Whiteside ready for challenge of China

Lisa Whiteside is part of the GB squad which will face China next month
Lisa Whiteside is part of the GB squad which will face China next month
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Lisa Whiteside has targeted a ‘Chinese take-out’ when she wears the colours of her country next month.

The Preston boxer is part of the Great Britain squad which will face China in an 
international meeting on Tuesday, November 7.

The event – which will take place at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria in Sheffield – will see Whiteside come up against Shiqi Xu in the 51kg flyweight category.

The Chinese athlete won a silver medal at the 2012 World championships at light-flyweight and should provide testing opposition for Whiteside.

“I don’t really know that much about her,” said Whiteside, who is a former World Championship silver medal winner herself.

“She’s boxed at the weight below so she’s moved up a category for this fight, but I believe she was ranked No.3 in the world at light-flyweight.

“But I am just concentrating on myself and focusing on going out there and doing my best against her.”

With the Commonwealth Games, in Australia, on the horizon next year, Whiteside admits the match-up against China is ideal preparation.

The 32-year-old – who is attached to JR Gym, in Strand Road, Preston, is 
also scheduled to go head-to-head with one of her rivals from the home nations at the GB Championships , also in 
Sheffield, on December 7.

“It’s a nice little way to end the year,” Whiteside said.

“I am looking to finish the year off well. We have got the match against China and then the GB Championships.

“Then we will get a little bit of time off at Christmas, but then it will be full steam ahead with the Commonwealth Games, which will be only 12 weeks away.”