Pushing the boundaries

Denaby boxers Terri Harper and Lauren West train together at the Ernie Oxer School of Boxing. Picture: Mattie Bradshaw.
Denaby boxers Terri Harper and Lauren West train together at the Ernie Oxer School of Boxing. Picture: Mattie Bradshaw.

IN FOCUS: DENABY’S QUEENS OF THE RING

TWO young Denaby women are making waves in what has been a sport traditionally dominated by men, setting a high standard for their male gym mates to emulate.

This weekend Lauren West and Terri Harper will look to stake their claim as being the best in their class in this country.

Reporter Liam Hoden went to meet with them as they carried out their final preparations for the fights of their lives.

This weekend Lauren West and Terri Harper will look to stake their claim as being the best in their class in this country.

Reporter Liam Hoden went to meet with them as they carried out their final preparations for the fights of their lives.

THERE is little exaggeration when suggesting there remains somewhat of a taboo surrounding women’s boxing.

The decision by the Amateur Boxing Association to allow women to compete in this country came just 14 years ago and was met with uproar in some sections of the national press and among respected figures in the sport.

While the female section of the sport is growing as negative attitudes relax, there is an acknowledgement that there are still plenty of coaches and officials who do not want women to box.

Next year is expected to deliver a key moment in the history of the sport when women compete in the boxing ring at the Olympics for the first time.

A new generation of girls and young women are expected to walk through the doors of traditionally male dominated gyms asking to sign up.

Inspiration will come for thousands of impressionable youngsters from the medallists in London.

But for the girls of this area, two Denaby youngsters could already be held up as inspirational figures.

This weekend, 20-year-old Lauren West and 14-year-old Terri Harper will compete in ABA finals in Mansfield, looking to reach the domestic pinnacle of the sport....

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