Natasha Jonas, no stranger to breaking new ground, has etched her name in the annals of boxing history yet again, becoming the first black female to receive a boxing manager’s license from the British Boxing Board of Control.
This Liverpool-born trailblazer, fondly known as ‘Miss GB,’ isn’t new to being a record-setter. She’s part of a family with deep athletic roots — her sister’s a pro in the football world. But Natasha claimed her own spotlight as the first woman to throw punches for Team GB and, more notably, the first female boxer representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Her trophy shelf got a little crowded last year when she snagged the esteemed British Boxer of the Year award, joining the ranks of British boxing royalty like Lennox Lewis and Naseem Hamed.
Now, as a two-division world champion, she’s switching gears but not slowing down. With her new manager’s license in hand, she’s all set to steer newbie boxer Mikie Tallon as he steps into the professional ring for the first time.
“I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge, and I didn’t plan on becoming ‘the first’ in anything, specifically. My goal was to shatter limits, never shy away from the new or the tough, just because no one else had tread that path,” Jonas stated with her characteristic resolve.
“But, hey, carving out a piece of history that’s undeniably yours? That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”
When she’s not making waves in the ring or breaking glass ceilings, you’ll find Natasha actively giving back to her community, juggling parenting, and sharing her insights as a revered pundit and commentator on Sky Sports Boxing.
This milestone doesn’t just highlight Jonas’s relentless push for greatness; it resonates deeply during Black History Month, aptly themed ‘Celebrating Our Sisters’ this year. Her narrative is one of undying grit and victory, a beacon for women in sports.
After outclassing Kandi Wyatt to clinch the IBF World Welterweight title earlier this year, adding a second division world champion notch to her belt, Jonas is raring to return to the canvas and continue cementing her legacy in British boxing.
Catch more on Natasha Jonas’s inspiring journey in the latest episode of Sky Sports’ Editions, debuting today on their YouTube channel.
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