Tasha Jonas January Diary
I boxed in Sweden last weekend but lost my bout to Helena Falk. Iíve boxed her four times now and Iíve won two and sheís won two. It was just one of those things. It was scored 24-21 and really close. I hate saying that because it just sounds like youíre whinging. Lets just say I may have thought Iíd won on a different day.
Itís only 6 months until the Olympics now but we only have a plan until March. We have a yearly diary but things change that often throughout the year that they just give it us every three months. We go to Brazil for two weeks on Sunday and when we get back thereís a tournament in Bulgaria. A week after that thereís a tournament in Russia and the week after that thereís a tournament in Poland!
Because there are three of us competing for the 60kg spot (myself, Chantelle Cameron and Amanda Coulson) I donít think Iíll get to go to all of the tournaments but if I had a choice - and I probably won't! - Iíd prefer to go to Bulgaria or Russia. The Bulgarian one is quite a big tournament because a lot of countries compete. The Russian one probably isnít as big but would be good because one of my main rivals is from there and I havenít boxed her yet. Iíd like to get those first time jitters out of the way.
The Brazil trip was supposed to be just a training camp but because so many countries are going to be there at the same time - Argentina, Peru, maybe Venezuela and a few other countriesĖ I think we are gonna get some bouts now. I havenít come cross many of the South American boxers before but the Brazilian girl (Adriana Araujo) did well in the world championships and only got beaten by Katie Taylor or Dong Cheng I think. She stopped a couple of her opponents in the worlds and is supposed to be quite strong so itíll be good to find out what sheís like.
Weíre going to Sao Paulo and itís supposed to be quite a poor area. There are rough parts everywhere though so as long as youíre sensible about where you go itíll be fine. Some people say Liverpoolís rough and it could be if you donít know where youíre going!
Iíll let you know how it went next month.