AIR DATE: Apr 09 2021 09:52UTC
EPISODE: Episode 1
Carly ‘Thumper’ Skelly | The Female Fist | Talkin Fight
She is an active professional boxer out of Britain, and as well a pediatric nurse!
She talks about how she started boxing later in her career and how she has managed her life being a mother of two, a medical practitioner and following her dreams in boxing – which came to her by surprise!
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And welcome to our next episode on the female fist.
Today i have a really unique guest with us.
She is the finalist in the great britain championships.
Please welcome carly thumper skelly yeah, that’s it yeah, that’s it! Okay! I did it.
I didn’t butcher it perfect, but thank you for being with us and thank you for you know the time difference, because right now, it’s like eight o’clock in the evening where you are right.
Yes, what have you said now right now over here? It’S 3pm uh right! Okay, so i guess that works out for us so carly, like i, you know a lot of my audience right now is a lot of viewers from canada from toronto, some from the states, so we don’t have like a huge input into boxing.
That’S going on in uk, except for people that are actively following boxing all the time.
So can you tell us a little bit about like when you started what it was like going into the amateurs you know? Why did you start boxing particularly like why not jiu jitsu, let’s say or muay thai, or what have you yeah? So basically i got into it a little bit older.
I started when i was 29.
and it came about.
I was doing likely to run an event and i ended up having to injury up, so i was kind of like what can i do and i ended up doing a charity fight and my partner paul used to box years ago.
So loads of people have been doing, charity fights and we were kind of talking about it, so i went in and i’ve done it and literally loved it.
It was like love, the training i actually loved fighting and i was like no.
This is what i want to do, yeah so from there.
He basically took me to the gym where he used to train, and that was it.
Then it’s like the start of a journey that i i did not expect, and i ended up boxing in some competitions.
In the amateurs and boxing for england and then obviously in the gb championship, so i had like a really successful amateur career.
I think it was in in yeah i’m just like three years but, like i say, being older, i didn’t see myself like going any further with the amateurs and thought, let’s turn over, and so i made the decision trying to think how many years ago now said Two years ago, to turn around very professional, and so i’ve been boxing as a professional novel in two years.
So it’s it’s kind of like a journey that i never expected to start until late 29, and you know here i am now that’s where the greatest adventures are, though right.
They just kind of hit you sideways and you’re.
Like whoa like look at this pod tv yeah and that’s actually like wow, you know a lot of people think that you have to be like.
You have to start when you’re, like 13 years old, or something just to get into these sports and have like some kind of status and, like i understand with some sports for political reasons.
But the one thing for boxing i find is that women what i’ve noticed they get to an athletic peak later in the years like i see a lot of olympians that are well into their 30s and they’re.
Just you know on fire in there and you can see like you know their bodies, don’t look like they’re quitting anytime soon.
I know a lot of boxers that are moms that still go to the olympics and that i think that’s just incredible.
It’S it’s kind of a different dynamic than the men, because you see the men going in super young right.
It’S very different.
I think men a lot of men peak in their 20s and for me going into it after i started at 29.
I used to do loads of running things and before i got into the boxing and for me right now being in like my 30s, i feel like the best i’ve ever felt, i’m in the best shape on the fitter.
So i do believe, like women and in the parliament that in the 30s absolutely i mean that’s something that i’ve seen like a lot of girls that i look up to, like you said they’re well into their 30s and they’re at the prime of their life.
In their athletic career, so starting at 29 you’ve obviously had a full life prior to going into boxing.
What were you doing before? You were boxing, i’m a pediatric nurse as well, and so through, i i had my kids.
I’Ve got two children and then, when i had the kids i’d gone into municip and and then i was doing loads of running events and stuff, it was actually when i had my second child.
That’S when i had like a little bit of time out and i ended up getting into the boxing so yeah – i’ve done like a little bit of running.
I’Ve done half marathons, full marathons, and, and so it was niche you just yeah doing a charity fight and i think when you do something you know when you do it, you just think i love it and i feel like this is me.
I, like i feel, like i found my purpose, that’s how i felt with me first one, and that was it then it just all went from there.
So it’s been, it’s been an amazing journey and it’s been a really kind of stuff.
He didn’t expect it and obviously having kids and wake and stuff it’s.
It’S been been a crazy few years, yeah absolutely so like.
