LAURA OFF TO FLYING START
By STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org JOURNALIST-turned lawyer-turned property developer-turned professional boxer Laura Saperstein won her first professional bout in London on Sunday night.
Saperstein, formerly of Main Arm near Mullumbimby, defeated Borislova Goranovo at the Tooting Leisure Centre, London, on points over four rounds.
Some would say the 36-year-old's victory marks the end of a journey that has seen her move continents and careers. But for Saperstein it's only the beginning. It has taken three years of toil for the former lawyer to get this far after a chance encounter with a kick-boxing class saw her become hooked on boxing.
She famously quit her job as a merger and acquisitions lawyer with a prominent London law firm and a salary of 75,000 pounds to pursue her passion for the sport.
Saperstein trained full-time at the London Boxing Academy in Tottenham and won all 10 of her amateur fights and the British lightweight amateur championship two years ago.
"From the first moment I tried boxing, I decided that this was what I wanted to do," Saperstein was quoted earlier this week.
It's a far cry from Saperstein's earliest sporting ambitions.
Originally winning world titles in the surf filled her dreams.
Unfortunately, outside influences and living too far from the beach cruelled her chances.
After doing a communications degree in Newcastle, Saperstein ended up working with NBN News on the Far North Coast.
But a career in the media didn't appeal to her and she re-enrolled at university to do a law degree.
Once she had graduated she moved to Sydney and then to London for lucrative job offers and once in the United Kingdom started putting together a property portfolio.
Saperstein has found a level of celebrity since her first bout was announced earlier this month.
News organisations all over Australia as well as the UK and the US have bombarded the lightweight division boxer with interview requests.
Ironically, if she ever came home to the area, Saperstein couldn't fight in front of her home crowd at Mullumbimby or Byron Bay.
Women's boxing is banned in NSW.