READY TO FIGHT: Gladstone boxer Emma Carruthers would love to step into an Olympic boxing ring.
READY TO FIGHT: Gladstone boxer Emma Carruthers would love to step into an Olympic boxing ring.

Gladstone girls wants gold fight

AUSTRALIA'S 2009 World Title representative Emma Carruthers has come out swinging, saying that having women's boxing in the Olympics is worth fighting for.

The Gladstone boxer said its inclusion would only be good for the sport.

“It will be positive for the sport and definitely raise the profile here,” she said.

The 22-year-old said that at the moment it was very tough to get fights as a woman boxer.

“When I was 16 and starting out would go away each week and wouldn't have anyone to fight or they would pull out, it drives you nuts.”

“While when you go to things like the world championships you are up against people who have 70 a year and you're very lucky to get ten,” she said.

The Australian and Queensland title-holder said there was no shortage of competition around the world.

“There is a lot of talent out there, like my experience in the World Titles; there were 248 women weigh in... it's huge in Kazakhstan, India, England and lots of other countries.”

Carruthers said that if female boxing became an Olympic sport it would motivate her and give her and other boxers something to aim for.

Hopefully, it will also attract more people to the sport, she said.

“It will give us more competition and in turn hopefully more sponsorship.”

“Also then I hope the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) will take notice of female boxing... there is no room for women at the moment because it not an Olympic sport.”

Carruthers said that going overseas and fighting will still be the best way for female boxers to gain experience.

The Olympic committee will decide this week whether to accept women boxing for the first time in the 2012 games.



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