Ashley Brace: Welsh boxer looking forward to European title chance

Ashley Brace
Ashley Brace missed out on the Commonwealth Games in an eligibility row

Ashley Brace believes she is on course to achieve her dream of becoming a world champion as she bids to win the vacant European bantamweight title.

The 26-year old WBC international champion turned professional in 2015 and has won all seven of her fights since turning professional in 2015.

She will face Spain's Melania Sorroche in Merthyr on Friday, 15 December.

"It is fantastic, being a women and topping the bill, it is just brilliant," she told BBC Sport Wales.

"It is my biggest challenge yet against a very tough girl," she continued.

"But winning will put me closer to that next step of fighting for a world title and that is the plan."

Brace will fight over 10 rounds for the second time in Merthyr, as she targets WBC world champion Yazmin Rivas in 2018.

An opportunity against Nicola Adams is another stated goal.

Brace, who is a stablemate of IBF world featherweight champion Lee Selby, says she is inspired by her illustrious gym-mate, who she has even sparred with.

"Lee Selby is fantastic, it is brilliant to say I class him as a friend," she said.

"I would love to share a bill with Lee one day, ideally in Cardiff, fighting for a big title."

Brace headlines a show at Merthyr that features the return of former IBF world bantamweight champion Lee Haskins.

Cardiff's Craig Kennedy also makes his return and Jacob Robinson, the son of former world champion Steve, makes his debut in the paid ranks.

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