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Saturday 20 July 2019

Proud as punch with boxer Mia

Mia Robbins, who won her fourth national championship title with from left, coach Michael Molloy, boxer Cillian Sheridan, coach George Clarke, coach and Mia’s mother, Karen Robbins, coach Mark Sheridan and boxer, Jim Moorehouse.
Mia Robbins, who won her fourth national championship title with from left, coach Michael Molloy, boxer Cillian Sheridan, coach George Clarke, coach and Mia’s mother, Karen Robbins, coach Mark Sheridan and boxer, Jim Moorehouse.

Cathy Lee

Mia Robbins is Gorey's answer to Katie Taylor, as she takes home her forth national title following a heated battle at the National Championships, which spectators described as a high quality contest.

The Creagh College student is 16 and has been doing the sport for half of her lifetime, since she was eight years old.

'Mia was training even before we knew who Katie Taylor was, and and nearly always she has been the only girl in most of the boxing clubs. We have a few girls coming up now in the club but there's not many around that are at Mia's level, and they all look up to her,' said Karen Robbins, who is a coach at Gorey Boxing Club and Mia's mother.

'I started boxing because my mum was a coach and my brothers and cousins were boxing so I wanted to do it. My older sister Jade brought me down the first time and once I started, I loved just it. Now I train four times a week,' said Mia.

Karen and Mia said that the Robbins family is now a true boxing family, and they keep fit by running together in between training sessions.

'I think boxing will play a big part in my future, I would love to do it professionally but I'm going to stick at amateur as long as I can. I look at amateur boxing as where Katie Taylor started and also where it has gotten her, it's just amazing,' said Mia.

Mia and Karen agreed that things have gotten better now since Katie Taylor has opened up the sport for girls.

'The amount of people that came out to support Katie recently, it's unbelievable,' said Mia.

Karen explained that as girls boxing is growing and getting bigger, the community within all of Ireland is becoming that bit more supportive.

'Mia knows nearly all the girls in the sport all over Ireland now, she has been away with the Irish teams. It can be a lonely sport because once you go through those ropes, you're on your own and if you don't perform, that's on you. Mia knows nearly every girl she gets into the ring with now so even though it's a full on war when they get in the ring, when they get outside they hug each other afterwards,' said Karen.

'I've become friends with a lot of people through the sport and when you're on your own in the ring, that's what I love most about it. There's no one else stopping you from doing what you want to do,' said Mia.

This week Mia sets off to Hull in England to play on the Leinster squad, alongside four other young girls from Gorey Boxing Club.

Karen Robbins has been coaching boxing for ten years, and Mia said that she is planning on following in her mothers footsteps and becoming a coach too in the near future.

Since Mia's success as well as Katie Taylor's continued high profile, there has been a surge in female membership to the Gorey club.

Gorey Guardian

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