How did you manage that? I mean you have two kids, you work not just like a retail job or something like you’re, a pediatric nurse, that’s a phenomenal career and very impressive.
Like that’s amazing, how did you juggle it all and then do like an impressive amateur career and then now you’re, like a professional and from what we were talking about earlier you’re? You know going into the commonwealth right yeah so like? How did you do all that? I think what started off was.
I was on when i had a thomas he’s in second chance, i’ve got aids and he’s 14, and when i had thomas while i was out with maternity leave with him, that’s when i got into the game the sports.
So i went away from and i was training and then it then comes to the point where i was back at where, but i’d fallen in love with boxing by that time.
So i had like a lot going on, so it started off quite quite okay because it wasn’t as much and then literally as it all going on sorry and yeah.
It was just it was it’s been crazy at times, but it’s it’s kind of like the way.
Our lifestyle is anyway, it’s quite hectic.
The kids play football, we’re always out and about and running around madness, so yeah it just it just fits in with our normal chaos.
Yeah, like i couldn’t even imagine like it’s so funny.
Sometimes i think about like look at all these female athletes at such this high level, with kids with jobs – and you know – maybe i’m maybe i’m just being biased, but i don’t see like tons and tons and tons of men in those roles.
You know what i mean like: i see like a lot of people just like they kind of focus on their career.
You know they probably are married or have a relationship, but if they have kids, then usually their their girl or their wife is the one handling the kids while they’re pursuing their dreams? And it’s just not like that.
For a woman we got to kind of like do it all at once.
Definitely like you look at some of the men and obviously they’ve got a fight coming up.
A lot of them go on like an eight-week training company and then they fly off somewhere else.
So they’re literally just like stuck into the train but being a mum.
You can’t you can’t just like up and pack your bags and say kids, i’m gon na seize in eight weeks still trying to organize the kids for that day, and then i’m like see you tonight at the boxing.
Oh, my god, it’s mad! This fight was actually really good because, obviously, with everything going on with like covers and everything, there’s the bubble situation isn’t that.
So for me last one i was in a bubble, so i went, i think, on the tuesday and i was fighting on a saturday.
It’S the first time, i’d ever had like that many days away from the kids so being away from the kids but being able to focus on the fight.
It was lovely like the peace and quiet that for the four days before it was amazing, of course.
Of course, you kind of need that break when you’re going into something so intense yeah, definitely yeah.
I totally understood how important that was, because i’ve always been there with the kids and they’re always together fight day.
I didn’t realize how much of a difference that me just being away, of course yeah.
I would totally understand that anything that’s like because to go into a fight itself like to be in that kind of mindset where you’re trying to knock this person out and you’re.
Very well aware that this person’s gon na try and knock you out and when you have all these other things in the background, you know what peaceful mindset you go into when you don’t have to really think about it.
You just need to focus on that task and you perform so much better that way.
Yeah yeah it was it was.
It did make a difference.
Um, hopefully i’ll i’ll, get get to keep doing that then just taking that week away from the family right, hopefully depending whatever is going on in the world with covet.
You know like that’s, to be determined.
I guess right.
I enjoyed the bubble.
It’S a pediatric nurse like when, being in it being in the career of a pediatric nurse and then going into the boxing.
Do you find that it would be a lot more challenging for you to? Are you still practicing you’re still practicing right so yeah? Basically, i was weighing a lot last year and obviously, with the outbreak of everything that’s been going on, i was awake a lot even a lot of hours and i didn’t kind of know where any boxing was going to go with the panzer name.
But i was really lucky enough to get the opportunity today and to box for the commonwealth title in october and during all that time, i’ve got like a lot of sponsorship.
So i was managed to stay and i was able to like take a lot of time out of work.
So i did have quite a few months off and i’ve been back on the boards now and working again, because i was meant to fight a couple of weeks ago and my opponent pulled out in quite last minute with injury.
So i’ve been back on the wards back in the hospital and i’m literally waiting for the new data with me, i’m agency, so i can pick and choose my hours around myself, which works really well and having the sponsors on boards.
I’M really lucky some.
You know it it’s still still difficult um, but it works.
We make it way.
Well, that’s that’s amazing to hear that you make it work despite because that’s just incredible like personally, i don’t know if i could do that me personally.
