the qualifying procedure minimize quick through the pandemic.

However bronze on the Ecu Video games in June sealed a spot at subsequent summer time’s Video games and the danger to grasp a life-long ambition.

Eccles mentioned: “I used to be completely heartbroken to fail to see Tokyo and it is been an actual monkey on my again for a very long time.

“I have in reality needed to do it the onerous manner. Simply after I concept I used to be within the transparent I were given Covid once more, so it felt like I used to be cursed and historical past was once going to copy itself.

“However I confirmed on the Commonwealths that I had that grit to return again and get the medal in tricky instances, and that displays I’ve quite a few self-belief.”

Eccles confirmed simply what she is able to through profitable light-middleweight gold on the 2022 Commonwealth Video games.

She then adopted that through coming via a tricky attract Krakow, together with a notable win over Eire’s global champion Amy Broadhurst, to successfully seal her position.

The Nice Britain fighter, a former sparring spouse of compatriot and Tokyo gold-medallist Lauren Value, could have the added bonus within the French capital of a metamorphosis to the Olympic weights and can have the ability to battle in her favoured 66kg class, somewhat than the 70kg department during which she triumphed in Birmingham.

“It is my herbal weight and it is in reality going to learn me,” she mentioned.

“I am in a position to head out and succeed in what I do know I will be able to succeed in. I have waited my complete existence for this bit. I have had quite a few ups and downs, however all that heartache is handiest going to lend a hand.”

Eccles admitted she has dreamt of going to the Olympics since her first boxercise magnificence in 2011, a 12 months sooner than the likes of Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor boosted the profile of the ladies’s game at London 2012.

“I already had an enormous ambition to visit the Olympics and gazing the likes of Nicola Adams simply showed it,” added Eccles.

“I have at all times been an enormous fan of the Olympics, I keep in mind sitting down when I used to be more youthful and gazing the likes of Kelly Holmes.

“However boxing made me realise that that is my game and that is the place I need to be, and a few decade later it is after all came about.”



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