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Ladies what box

Lynda Moyo fights her corner with Manchester’s first ever female boxing contest.

Written by . Published on June 27th 2007.


Ladies what box

Boxing may not seem very lady-like but when it comes to female boxing, these girls can pack a punch, round for round just as well as a man.

In the 20th century women’s boxing was banned. Filthy men didn’t want women to profit from what was seen to be male territory. Now things have changed. Generally, the closest most women get to boxing is the occasional bout of boxercise at the leisure centre, but nevertheless if they want to box, these days they’re in with a fighting chance.

In the 20th century women’s boxing was banned. Filthy men didn’t want women to profit from what was seen to be male territory. Now things have changed.

The feminine fists of UK boxer Shanee Martin will be challenging rival Svetla Taskova in Manchester’s first ever female boxing contest. These women float like butterflies and sting like ‘Queen bees’. Shanee Martin, a 25 year old flyweight, ranked 7th in the world will be representing her country in Manchester. Having had to battle her way into the ring from the age of 12, she has grown stronger, both physically and mentally. She said: “To succeed in a male dominated sport takes a lot of guts, especially for a young girl. You have to stick at it and be strong in the face of criticism.”

Lack of funding and interest from official bodies in the UK has kept the sport way behind our European neighbours and the United States where female boxing is going from strength to strength and weight to weight. The likes of Laila Ali (daughter of Mohammed Ali) and Jacqui Frazier Lyde (daughter of Joe Frazier) have led the way. Never mind that their fathers are boxing legends, these are chicks who don’t want to live in the lengthy shadows cast by their pops.

On Friday 29 June Anglo-American Sporting Club welcomes the eliminator fight for Female Flyweight Champion of the World to Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

Commencing with a champagne reception and four-course dinner, the entertainment will kick off, followed by four fiercely contested bouts of professional boxing including the female boxing contest and the Men’s British Masters Light Middleweight Championship.

Following the boxing there will be top quality entertainment from a surprise live act and some great comedy and musical performances. There will also be a charity auction and a raffle, with £500 up for grabs.

Ticket cost £100 + VAT per person, and tables seat ten guests. This promises to be an excellent night of boxing, dining and entertainment.

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