A corporal stationed at RAF Coningsby has made history by becoming the RAF’s first female national boxing champion
Cpl Angela Morgan is a regular visitor to the RAF’s college at Cranwell where she has been coached and mentored by RAFC Cranwell’s Sgt Russ Turnbull, ably supported by RAF Wittering’s Cpl Stu Mack.
The hard hitting angelic faced ‘air trafficker’ has been boxing for five years, and initially took up the sport to keep fit with a colleague at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. This friendship was soon tested as the two airwomen boxed in the finals of the RAF Boxing Association’s Novice Championships, in which Angela claimed her first title.
Her national title fight took place in the capital’s York Hall where she went toe-to-toe with London-based fighter Alexandria Richards in the England Boxing National Class B Championship. The bout was in the 51kg weight category, with Angela weighing in 400g inside the limit.
Round one set the tone with Richards scoring well as she connected during numerous clinches and long periods of in-fighting. Both athletes proved their exceptional fitness, as the pace increased throughout the bout, and whilst neither had gained an obvious advantage, many fans seemed to favour the southerner.
With the first two rounds being so close, Angela had to up her game considerably to impress the partisan crowd and the poker-faced judges.
The penultimate round started with a blistering attack from Richards, who really took the fight to the more technical and balanced RAF warrior. During a brief exchange of blows, it was clear that Richards had been caught by a powerful back-hand from Angela and, despite it still being a close round, the advantage was most certainly to the RAF’s charge.
With her hands held high and with renewed vigour, it was Angela that scored first as she gamely started to push the spoiling Richards around the international-sized ring.
Although it was the servicewoman that enjoyed the pace and the better of the skirmishes in the final quarter of the bout, it was a very unsure ensemble of RAF personnel that stood awaiting the verdict of the judges’ split decision that was finally given Angela’s way.
Angela’s title came as a result of dedication and focus that has seen her travel from Scotland to Somerset in search of both contests and suitable sparring partners, to squad training in Tenerife and most recently she won a silver medal in the Golden Girl Box Cup in Sweden.
Despite such success and obvious ability, she remains one of the most self-critical fighters within the RAF team, and constantly works to improve the most minor of flaws in her technique.
n If you would like to emulate the success of Angela, or just like to take boxing up as an excellent method of fitness training, or as a coach or official, contact the team through the RAF Boxing website.