When boxer Ramla Ali won the British and English titles in 2016, not one of her family was watching.

That wasn't because they couldn't bear to watch - they simply didn't know.

For the first Muslim woman to win an English boxing ufabet1688 title had long kept her boxing a secret from her strict family - believing they would disapprove, as some still do.

"I remember I competed in the national finals," Ali, the daughter of an imam, told "My parents live in Bethnal Green [in London] and the finals were taking place in nearby York Hall.

"I remember giving my kit bag to my coach and saying: 'I will meet you there later.' I said 'Mum, I'm going out for a run, I'll see you soon' - and all the while, I was going to compete nationally. Those are the lengths I had to go to."

Ali started boxing in her early teens and told her mother she was simply ufabet1688 training for fitness, rather than contesting any bouts.


With her gentle demeanour masking a steely determination, it wasn't until her mid-20s that Ali's double life was blown.

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