One woman sparring at Miguel's Boxing Club in Brixton told London Tonight that the sport suited her lifestyle as a mum.
Heather Christian said it fitted in around other commitments and provided a good outlet for stress.
When Leanne Spencer stepped into the ring, she found she loved it so much that she quit her job in the City to become a personal trainer.
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."