Scots female Muslim boxer hopes to reach the highest level of successes
RELIGIOUS NEWS AGENCY (REDNA) – A female Muslim boxer, named Farah, from Glasgow, Scotland, said she likes to ‘smash the glass ceiling’ after prestigious title wins.
Farah, from Pollokshields, started training around a decade ago and found she had a knack for it.
“Daily Record” reported Farah Jamil, 32, is Scotland’s first champion Muslim amateur female boxer and is now preparing for the Three Nations title with Team Scotland later this month.
She has three prestigious titles in three different weight categories and is now gearing up for her biggest fight yet – representing her country on the international stage.
Farah, from Pollokshields, started training around a decade ago and found she had a knack for it. She recently won her third national title by unanimous decision against Shannon Lawson, of Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, to become the Scottish Elite Golden Gloves Light-Welterweight Champion.
Farah said: “Initially my family were stunned as culturally it’s not viewed as a sport that Muslim women take part in.
“Growing up I was always sporty, but I’d never shown any interest in boxing until I went along to the gym.
“I think some people were surprised that a Scots Asian girl from a Pakistani background was in the ring but hopefully I am helping change attitudes and perceptions.
“It wasn’t long before my family realised that I was passionate about the sport and now they come along to all of my fights.
“My parents and husband are my biggest supporters, they are so proud that I’m helping to break down cultural barriers and change the belief that boxing is only for men.
“I hope I can be an inspiration to other young girls, and I’d like to see more people from a wide variety of backgrounds take up boxing.
“I’m proof that you should never hold yourself back and you can achieve anything if you are dedicated and willing to put in the work.
“I hope that other young girls will see that you can shatter the glass ceiling and achieve anything you want to – if you believe in yourself.
“I joined boxing classes purely to improve my fitness, but after a couple of sessions I realised I could throw a decent punch or two.
“I moved on to sparring sessions and started to realise the sport was something I could be really good at.
“I began training with a great team who really believed in me and gave me the confidence to keep going.
“Winning my first fight was a massive achievement and I’ve never looked back.
“I’ve realised the more I put into the sport the further I can go.
“My schedule is tough, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, it has made me into the fighter and person I am today.
“It’s over a decade since I got in the ring for the first time and since then I’ve won a hattrick of elite titles.
“There’s no stopping me now and I’m determined to achieve as much as possible.”
She credits the hard-working team at Boxers Booth in Govan for spurring her on to greatness.
Farah is now undertaking a tough training schedule ahead of the Three Nations title with Team Scotland later this month.
She added: “I need to be super strict right now to keep my fighting weight at 63kg.
“I went to Spain for an intensive two-week bootcamp and that was incredible in terms of fitness and focus.
“I’m very fortunate to have such a good team behind me, I couldn’t do this without their incredible support.
“Being in the ring there’s nowhere to hide and it’s about your skill as a boxer.
“It’s a tough sport that demands the very best of you and I’ve suffered a broken nose, bruised ribs, muscle tears and sprains along the way, but that’s all part of the fun.
“There’s still a lot I want to achieve in the ring and there’s still plenty of gas left in the tank, but just helping other women realise that you can be anything you want to be is my proudest achievement.”