AM­A­TEURS

Va­le­rian Spicer hangs up her gloves

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Top fe­male fighter hangs up her gloves

AF­TER an am­a­teur box­ing ca­reer that has seen her com­pete in World cham­pi­onships and two edi­tions of the Com­mon­wealth Games, Va­le­rian Spicer will hang up her gloves.

She fin­ished her ca­reer at Gold Coast 2018, go­ing to the pres­ti­gious mul­ti­sport tour­na­ment re­mark­ably soon af­ter hav­ing a baby.

“It was al­ways go­ing to be the last thing I was go­ing to do,” Va­le­rian told Box­ing News. “I had my son and thought I could squeeze in an­other Com­mon­wealth Games.”

She ex­plained, “It was re­ally tough go­ing, I was still train­ing while I was preg­nant but ob­vi­ously it was very lim­ited. Ob­vi­ously I couldn’t spar, I couldn’t en­ter com­pe­ti­tions. But I was still do­ing some box­ing train­ing, I was still do­ing some strength and con­di­tion­ing. Then I had Hamish. It was a week I waited. Then I got back there again to start train­ing. It was very gen­tle at first. I kept step­ping it up and step­ping it up. It was tough. The tough­est bit was the sleep depri­va­tion that was re­ally, re­ally dif­fi­cult. But Hamish lived in a box­ing gym for the first five months of his life.”

Mak­ing weight is de­mand­ing for any boxer, but es­pe­cially so un­der these unique cir­cum­stances. “I made the de­ci­sion I wanted to get back to my old weight di­vi­sion, which was 57kgs, for the Com­mon­wealth Games. It was the first time [that category] had come into the ma­jor tour­na­ments. I ended up los­ing 28 ki­los, just to get down to the weight,” Spicer said.

She did her first com­pe­ti­tion just 12 weeks af­ter her son was born. “I hadn’t boxed for nearly two years, so it was all quite fast tracked,” Va­le­rian said. “It was the Golden Girls in Swe­den, so I was still los­ing the weight at that point, I did it at 64kgs. I had three bouts out there, I got to the fi­nals. I lost in the fi­nals.”

She rep­re­sented Do­minica at the Com­mon­wealths, but lost to Scot­land in her first bout in Aus­tralia. “I set the goal of do­ing an­other Com­mon­wealth Games, I made it hap­pen ba­si­cally. In hind­sight there wasn’t enough time to get pre­pared. Five months wasn’t enough time to get to where I was for such a ma­jor tour­na­ment. I’m glad I went for it, I’ve got no re­grets,” Spicer said. “Phys­i­cally I got my­self back again but it was more be­ing com­fort­able back in the ring, the tim­ing.”

An event­ful am­a­teur ca­reer saw her win her first in­ter­na­tional bout at Glas­gow 2014 and, in only her third in­ter­na­tional con­test, box Katie Tay­lor, the best fe­male boxer ever. “I keep be­ing thrown into the fire. It was a big deal for me at the time,” she said. “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence... I am go­ing to miss com­pet­ing. For eight years it’s been the fo­cus of my life,” she con­cluded.

“I made the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and I’m proud when I look back at the things I have achieved.“

‘I’M PROUD WHEN I LOOK BACK AT THE THINGS I HAVE ACHIEVED’

HIGH­LIGHT: Spicer lands at the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2014

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