Women's Sports: Mum-of-three Charley Davison wins her opening Olympic qualifier

Just months after returning to the ring, Charley Davison put on a performance that was nothing short of brilliant.

At the Road to Tokyo Team GB Olympic qualifiers, the 26-year-old impressed the judges with her strength and skill which ultimately ended up with Davison defeating the Irish international Carly McNaul via a unanimous points decision.

She is hoping to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, despite having a 7-year break from the competitive sport.

Davison took time away from the sport to start a family with her partner – now with three children, she certainly has an incredible story to tell.

“I had a bit of ring rust because I haven’t boxed in a while and I was nervous at first but once you get the first 30 seconds out of the way it all just comes,” Davison told BBC Sport.

Davison also said to GB Boxing that stepping into the ring is “an amazing feeling”.

With the Coronavirus deemed as a pandemic, the Olympic qualifiers are being held behind closed doors at the Copper Box Arena, London. However, that did not deter the Davison family from providing “heart-warming support”.

“My dad, my kids and my coaches were all watching. I think I had around 20 people back home all huddled in my living room watching me on the big screen.”

Great Britain Boxing took to Instagram to explain the win to fans: “[Charley Davison] put in a performance which wows the judges as she wins via a unanimous decision.”

Just one more win stands between Charley Davison and her Tokyo plane ticket. On Thursday Davison will box against Polish international and third seed Sandra Drabik, which will guarantee her a place at this summer’s Olympics. 

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