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Who to look out for in womenís boxing
July 7, 2017

Natasha Jonasí demolition of Monika Antonik on her professional debut vindicates her decision to come out of retirement to turn professional and is another shot in the arm for womenís boxing.

Having ditched the idea of becoming a professional footballer, Jonas took up boxing in 2005 and enjoyed an excellent amateur career, becoming the first ever British female boxer to compete at an Olympic Games.

It was no disgrace to lose to Irelandís Katie Taylor at London 2012 but it seemed as though she would be lost to the sport after hanging up her gloves in 2015.

But, after giving birth to daughter Mela and with womenís professional boxing becoming more popular and gaining increasing media coverage, the 33-year-old opted to come out of retirement and follow the likes of Taylor and compatriot Nicola Adams into the professional ranks.

First up was a bout with Polandís Antonik in Newcastle on June 23 and it took the Liverpudlian just 92 seconds to get the job done.

The defeat saw Antonikís record slip to four defeats from five pro fights and it was not the most testing of starts for Jonas but a win is a win and she was ruthless in ending the fight.

Jonas will now hope for a quick return to the ring to move up the rankings, with a world title shot the ultimate aim, but the fact that another Olympian has opted to turn pro and make a living from the sport augers well for the future.

Betting on boxing is as popular as ever and Bookmaker Advisor will point punters who fancy aflutter on upcoming fights in the right direction.

The ever-smiling double Olympic champion Adams is one punters may look to back after making itit two wins from two fights back in April while Commonwealth and World Champion Savannah Marshall has also entered the professional ranks and looks set for a stellar career.

Although women boxing as professionals in the UK is still in its fledgling stage, the fact that they are able to get in the ring in front of hundreds of fans shows how far it has already come in winning over the doubters.

Legendary promotor Frank Warren had always been an ardent opponent of professional womenís boxing but has opted to take Adams under his wing after a change of heart.

He recognised the Leeds-born starís popularity after she claimed a second Olympic gold and is now right behind the popular fighter and looking to keep her ďas busy as we canĒ.

A lack of depth in womenís boxing was one of the obstacles he saw but, with US and Mexican fighters mirroring the success of their male counterparts, the fights do appear to be out there.

Taylor, another 2012 gold medallist and five-time world champion, seems to be the flagbearer for pro women fighters since she ended her amateur career and won the first of five bouts in November last year.

The 30-year-old has already taken care of opponents from Poland, Brazil, Italy, Bulgaria and Germany and it will not be long before she gets a shot at a world title.

Jonas has a while to go before she reaches that level but the early signs are good for both her and the sport in Britainwhich is continuing toovercome all obstacles andgain the credibility it needs to grow.

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