For Farah Choudrey, the transition from Keep Fit and Boxercise classes to boxing was entirely logical.
She said: “I was just doing normal boxing and fitness classes and I had started hitting the pads but I wanted more. It just didn’t satisfy me. I wanted to keep going, progress and learn proper boxing.”
Farah joined Watford Amateur Boxing Club in 2015 and since then she hasn’t looked back. It looks to be an entirely justified decision and she has enjoyed some notable recent success.
At the Box Cup, Europe’s largest amateur boxing event, which takes place at Alexandra Palace, London, Farah won a silver medal, narrowly missing out on winning the whole tournament and winning rave reviews from her coaches in the process.
Ever modest, Farah said she thought there was a simple reason for her success.
She commented: “I just wanted it so much more – I trained much harder and put so much in it. I want to progress with the amateurs and win as many fights as possible. I’ve trained with the England Squad but without the level of training I have here, I wouldn’t have got far.”
Farah’s coaches firmly believe she is destined for big things.
Kenny Walker, head coach at the club, said: “She doesn’t believe in herself as much as we do – she definitely will get gold next year. We’re so proud of her, she has had some bad decisions but she’s come back.”
Dave Hornblow is the club’s welfare officer and said Farah is a credit to the club and herself.
He said: “She shows commitment to the hilt. It’s such a tough sport for women to break into and the dedication she puts in is absolutely unbelievable.”