Lisa Whiteside has enlisted the help of Tyson Fury’s strength and conditioning coach as she starts the second part of her pro career.
The 36-year-old has teamed up with Kristian Blacklock, a trusted member of the heavyweight champion’s team, to improve her fitness and Whiteside said after only two months of working together, she is feeling the benefit.
Whiteside has, today, signed a promotional agreement with Probellum and is itching to make up for lost time having not fought since 2019.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist took time away from the sport to focus on becoming a mum before a shoulder injury derailed her comeback plans.
But the former Great Britain amateur is straining at the leash and as he targets world title fights at 122lbs, Whiteside has teamed up with one of the country’s leading S&C coaches.
“I’ve been working with Kristian, twice a week, for a couple of months now and it’s been really good,” said Whiteside.
“My strength and conditioning has come on leaps and bounds and Kristian is improving loads of aspects for me.”
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Mick Day-trained Whiteside was a world class amateur with Great Britain and England, boxing over 120 times and picking up medals at various international tournaments, before turning professional in 2019.
But after three fights, the Chorley-born boxer, stepped away from the sport to become a mum and she gave birth to baby boy Jensen on Boxing Day 2020.
And now Whiteside is ready to return to the ring and she is set on grabbing world title chances – and quickly.
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Whiteside says all she needs is one fight before being ready to start pushing for contests with Mayerlin Rivas, Segolene Lefebvre and the other world title holders at 122lbs.
Whiteside said: “My goal is to become world champion, and I believe Probellum, together with S-Jam Boxing, will put me in a position to get the fights I need.
“I’ve been out of boxing for almost three years because I had a baby and then a shoulder injury put a spanner in the works, so I need to get that one fight under my belt, but after that I am ready to go!
“The drive to succeed that my son Jensen gives me, to go and get that world title belt for him, is incredible.
“I just want to make him super proud and bring home a world title.”
‘ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME’
Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum said: “Lisa is yet another great addition to Probellum’s stable of female fighters.
“Women’s boxing has never been as popular, or as packed with talent. There are huge fights to be made everywhere you look in the sport and that is our focus with Lisa – deliver her the big fights.
“She was a supremely talented amateur and we know she has the perfect style and attitude for the pros. Lisa is ready to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.”
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Whiteside says joining Probellum raises the prospect of fighting on the same card as another Chorley hero.
“Jack Catterall is Chorley born and bred like me and I would love to be able to share a show with him,” said Whiteside.
“That would be amazing, he’s a top guy and it was unfortunate what happened in his last fight, but it has put him on a bigger platform, and you can see the love the public have for him.
“That show would be a sell-out, 100%!”
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