I think that’s amazing that you can do that.
It’S a lot of like resilience and a lot of work and a lot of like mentally preparing yourself always having to make sure that everything is i’m assuming scheduled properly yeah.
We were meant we were told in february we were going to be fighting, i kind of remember what date it was now um i’ve got like five weeks notice.
We were fighting, so you know, and i was actually about to pick some shifts up because i was like it’s been a long time.
I need to go back to where and then i got the announcements he’s a fight and it was meant to be on the josh kelly undercard and then because i got the announcement of that.
I thought, would you know what i’ll hold off? I won’t go back to work and then it fell through 10 days before we just realized yeah, yeah, so yeah.
So then, i have to go back so i’ve been waving right through march and april a.
m and as soon as i get a new date, i’ll probably take a little bit more time out again focus on the fight and hope it goes ahead.
This time, yeah.
Of course, because during that time, like those five weeks, i guess you didn’t take any shifts – you were just focusing on training, then right, yeah, oh and then obviously you’re fighting that payday and then, when you don’t get it and i’m like so i’m trying to like Get more shifts in now, so it is.
It is frustrating and it’s hard work, but it is boxing like i think, when you go into it, you’re very prepared that it’s not an easy game that you’re getting into, of course, and it seems to be a very like uh difficult sacrifice to make.
It seems more like i mean, like i said, because you have kids, because you have this other career and because you have to kind of juggle everything at once and then, when specifically women like us, have to kind of juggle those things.
And then, if the fight falls through and we didn’t have those shifts to make up, you know for our finances, like you know, we’re kind of like you know, i’m just yeah just there and wait for the next phone call you’re always sitting there waiting right right, But like fighting right now, i’m professionals – well, you know, pre-pandemic fighting in professionals and finding the amateurs like here in canada are um like for myself.
The pool for girls is very small, so i mean you could fight every weekend.
They always had club shows pre-covered.
They always had club shows like every weekend and i could fight the same girl every weekend or like the same couple girls every weekend, but you know because the lack of so many opponents, i would fight maybe once a month, maybe once every few months.
What was it like for you in the amateurs like? Do you find it the same or yet? So when i started to probably win a lot of girls at my weight, so i thought you know what i’m going to struggle to get fights here.
But luckily enough and between, like my coaches, said and then we had paul and then my partner paul.
He was a coach as well.
I was really lucky and he travels a lot with me.
So i think because of boxing for like two years – and i think i had like 25 it’s in like two or three years – so that’s actually quite good.
We did travel a lot, we aim, we went into a few competitions and i ended up boxing like england and the region sort of traveled to eindhoven and we had like international fights over in scotland.
So i think that was quite good.
We did have to travel for them, but i was lucky to get the fights so when i turned over a professional i i had two faces to me second year so going from my ten year to ya.
It’S been, it’s been a big difference, um sure yeah.
Finally, the amateur stuff – because i know in europe like in general, europe, united kingdom, all that area, like you guys, can travel a lot easier.
I think right, like a via rail or something where it’s not, you don’t have to necessarily take a plane everywhere.
Right, like you, can actually go to another country within, like maybe like five six hours, like let’s say like your neighboring country or england, scotland, wales, so we’ve got like britain and to go to france.
It is probably only like an hour an hour away, so it’s even like faster to get there than i thought yeah and to go to like and open.
So that was holland.
I think that talks about two hours – flight, okay, yeah, because i never knew like what that was like proximately like to.
I guess it’s so much easier for girls in europe to kind of like, if you couldn’t find them in your area.
It wasn’t that hard to.
I guess just shift over to the next country to find somebody i’m assuming.
No, because, like there’s a lot of like box crops in this, like summer, islands there’s some in sweden, they do like a an all female one in sweden and flight fires.
The order only two hours away, so you can travel okay, yeah, so okay, so that’s actually really awesome to hear, because i know that, like i went to ireland for the esker cup, so i saw like hundreds of girls there from like all over the place and I was just like – oh my god, like we, don’t have anything like that.
The closest thing that we have is the brampton cup, which is like obviously here where i’m from toronto ontario.
But it’s um, it’s not just an all-female tournament, so we have people that come in and, like it’s become a really big tournament.
Recently, like we had team, sweden come one year.
We had team.
