Jane Couch

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Jane Couch
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Real nameJane Couch
Nickname(s)The Fleetwood Assassin[1]
Rated atWelterweight
Light Welterweight
Lightweight
Height67 in (1.7 m)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Born(1968-08-14) 14 August 1968 (age 46)
Fleetwood, Lancashire, England
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins28
Wins by KO9
Losses11
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Jane Couch
Janea026.jpg
Statistics
Real nameJane Couch
Nickname(s)The Fleetwood Assassin[1]
Rated atWelterweight
Light Welterweight
Lightweight
Height67 in (1.7 m)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Born(1968-08-14) 14 August 1968 (age 46)
Fleetwood, Lancashire, England
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins28
Wins by KO9
Losses11
Draws0
No contests0

Jane Couch, MBE (born 14 August 1968) became the first officially licensed British female boxer in 1998. In a 14-year professional career, she won numerous world titles and announced her retirement from boxing on 1 December 2008. Couch has since become a boxing promoter.

Background[edit]

Born in Fleetwood, Lancashire, Couch was expelled from her school in Blackpool and thereafter lived "a life of booze, drugs and street fighting".[1] At the age of 26 she saw a television documentary about women's boxing and decided to try it. In her first official fight, a Muay Thai match, she defeated a policewoman, about which she said "it was brilliant to flatten one [a police officer] and get paid for it".[1] She currently resides in Bristol.

Professional boxing career[edit]

The British Boxing Board of Control initially refused to grant Couch a professional licence on the sole ground that she was a woman, and argued that PMS made women too unstable to box.[2][3] Claiming sexual discrimination and supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Couch managed to have this decision overturned by a tribunal in March 1998.[4][5] However, some criticism followed as the British Medical Association called this result "a demented extension of equal opportunities".[6]

Couch would later seek the right to fight a male opponent, but was unsuccessful. Of this, she said

Going into the ring against a man wouldn't bother me. I spar with blokes seven days a week so it's not as if it would be a new experience. It would mean an awful lot to me to appear at Wembley.[7]

Couch's first major success occurred in only her fifth pro fight in 1996 when she won the WIBF light welterweight title by outpointing France's Sandra Geiger over ten rounds in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Couch's first defense of her title was against noted female boxer Andrea DeShong, who was stopped in seven rounds in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 1997.

In September 2003 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, Couch lost on points over eight rounds to the highly regarded Lucia Rijker of Holland.

Her last fight, against Anne Sophie Mathis on 8 December 2007, resulted in a loss by technical knockout.

She announced her retirement on 1 December 2008 and said she intended to continue as a boxing promoter.[8] At the time, she said

"Boxing has been my life for a long time and it will always will be, but I'm not going to miss getting my head smashed in."[9]

Couch's overall professional record was 28 wins (9 KOs), 11 losses.

Other achievements[edit]

In 2001 she published an autobiography, "Jane Couch – Fleetwood Assassin".[10]

Couch was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours.[11]

Post-boxing career[edit]

In 2008 Couch competed in the reincarnation of Superstars.[12]

On 20 December 2008 Couch co-promoted a promotion with Ricky Hatton in Bristol and then in February 2009 announced a more formal partnership with Hatton Promotions when she signed as boxing co-ordinator.[13]

Couch long supported the inclusion of women's boxing in the Olympic Games, saying

"It's no more dangerous for a woman to box than for a man ... The Olympics would encourage more girls into gyms where hopefully they would be welcomed."[14]

On 12 August 2009 it was reported that the International Olympic Committee appeared set to include the sport in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[15]

In December 2009, Couch promoted a competition at the Marriott Hotel, Bristol.[16]

Couch also has her own YouTube channel which features regular interviews with people involved in boxing.[17]

Professional boxing record[edit]

28 Wins (9 KOs), 11 Losses[18]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss28–11France Anne Sophie MathisTKO2 (6)2007-12-08FranceLa Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes, France.
Loss28–10Canada Jaime ClampittUD102007-06-20United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.For vacant IWBF light welterweight title.
Loss28–9United States Holly HolmUD102006-09-23United StatesIsleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Win28–8Ukraine Viktoria OliynykPTS62006-05-06EnglandInternational Convention Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands.
Win27–8Bulgaria Galina GumliiskaTKO3 (4)2006-02-25EnglandWhitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon.
Loss26–8France Myriam LamareTKO3 (10)2005-12-05FrancePalais Omnisports, Bercy, France.For vacant WIBF light welterweight title.

For Women's WBA light welterweight title.

