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Britain's first female boxer now inspiring others in the ring

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It's 20 years since Bristol-based Jane Couch became the first officially licensed British female in the sport.

She was inspired by a documentary but when she first tried to step into the ring she was laughed at and told the sport was illegal for women in the UK.

But that didn't stop Jane, she moved to America where women were allowed to fight and later moved to Bristol to train illegally.

She had already become a light-welterweight world champion when she took on the British Boxing Board of Control in court in 1998.

Jane Couch talking to Kylie in the ring. Credit: ITV News West Country

Couch won her court battle too, and was awarded a license and the chance to fight in the first sanctioned bout in the UK.

The five time world champion had a glittering 14 year career and was even awarded an MBE by The Queen in 2007 for services to her sport.

She is now back in the ring and working towards giving young women the confidence to fight competitively.

Jane also supported the inclusion of women's boxing in the Olympic Games and although she says it isn't a level playing field, she does believe the sport is moving in the right direction.