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‘If I had not learned to convert, I was already stopped”

Delfine Person must not only in the boxing ring to fight

‘If I had not learned to convert, I was already stopped”

Delfine Person boxes tonight in Ardooie against the Kenyan Judy Waguthii for a ninth world title in a row at the lightweights. But all the years they also fight outside the ring, on several fronts.

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Delfine Person: “I now have no more pain.’ Inge Kinnet

Delfine Person must not only in the boxing ring to fight

‘If I had not learned to convert, I was already stopped”

Delfine Person boxes tonight in Ardooie against the Kenyan Judy Waguthii for a ninth world title in a row at the lightweights. But all the years they also fight outside the ring, on several fronts.

Femke Hermans looking for three world titles

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1. Risk of hand injury

April 2015: in its foreign wereldtitelkamp, in Switzerland, against Nicole Boss, she gets to big gloves, ‘Chinese trash’. Person wins, but is then never more the old. The index finger of the right hand and the little finger of the left hand are affected. “My linkerpink will always be slanted. Every morning is the finger as still as a statue, crackled all, even after a heavy workout. After a bit of squeezing everything comes loose again. And the most important: I now have no more pain.’

2. The dopingcontroleur

October 2018: the dopingcontroleur morning at the door, but Person has just urinated. The person should also go to training and then working at the railway police, its hoofdjob. A number of unsavory moments to follow, there is searched for a solution, but it ends with the inspector in agony leaves and says that Person a missed doping control could be expected. “Sometimes I have the impression that they think we are criminals, people with an ankle bracelet. While we just meezochten for a solution to get a control to be able to continue.’

3. A larger bokszaal

2017: a Person has been looking for a larger bokszaal – her club is becoming more popular and receives great news to hear: the province subsidises her, they should also provide a dossier to the Flemish government for an additional bouwsubsidie. 2018: the Flemish government approves the subsidy. The boksliga, interested party, says that Person is not with them has considered before submitting a dossier to.

“Maybe boxing I next year with a Walloon license, what keeps me still against it?’

“Particularly frustrating is that we must always continue to fight. I have cowardly arguments heard from the boksliga. Such as: “she is a pro, we subsidize not profboksers”. We do not, we are going through, even though we will now heavier have to borrow. If that hall there, it will be paid with the earnings of my career and I will help boxers to accompany. It’s about more than boxing. We perform more social work than in a manner of speaking the public WELFARE.’

4. Grants

2014: Person in the four different boksbonden world champion, but that is not enough to qualify for subsidies from the Flemish government. Reason: boxing is not on the topsporttakkenlijst. “Maybe boxing I next year with a Walloon license, what’s holding me back? The Walloons have me already several times asked: do you Want to no long-term Walloon vrouwenboksploeg guide?” If I to the Flemish boksliga proposal, I get to hear: “We have no money for a separate female team.” Women coach would be me. As a woman I can’t ventenploeg guide, I would not be accepted.’

5. To low commercial value

Person dreaming of a camp against olympic champion Katie Taylor. If she wins, that would camp there may come in 2019. In the past, has the promoter been several times the boat is kept. Person would, in contrast to boxers, from large bokslanden, are not commercially viable.

“You can’t say that I’m against Janneke and Mieke have to punch, on the contrary. I’m nobody out of the way gone and have against the best punch. But many opponents ask money from tv-rights, that I can’t guarantee. In America they talk about Katie Taylor, not about me. Internationally, she has more charisma, because they are as English a lot of tv-rights can guarantee. Or is that pain? No, I am realistic. Well, why would an organizer for me in America a boksmatch want to organize if I don’t have tv rights meebreng? Because I am good? On the contrary, they would definitely not give them a chance.’

“But maybe that droomwedstrijd there now anyway. Taylor wants herself against me boxing. Her manager – not the supervisor – was looking for contact us, for a camp in Las Vegas. But for 10,000 euros, I do not, I do not let my feet play.’

6. The age

“I’m on my 33rd is even more of a diesel than in the past. If we are going to walk on the beach, I must first let others go, but if we are then walking stairs, pick up I take them all on. I will not be stronger, but train now wiser. In the past, I would without looking back indentation as, for example, they sparringpartners needed, that I do not. Each camp may be the camp too much, maybe now I’m going to knock out… If I lose, can the same be my last camp. But I am never for the lions rolled, have wisely built up. I let me not be broken correct.’

“If I stop, will I not need to begging: dad, mom, I have nothing more, I may come home to live? At home they have always pushed: work, work, work. That setting to me has also learned to persevere, which are stumbling blocks also. Otherwise I long since stopped.” (hjb, rl)

Femke Hermans looking for three world titles

A Belgian going in the night from Saturday to Sunday in the US is also looking to world titles. The 28-year-old Femke Hermans (nine of her ten profkampen won both champion WBA as WBO World) boxes in California against Claressa Shields (23), in the class of the middleweight range. Just seven profkampen the American punch, but she has them all won. Result: Shields holds the world titles WBC World, WBA World, IBF World. Those three titles may Hermans so conquer.

In the States, it is assumed that Shields, 77 of the 78 amateurkampen won and also two-time olympic champion, undefeated. ‘Claressa, of course, is the favorite, but she is not a real puncher, and even if I lose, then I will at least know how good I really am, ” says the 28-year-old Hermans. (rl)

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