The Women Within The Rise Of Community Boxing
Women's boxing in the UK has seen a huge increase over the last few years with the influences of Irish superstar Katie Taylor, Terri Harper, Chantelle Cameron and Nathaha Jonus amongst others helping to push the sport to a female audience like never before. We decided to take a closer look at ladies boxing at a grass roots level hoping to find out the potential benefits woman can expect from taking up our wonderful sport.
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Two ladies in stoke on Trent Debra Mullock and Melanie Houlton run an all ladies class from the Fan boxing academy in Hanley we caught up with them to ask them some questions and pick there brains about the reason the themselves first decided to try boxing and the benefits there classes can have on woman who attend or are looking to try something new such as boxing.
Intuboxing- What first got you interested in boxing?
Debra Mullock- Domestic abuse
Intuboxing- What is the most rewarding part of running your classes?
Melanie Houlton - The most rewarding part for us is seeing the girls grow in confidence and also seeing how fast these ladies toughen up
Intuboxing - Do you think that boxing could be used on a wider scope to help tackle the domestic abuse problem and what do you feel the benefits would be?
Debra Mullock -Yes I really do. The benefits would be so rewarding for women who go through this horrible time.. myself and Mel as you know have a ladies class and it’s opened our eyes to see how many ladies have a very similar story.. The least expected ladies at that.. This sport helps them grow in confidence self esteem and there network of friends who have their story to tell helps them enormously
Intuboxing -What do you think the benefits are of boxing and boxing training with woman?
Melanie Houlton-The benefits range from meeting new friends, getting fit, loosing weight, toning up, finding confidence and learning to defend yourself also it’s great for mental health as it releases endorphins (the happy hormone) we deal with a lot of mental health, domestic violence, bullying and low self confidence
Intuboxing- You had quite a few contests Melanie what is your best memory of being a active fighter?
Melanie Houlton- That's easy it has got to be when I defended my belt for the very last time, it was like a milestone for me all my hard work had paid off, and I was officially a title holder
Intuboxing- Same question to you Debra?
Debra Mullock- that would be when I bought home the midlands title, and also just the number of lovely new people you meet on the amazing journey boxing took me on.
Intuboxing- You two ladies should be really proud of your active involvement in helping woman in your city to feel more confident in themselves and there abilities, would you consider getting your BBBOC licenses if the opportunity arose?
Melanie Houlton- We would condisider it for sure, we are very proud of the work we do, I don’t think Iv ever felt more rewarded not even by winning a belt haha
Intuboxing- What would be the end goal for you ladies with your classes?
Debra Mullock- Our end goal in our class is to train and bring through a fighter of our own, as well as helping the ladies with no desire to compete to build confidence and have fun.
The ladies work with a local domestic abuse charity Staffordshire Womans Aid strength in numbers to help to raise awareness on the subject just this one case alone shows that boxing in local communities amongst ladies and further afield can have such a positive impact on lives and it's been a amazing insight into how hard these ladies work to acheive there goals.