British Boxers caught up with Jane this week for our ‘In the Ring with’ Q&A series.
Jane how did you get into boxing?
Best advice you were ever given?
Don’t believe anything anyone tells you in this game
Where did you train?
I trained at Spaniorum farm near Bristol
Who was your coach?
my coach was Tex Woodward
What was your amateur back ground and record?
didn’t do amateur as it was illegal for women to box in those days
How would you describe your fight style?
Who influenced you as a young boxer?
Who do you wish you had fought or want to fight?
What would you have done if you wasn’t a boxer?
Funniest thing you’ve seen in boxing?
An Interesting Boxing Story?
I boxed in new Orleans years ago on a big show for ABC television when we arrived I me Angelo Dundee and his wife and we spent the week with them showing us around and making sure we were ok Angelo had a boxer on the same show so was there for that and they had brought the weigh in forward to 12pm instead of 4pm When it came to the weigh in I was about quarter of a pound over I was in the toilets and said to Angelo’s wife I’m over and they have brought the weigh in forward a few hours She took me outside shouted Angelo over told him He then took me to the scale got the commissioner and said can Jane get weighed first he said yes I got on the scales looked down it said 142lb Angelo shouted Jane Couch 140lb and pushed me off the scale the commissioner didn’t even look just wrote it down and wished me luck.
Craziest thing you’ve read about yourself?
Well I’ve read loads as there was a lot written and a lot jumped on the bandwagon slating me while I was trying to get boxing legalised for girls I read I was going to fight a man and then someone wrote me and Paul Ingle were going to fight They used to make things up all the time Instead of letting me get on with my sport I was fighting them all outside the ring trying to defend why I did boxing in the end I gave up and said you know what write what you want.
Do you have a day job?
I run janecouchboxing.com after retirement it’s always hard to re adjust did a bit of small hall promoting Thats hardest job in the old and as Steve Wood, Carl Greaves, Jon Peggwill tell you quickest way to lose Money So I would like to get involved in something but just not sure what.
I live my partner Brian and I’m happy have no kids thank god lol and don’t want any My mum still lives in Fleetwood who I’m very close to.
What was your best asset as a fighter?
I think my best asset as a fighter was my fitness and I would fight anyone anywhere. I have travelled to America 48 hours before a fight in there own back yard I laugh now I must have been nuts but wouldn’t change it. Too many boxers these days aren’t active enough boxing only once or twice a year isn’t any good and worrying about losing your 0 isn’t the right way. Every great fighter has lost you just learn from it.
What was your Honey punch?
I used to like the uppercut inside
Best opponent you sparred with?
Wow to many to name, Glenn Catley, Dean Francis, Darren Dorrington, Crawford Ashley once had a move round with Matthew Saud Muhammad in USA that was unbelievable!
Best prospect you have seen?
Love little Craig Evans he looks a great talent
Best fight you have seen live or on TV?
Corrales v Castillo
If you could be ringside for one fight next year which one would it be?
Mayweather v Pacman
Best and worse thing about the boxing game?
The best thing is that most in boxing are great people and like family and such a laugh the worse thing is the politics and the back stabbing usually between promoters but others as well If everyone could work together would be better but tat will never happen.
How did you deal with your pre-fight nerves?
Best friend in Boxing?
Too many to name just one
What rule would you introduce/change in Boxing if you could?
Rules to change in boxing? This word subjective! It really winds me up. There was a lad in Prizefigher the other day that was clearly robbed blind and ex fighter the promoters of the how said it was subjective. The board should pull in these judges that are incapable of getting it right. Fine them and suspend them just like they do boxers and other licence holders! It Makes me sick how a boxer can get fined for not having two pairs of shorts Yet a judge can do that to a fighter and just go back to the hotel where the promoter has paid for him to stay and have a drink, While the fighters team is just left to pick up the pieces, then listen to the TV pundits say its subjective! They got no balls none of them they just protecting there jobs. Get rid of the bad refs and judges and the promoters should stick by the fighter that’s been robbed, not just say its subjective!
|Jane with Favourite Sugar Ray and friend Andrew Millwall|
Most memorable Gym moment?
Glenn Catley hitting me with a left hook in sparring I was dizzy for a week, that lad could punch! Glenn is a great friend of mine top lad.
Would you be a boxer if you started your life over again?
Toughest Part of training?
Toughest Opponent you have faced?
None just boxing
Sugar Ray Leonard.
Favourite British fighter Past?
John H Stracey.
Favourite British fighter Present?
It’s hard, we got Ricky the people’s champ, Carl Froch who has never had it easy and is a real throw back. So many good fighters out there so would find it hard to have a favourite.
Something your fans need to know about you?
I’m mental! (laughs)