Marcela Capaja clinches place in national finals with victory over Fiona Nelson
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:20 30 October 2015
Hooks ABC's Marcela Capaja maintained her unbeaten record with an impressive display against Fiona Nelson at Watford Leisure Centre on Saturday.
Capaja, competing in the 51kg category of the National Development semi-finals, proved too quick and skilful for her opponent as she eventually won the content via a split decisio.
To Nelson’s credit she put in a battling performance, pressurising her opposite number throughout all three rounds.
A big last round clinched the verdict in the Hooks ABC boxer’s favour ,though, catching Nelson with a series of head and body combinations, something which the latter was simply unable to come back from.
Capaja will now be competing for a championship gong at the Endland Boxing’s National Development Championship Finals, which takeplace at York Hall on Saturday from 1pm.
Elsewhere, Vlada Agabekyan’s winning streak came to an end, as she lost on a points decision to Harrow ABC’s Sylvia Ackerman.
The first two rounds of the 60kg bout proved to be a tight affair, but Ackerman – a tall and fluid moving fighter – was too much for Agabekyan to handle in the deciding round. She landed a number of accurate successive blows, booking her place at the York Hall final showdown this weekend in the process.
Hooks coach, Steve Newland, was proud of both girls’ efforts, with Capaja now eyeing a first-ever national championship crown when she takes on Nicola Hopewell.
He told the Times: “It was a creditable performances from both women in two good contests.
“Marcie (Cabaja) has shown she has the ability to win a national championship with her display on Saturday.
“She’s now got a fantastic opportunity to realise that dream of hers at York Hall. We’ll be making sure she’s all guns blazing for this one.”