Ruqsana Begum’s inspirational story takes another twist as she launches pro boxing career

TAKE Bend It Like Beckham, Billy Elliott and the Rocky films, add additional hardship, intrigue and drama, mix with stardust and also you’ve acquired Ruqsana Begum.

No marvel the movie rights to her life story have been purchased. Hollywood scriptwriters don’t have anything on this lady.

 Ruqsana Begum became a world champ at kickboxing and has now switched to orthodox boxing

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Ruqsana Begum turned a world champ at kickboxing and has now switched to orthodox boxing

That is the story of a woman from a strict, conventional Muslim household in East London, who secretly falls in love with Thai kick- boxing and hides the character of her fitness center periods from her mother and father for 5 years.

She then embarks on an disastrous organized marriage, suffers a breakdown, reveals all about her secret sporting ardour to her mother and father and turns into a champion of the world.

Whereas additionally affected by the debilitating sickness ME.

It’s fantastical, ludicrous and utterly true.

 The movie rights to the incredible story of Ruqsana Begum have already been sold

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The film rights to the unimaginable story of Ruqsana Begum have already been bought
 Ruqsana Begum hopes moving into such a frontline sport as boxing will encourage more Muslim girls into sport

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Ruqsana Begum hopes shifting into such a frontline sport as boxing will encourage extra Muslim women into sport

At Bethnal Inexperienced’s well-known York Corridor tomorrow night time, Begum — a 5ft 3in, mild- flyweight — will field professionally beneath Queensberry Guidelines for the primary time towards Bulgaria’s Ivanka Ivanova.

She hopes her transfer right into a mainstream sport will help her encourage extra Muslim women to take up sport.

It’s onerous to think about how she couldn’t.

As a toddler Begum was a superb athlete, fascinated by Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali rising up and was drawn to martial arts.

However she stated: “I knew coming from a standard Bangladeshi Muslim background that it was unprecedented.

“After one session at an after-school membership I utterly fell in love with kickboxing.

 Former kickboxer Ruqsana Begum hopes to become a big name in boxing like Anthony Joshua

Former kickboxer Ruqsana Begum hopes to develop into an enormous identify in boxing like Anthony Joshua

“It was quick, livid, explosive, it took me away from all of the challenges I had doing a irritating college course.

“I’d practice each Sunday, rise up early to do all of the home tasks and ask my mum if I might go to the health club for an hour.

“That’s what I did for 5 years, understanding they’d in all probability disapprove if I advised them I used to be doing a fight sport.

“I used to be a bit naive, from a barely sheltered upbringing however I used to be very respectful of my household’s tradition.

 Ruqsana Begum is preparing for her debut in professional boxing

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Ruqsana Begum is getting ready for her debut in skilled boxing
 Another twist in the story of Ruqsana Begum takes place as she switches to boxingprofessional boxing

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Another twist within the story of Ruqsana Begum takes place as she switches to boxingprofessional boxing

“I had that inner battle for 5 years, considering ‘am I going towards my household background and my faith?’

“I used to be primarily sparring guys and in addition one or two females, who have been quite a bit greater than me. They didn’t take it straightforward on me.

“In one in every of my first periods, a woman was actually going loopy on me, and since I might take it she wouldn’t cease.

“I’d typically come residence with bruises on my legs, which I might cowl up, however typically busted lips meant I’d need to make excuses to remain in my room and my sister would cowl for me.”

 Sun man Dave Kidd has a lot to take in as he chats with Ruqsana Begum

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Solar man Dave Kidd has quite a bit to absorb as he chats with Ruqsana Begum
 Ruqsana Begum says she eventually had a breakdown and moved back with her mum to recover

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Ruqsana Begum says she ultimately had a breakdown and moved again together with her mum to get well

However simply as Begum was about to finish a level in structure, got here the organized marriage which turned her world the wrong way up.

She added: “The individual I used to be launched to, his father was fairly sick they usually needed to hurry up the method, so I agreed to the wedding.

“However after 9 months the wedding failed. I began struggling panic assaults. I felt actually trapped and misplaced my id.

