Girls punching their way into the history books

KNOCKOUT BUNCH: Houghton Girls' Boxing Club have benefited from new sponsorship and some members are looking forward to taking part in a previously boys-only event.
KNOCKOUT BUNCH: Houghton Girls' Boxing Club have benefited from new sponsorship and some members are looking forward to taking part in a previously boys-only event.
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YOUNG women fighters are proving to be a knockout as they gear up to take part in their first home show.

In August, Houghton Boxing Club opened its doors to women wanting to get fighting fit in the ring, when it launched its female-only sessions.

To date they have proved to be a real hit, with the classes filled by about 15 girls, aged 10 and over.

Hoping to make history, the club is gearing up to enter four of its latest members into the Home Show, at Ramside Hall Hotel in March.

Janette Husband, who helps organise the sessions, said: “There has been a good take-up for the club and it’s proving boxing isn’t just for boys.

“Out of all those who come, we’ve got about four or five potentially excellent boxers, which is good out of 15 girls.

“We’re hoping to place about three or four of those at the home show, which will be a record as it’s normally just males.”

As well as smashing their way into the history books, the girls’ club has received a boost from Wilf Husband Plant Hire in Houghton.

The business has just offered the women sponsorship by providing them all with new tracksuits for training.

Anyone interested in getting tickets for the home show on March 30 can phone Ken on 07780 008 118.

The girls’ club is also on the recruit for new members.

The classes, which include a keep fit session, take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.