“Because I loved boxing, people assumed that I wanted to be a boy”: Stacey Copeland on women’s boxing, perceptions of femininity and deciding against a nickname

Until 1997, women could not legally box in Great Britain. It would be another fifteen years before Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor would announce themselves to the world in London, as women’s boxing made its debut at the 2012 Olympics. Six years on, there are just three weight categories for women

“What drove me was so many people saying I couldn’t do it”: Baxter ‘The One-Armed Bandit’ Humby on fighting with a disability and winning world titles

There are many people all over the world who hold aspirations of competing in combat sports at a high level but, like all top-class sports, it is extremely difficult to reach the top. So imagine trying to become the world champion in a combat sport without the use of your right

Weight cutting: the most dangerous part of combat sports?

The dangers of boxing and mixed martial arts were thrown once again into sharp relief this week following the death of 31-year-old British boxer Scott Westgarth following head trauma sustained in the ring. But another more overlooked source of danger to fighters is the practice of weight cutting. This process involves

“The world will know my name, I promise you that”: Julian Marquez on his incredible rise to the UFC, and his Kansas City roots

Ahead of UFC 222, we caught up with middleweight Julian "The Cuban Missile Crisis" Marquez to hear about his journey from Kansas City to the highest level of mixed martial arts. Julian Marquez (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) burst onto the national MMA and UFC scene after a stunning knockout on Dana White's

“I don’t feel blind when I’m on the mat”: the remarkable story of Rob Long – the Afghanistan veteran with an incredible jiu-jitsu dream

In a month’s time, Rob Long will head to Aldershot, where he will be looking to retain the Brazilian jiu-jitsu title he won back in 2017. However, this is no ordinary jiu-jitsu tournament, and Rob Long is no ordinary man. On 8th July 2010, Long was injured in Afghanistan while serving