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‘No limits’ for Highland Boxing Academy athlete Isabella Fioretti after GB Three Nations Championship gold medal

By Andrew Henderson

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Isabella Fioretti secured the British Three Nations Championship title in Cardiff last weekend.

The Highland Boxing Academy athlete has had a stellar debut campaign, winning the Scottish Novice Championships, the Golden Gloves and now a British title – all in the span of just four bouts.

Up against England’s Tallulah Pulling last weekend, it was the most Fioretti has been tested to date inside the ring.

Despite coming close to recording a first-round stoppage, the Tain boxer dropped a gear in the second round and was put under plenty of pressure by Pulling.

Tain teenager Isabella Fioretti, representing Highland Boxing Academy (HBA), won gold at the GB Three Nations Championships while boxing for Scotland. Picture: David Rothnie
Tain teenager Isabella Fioretti, representing Highland Boxing Academy (HBA), won gold at the GB Three Nations Championships while boxing for Scotland. Picture: David Rothnie

At one stage it looked like the English fighter may secure a stoppage of her own, but Fioretti stayed in the contest and took the third round to win on a split decision.

“I cannot give enough credit to Isabella for how special this achievement was,” HBA head coach Liam Foy said.

“The reality is that she started boxing competitively this season. She’s still a novice, and in her first fight she stopped another novice boxer at the Development Championships.

“In her second fight, she stepped up in weight and beat a seasoned boxer that had represented Scotland and won the Golden Gloves before.

“Going down to the GBs at her natural weight, she fights a girl who has boxed all over Europe for England and is a former British champion. That girl was on 17 fights with 14 wins, and Isabella was going into her fourth fight.

“Every time the odds are stacked against Isabella, she smashes them down. She just doesn’t have any limits. Yes, she can improve as anyone can, and she can gain more experience, but she is steamrolling through the highest level of boxing in the UK.

“Not only that, the girl that she beat in the Scottish Open at the heavier weight, she won the GBs at that weight, so Isabella is number one at her weight but she has also beaten the number one at the weight above.

“What she is doing isn’t a flash in the pan. It all ties together to show that she is a supreme talent, and probably one of the most exciting talents we’ve had in the gym for a long time.”

The sky seems to be the limit for Fioretti, and Foy says it will be his responsibility as her coach to ensure that the teenager is able to step into the ring on a regular basis to keep developing.

“We knew Isabella was good from the first day she walked into the gym,” Foy explained.

“She’s a very powerful girl, and there was a lot of potential there, but to do what she has done in this first season is unbelievable.

“I genuinely don’t see any limits on her. Her dream is to be a professional boxer, and that is definitely something we’ll look into in the future, but for now we want her to obtain as much experience as she can because she’s still young.

“Boxing Scotland coaches are super excited about her, and we’re all looking forward to seeing what she can continue to do.

“Domestically in Scotland there aren’t a lot of girls out there, so we’ve got to look now at putting a schedule together for her. If she’s not boxing for Scotland, we’ll have to look into getting her out to international Box Cups and tournaments.

“That’s now my job. I have a responsibility as a club coach to not just sit and wait for those opportunities, we have to go and fill up her diary with these tournaments.”

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