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A boxing life in focus

By David Porter

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Kristen Fraser is a trailblazer, the first female boxer to turn professional in Scotland.

Ellen Simwaka(left) takes on Kristen Fraser
Ellen Simwaka(left) takes on Kristen Fraser

She started as an amateur at 18.

Winning several national and international amateur championships, she was on her way to realise her dream of fighting for Scotland.

But in 2014 the Scottish Boxing Association changed that. Kristen was told that if she won a Scottish title and an international tournament at amateur level, both of which she did, she would be selected to go.

However, in a last minute about turn the officials sent 16 males and no female boxers.

With her dreams in tatters Kristen wanted to walk away from the sport. But having boxed since she was 18, she instead turned professional.

Now aged 32, Kristen has another dream, to be bantam weight champion of the world.

And with the support of her long term coach Davie at the Northern Sporting club in her hometown of Aberdeen, after years of punishing training and sacrifice she is just a few fights away from achieving that ambition.

Kristen, a marine engineer in the oil and gas industry, married her teacher wife, Kirsty six years ago.

They live a comfortable, professional life in Aberdeen, attend a local church and Kristen is a passionate supporter of women’s rights and LBGTI issues.

The programme first catches up with Kristen in October 2018 when, if she wins her next two fights, she will have the chance to go for the Commonwealth title that was denied her four years earlier.

But that night in the ring, Kristen tells the audience that her world is about to change even more dramatically - her wife Kirsty is going to have a baby.

The documentary follows her in the weeks after the birth as she continues to train and feed the baby.

Davie continues to negotiate her world title fight but Kristen's preparations are hampered when she suffers a serious injury for the first time in her career.

The show is on BBC Scotland on Tuesday, July 7 at 10pm.

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