PACKING A PUNCH: Australia's Shelley Watts celebrates her gold in the women's boxing lightweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
PACKING A PUNCH: Australia's Shelley Watts celebrates her gold in the women's boxing lightweight division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. DAVE HUNT

Watts fighting fit for Olympic debut

BOXING: Shelley Watts is oozing confidence ahead of her Olympic debut on Saturday morning against Italian teenager Irma Testa - and so is coach Kevin Smith.

Appointed Australian coach ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games - where Watts won gold in the women's lightweight division - Smith previously had mentoring roles with the England, Scotland, Nigerian and Philippine programs.

He is a big fan of the 29-year-old Aussie, describing her as "as good as any” boxer he has coached.

"She is never fazed or bothered by anything,” Smith said. "She brings everything to the table. She is as determined as they come. If anyone has her desire I would be shocked ... and she has the talent.”

Watts believes she can "shake up” the 60kg division.

"I have some stuff in my arsenal they will not be expecting,” she said.

Watts's fight is scheduled for 6.30am, an hour before teammate and first-round winner Daniel Lewis faces Uzbekistan's No.2 seed Bektemir Melikuziev in the second round of the men's middleweight division (75kg).


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