By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw
No longer is boxing a male preserve – more women are now interested in putting on the gloves and participating in the sport.
In fact, a girls-only boxing night has recently been launched in Liverpool in the North West of England to meet this trend.
The sport is attracting young girls too, who say that they want to get fitter through boxing exercises and do not want to be in the minority.
In fact, more than half of those now going to boxing classes are female.
It was not always like this.
Times have changed, as Natasha Jonas, a Professional boxer (lightweight division) and the first female British boxer to fight at the Olympic Games in 2012, points out. When she started boxing, she found herself boxing the same person several times. And, during her first few years as a boxer, the ABAE (Amateur Boxing Association of England) had only one female category.
Nowadays, there are several, including school girls, youths and there is also a Great Britain development squad. Under the ABAE Rules, female boxers must be chaperoned and wear protective headgear.
Those girls, who want to get into the Olympics, can now start their boxing careers at the tender age of 10 years old. And, according to young hopefuls, it is all about footwork, not just punching.
However, boys watch out, as the girls train hard and can also pull a punch or two!
Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’