Phoenix Gym Company Director Sarah Alexander said that a major factor to an increase in female participation in boxing has been “positive role models such as Nicola Adams in the sport”.
Phoenix MMA have said they have experienced an increase in female boxers at their gym in Winton. Numbers are up to 30 members in comparison to just two at this stage last year.
The rise of other combat sports such as MMA, more comonly known as Mixed Martial Arts, have contributed to this spike in participation levels of females as more people can view women in combat and could be convinced to try the sport out.
Its not just the younger generation that are getting involved. The gym has stated that there are female members ranging from early teens to mid-forties, which goes to show that there is not barrier to taking up the sport.
However, if taking up the sport seriously, females do suffer to establish themselves in what is still considered as a male-drive sport. Sarah Alexander said that it is a “hard field to be taken seriously in.”
“There is still a stigma of sexuality attached to the sport. Women are supposed to look sexy even when they are boxing. They are forced to go from fighting in a ring to posing sexually in magazines. But fighters like Nicola Adams have helped change that.”
But Mrs Alexander also thinks that the sport is “going in the right direction” and she hopes that “ in 10 years’ time, there will be more female fights out there on the circuit.”