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#HerWorldHerStory is a collection of 60 women sharing their successes, passions, challenges, inspirations, hopes and dreams. Together, they give a snapshot of what it is to be a woman today.

Every month from March till August, we present 10 women navigating their lives now – and in their own words. Scroll on for Nurshahidah Roslie’s story…

Many people have this misconception that boxing is a sport that makes women more masculine. Sure, boxing requires fast reflexes, strength, and determination. But it’s also empowering, and a great workout.

You can be a boxer who is feminine. Female boxers aren’t stereotypically tomboys. Since I took up the sport 14 years ago, I’ve embraced my femininity even more.

Some find it a surprise that I can groove or joget (dance) just as well as I box! Many don’t know that I’m an avid dancer. I’ve been going for Latin dance classes once a week for four years, and I incorporate Zumba into my cardio routine too.

While I always loved combat sports, my journey with boxing began in 2006 after a friend introduced me to kickboxing when I was studying at The Institute of Technical Education.

My strength, as I found out, was in my arms rather than legs, so I switched from kickboxing to boxing. I was given the moniker “The Sniper” because of my range and calculated hard punches.

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I competed in the amateur category in 2008, and met my current coach, Arvind Lalwani, who was then the National coach for the Singapore team. I joined the National team a year later, and after the 2015 South-east Asian Games, he groomed me as a pro boxer.

I debuted at the Singapore Fighting Championship 2 in 2016 as Singapore’s first female professional boxer, where I fought against a Malaysian opponent and won. Since then, I have bagged 14 wins and six championship titles, along with the 2018 World Boxing Council Super Bantamweight.

Besides competing, I also work as a freelance boxing coach and fitness trainer. It’s fulfilling, because when you coach, you’re actually revising the techniques yourself, too.

I train six days a week at the Juggernaut Fight Club gym. Off-season from my matches, I do my cardio and resistance training six times a week, and box at least twice a week. Of course, I also joget once a week.

To me, boxing is the most beautiful sport. What I love most is the challenge of having to constantly sharpen myself from techniques, form to power and speed. There’s no reaching a level of perfection. Even with my accolades, I want to achieve even more, and that is to clinch a world championship title one day.

This article was first published in Her World’s April issue. Grab a copy today!