Katie Healy can’t wait for boxing bow

Former world kickboxing champion Katie Healy cannot wait to step back into the ring as she prepares to make her professional boxing debut.

Kickboxing world champion Katie Healy, of Bilston
Kickboxing world champion Katie Healy, of Bilston

Healy begins a new chapter in Sheffield on May 21 in a super-bantamweight contest.

“I’m feeling really good, I just can’t wait to get in the ring now,” she said. “I’m ready. Training’s been going really well and I’m itching to fight.”

Leaving a career in kick boxing behind to pursue a degree at Aston University, the Bilston fighter explained why she had to return to professional sport.

“I was after that new challenge,” she said. “When I started going back to the gym after university, it wasn’t to go straight back into boxing and compete.

“It was originally a matter of going back to get my fitness up and to lose a bit of weight.

“It quite sounds cheesy, but the second I started training again, I wanted to get back in the ring. I missed it so much.

“For me, it was just taking that next step.

“I felt like I had already achieved everything in kick boxing.

“ It’s that new challenge now and it’s exciting. I’m learning it all from scratch again.”

Fighting her way up: Page 36

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