A TALENTED female boxer has just returned victorious from her first international bout.

Shauna-Leigh Taylor, 17, from of Hetton, took part in The Golden Girl Championship, in Boras, Sweden, as part of the Tyne Tees and Wear boxing team, taking the 51kg title.

Shauna-Leigh, who studies on a Level 3 Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness course at the East Durham College, in Peterlee, took on an opponent from Ireland in a four-round bout to claim the medal by a unanimous point decision.

She said: “I was a bit worried about fighting overseas for the first time, and the travel and food, but everything was fantastic.

“Despite having to lose a kilo, I felt mega fit and in great shape.

“It was great to fight someone from another country for the first time.”

Shauna now has a very busy couple of months that could see her really burst on to the female boxing scene.

She has been selected to compete in the England Boxing 2017 Youth Championships tomorrow and over the weekend at Magna in Sheffield.

She has also been identified as part of the England ABA Talent Development squad and invited to the selection camp later this month to try out for the team to go to the EUBC European Women Youth and Junior Championships 2017 being held in Turkey this September.

And she has been picked for a selection camp to see if she qualifies to represent England in the Youth Commonwealth Games 2017 being held in The Bahamas this summer.

As well as her studies at the college, Shauna is part of the college’s highly successful elite boxing scholarship programme - run by highly-respected boxing coach David Binns.