At Boxfit UK, we know that boxing is a sport for everyone. It's a sport for those with integrity; with drive; with passion and with respect. It's for beginners through to professionals, men and women alike, for those who aren't afraid and for those who push themselves.
We believe boxing is not just a man's sport, which is why we cater to all that love to fight and get in the ring, no matter your gender. We don't like inequality; we like togetherness.
We've teamed up with GB boxing stars Stacey Copeland, Jade Ashmore, Lisa Whiteside, Valerian Spicer and Laura Pain to raise awareness of women in boxing and offer inspiration to those wanting to try the sport for the very first time. Our campaign aims to highlight boxing as a universal sport, one that's not restricted by gender or experience. By working alongside the girls, we hope to raise awareness of the inspiring, powerful women in sport and prove how Boxfit UK can cater to every boxing addict, no matter what their gender.
Coming from a boxing family, Stacey Copeland was in the gym from 6 years of age. However, back then boxing was banned for females, so Stacey pursued a successful career in football, representing England and also playing abroad. Aged 29, she decided to dedicate herself to boxing. Five years later she is the current European silver medallist and 3 time national champion. Stacey combines full time work with her training and she believes that the opportunity to positively influence and inspire others is her greatest privilege as an athlete.
At just 18 years old, Jade Ashmore is already a key member of the England senior boxing team and last year won the GB Tri-Nations British Championships at 54kg. Following her success, Jade was selected to box in the prestigious European games in Hungary where she went on to win a bronze medal. Currently studying full time at Bradford College, completing a Level 3 diploma in Sports, Jade elite boxes in the Bradford Police and College training gym alongside England coach Mally MacIver and fights for her home club Chesterfield ABC, training 3 times a week. In the past year, Jade has won silver at 51kg at the ABA championships and her dream goal is to make the GB boxing team to represent them worldwide.
After taking a career break from the police,Lisa Whiteside became a full time GB boxer at the Olympic weight of 51kg and has been on the Team GB programme almost 3 years. Whilstworking shifts as a full time police officer, Lisa became a European Silver medallist and World Bronze medallist - so it's fair to sayshe's been busy! After joining team GB, Lisa, then went on to becomethe EU 54kg Champion before achieving her biggest success to date:becoming the World Silver medallist at 51kg and attending the RioOlympic test event in Brazil. Lisa's drive and inspiration comes from her amazingly supportive family and she loves to pass on her inspiration and passion to other female athletes looking to push and chase their dreams.
Born to a Dominican mother and an English father, Valerian Spicer took up boxing late at the age of 30 and 2 years later won an ABA title. She represented Dominica for the first time at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal. In January 2015, she received an Olympic Scholarship from the International Olympic Committee and left her job to train full time towards qualifying for the Rio Olympics. Valerian has competed and medalled in various AIBA tournaments in Europe and recently won a bronze medal at the 2016 Women’s Americas Championship in Bolivia as well as reaching the quarter-finals at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Growing up, Laura was always involved in and always loved sports but never felt she connected with one in particular. Four years ago, Laura joined her local kickboxing club and went on to win a host of competitions, as she started to get noticed a lot for fantastic athletic and boxing skills. She then decided to head down to her local boxing club in Leatherhead, Ultimate Fitness Boxing, where she's now been boxing for three years. In this time, Laura has well and truly connected with the sport and she's taken part in a range of exciting projects including a show named Unorthodox, a film all about boxers and the sport as a whole. Laura's bright future focuses on gaining as much experience in boxing as possible whilst raising awareness of women in sport and reaching her full potential.