An in­ter­view with Louise Haw­ton on be­ing a mother & a world cham­pion boxer

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De­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment are two of the pil­lars ev­i­dent in the life of a World Cham­pion Boxer Louisa ‘BANG BANG’ Haw­ton. It was my plea­sure to chat with Louisa and hear how this ev­ery­day woman rose to the high­est hon­our – of rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia and be­ing called a World Cham­pion. In Au­gust 2016, Louisa be­came the World Cham­pion of the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion Light-fly­weight Divi­sion and to this day re­mains un­de­feated af­ter eight pro­fes­sional fights.

Q: Of all sports why did you choose box­ing?

A: I used to skate­board when I was younger, trav­el­ling and com­pet­ing on the world cir­cuit and I ab­so­lutely loved it. It was a sport that brought me a real buzz. Then af­ter that, I met my ex-hus­band and we started a fam­ily which be­came the fo­cus of my life. In the back of my mind I al­ways knew that there was some­thing else – and I went through times of feel­ing a bit lost. Hon­estly, I think a lot of moth­ers go through this when they are look­ing af­ter a fam­ily. It’s as if a part of them­selves gets left be­hind or pushed down. It was around this time my best friend in­vited me to a Thai Box­ing gym and I just fell in love with it. From that mo­ment I felt the buzz was back. I trained for about a month and then I went straight into my first com­pe­ti­tion fight. It felt like box­ing ‘reparked me’; it brought back the fire within me.

Q: What does it take to be­come a World Cham­pion?

A: Sacri­fice & pri­or­i­ties; there are a lot of things that I sacri­fice. At the mo­ment my life is fo­cused on box­ing and I don’t have a lot of time for much else. At 31, I’m not a ‘young adult’ so for me I have the pres­sure of time so I want to suc­ceed to ful­fil the things that I have built in my mind. I just want to com­mit 100%. I don’t get to see my friends a lot – I love them and I miss them – but I’m just re­ally fo­cused. I’m so glad that a lot of them un­der­stand what I’m do­ing.

Q: Is there a typ­i­cal day in the life of a World Champ?

A: Yes. I get up at 5am, go for an 8km run and then back home to wake the kids and get them ready for school. Then af­ter school drop offs and be­fore

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lunch, I try to rest or do some pro­mo­tional work and ad­min­is­tra­tion on the com­puter. I’ll cook, eat lunch and then have a train­ing ses­sion in the af­ter­noon to fo­cus on my skills and tech­nique. This gen­er­ally isn’t a re­ally heavy ses­sion. Then I pick the kids up from school and I’m back in the gym again for an even­ing ses­sion which is more in­tense – en­durance work, on the bag, strength work or spar­ring. If it’s spar­ring, I have to travel to some­one else’s gym and work with them. The evenings are for fam­ily and re­lax­ing. All up, train­ing is about 6 hours a day.

Q: How have your chil­dren ben­e­fit­ted by you be­ing in sport?

A: I think it’s great for my kids to see a healthy role model. A lot of peo­ple think box­ing is just fight­ing & hit­ting each other but there are so many lessons that box­ing teaches. These in­clude dis­ci­pline, the healthy life­style, the goals, de­ter­mi­na­tion, mind­sets, things that are in­valu­able and adapt­able to

life in ev­ery way. The chil­dren get to see me work­ing re­ally hard for what I want and that’s re­ally im­por­tant that they can take these lessons into their adult­hood. I do think about it a lot - how to get the most out of what I’m do­ing. It is not just about be­ing in the ring.

Q: How do you en­cour­age your chil­dren to be ac­tive with you?

A: Some­times they come for a run or do stair runs with me and some­times they will put their gloves on and have a lit­tle hit - I’m

happy to play with them. Some­times they will join me do­ing sit-ups, push-ups and even squats. An idea for the read­ers is if they have young kids, put them on your back for ex­tra weight. The kids love be­ing in­volved and if you make it fun, they will want to do it ev­ery day.

Q: What are some things that a World Champ has in her pantry & fridge?

A: I al­ways have a lot of fruit, (I love ap­ples) and veg­eta­bles take up the most space. I also have a lot of wa­ter and co­conut wa­ter. I love chilli which is great for me­tab­o­lism and adds lots more flavour to a clean diet. In my pantry I have lupin flakes which I eat all the time be­cause they are low in carbs, high in pro­tein, mag­ne­sium and iron. Other sta­ples in my pantry are tuna, brown rice and co­conut. My diet is pretty clean and healthy, to main­tain a lean body and to be ready for com­pe­ti­tions.

Q: Con­sid­er­ing you’re now a Women’s World Cham­pion Boxer, what are your next steps?

A: The ti­tle that I won was the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion Ti­tle which is one of the very top ones that you can com­pete against.

There are about four top or­gan­i­sa­tions and one day I would like to win each cham­pi­onship. For my ca­reer to be suc­cess­ful, it’s not just about win­ning com­pe­ti­tions but also about be­ing able to sup­port my fam­ily through the sport. So even though I won the World Ti­tle, I guess in my own mind, the hard work re­ally be­gins now. I would love to keep de­fend­ing the World Ti­tle.

In the next is­sue of Great Health GuideTM, Louisa shares her mind­sets that have led her to re­ceive the hon­our of a be­ing a World Cham­pion Boxer.

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