Ready to pack a punch

Caitlin Parker is brimming with confidence heading into the World Youth Championships in Bulgaria in April. d416755
Caitlin Parker is brimming with confidence heading into the World Youth Championships in Bulgaria in April. d416755

The 17-year-old welterweight, who is now focusing on her boxing career after finishing high school last year, said the win had increased her confidence before she travels to more European competitions.

‘I feel great now having competed against the best in the world and coming out on top,’ Parker said.

‘I’m really happy with my fights on the weekend, especially winning the first bout by technical knock-out (TKO) and then the second and third by unanimous decision.’

She is training hard for four to five hours a day and ‘taking one competition at a time’ as she chases her biggest goal yet, the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The 2014 International Boxing Association Youth World Boxing Championships are on in Bulgaria from April 10 to 25.