Ireland come one year, so we’ve had like a lot of people like from international borders just come in for this one tournament that started just as a really small tournament years ago, and it’s just expanded throughout.
Oh, it’s amazing, but like when i went to the esker cup.
That was something i’ve never seen just as an all-female tournament and over like hundreds of female fighters, and they were so efficient so fast, just getting one girl in one girl and one girl and right after the other.
By the time the girl had her hand risen.
The other girl was already in the corner waiting to go, so they wasted no time and it was just absolutely phenomenal and i thought like this is wonderful, but i figured like that’s.
I guess what it’s like in europe, because everything is, i guess, easier, accessible to.
Go between the countries, i’m assuming yeah.
I think there’s a lot of places that put some really good tournaments on um.
So obviously in england, it’s like the hard gay cup which is in london, which goes every year and there’s one in ireland every year.
I think it the monks monk sound, like i think and then and hovering up.
That’S a yearly one in holland, sweden have the all-female one every year, so there’s plenty of tournaments throughout europe clubs.
A lot of them are mixed, but they are in the old female ones out there as well, some yeah – it’s just it’s just amazing.
I think there’s so much going on like over in the uk and in europe for women’s boxing.
I think that, like over here in north america, they need to kind of like step up their game, to match that, because it’s amazing and from going to amateurs to professionals.
What do you find the differences like between the amateurs and the professionals? Because i only know my reference here in canada so like i’m, really curious what it’s like over there in the uk after me, you uk boxing for women is actually really really going well and if you see like the last few, let’s say the last year, a Lot of the mattrium cards have had a lot of female fights on which has been really good.
Um and more and more people are turning over and i think as well.
What’S going on with the amateurs, a lot of people are thinking.
I think i’m just going to turn over.
I think a lot of the gayle men and girls even have been thinking olympics.
Then obviously they’ve not happened and it’s not looking like they’re going to be anytime soon, so there’s even more turning over and there’s a lot more coming through.
So for females in particular, it’s been really really good, yeah, domestically, there’s a lot of females or similar weeks and stuff.
So there’s there’s been a lot going and it’s been really good for me because, obviously, when this pandemic started, i was thinking i’ve gone from like smaller shoes and and having to do all the ticket sales, which is really difficult.
So when this everybody was closed, i was like what what’s this gon na.
What’S this going to leave for me and luckily enough, i got the opportunity to fight for the commonwealth title on october on a big machine show which was amazing, which i should have won as well, and i didn’t get the title i deserved.
So that’s, okay.
We can move it forward, yeah, i’m still just waiting for that phone call to go, reclaim that so thank you, you’re gon na get it and i’ll be so excited to watch you.
This is amazing and i’m like i’m.
You know when it comes to the fact that this pandemic has put such a halt on everything, especially in the boxing world like, like, i said to you earlier.
You know here in canada right now, they’re doing like an a province-wide shutdown, and you know we don’t really know if there’s like rumors about a nationwide shutdown again, which i don’t know like.
Don’T quote me on that.
I don’t really know, but you know just with hearing that here and you’re saying that things are looking well over there in the uk yeah yeah at the minute, we’re in so the 12th of april.
So monday, like gyms, i think, are all open and again so.
We’Ve been in a national lockdown since january um on the 12th of april was like the beginning of everything opening up and then in may i think more things open up and apparently i think it’s like the end of june, but we’re back to normal.
But everything changes all the time i don’t even i can’t keep up with it.
I never know what what’s happening absolutely and everywhere in the world.
Different cities is just completely different rules, so it’s it’s madness absolutely and like with so have, but you’ve been working like.
I think i asked you this earlier, like you’ve been working, though right through the pandemic, like through this time, you’ve been able to still work, though right, because you’re you’re a pediatric nurse yeah.
So for me my partner doesn’t affected us because of our job.
So we’ve both waved right through the pandemic and obviously being a pediatric nurse.
It’S been so upsetting for me to see what i’ve noticed and you know, whatever’s going on with covert and numbers and stuff.
Like you know, i get that.
There’S measures that have got to be out there, but the amount of mental health that i’ve seen rise.
It’S just so like heartbreaking and especially being a pediatric.
It’S not something you’d expect to see and i’m seeing children so younger, struggling and obviously you’ve got like adults like i’ve got a lot of friends that have like told me something really upsetting stories of like suicides like the domestic violence rates.
