LAURA SAPERSTEIN lands a powerful right to Olena Varchenkos head during their bout on February 1 at York Hall, London. LOUISE
LAURA SAPERSTEIN lands a powerful right to Olena Varchenkos head during their bout on February 1 at York Hall, London. LOUISE

Laura packs a punch!

By Steve Spinks sport@northernstar.com.au LAURA SAPERSTEIN’S professional boxing career continues to gather momentum after the former Main Arm fighter won her second fight in London at the weekend.

Saperstein, the former journalist and corporate lawyer who changed careers a couple of years ago, defeated Ukrainian Olena Varchenko at York Hall on points.

The 36-year-old Saperstein said after the fight that Varchenko “knew what she was doing and it wasn’t an easy fight”.

Varchenko, who has a reputation as a tough amateur, was making her professional debut and in the end it was Saperstein’s superior agility and punching speed that earned her the win.

The 36-year-old Australian won the fight 40-36. It was Saperstein’s first fight under respected British boxing promoter Frank Maloney.

Saperstein is the first woman boxer Maloney has promoted. Maloney, who is on record as saying he doesn’t approve of women’s boxing, will promote Saperstein’s next four bouts.

Laura’s bio makes for interesting reading. Her website describes her career as follows: In 2004 Laura was a senior corporate lawyer with a major international law firm in London where she says leisure time meant a five-minute break at the coffee machine and exercise meant the walk to work.

She left to pursue other business interests and to have time to dedicate to her new passion, boxing, which she started after visiting a kickboxing class with a friend.

Saperstein started training at a kickboxing gym in the summer of 2003 when a friend asked her to come along to her first class for moral support.

After throwing her first punch Laura was hooked and moved onto boxing in March 2004.

She’s had 10 amateur bouts, all wins and two professional bouts and now trains with Chris Hall at the London Boxing Academy in Tottenham.



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