We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring female amateur boxer Laura Pagliaro. Here, our resident pugilist provides us with an update on her amazing boxing journey – including following in the footsteps of Anthony Joshua. It’s a knockout!
We’ve Got Your Back
In writing this I would firstly like to take the opportunity to thank Raj and the team at Woodland Manor for offering me sponsorship and support in my boxing journey. Since my last blog it has meant I was able to travel to Ireland to compete, as well as purchase much needed equipment.
A Spar too Far?
In September 2019 I travelled to Dungarven, Ireland, to compete in the Celtic Box Cup, where I won a gold medal. The lead up and preparation for this competition was in no way ideal as I broke my nose during sparring just four weeks away from the competition!
It therefore meant that I was unable to fully prepare as I normally would before a tournament – which made my gold medal feel even more special and important.
Scrapped Scraps – All Part of Boxing
In November 2019 I was due to box at my club Bletchley’s home show but unfortunately my opponent pulled out of the bout. This is something many of us have to get used to in the sport and something that has happened to me before.
It is disappointing to prepare for competition and not get to see it through; however, this can often happen with opponents pulling out for a variety of reasons such as injury, illness, not making weight or being prepared and other responsibilities or personal reasons.
Super Sunday Silver
In December 2019 I competed in the England Boxing International Women’s Winter Box Cup. It’s a very new tournament that’s only in its second year but it’s a huge step forward for women’s boxing in England. It was even streamed live across YouTube and on BBC Sport.
Having won my bout on Saturday in the semi-final by second round stoppage, unfortunately the final on Sunday was not to go my way and I lost to a strong opponent representing the Netherlands. I came home with a silver medal.
Rubbing Shoulders with the Best of British Boxing
So far this year I have not yet been in competition, however, there have been some exciting opportunities and progress in my training. I have had the privilege of being part of the England Boxing Aspire Programme, which means I was nominated to attend three all-female training camps held at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield – the home of GB Olympic Boxing and where Anthony Joshua, Kell Brook and other top British boxers regularly train.
I have received coaching from the top coaches and been able to practice with other females in my category who are all extremely strong. Great experience for me!
This weekend I am also honoured to have been invited to train with the England team on one of their ‘Talent Development Camps’. I am excited to have more opportunity to be surrounded by excellent coaches and boxers and will surely use this to gain skills, confidence and practice which I can take forward into competition.
Watch this space and I hope to bring you more news of bouts – and wins for 2020.