Everything like that is on the increase, so it’s like you’ve got to find a balance.
I get that there’s like something going on right now in the world, but for me the thing that concerns me, i’m really upset to me is mental health, domestic violence, child abuse, crime rate, everything like that is just jumping through the roof.
Absolutely – and you know when i i totally agree with you, you know i always kind of you know.
I agree like yes, you know this is you know, uncertain times and whatnot, but even i’ve seen it personally with like just like you’re saying, like the mental health is just depleting, and so many youth.
This is the time that youth are like developing learning, they’re, still not fully cognitively ready to start their lives and you’re putting them into this isolated situation where they can’t meet new friends.
They can’t do their extra curricular activities.
They can’t discover more about their identity.
Just locked in their house – and you know, they’re not getting the fresh air that they need like who knows like.
If you know, because when you start getting depressed, like i’m sure you know, you don’t even eat as well, which also affects your overall health and your mental health.
And it’s just so sad to see our youth, our next generation going like this very slowly and then even school like having everything online is like you know what, if a student doesn’t learn well in that kind of environment, then what exactly it’s like you’ve got to.
Look at the bigger picture tonight.
For me, mental health is what the pandemic is is is the major issue there’s so many more numbers in mental health and it’s right across the board right across the world with children, adults, men, women, it’s just yeah sad.
It’S really really upsetting very sad and, like you know, as like athlete to athlete, like i’m, really sorry that we’re all going through this, because, especially since we make our world so much about being out there so much about being physically active.
So much about getting ready to perform.
Oh did i lose you there you are yeah.
I might just have to run and get my charger.
It’S just gone.
I am on to a battery.
Okay, yes, like, like, i said so athlete to athlete, like i’m, really sorry that we’re all kind of going through this and you know in your line of profession, i’m sure it’s even more frustrating when you have a better understanding of like the bigger picture.
Just from like a medical health perspective too yeah, that’s it sorry, i’m just going to run and get a charge been at the football tonight with the kids right right, hidden, busy, mom right.
That’S it literally football.
I think three times this week.
You know now that everybody’s starting to reopen again right.
It’S back to that.
Actually that’s another thing too.
So you know um, since the fight fell through and you’re, just kind of waiting for the phone call you’re back on schedule with uh your work.
So, are you still training, though, like do you still find time in like the week to go and train or how’s that working for you yeah, so i’ve still been able to train? And obviously you know the professional athletes gyms have still been able to stay fun.
So i’ve been lucky and i’m so grateful for that, because not everybody’s got that opportunity right and with the lockdowns and stuff the kids have been off school, so my eldest has been like really good he’s been able to mind his little brother.
While i go to the gym every morning, so i’ve been i’ve been really lucky.
It’S not really affected me, so great yeah, because i know it’s so proud, yeah and so like.
Let’S just say, hypothetically that tomorrow, like tomorrow, everything opened up, let’s say: kovid, just dissipated.
What would be like your goal for this year, like let’s say you were able to get that fight for commonwealth, the commonwealth games? You know, let’s just say, like all that went well.
What is like your ultimate goal in professional boxing.
For me, i want to win a world title, and so i want to get this commonwealth and for my next fight going on from there like on saturday, there’s a fight and i’m actually in fight same weight as me: bantamweight ebony bridges and shannon courtney.
So they’re fighting for the world title so once i’ve got my commonwealth title, i want to be fighting these girls.
Who’Ve got these titles and competing when you fight these other girls like since it’s professional, have you gone to like north america or like have you had girls from north america, come to you to fight like how does that work? No, so the girls who are fighting on saturday runs uk ones, australia and i don’t know how it’s worth right now.
You know, but like traveling and stuff, with all these restrictions in the world right for me, there’s a lot of girls all over the world who hold titles so domestically in the uk.
There’S a lot of girls that i could be fighting, but i want to be fighting girls from all over as well and yeah.
I’D love to travel with it as well as i’ve gone with.
The boxing is um and hoping in the amateurs.
So i i would love to be going and traveling all over and getting some um great title fights over.
Obviously in america, it’d be amazing to go there and ideally meet me favorite place that i want a box.
Is the effort in the liverpool yeah? That’S my dream: yeah! That’S what i wanted and then yeah definitely definitely over in america.
