EUROPEAN CHAMPION ASHLEY BRACE

BACKGROUND…

NICKNAME: STORM | DIVISION: SUPER FLYWEIGHT | BIRTHPLACE: ABERGAVENNY, WALES | STANCE: ORTHODOX

We hear the names Katie Taylor, Chantelle Cameron and Nicola Adams often as pillars of the sport for their gender in boxing but one name more often than not is omitted, which is quite frankly strange considering she holds the European title. 

Ashley Brace is one of the most gifted fighters in Wales, coming from a prestigious K1/kickboxing background where she was a WKA Unified World Championship Gold Medallist in both professions.

Looking for another challenge, Ashley turned her attention to boxing, like her Mixed Martial Art exploits she did so like a duck to water, winning the WBC International Bantamweight crown before dropping down to Super Flyweight to lift the European title.

A three-time Welsh Amateur champion, Ashley is always looking for the next challenge with an enticing encounter with Domestic foe Nicola Adams lingers in the distance. 

PROFESSIONAL RECORD – 8-0-1 (3 KO’s)

Date Opponent Result
2018-04-14 Xenia Jorneac UD
2017-12-15 Melania Sorroche SD (D)
2017-05-26 Nevenka Mikulic PTS
2017-04-22 Alexandra Vlajk TKO
2016-10-08 Galina Koleva Ivanova PTS
2016-07-23 Claudia Ferenczi TKO
2016-03-11 Gabriella Mezei KO
2016-02-24 Petra Castkova PTS
2015-10-30 Bojana Libiszewska PTS

SECOND TIME LUCKY FOR BRACE AS SHE IS CROWNED EUROPEAN CHAMPION

It was second time lucky for Ebbw Vale’s Ashley Brace (7-0-1, 3 KOs) who became the first British woman to land the EBU title with a wide unanimous decision over Germany’s Xenia Jorneac (8-3, 2 KOs) at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

Dropping down in weight class since her earlier draw with Spain’s Melania Sorroche for the bantamweight version of the title, Brace came into the fight with a renewed vigor, intentions on putting the months of frustration to good use.

Both women started quickly in order to gain dominance in the bout but it was the Valley’s girl who was landing the better of the exchanges in the early going.

Jorneac proved good opposition to excite the crowd as the style complimented Brace’s well as we settled in for a great contest.

Going into the middle rounds, Brace switched to a southpaw stance which worked well as the German flummoxed by the tactic tried to make the readjustment. Brace was starting to have more success as the fight wore on, going from strength to strength in her new weight class, looking like she could go another ten rounds.

In the end, unlike last time, there was no controversy as the right woman won, doing so by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90.

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