“Some people think [Muslim] women shouldn’t box but most have just been supportive,” the 26-year-old said. “They see that I’m very passionate about boxing. This is what I love doing. I don’t care what they think. This is my life.”
And what if someone wasn’t supportive?
“I’d say, ‘Got something to say’?” she laughed. “Then ‘whack!’”
Juggling her faith along with her love of boxing has been problematic, especially during Ramadan when Muslims can’t drink or eat between sunrise and sundown.
“I’m really into my faith, so it’s not something I can avoid,” she said. “I make sure I do my prayers. It’s something I can’t not do. The same as Ramadan. Because of Ramadan, I couldn’t do the camp in Sheffield. There was no point of me going.
“The training in Ramadan is really hard. You train before you start fasting. Then you go to the gym [at night]…