It’Ll be nice as well! Absolutely, oh, my god! So i mean well this.
You know that sounds very obtainable in your position like.
I think that you know with the kind of hard work you have and the resilience you have and the way that you juggle all these really important things and you put them into like a harmonious schedule where you’re making it work, like you said, like the pandemic.
Hasn’T even really like affected you because of your line of profession.
You have one kid, that’s a little bit older and you know helps you out too, and then you have your partner and then you have your training schedule that works out for you, because you can go into the gym since you’re.
A professional like this is all fantastic and, like you know so many women would look up to you, because a lot of people have this stigma that when you’re a mom you know that’s it.
You know it’s very recent that women in the olympics are like.
You know women are coming back after having a baby and going into the olympics, but you don’t see that often in boxing like you, don’t see that often in combat sports, where somebody has a baby and they come back because the kind of training it takes to Be in a combat sport, it’s very rigorous! It’S very, like you really put your body through it, and your mental, like you really have to get into this kind of state going into fights so like a lot of women would be super like admirable of you.
This is a really amazing thing that you do.
Thank you and that’s it.
I always like want people to think like age or whether you’ve got kids or whether you’ve got like a normal job.
Literally, you can do anything if you’ve got that mindset go and do it go and make your dreams come true, yeah, absolutely proof of it right yeah.
I was just a 29 year old mum of two.
It was on a charity fight and then in october i was fighting on a mushroom show for the commonwealth title like it wasn’t, even in my dreams, just to like be a boxer and it just the way the stories unfold.
It’S just way felt that way.
So if you, if you dream big and you work hard, anything is achievable absolutely and like i’m, assuming that you have a lot of support in your family while you’re doing this yeah.
Definitely because, obviously, when i’ve started with needed, like a little bit of help like getting the kids minded, if i’m like traveling places and stuff.
So luckily enough got a good family system around me and really good friends and you know being from liverpool the whole city like whenever i’ve been trying to sell tickets, and especially when i have my last fight, i had so much support so yeah, i’m so lucky And then again, all my sponsors that i’ve got like i’ve got so many sponsors that i’ve always did and yeah i’m just.
I just feel so grateful for everything and everything that everybody does for me absolutely and it sounds like just an amazing adventure and it sounds like you know, you’re kind of even just you’re, just at the you’re, just at the tip there, like you’re, just climbing up That ladder and you’re already, like you, know, you’re already right there you’re already right there you’re living like this amazing kind of like dream, because it’s not like you’re young and then you’re thinking like oh, if it doesn’t work out for me, like what am i going To do with my life after you have a career you’re, a pediatric nurse we’ve got, we’ve got our family, we’ve got our house, we’ve got our careers.
This has just been like an absolute bonus.
It’S been amazing.
Well, that’s just absolutely lovely to hear what advice would you have for a young girl that thinks that she has to rush into a sport like this or maybe like a 26 year old? Who might think, i think, i’m too old to start now? What would you have advice for these two different girls, i would say to anybody.
Age is just a number: don’t ever be fixated on a number.
If you feel good, then go for it because, honestly, like 29, getting into the sport of boxing boxing on, like an amazing, show, mattrium show for the commonwealth title within like five years, so i’m living proof that your dreams can come true and anybody younger don’t care.
What anybody thinks and just go, do what you want to do, because so many people can just put people off and say: well you know what about this? What about that – and i think when i was younger – maybe i got put off things and stuff and i listened to what people said, so i never really wanted to do anything.
I started when i was younger because i listened to other people’s opinions rather than my own.
So if you follow your heart, follow your dreams.
You can literally have like the most amazing life.
Absolutely like you know what i can’t even lie like there’s so many times like i wanted to start competing so much younger than 17.
I wanted to compete so bad when i was like 14 15 years old in boxing or something, and just because i didn’t have well.
This was about like 12 years ago and 12 years ago.
You know there was a stereotype back then that if you were a boxer, you had to look mean you had to like match the guys.
You had to be a certain kind of girl to want to do something like that, and i was always very petite.
The very sweet girl in the gym, quiet whatever and everybody was always like.
Why do you want to go fight? Why do you want to break your pretty face like? Why do you want to ruin this and that it’s like? But what, if i’m good like what? If i really enjoy doing it, what if it makes me happy, but as a young girl, when you hear those things it’s kind of like? Oh well, you do you.
