Lisa Whiteside still eager to fulfil her dream of becoming a boxing world champion

Preston fighter Lisa Whiteside remains set on winning a world – with her young son Jensen providing the inspiration.

By Craig Salmon
Thursday, 19th May 2022, 4:14 pm
Updated Friday, 20th May 2022, 9:04 am

The 2018 Commonwealth Games champions will relaunch her professional career with global boxing promotion and media company Probellum after three years on the sidelines.

A world class amateur with Great Britain and England who won a World Championship silver medal, she turned professional in 2019.

But after three fights, the Chorley-born boxer, stepped away from the sport to focus on becoming a mum and she gave birth to baby boy Jensen on Boxing Day 2020.

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A shoulder injury then hampered comeback plans but Whiteside is now ready to return to the ring and having signed a promotional deal with Probellum, the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist is set on grabbing world title chances – and quickly.

Mick Day-trained Whiteside, 36, will campaign at super bantamweight and 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.

Lisa 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.”

Richard Schaefer, President of Probellum, who also promote Chorley star Jack Catterall, 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.”