Amateur | Issue | Premium | Aug 16 2019

Paige Murney: ‘There’s always someone trying to take your spot’

Paige Murney is GB’s number one, but knows Caroline Dubois and other rivals are rising to challenge her
Paige Murney
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YOU could forgive Paige Murney an anxious glance over her shoulder. She is currently Britain and England’s leading lightweight but rivals are massing, not least brilliant teenager Caroline Dubois, who has already won the Youth Olympic Games and Youth World championships.

“I’ve only sparred with her once or twice to be honest, obviously she’s looking to turn senior next year. All competition is good competition because we make sure that we push each other and you always know that there’s someone coming to try and take your spot. So it just makes you train even harder, make sure you keep improving all the time,” Murney said.

Dubois isn’t her only challenger in the UK. She trains alongside lightweights Shona Whitwell and Hannah Robinson on the GB squad. “I’ve not boxed any of them. I’ve only boxed at lightweight in England once. I went down from 64kgs to 60kgs. I’ve only boxed at lightweight once and that was back in November 2017. So I’ve not boxed in England for a long time. But we’re always sparring with each other up here,” Murney said. “Always a good spar. To be on GB you have to be at a good standard so you get the best sparring up here, sparring each other all the time.