An Ilkeston woman nicknamed the ‘Laylanator’ has packed a punch for charity by winning her first amateur boxing match after just eight weeks of training.
Layla Poole, 28, of Far Dales Road, took up the challenge to step into the ring for a show organised by Pink Collar Boxing. Layla was trained for free by Box Clever trainer Daniel Gray.
After being matched with a competitor on size and weight, she went on to win her clash in Derby by just one point against Bethany-May Norris across three two-minute rounds watched by judges.
A group of 32 women aged between 16 and 40 took part in the event, with the aim of raising money for the Peter Andre Foundation — in addition to their own chosen causes.
Layla said: “I chose to raise money for MIND and Bowel Cancer Research because both have helped my parents in the past.”
The accounts administrator raised more than £400 for her charities, £200 from ticket sales and a further £100 for the Peter Andre Foundation. Donations are still being made.
“The boxing’s definitely something I’m going to keep up - even my fiancé has started training with me,” she added.
Layla has also lost more than a stone in weight since she began the training.
“It’s kick-started things for my wedding in October.
“I just want to thank friends, family and my trainer for their support - I’ve met some brilliant people.”
Layla’s mother Sharon Shaw, who works for the Erewash Partnership, said she was proud of her daughter’s victory and the amount she raised for charity.