Main Arms Laura Saperstein will fight for the first time as a professional boxer on November 18 in London.
Main Arms Laura Saperstein will fight for the first time as a professional boxer on November 18 in London.

Mian Arm local all set for first pro fight

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au

AT AN age when most are considering getting out of the sport, Main Arm's Laura Saperstein will be making her professional boxing debut on November 18. She's 36.

But Saperstein's story has always been a bit different. Growing up on a farm in Main Arm, the fitness fanatic always dreamed of becoming a professional surfer.

Instead, Saperstein has become a professional boxer in London.

The 60kg ball of muscle will take on a Swedish opponent at Tooting Leisure Centre with ringside seats selling for 50 pounds.

"It's gone crazy over here," Saperstein told The Northern Star by email.

"I've been in about 15 newspapers, radio and television want to do stuff and I'm meant to be training for my fight in a week-and-a-half."

Saperstein has also been asked to do interviews with Channel Five, BBC and GMTV, the biggest morning show in Britain.

After finishing school at Mullumbimby High, Saperstein did a communications degree at Newcastle before returning to the Northern Rivers and working as a journalist for NBN.

After tiring with the media, she went back to university to do a law degree.

On graduation she joined a law firm in Sydney and later moved to London where she was a successful mergers and acquisitions lawyer with firm Freshfields on an annual salary of 75,000 pounds. But she hated it.

After going to a kick-boxing class with a friend for moral support, Saperstein found herself bitten by the boxing bug. She quit her job and made money through property developing which funded her passion for boxing.

After winning the British Amateur Title flyweight title in 2005, Saperstein only turned professional at the end of 2006 and it's taken some time for her to find a match-up.

From Main Arm to London. From law to boxing.

Whichever way you look at it, it's been a long journey for Laura Saperstein.



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