Lauren Parker: “I want to be a world champion.”

Lauren Parker: "I want to be a world champion." Many a professional boxer has to supplement their boxing careers with a day job. Despite the boom of women’s boxing at most levels of the sport, the pay hasn't yet been reflected to the same extent. Lauren Parker the super-flyweight prospect is one such fighter who, … Continue reading Lauren Parker: “I want to be a world champion.”

Bree Wright: “I want to make a statement to try and inspire the next generation.”

Bree Wright: “I want to make a statement to try and inspire the next generation." By Will Lott When I spoke to Bree Wright a couple of months ago, she had just received her professional licence and had signed on with One Empire Management but was waiting on a date for her debut. Now she … Continue reading Bree Wright: “I want to make a statement to try and inspire the next generation.”

Pierce O’Leary: “I would love to headline Madison Square Garden.”

Pierce O'Leary: "I would love to headline Madison Square Garden." By Gary Kittilsen Highly touted undefeated 22-year-old, 140-pound prospect Pierce "Big Bang' O'Leary of Dublin, Ireland, is set to return to the ring on April 15th, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.  It's the second consecutive fight at York Hall for the Dubliner, who stopped Siar Ozgul … Continue reading Pierce O’Leary: “I would love to headline Madison Square Garden.”

Lisa Whiteside: The Second Coming

Lisa Whiteside: The Second Coming By Lewie Laing Curveballs seem to come at any moment in life, normally when you least expect them. They can derail ideas, knock belief and confidence, and grind some to a halt. For others, like Chorley-born Lisa Whiteside, the curveballs have been more a blessing and growth experience that have … Continue reading Lisa Whiteside: The Second Coming

Natasha Jonas: “Katie was the reason I could turn pro. When I said goodbye to the amateurs I was saying goodbye forever.”

Natasha Jonas: "Katie was the reason I could turn pro. When I said goodbye to the amateurs I was saying goodbye forever." Natasha Jonas has been boxing for 17 years and in that time the sport has evolved far beyond what it was all those years ago. Back in the day opponents were few and … Continue reading Natasha Jonas: “Katie was the reason I could turn pro. When I said goodbye to the amateurs I was saying goodbye forever.”

Marlen Esparza: “I would definitely say this is the highlight of my career.”

Marlen Esparza: "I would definitely say this is the highlight of my career."By Gary Kittilsen Marlen Esparza survived a high-action slugfest with legendary five-division world champ Naoko Fujioka in what was clearly, the fight of the night on the Ryan Garcia-Emanuel Tagoe card at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Esparza described her opponent as, "really strong, … Continue reading Marlen Esparza: “I would definitely say this is the highlight of my career.”

JASON CUNNINGHAM REACHES FOR THE STARS

JASON CUNNINGHAM REACHES FOR THE STARS Jason Cunningham did not have to ponder too long and hard over the question of at what point did he realise that he had morphed from being considered a high level opponent to someone with fighting for a world title towards the forefront of his mind. Despite enjoying much … Continue reading JASON CUNNINGHAM REACHES FOR THE STARS

Ebanie Bridges: “Fighting the longest reigning champion in my weight division, now that excites me. Winning that fight will be serious satisfaction.”

Ebanie Bridges: "Fighting the longest reigning champion in my weight division, now that excites me. Winning that fight will be serious satisfaction. I really do believe I have what it takes to beat Roman." Boxing has given Ebanie Bridges so many opportunities in life. In many ways, it has saved her and made her in … Continue reading Ebanie Bridges: “Fighting the longest reigning champion in my weight division, now that excites me. Winning that fight will be serious satisfaction.”

Linn Sandstrom: “You will see me chasing for world titles.”

Linn Sandstrom: "You will see me chasing for world titles. I want to climb the rankings pretty quickly." Linn Sandström is no stranger to the globetrotting experience. She was born in Brazil, before a move to Sweden where she became a high-class table tennis player. But when she travelled halfway across the world to Australia, … Continue reading Linn Sandstrom: “You will see me chasing for world titles.”

Ramla Ali: “I live the life. I am in the gym every day.”

Ramla Ali: "I live the life. I am in the gym every day." By Gary Kittilsen  Its been an amazing ride for Ramla Ali. The undefeated super-bantamweight prospect who was the first Somali woman to ever compete in the Olympics in boxing has just run her record to 5-0 stopping a determined but outmatched Shelly Barnett … Continue reading Ramla Ali: “I live the life. I am in the gym every day.”