Amanda won’t let final defeat in Moscow ruin her week

Amanda Coulson
Amanda Coulson

AMANDA Coulson will not let a defeat on the final day of fighting in Russia to spoil her week at a special camp.

The Olympic hopeful was beaten in her third and last bout at the top-class facility outside Moscow, where the Great Britain squad were training alongside teams from Russia and the Ukraine.

Coulson had begun in style with two wins out of two when she defeated Daria Abramova and Elena Ustinova on successive days.

But hopes of a hat-trick were dashed last night when home fighter Viky Iskanderova had her arm raised at the end of the lightweight contest.

“I didn’t get the decision yesterday but I thought I’d done more than enough to win,” said the Catholic Club boxer.

“Even her coaches smiled when she got the nod but I’m not going to let it upset me – I just don’t think the Russians wanted any of us British girls to go away with three wins out of three.

“I have been happy with the week’s work – I set out to impress and I’d like to think that I’ve done that.”

Great Britain’s performance director Rob McCracken and coach Nigel Davies were there to oversee the squad’s work at the state-of-the-art Russian HQ.

World flyweight silver medallist Nicola Adams ended the week with an unbeaten record of two wins and a draw while Coulson and former kick-boxer Chantelle Cameron won two out of three.

It was a mixed week for Amanda’s main rival for the lightweight spot at London 2012, Natasha Jonas.

The Scouser won her bout yesterday, having lost her first two in Russia.

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