What does turning 50 mean to you? Time to slow down, start to take things a bit easier? Maybe get an allotment. Not for medical secretary manager Ashling Rivá, who is preparing for her first competitive fight on an all-female ticket in Norwich.
Ms. Rivá has put 18 months of gruelling training into perfecting her form, and will make her ring debut this Sunday as part of the Ultimate Boxing Masters event. She told the Eastern Daily Press: “Most people do things at 50, such as going to Las Vegas, but I’ll be able to say I’ve had my first fight – how fantastic is that?
“I just want to soak up the atmosphere and, win or lose, it is a fantastic opportunity to say I have done it. It’s one of those memory-making moments and hopefully I’ll do myself proud.
“I am really chuffed to represent the gym as its first female boxer. I do feel that extra pressure being a female fighter, but the support of my coaches, work colleagues, friends and family has kept me going.”
If you want to go along and support Ashling, doors open at 4pm, with tickets available from the Ultimate Boxing gym or via www.ultimateboxing.co.uk