Video: Jane Couch retires from boxing
Bristol's five-time world champion Jane Couch is hanging up her boxing gloves to concentrate on her new career as a promoter.
Jane moved to Bristol from Fleetwood in Lancashire 15 years ago to train with Tex Woodward at the Spaniorum Gym at Compton Greenfield and quickly established herself as one of the city's best sportspeople.
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During her illustrious career, Jane fought in front of millions of people across the world. Earlier this year, she was also awarded MBE at Buckingham Palace.
She may have been the UK's most successful women boxer of all time, but her lasting legacy is something she fought for out of the ring, when in March 1998 she won her claim for sexual discrimination against the British Boxing Board of Control, over its refusal to grant her a licence to box professionally in the UK.
Jane said that although her decision to retire "has not really sunk in yet", it has been something she has been contemplating for more than a year.
"I thought very hard about retiring, but I want to do something else and this has come at the right time for me," said Jane, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday.
"Boxing has been my life for a long time and it will always will be, but I'm not going to miss getting my head smashed in."
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