Win26–7Latvia Oksana CernikovaPTS62005-11-12EnglandThistle Hotel, Bristol, Avon.
Loss25–7Canada Jessica RakoczyTKO6 (10)2005-07-21United StatesPalace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California.For vacant Women's WBC lightweight title.
Win25–6Ukraine Larysa BerezenkoPTS62004-12-02EnglandThistle Hotel, Bristol, Avon.
Win24–6Canada Jaime ClampittUD102004-06-12United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.Won IWBF light welterweight title.
Loss23–6Belgium Nathalie ToroUD102004-04-03BelgiumVise, Liege, BelgiumFor vacant Women's European light welterweight title
Win23–5Bulgaria Borislava GoranovaPTS62004-02-29EnglandMarriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon
Win22–5United States Brenda DrexelPTS82003-12-21EnglandMarriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon.
Win21–5United States Brenda DrexelPTS102003-09-21EnglandMarriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon.
Loss20–5Netherlands Lucia RijkerUD82003-09-21United StatesStaples Center, Los Angeles, California.
Win20–4Ukraine Larysa BerezenkoPTS82003-05-15EnglandHand Stadium, Bristol, Avon.
Win19–4Bulgaria Borislava GoranovaTKO72003-02-26EnglandMarriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon.
Win18–4Bulgaria Borislava GoranovaUD102002-12-08EnglandThistle Hotel, Bristol, Avon.
Win17–4Bulgaria Borislava GoranovaUD62002-08-03EnglandNorbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, Lancashire.
Loss16–4United States Sumya AnaniTKO4 (10)2002-06-21United StatesConvention Center, Waco, Texas.
Win16–3Bulgaria Tzanka KarovaTKO32001-12-16EnglandWhitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon.
Win15–3United States Carla WitherspoonUD42001-07-28JamaicaMontego Bay, Jamaica.
Win14–3Ukraine Viktoria OliynykUD42001-06-16EnglandConference Centre, Wembley, London.
Loss13–3United States Elizabeth MuellerUD62000-08-19United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Win13–2Bulgaria Galina GumliiskaTKO6 (10)2000-07-01EnglandElephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London.Retained WIBF light welterweight title.
Win12–2South Africa Michelle StraussTKO3 (6)2000-03-09EnglandYork Hall, Bethnal Green, London.
Win11–2Australia Sharon AnyosUD101999-10-31EnglandDavid Lloyd Tennis Centre, Raynes Park, London.Won vacant WIBF light welterweight title.
Win10–2Germany Heike NollerUD81999-04-01EnglandBirmingham, West Midlands
Win9–2Netherlands Marischa SjauwUD101999-02-20EnglandStockton on Tees, County DurhamWon WIBF light welterweight title.
Win8–2Germany Simona LukicTKO2 (6)1998-11-25EnglandCaesars Nightclub, Streatham, London
Loss7–2United StatesDora WebberPTS102001-06-20United StatesTropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New JerseyFor vacant IWBF light welterweight title.
Loss7–1United StatesDora WebberSD61997-10-24United StatesLula, Mississippi
Win7–0United States Leah MellingerUD101997-08-07United StatesFoxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, ConnecticutRetained WIBF light welterweight title.
Win6–0United States Andrea DeShongTKO7 (10)1997-03-02United StatesNew Orleans, Louisiana.Retained WIBF light welterweight title.
Win5–0France Sandra GeigerPTS101996-05-31DenmarkK.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, DenmarkWon WIBF light welterweight title.
Win4–0 Julia ShirleyPTS61995-07-01EnglandFleetwood, Lancashire
Win3–0 Jane JohnsonTKO4 (6)1995-04-01EnglandSpeedway Stadium, Fleetwood, Lancashire
Win2–0 Fosteres JosephPTS61995-01-01EnglandFleetwood, Lancashire
Win1–0 Kalpna ShahTKO2 (6)1994-10-30EnglandWigan, Greater ManchesterProfessional debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jane Couch biography". Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Round one for women's boxing". BBC News. November 24, 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ Bentham, John (Feb 1998). "12 and 13 February 1998 – Tribunal 1, 100 London Road, Croydon, UK.". #4. Punkcast. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  4. ^ "March: Jane Couch". BBC News. December 22, 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Couch Interview". September 19, 1999. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Just give her a ring". The Guardian (London). January 7, 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Jane Couch in legal battle for right to fight a man". The Daily Telegraph (London). 9 June 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Couch calls time on boxing career". BBC News. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Video: Jane Couch retires from boxing". 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  10. ^ Couch, Jane (February 2001). Jane Couch – Fleetwood Assassin. Blake. ISBN 978-1-85782-435-3. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58358. p. 15. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  12. ^ "Couch takes on Superstar status for TV – Fleetwood Today". www.fleetwoodtoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  13. ^ This is Bristol | Jane Couch links up with Ricky Hatton
  14. ^ "No more excuses, women's boxing should be at Olympics, says Jane Couch – Times Online". London: The Times. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  15. ^ Chennaoui, Orla. "Women's Boxing To Be Made An Olympic Sport In Landkmark Ruling By International Olympic Committee – UK News – Sky News". Sky News. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  16. ^ "Bristol City star Brad gloves up for Christmas show". www.thisisbristol.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/user/JaneCouchBoxing
  18. ^ http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?cat=boxer&human_id=14076