Liverpool boxer Natasha Jonas sets sights on Olympic place

Natasha Jonas
Jonas beat Amanda Coulson last year to claim the GB 60kg title

Liverpool boxer Natasha Jonas has set her sights on the London 2012 Olympic Games after winning gold at the European Union Championships in Poland.

The 26-year-old, from Toxteth, beat Poland's Oliwia Luczak in the 64kg category at the weekend.

"I'd like to think that I will be selected but we won't know that until the qualifier which is in May," she told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"Every time you go somewhere they are expecting you to win."

"If you go to a tournament they are expecting you to come back with a medal," she said. "Obviously the better your medal, the better your chances.

"We've got the Europeans this year and the Americans next year, which is the qualifier, but we've got something almost every month.

"Either we are going to their countries or countries are coming to us, so there's lots in place."

Jonas, who won Great Britain's second gold of the weekend, took the British title in November with a narrow 11-10 victory over rival and fellow 2012 hopeful Amanda Coulson in the women's 60kg lightweight division at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

Jonas, who was awarded the Merseyside Black Achievers award in October 2010 for her outstanding contribution to Sport, says she is still undecided about turning professional.

"I haven't thought long-term about it yet," she said.

"I'm just trying to keep my eye on the prize which is the big one, the Olympics."

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