Kickboxer Ruqsana is hoping it's home sweet home for world title shot
PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 March 2013
Seven Kings kickboxer homes in on world title challenge
Kickboxer Ruqsana Begum is hoping home advantage pays off when she takes on Italy’s Silvia La Notte in Birmingham on April 13 for the International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) world title.
The 29-year-old from Seven Kings has often had to fight abroad and go alone, with coach Bill Judd unable to attend.
But now the preparation for the ISKA bout steps up a notch as the KO Gym hope prepares to take on the Italian in the world title fight at Bingley Hall.
“I am really excited to get this opportunity to fight for the world title,” said Begum.
“It all got arranged through the coaches and they had to get a promoter, but that was all sorted and now it’s about stepping up the training.
“Having it in England is a great help. Whenever I have had to fight aboard I have often had to be without a coach and it’s been a bit daunting being on my own.
“But it’ll be nice to have the support of him behind me, and from the whole country. It gives a lot of them an opportunity to see me fight which hasn’t been the case when I have been abroad. I just hope I can deliver and they can cheer me on to success.
“I know she’ll be a tough competitor but over the next few weeks I’ll be working with my coach Bill Judd to get me to the stage where I know I can deliver.
“He is a great coach who I have worked with for a while now, so to have him in my corner is great.”
Begum took bronze in the World Muay Thai Championships in September last year in Russia and is also the British champion, but knows that La Notte is going to be her toughest opponent to date.
“I have fought girls like Paige Harrington who is a good fighter but this will be tougher for me. The Italian is a world class one and I know I will have to have to pick up my speed and strength before the fight,” she added.
“I have got to be confident as well. You can’t have any doubts about yourself when you are in the ring. At this level you can’t waste your energy. My coach will build my confidence up and will make sure I can deliver on the night.”
Tickets are available via www.ko-muaythai.com or you can contact Ruqsana on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/britishmuaythai.