British boxer fights to normalise Muslim women in sport with ladies-only class

“The least I can do is teach them how to throw a punch” - Sports Gazette visited Stonebridge Boxing Club in Harlesden to meet Awo Abukor, an amateur boxer who started a ladies-only boxing class to encourage more Muslim women to participate in sport. A Muslim woman in sport is usually

“It’s a shame for all the home nations that judo is not in this year’s Commonwealth Games”: Natalie Powell on judo’s omission from Gold Coast 2018, being No.1 in the world and the future of judo

The Commonwealth Games are usually a time for happiness and excitement as it offers an excellent viewing platform for athletes that may not usually get that sort of attention. But for Natalie Powell, Gold Coast 2018 just won’t have the same attraction to her. Powell won a gold medal while competing for

“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