News | Jan 12 2018

Jane Couch says today’s female fighters “couldn’t lace Lucia Rijker’s boots”

Jane Couch tells Elliot Worsell the profile and standard of women's boxing is improving but still has a long way to go
Jane Couch
Lucia Rijker and Jane Couch during the bout which Rijker won on points  |  Action Images/Richard Heathcote

Jane Couch giveth, Jane Couch taketh away.

On one hand ‘The Fleetwood Assassin’ tells you the state of women’s boxing has vastly improved, both in terms of profile and opportunity, and on the other hand she warns you not to get carried away. Then in one breath she calls the likes of Katie Taylor, Claressa Shields and Chantelle Cameron talented fighters, better than many in her era, and in the next she waxes lyrical about Lucia Rijker, a woman she bravely battled in 2003, and explains why none of the new breed would stand a chance of beating her.

Hedging her bets? No. Jane Couch, as is her custom, is simply keeping it real.


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