|Real name Jane Couch|
Wins by KO 9
Martial art Boxing
Height 1.70 m
|Nationality United Kingdom|
Name Jane Couch
Total fights 39
|Rated at WelterweightLight WelterweightLightweight|
Born 14 August 1968 (age 52)Fleetwood, Lancashire, England (1968-08-14)
Division Lightweight, Welterweight
Nickname(s) The Fleetwood Assassin
Similar Lucia Rijker, Savannah Marshall, Natasha Jonas
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Jane Couch, (born 14 August 1968) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1994 to 2007. She became the first officially licensed British female boxer in 1998, and won numerous world titles. Couch has since become a boxing promoter.
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Born in Fleetwood, Lancashire, Couch was expelled from her school in Blackpool and thereafter lived "a life of booze, drugs and street fighting". At the age of 26 she saw a television documentary about women's boxing and decided to try it. In her first official fight, a Muay Thai match, she defeated a policewoman, about which she said "it was brilliant to flatten one [a police officer] and get paid for it". She currently resides in Bristol.
Professional boxing career
The British Boxing Board of Control initially refused to grant Couch a professional licence on the sole ground that she was a woman, and argued that PMS made women too unstable to box. Claiming sexual discrimination and supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission, Couch managed to have this decision overturned by a tribunal in March 1998. However, some criticism followed as the British Medical Association called this result "a demented extension of equal opportunities".
Couch would later seek the right to fight a male opponent, but was unsuccessful. Of this, she said
Going into the ring against a man wouldn't bother me. I spar with blokes seven days a week so it's not as if it would be a new experience. It would mean an awful lot to me to appear at Wembley.
Couch's first defence of her title was against noted female boxer Andrea DeShong, who was stopped in seven rounds in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 1997.
In September 2003 Staples Center, Los Angeles, Couch lost on points over eight rounds to the highly regarded Lucia Rijker of Holland.
She announced her retirement on 1 December 2008 and said she intended to continue as a boxing promoter. At the time, she said
"Boxing has been my life for a long time and it will always will be, but I'm not going to miss getting my head smashed in."
Couch's overall professional record was 28 wins (9 KOs), 11 defeats.
In 2001, she published an autobiography, "Jane Couch – Fleetwood Assassin".
Couch was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours.
In 2012, Couch was awarded the AOCA / Awakening Outstanding Contribution Award for her part played in raising public awareness and acceptance of female fighters.
In 2008 Couch competed in the reincarnation of Superstars.
On 20 December 2008 Couch co-promoted a promotion with Ricky Hatton in Bristol and then in February 2009 announced a more formal partnership with Hatton Promotions when she signed as boxing co-ordinator.
Couch long supported the inclusion of women's boxing in the Olympic Games, saying
"It's no more dangerous for a woman to box than for a man ... The Olympics would encourage more girls into gyms where hopefully they would be welcomed."
In December 2009, Couch promoted a competition at the Marriott Hotel, Bristol.
Couch also has her own YouTube channel which features regular interviews with people involved in boxing.