A FAST-RISING Bolton boxer is officially part of the England squad.

Cindy Ngamba is primed for international competition after winning the prestigious England Boxing National Amateur Championships.

The Bolton Lads and Girls Club boxer took the title in the under-81kg category with victory over Salisbury’s Carly Ogogo, the sister of 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Anthony, in Manchester.

Ngamba was born in Cameroon but has been boxing for the last four years and her victory over Ogogo means she will now go on to represent England.

The 20-year-old, who also competes for the North West Warriors, is hoping to pull on the national vest sooner rather than later having taken to the sport like a duck to water. 

“She’s nearly ready to go with England,” said Bolton Lads and Girls Club coach Dave Langhorn.

“All her kit has arrived, there’s just a few things to sort out.

“She then just needs her passport to come through and then she can compete abroad.

“She should have been involved in the tri-nations recently but they couldn’t find an opponent in her weight class which can happen.”

Ngamba’s rise has been a rapid one to say the least.

The win against the vastly more experienced Ogogo, a fighter six years her senior who had briefly trained with the Great Britain squad, was just her seventh official amateur bout, the Bolton fighter having only tried out the sport initially in a bid to get fit.

Since then, she has not looked back.

“She initially came in to the gym to lose weight,” said Langhorn.

“When she first came in she was 104kg and when I last weighed her she was down to 76kg. She’s gone from heavyweight to middleweight while she’s been with us.

“Like everyone she wants to compete internationally and has talked about the Olympics.

“But she’s got to do well in international competition first and we’re hoping to get to something soon.”