Thai Boxing: Whitworth High’s boxer Abbie is British Champion

Date published: 13 November 2019

Thai boxer Abbie Hughes fought a gruelling five 90-second rounds to win the British Championship belt for under 46k U15.

It was her first success at the British Championships, which were held in Oldham, but she has already proved her prowess having earned five International Champion titles.

The Whitworth Community High School Year 11 student has been attending Valley Thai Boxing Club in Whitworth for the last eight years.

Abbie, 15, said: “Thai boxing is a family thing and my older brother Andy is the trainer and my cousin used to be involved.

“I enjoy everything about it and I enjoy the fighting. At first you are really nervous, but then when the round starts, it just seems really natural.”

After the five rounds were through, the decision went to the judges who unanimously picked Abbie as the winner on points.

She said: “I train four times a week, but on the run up to the British Championships I was training solidly for eight weeks so I was fully prepared. I want to continue with the sport as an adult.

“Next year I will be back at the internationals when I will face fighters from all over the world.”

Do you have a story for us?

Let us know by emailing
All contact will be treated in confidence.

To contact the Rochdale Online news desk, email or visit our news submission page.

To get the latest news on your desktop or mobile, follow Rochdale Online on Twitter and Facebook.

While you are here...

...we have a small favour to ask; would you support Rochdale Online and join other residents making a contribution, from just £3 per month?

Rochdale Online offers completely independent local journalism with free access. If you enjoy the independent news and other free services we offer (event listings and free community websites for example), please consider supporting us financially and help Rochdale Online to continue to provide local engaging content for years to come. Thank you.

Support Rochdale Online