More women taking up boxing

The 'Olympic effect' is causing a hike in the number of women taking up boxing in the capital.

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Olympics "shook off boxing's macho image"

Sarah Trevett from Miguel's Boxing and Fitness Gym says they've seen a massive surge in interest from female customers:

"The old macho image of boxing has been shaken during 2012, with Nicola Adams winning the first women's boxing gold medal for Team GB in the Olympics.....Around half of the trainers on the team are women, and there are two women-focused fitness classes a week. Even when classes aren't exclusively female orientated, women are constantly active at the gym, whether involved in personal training sessions, classes or working out on the bags and the gym by themselves."

More women taking up boxing

Boxer Nicola Adams kisses her gold medal after her win at the 2012 Olympics Credit: Reuters

London boxing clubs have seen a significant increase in the number of women taking up boxing. Club managers believe the hike in numbers is being caused by the image change that women's boxing underwent during the London Olympics.

Nicola Adams shows off her medal during a parade in London Credit: Reuters