Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside can box, and is handy with a firearm too
When and why you started boxing:
I just went for fitness. I Googled female boxers in the area and found a female boxer at Natbridge ABC. I think she won a national title so I walked in there 15 years ago.
Favourite all-time fighter:
All my family are from Manchester, it’s got to be Ricky Hatton. Loved his style, loved his personality and what amazing fight nights to watch.
Personal career highlight:
The Commonwealth Games gold medal. I kept battling to get on that number one podium spot. I just missed out at the World championships, but to step on the podium at the Commonwealth Games with a major audience on TV was the pinnacle of my boxing career so far.
The Ukrainian and that was at the Worlds in 2012 (Iuliia Tsyplakova). It was to win my bronze medal, that was at 57kgs. I think I won by six points, I absolutely battered her but she just didn’t stop coming.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best is that I will not stop. My fitness, everything about me, my strength. My negative thing, I criticise myself too much. My coach is always telling me I train too much.
You’ve got to enjoy it. Obviously push yourself to the limit but just make sure you’re enjoying your training. That’s the absolute key.
It’s got to be a steak.
Best friends in boxing:
My coach, Mick Day. After I had my head injury it was a horrible time thinking am I ever going to be able to box again and he wasn’t just my coach then, he was my best friend.
Other sportsperson you would like to be:
The person that inspired me while I was at the EIS was Jessica Ennis.
Last film/TV show you saw:
On Netflix, Bruised. Watch it, it’s really good.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
Someone really, really pretty! I don’t know.
Best advice received:
To never give up. Follow your dreams.
Worst rumour about yourself:
When I had my head injury, people said I was drunk. I was sat on a wall, the top broke off and it was a five foot drop down and I fractured my skull. Rumours were that I was sozzled. We can negate that story.
Something not many people know about you:
I was a firearms officer in the police. I passed the horrendous training, which is a very strict, hard course. Once I won the European and World medals, I had the opportunity to box full time.