Do you listen to so many people around you and that’s like right.
It’S so important.
You’Ve got to do you, you can’t live up to people’s lives and other people’s opinions.
Just weigh you down and that’s not your destiny, not your purpose, so i just hope, yeah, i hope people out there do follow their own dreams, because against the day you live your life at your story, you write it nobody else, but there’s too many people getting Involved trying to write this story and take it off course, so, there’s probably so many amazing boxes out there right now that have never boxed well they’ve been put off this water they’ve just never gone into it, yeah, absolutely just because they were discouraged, yeah yeah, but You know if you don’t, you don’t put a pair of gloves on because somebody said no we’ve.
We could have lost some amazing fighters just by people saying no.
I don’t think that’s right for you yeah exactly and i’m like a firm believer.
I say this very often in my podcast, like once the gloves come on.
They never come off like boxing stays in people’s hearts once they get that first little taste of it.
It’S like there’s nothing like it.
There’S nothing like that feeling.
You said you’re a marathon runner too right, so i’ve done quite a few half manufacturings and i’ve done one full marathon.
Have you ever done any other sports? No, it was always running so in school.
I was always like in the running team, so it was always run for the school and then when i left school i had aids, i’m quite young guys and when i was 19.
, so i didn’t really carry on with sports and then i started getting back into The running so quite a few half marathons and then i’ve done the formation, but i picked an injury up after that and yeah one one.
Full metal thing is enough right right.
I really like the way things like honestly when i see those marathon runners i’m like.
Oh, my god, i could not do that.
I think it took me about four and a half hours, because i was injured.
Jordan me builds up today.
I ended up with ibt syndrome, so i kind of like have to take my miles right down, but then get them right up again so quickly and drawing it me knee was so so painful.
But i’ve got that mindset.
I’Ve trained for months, i’m not going to walk it, so i ran it and i have to slowly pace down.
Did it in like four and a half hours, and i think when i got through the finish line, i nearly started crying.
I was like oh yeah, but you have that fighting mindset.
You have a mentality like no just finished it like.
I said i got ta finish it yeah.
I literally got through it and i literally hobbled and i couldn’t even walk for days.
I was in so much pain.
I had to go, get physio foot foot for ages after day and i actually fall for like a little bit thinking.
I might redo that because i’m not happy with my time and then four, no, never again, i’ve done it once and you know what those are.
The worst injuries like around the ankles or anything because you got to you – have to walk you’re, always putting pressure on that specific area like it’s hard to just let it heal.
What are you gon na do sit in the bed for months and just like? Have it elevated you can’t you got ta move around, you got to do things, yeah yeah, that would say the first kind of injuries to have yeah.
Definitely well, you know what carla like.
I really enjoyed this time getting to know you.
I really loved, like all the the your career and just your experience in the sport and just learning so much about you like.
I can’t you know it’s a breath of fresh air to hear somebody that is in their later 20s that started and they’re.
You know you’re pursuing it and you have no doubts about yourself and you’re doing so well in the sport, and you know it’s so encouraging for so many women in general out there.
That may think, like i’m too old, for this or like.
Why would i start now like this is so important for so many people to hear, and it’s so encouraging and also to the importance of you know, what’s going on right now, with this pandemic, like from your professional, like medical standpoint of like the mental health, is A really like serious thing right now, going on and everywhere yeah.
It’S definitely like it is it’s really hard.
So if anybody was struggling out there right now get into some sort of training, even if it’s not boxing or you don’t want to fight, but you do a little bit of boxing training training is a really really good part to help with mental health.
So you know definitely look into taking off on sport, regardless of what sport it is and always reach out and speak to people as well.
Absolutely thank you so much carly for doing this, like i think this is like amazing.
I don’t want to take up any more time of your super busy schedule that again you’re, like a super woman, literally super woman.
Thank you for sharing everything.
Do you have anything else, you’d like to tell everybody, and now i’m just i i apologize whatever do.
I apologize for that.
Don’T worry about that! Don’T worry about that technology! Thank you.
So much can i get your hands up.
Thank you! So much and everybody join us.
Oh thank you.
Everybody join us next week for our next episode on the female fizz.
So much again carly.