Walcot’s Rishelle makes a knockout debut

Walcot boxer Rishelle Dillon in action

Walcot boxer Rishelle Dillon in action

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WALCOT boxer Rishelle Dillon made a sensational debut on the Swindon ABC event at the Supermarine Club on Friday night with a victory by a second-round stoppage.

The glamorous Swindon hairdresser, 26, faced a tough opponent in the shape of Emma Hanselman from the Emeralds Boxing Club in Chippenham.

Hanselman had already chalked up two bouts and so was the more experienced of the pair, and this showed in the opening exchanges as the Chippenham boxer confidently advanced from the opening bell, throwing left jabs, straight rights and heavy left hooks.

The Walcot boxer bravely counter-attacked, scoring with many shots of her own, but Hanselman probably shaded a close opening round.

Roared on by a large group of her friends and family, Dillon stepped up the pace during the second two minutes, and landed with several heavy left hooks.

One such punch caused Hanselman’s eye to swell up, and she returned to her corner looking the worse for wear.

After inspection by her coach she was retired on her stool, and so Dillon was awarded the win by ‘technical knockout’.

She said afterwards: “It feels great to have won my debut contest.

“Thanks to Lionel, Harry, and all the Walcot coaches. Also a big thank you also to all my brilliant friends and family who have supported me this evening.

“I can’t wait until my next one now.”

Her cornerman, Walcot coach Lionel McCrea, added: “I am so pleased that Rishelle was able to put on a great performance this evening.

“The other boxer was tough but our girl dug deep and did us proud.”

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