Cornelius Carr with student
I think it is safe to say, be it man or woman, if the art of boxing is being skillfully used, it is great to watch.
Should Women or Girls Box? The short answer to this question is – absolutely, of course they should!
We have just witnessed the first Olympics Games in which female boxers have been able to participate. I think it is safe to say, be it man or woman, if the art of boxing is being skillfully used, it is great to watch.
For me, Nicola Adams from Leeds was particularly good to watch. Claiming the first ever gold medal female boxer at the Olympic Games is stuff dreams are made of, congratulations to her, it was inspirational. Nicola showed all the attributes and style of a classy boxer, the movement was spot on, the countering was perfect and to be honest I was massively impressed.
I think there will still be a few people who disagree with female boxing, but I think they need to bear in mind, these athletes are all adults, they know the risks involved and they have proven that their skills with ease and they are well capable of defending themselves – so if that is their passion, I think nobody should stand in their way.
Boxing is not all about getting in the ring, I have students who have been training with me for years, both men and women who get so much out of boxing training with the fitness side and the pad and bag work. They can’t get enough of it but have decided not to take the next step to enter the ring competitively or even spar.
Winning a medal at the Olympic games is the pinnacle but boxing or boxing training has so much to offer everyone. It’s fantastic these Olympic athletes have paved the way for the next generation to enjoy the sport, man or woman, boy or girl. The future looks bright, roll-on Rio 2016, fingers crossed they will add more weight categories.