Couch in 1998
|Nickname(s)||The Fleetwood Assassin|
|Height||5 ft 7 1⁄2 in (171 cm)|
|Born||14 August 1968|
Fleetwood, Lancashire, England
|Wins by KO||9|
Jane Couch, MBE (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.
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".
In 2012, Couch was awarded the AOCA / Awakening Outstanding Contribution Award for her part played in raising public awareness and acceptance of female fighters.
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.
Professional boxing record
|28 Wins (9 KOs), 11 Losses|
|Loss||28–11||Anne Sophie Mathis||TKO||2 (6)||2007-12-08||La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes, France.|
|Loss||28–10||Jaime Clampitt||UD||10||2007-06-20||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.||For vacant IWBF light welterweight title.|
|Loss||28–9||Holly Holm||UD||10||2006-09-23||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico.|
|Win||28–8||Viktoria Oliynyk||PTS||6||2006-05-06||International Convention Centre, Birmingham, West Midlands.|
|Win||27–8||Galina Gumliiska||TKO||3 (4)||2006-02-25||Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon.|
|Loss||26–8||Myriam Lamare||TKO||3 (10)||2005-12-05||Palais Omnisports, Bercy, France.||For vacant WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||26–7||Oksana Cernikova||PTS||6||2005-11-12||Thistle Hotel, Bristol, Avon.|
|Loss||25–7||Jessica Rakoczy||TKO||6 (10)||2005-07-21||Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California.||For vacant Women's WBC lightweight title.|
|Win||25–6||Larysa Berezenko||PTS||6||2004-12-02||Thistle Hotel, Bristol, Avon.|
|Win||24–6||Jaime Clampitt||UD||10||2004-06-12||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.||Won IWBF light welterweight title.|
|Loss||23–6||Nathalie Toro||UD||10||2004-04-03||Vise, Liege, Belgium||For vacant Women's European light welterweight title|
|Win||23–5||Borislava Goranova||PTS||6||2004-02-29||Marriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon|
|Win||22–5||Brenda Drexel||PTS||8||2003-12-21||Marriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon.|
|Win||21–5||Brenda Drexel||PTS||10||2003-09-21||Marriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon.|
|Loss||20–5||Lucia Rijker||UD||8||2003-09-21||Staples Center, Los Angeles.|
|Win||20–4||Larysa Berezenko||PTS||8||2003-05-15||Hand Stadium, Bristol, Avon.|
|Win||19–4||Borislava Goranova||TKO||7||2003-02-26||Marriott Hotel, Bristol, Avon.|
|Win||18–4||Borislava Goranova||UD||10||2002-12-08||Thistle Hotel, Bristol, Avon.|
|Win||17–4||Borislava Goranova||UD||6||2002-08-03||Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, Lancashire.|
|Loss||16–4||Sumya Anani||TKO||4 (10)||2002-06-21||Convention Center, Waco, Texas.|
|Win||16–3||Tzanka Karova||TKO||3||2001-12-16||Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon.|
|Win||15–3||Carla Witherspoon||UD||4||2001-07-28||Montego Bay, Jamaica.|
|Win||14–3||Viktoria Oliynyk||UD||4||2001-06-16||Conference Centre, Wembley, London.|
|Loss||13–3||Elizabeth Mueller||UD||6||2000-08-19||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.|
|Win||13–2||Galina Gumliiska||TKO||6 (10)||2000-07-01||Elephant & Castle Centre, Southwark, London.||Retained WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||12–2||Michelle Strauss||TKO||3 (6)||2000-03-09||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London.|
|Win||11–2||Sharon Anyos||UD||10||1999-10-31||David Lloyd Tennis Centre, Raynes Park, London.||Won vacant WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||10–2||Heike Noller||UD||8||1999-04-01||Birmingham, West Midlands|
|Win||9–2||Marischa Sjauw||UD||10||1999-02-20||Stockton on Tees, County Durham||Won WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||8–2||Simona Lukic||TKO||2 (6)||1998-11-25||Caesars Nightclub, Streatham, London|
|Loss||7–2||Dora Webber||PTS||10||2001-06-20||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey||For vacant IWBF light welterweight title.|
|Loss||7–1||Dora Webber||SD||6||1997-10-24||Lula, Mississippi|
|Win||7–0||Leah Mellinger||UD||10||1997-08-07||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Retained WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||6–0||Andrea DeShong||TKO||7 (10)||1997-03-02||New Orleans, Louisiana.||Retained WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||5–0||Sandra Geiger||PTS||10||1996-05-31||K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark||Won WIBF light welterweight title.|
|Win||4–0||Julia Shirley||PTS||6||1995-07-01||Fleetwood, Lancashire|
|Win||3–0||Jane Johnson||TKO||4 (6)||1995-04-01||Speedway Stadium, Fleetwood, Lancashire|
|Win||2–0||Fosteres Joseph||PTS||6||1995-01-01||Fleetwood, Lancashire|
|Win||1–0||Kalpna Shah||TKO||2 (6)||1994-10-30||Wigan, Greater Manchester||Professional debut.|
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