Q Can we expect to see you in Combat 8 in the near future?
A It’s not something I’ve given any thought to presently.
Q Can we expect to see you fight for the world title sometimes soon? And who would you like to challenge for the world title?
A Hell yes! If it were tomorrow, I’d be there! Who’s putting it on? I really want to up my ranking so any of the top 5 world-wide ranked women would be ideal.
Q Is there any fighter in particular you would love to fight in Australia? And why?
A No. I spoke with Di Prazak in L.A recently and we spoke about how so many fighters are trying to scale on top of one another. Obviously you need to fight other Aussie Fighters when building up a record but in my eyes, ultimately we are all on the same team. I would love nothing more than to see more world titles brought into the hands of Australian fighters. This way we are more recognised and the sport can grow healthier. I would love to go to the USA to train and spar with both Di Prazak and Erin McGowan (both of who I have fought & now all in different weight divisions) and support each other through fights. Boxing is crazy so it’s cool when you meet other people who share the same insanity.
Q After ten professional fights you automatically qualify to fight for the IBF title. Can we expect to see you fight for such a title in the near future?
A You can count on it!
Q Do you think women should be allowed to fight 3 minute rounds like men instead of 2 minute rounds? Why?
A Five years ago, I would have said yes. I have fought 3 minute rounds in Muay Thai before. That last minute can tend to drag if the fighter’s are fatigued & hence grow tiresome with the audience. If anything drags on for too long, the interest is lost.
Q Do you think women title fights should also be 12x3 minute rounds instead of 10x2 minute rounds or 8x2 minute rounds? Why?
A: No. Again, five years ago I would have been all for it because that’s what I wanted but now that I am wiser, I don’t think it’s necessary. There is nothing to prove in saying you fight for 3 minutes. Most of us train in 3 minute rounds, so the 2 minutes are jam packed with action.
Q Do you think women should be allowed to compete against men? Why?
A: No. Yet again, I would have been the first to put my hand up to fight a male on record. I was fighting them daily in my training so having a bigger audience to watch made no difference to me. But now, I just don’t feel it’s necessary. Due to genetic make-up, there is already a disadvantage for women physically, there is no denying that. I have changed my attitude a lot over the years. There is nothing to prove by doing this. It can only end up ugly eventually. It’s dangerous and irresponsible. I have every faith behind the female boxers of the world but it would be like fighting someone on steroids. Unfair and unethical.
Q: Would you fight against a male fighter?
A: Before when I had too much pride, yes! Now I have just the right amount of pride.
Q: If you were to pick a male fighter in Australia in your division to fight against, who would you pick? Why? And how do you think you will go?
A: I wouldn’t. I’d like to spar them but I have nothing to prove in fighting them in a competition, although I would totally dominate and win! haha :) There are a lot of great up and coming fighters - Jake Carr is a name I am going to be keeping my eye on. Team Jake!
Q: Anything else you would like to tell us?
A: I would like to thank everyone in the Fighting World for continually sticking by me. I know it has been a long ride of ups and downs, fights and no fights but I can feel everybody’s support, especially during those times when I am waiting on the sidelines, hanging to jump in and play. And when I am on, what a ride!!! My family, my friends who wait patiently for me are my support base. My trainer, my friend, Joe Nader- you are one talented man who has brought out the fighter within me & I will be forever grateful. Gary & Elly from Black & Blue have stuck by me from the beginning until now. Thank you!
October 10, 2012