Two Rivers Boxing’s Britynn ‘Hurricane’ Carter was named Junior Female Fighter of the Year by Boxing B.C. on December 7.
The lightning quick Quesnel prodigy, who is now 13 years old, has only been fighting for around two years but has been taken a big leap in the last 12 months.
Coach Wally Doern says his initial reaction to the award was surprise, but when he gave it some thought, it made sense.
“She’s really grown,” he says. “She’s basically boxing international opponents right now. Because of her skill level and the lack of competition in her age category in B.C., she’s fighting in the US a lot.
“Some of her opponents are good boxers who are at the top of their league and fortunately Britynn is winning decisions over them.
“Which shows you where she’s at.”
Carter credits the many hours she puts into the craft and the support of her number one fan.
“I did a lot of pad work with my mom,” she says. “She really helps me prepare for my fights.
“She makes me do sprints even though I hate doing sprints,” Carter adds, laughing.
“My mom also does a lot of research [into new drills and techniques].
“I’ll be at school and she’ll be looking at boxing all day to try and help me.”
Carter hopes to make it to provincials and nationals next year. While she carries a lot of confidence, she is not without worry.
“I think she’s afraid to get bigger because then she’ll be fighting girls who are larger than she is,” says Carter’s mother, Tammy.
“But what she doesn’t take into account is all the kids are growing.
“The girls she follows on Instagram all started off fighting at 80 lbs and now she’s fighting in the 96-101 lb group and so are they.
“They’re all moving up together, but it’s the fear of, ‘What if I get heavier and I’m going to have to fight someone that hits really hard?”’
Doern says Carter has the tools to counter most foes in her future.
“She works hard and has a natural ability for boxing,” he says. “She’s very focused and strives to get better.”
He adds her fast hands and excellent footwork often get her out of jams and her penchant for learning new combinations is impressive too.
“She’s the complete package.”
Carter is quick to heap praise on those who have helped her get to where she is.
“I want to thank my mom, Wally, [coaches] Cameron [Tetrault], James [Mott], Ellen [Connor, from Sooke Boxing] and everyone that’s motivated me, talked to me or sparred with me.”