I joined a boxing gym at 27 years old. I had gone through what I refer now to as a fat stage in my life where I was walking around at around 90+ kgs. I had been a very active person my whole life and my fat stage had already lasted about 3 years and it was causing me to be quite unhappy with myself.
I am self-employed in the IT industry and I had been using the excuse that I was too busy with work to take care of myself. My friend came down to a trial class at a boxing gym.. I joined the gym that night and started my road to my destiny.
After a year of training I had my first amateur fight at 64kgs. I won by KO in the first round. My amateur career lasted a year and a half with 6 fights, 6 wins, only 2 going the distance, winning the Australian amateur title in my 6th bout.
I turned pro in March of 2010 fighting at light welterweight. I lost my first bout on points in a war with Sarah Howitt. It would be than that I decided that no one was going to beat me again and that I would be stronger and faster than ever.
Over the course of the next year and a half I dropped down to super feather weight telling my trainer and then manager I would do whatever it took to be a world champion. In September of 2011 I fought the than world number 1 and WIBA world champion Canadian Lindsay Garbatt. I stopped her in the 9th round making me Australia's first female to take on the world champion and win.
In January of 2012 I decided to move to the United States. I wanted to be the best and I believed that that was only going to happen if I fought the world’s best. Though stubbornness and persistence I became the first full time fighter of the great Lucia Rijker. She had also immigrated to America to become the best so she was aware of the struggles and determination that I needed to continue my journey.