Attleborough Boxing Club's Charley Davison among those hoping to be part of Team GB for Tokyo Olympics
She only returned to the ring after a seven-year absence 18 months ago, but Attleborough Boxing Club’s Charley Davison stands on the verge of going to the Tokyo Olympics.
It has been a whirlwind period for the 26-year-old flyweight, who took time out following the birth of her three children.
One of the best in the country as a junior, Davison has taken that form with her into the seniors.
And after a gruelling selection process – one in which she has had to get down from 54kg to 51kg – Davison has been selected as one of 13 male and female fighters to feature in the Boxing Road to Tokyo Olympic Qualifying event in London next month.
She will box for Great Britain at the tournament, which will see more than 350 boxers from over 40 countries compete for 77 places at Tokyo 2020.
It has all happened very quickly, but Davison is determined to take everything in her stride.
“Everything has been crammed in but in a way that is a good thing. There has been no time to think about it or get nervous,” said Davison, who is currently training four days a week in Sheffield.
“I had a long time away but once I got back in the gym and started to feel good, everything seemed to fall back into place.
“I have shocked myself a little bit with how quickly I have got back to the level, but I soon realised that the level has not gone up too much – it was more about fitness.
“Tokyo never crossed my mind when I got started again, it was more about winning national titles.
“But it has all changed. At times it is tough with taking the kids to nursery and school, feeding them and putting them to bed, then having to do all my training, but it is all worth it.
“I still cannot quite believe this has all happened, but I am not getting carried away. There is still a lot of hard work to be done.”
Davison is coached by John Cremin, who is confident in her ability to secure a Team GB place for the Games in July and August.
“I never wanted her to stop in the first place because I knew how good she could become,” he said.
“But as soon as she got back in the gym it was obvious the ability was still there.
“Obviously one bad day at the office can change everything in boxing. Your whole dream can be over in an instant, which is unlike pretty much any other sport. You cannot just come back next week and put it right.
“But if she is on her game then I believe she is one of the best in the world.
“Charley has a hectic life and she would not have it any other way. There is a great story behind her and she is proof that if you are blessed with quality and talent, the door is never shut. I am very proud of her.”
The qualifiers will take place between March 14-24.
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