“I’d gone from an actual excessive, getting a level and getting a job in structure.

 Ruqsana Begum reached the top in kickboxing and could do the same in boxing

Ruqsana Begum reached the highest in kickboxing and will do the identical in boxing
 Ruqsana Begum has battled through much - in and out of the ring

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Ruqsana Begum has battled by way of a lot – out and in of the ring

“I used to be so pleased with myself after which such a drop, once I went right into a household the place I used to be being bullied. I misplaced my well being and the recession kicked in and I misplaced my job as nicely.

“Quickly after, I used to be recognized with ME, which often occurs after a trauma.

“I’d been in a really hostile setting and with no outlet to de-stress — ultimately I had a breakdown.

 Ruqsana Begum has had one of the most remarkable careers in sport - before she has even made her professional debut

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Ruqsana Begum has had one of the crucial exceptional careers in sport – earlier than she has even made her skilled debut

“My physician informed me to pack my luggage and go to my mum. I did that and he filed for divorce.”

That was Begum, 34, summoned the braveness to take her mother and father, Awlad and Minara, to the Bethnal Inexperienced health club to satisfy her coach and mentor Invoice Judd.

She revealed: “I’d stopped sport for that yr and I felt like I misplaced myself. I’d been surrounded by individuals who have been all the time placing me down.

 Ruqsana Begum is turning to boxing after being a world champ at kickboxing

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Ruqsana Begum is popping to boxing after being a world champ at kickboxing

“At that time I took an enormous danger and requested my mother and father whether or not they might drop me off someplace, I didn’t say the place. I took them to my health club and launched them to my coach.

“I simply felt I didn’t need to stay a lie, a double life, any extra. I feel they felt responsible concerning the marriage and felt reassured once they went to the fitness center.

“They realised the game hadn’t modified me. In reality it had taught me extra respect.

 Ruqsana Begum says her family came to realise the

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Ruqsana Begum says her household got here to understand the

“I feel my father appreciated that I had the braveness to take him to the health club. I nonetheless assume they nonetheless thought I used to be losing my time, that nothing would ever come out of it.”

But in 2009, Begum joined the British workforce, gained a nationwide title and, after two bronzes at world degree, took the world atomweight title in 2016.

 Ruqsana Begum is ready for the next step in the fascinating saga of her sporting career

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Ruqsana Begum is prepared for the subsequent step within the fascinating saga of her sporting career
 Ruqsana Begum reveals that her parents have still not seen her compete

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Ruqsana Begum reveals that her mother and father have nonetheless not seen her compete

Switching codes has been on her thoughts since she noticed Nicola Adams grow to be the primary lady to win an Olympic boxing gold in 2012.

Begum stated: “After I acquired my world title, I needed a unique stimulant. I needed to encourage females from my background to pursue a ardour. Boxing, being extra mainstream, permits me to try this.

"Once I see younger women come to my teaching courses, sisters sporting hijabs, that’s what motivates me.

“I don’t put on a hijab, however I’ve designed a line of sports hijabs to take away that one barrier and assist extra ladies take part.”

Regardless of their tolerance, Begum’s mother and father nonetheless haven’t watched her compete.

However she added: “I’ve been actually blessed, my father has been extraordinarily understanding.

“I’ve discovered a stability the place I used to be sticking to the values I used to be introduced up with, but nonetheless excelling in my sport. I’ll gown historically at household occasions and I’m pleased with my roots.

“The truth is, my religion is essential, it received me via all my bouts, stored me humble and disciplined via robust occasions.

“Sport opened my eyes to totally different individuals from all walks of life. I had my cultural and household influences and I’ve been uncovered to a really Western lifestyle.

“I managed to discover a mix of being conventional and trendy — I would like others to consider they will do the identical.”

n Ruqsana will battle on the Double Header Struggle Night time on Channel 5 that includes British Title Battle, Askin v Simmons and Heavyweights Joyce v Palmer, Saturday, 10.30pm.

TAKE Bend It Like Beckham, Billy Elliott and the Rocky films, add additional hardship, intrigue and drama, mix with stardust and also you’ve acquired Ruqsana Begum.