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The new face of Sky Sports Box­ing, 33, re­veals how she copes with her hec­tic job

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Anna Wool­house, the new face of Sky Sports Box­ing.

1. HAS SPORT AND FIT­NESS AL­WAYS BEEN A PART OF YOUR LIFE?

‘Ab­so­lutely. I danced bal­let, tap, mod­ern, and acro (dance with ac­ro­batic el­e­ments) six days a week from the age of three un­til I was 24, and took part in sports at school. I’ve never been some­one who could sit still! I haven’t danced prop­erly for three years, but dance train­ing never leaves you. Whether I’m in a barre, yoga or box­ing class, I find my skills trans­fer over, es­pe­cially with the foot­work in box­ing. I’d love to get in the ring, but I don’t think my bosses would like that!’

2. HOW DO YOU UN­WIND AWAY FROM WORK?

‘I train. I find fo­cus­ing on the task in hand – whether it’s run­ning, go­ing to a HIIT class or hit­ting the pads – switches off my mind. I try to work out four to five times a week, and mas­sively en­joy be­ing a part of the com­mu­nity at my lo­cal gym, but I have to adapt with all my travel. I’m work­ing on my strength train­ing right now, which isn’t some­thing I love, but a nec­es­sary evil to build some lean mus­cle.’

3. DO YOU GET TIME TO PAM­PER YOUR­SELF?

‘I’m not re­ally that kind of per­son. I love a bath, and I’ll get my hair or nails done oc­ca­sion­ally, but that’s it. I’m lucky to have some­one to do my hair and make-up be­fore ev­ery show, but af­ter a day of wear­ing a full face of make-up, I can’t wait to take it all off and let my skin breathe. I love us­ing Cau­dalie skin­care prod­ucts, es­pe­cially its Beauty Elixir mist (£12 for 30ml; uk.cau­dalie.com), to re­fresh my skin dur­ing and af­ter film­ing.’

4. HOW DO YOU STAY EN­ER­GISED?

‘Cof­fee. I al­ways say I’m spon­sored by cof­fee! Plus, I al­ways drink lots of water and carry healthy snacks in my bag. Good nu­tri­tion is mas­sively im­por­tant to me, not just for aes­thet­ics, but also be­cause I like to take care of my­self. Lunch and din­ner vary as I’m of­ten on the go, but break­fast is nor­mally rye bread with av­o­cado and poached eggs. I love it – apart from the health ben­e­fits – be­cause I’ve fi­nally mas­tered how to cook proper poached eggs in a proper pan!’

5. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?

‘Box­ing is like no other sport and is so un­pre­dictable. Within twelve rounds, a fight can go the dis­tance or be over in sec­onds, un­like many other sports, where matches are a fixed length. I at­tend the press con­fer­ence on the Thurs­day, the weigh-in on the Fri­day, then the big fight it­self on the Satur­day and it’s great fun. The pas­sion, in­cred­i­ble fit­ness and phys­i­cal­ity of the box­ers is so in­spir­ing.’

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