Opinion | Mar 04 2016

Natasha Jonas – Why fighters find it so hard to quit

In her new Boxing News blog, Natasha Jonas, the first woman to box for Britain at an Olympic Games, discusses retiring and being at the heart of the loudest event at London 2012
Natasha Jonas
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I RETIRED with the injury after the Commonwealth Games. I missed out on the World championships because I had to get my toe repaired and missing out on the Worlds meant that I wouldn’t get enough ranking points. Qualification’s going to be seeded and it would have made my qualification route harder.

The injury happened during the bout at the Commonwealths. I just heard a snap. I thought I’d broken my toe. During the fight you do feel it. But you don’t feel it as much, after I was in agony. I remember sitting back in the corner and lifting my feet up and while the coach was talking I was thinking, ‘My toe’s killing me.’

That as well was the last straw. I was sick of getting myself to my best and it not working out. I could have stayed for the European Games because I’d already qualified for them from the Europeans in 2014 but after having so long out it was hard to get myself motivated to get back in because of that.


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