Helen Wilson will have to be fighting fit when she steps into the ring later this month to defend her kick-boxing title.
The mum of two is well-known for her aggressive fighting technique but will need all of her hard-won skills, and more besides, when she faces Jackie Timmons on Saturday, September 27.
Helen lives in Linlithgow Bridge and works part-time at XCite Linlithgow Leisure Centre, teaching children’s fitness classes and boxing.
She also trains twice a day and has competed in combat sports for the last seven or eight years.
Her hard work has paid off as she is now a champion kick-boxer, even though she only started in that discipline in the spring of 2013.
On September 27 she will defend her kickboxing title when she meets Jackie Timmons from England at the Dobbie Hall in Larbert.
Wilson freely admits that one of the biggest problems is that, because there are so few Scots in the sport, she has to look to England to find a suitable opponent.
However, her fans are a tremendous boost.
She said: “It’s unbelievable the amount of support I get.
“At my last fight you could not hear the announcer for all the people shouting for me!”
Her original sport is Muay Thai Boxing which uses different moves from kick-boxing and includes the use of ‘clinches’.
She explained: “In Muay Thai the rules are a bit different. The girl I am fighting in November in Birmingham is the UK number 1 so it’s a big step up for me.
“I am ranked number four and it will be a tough fight but I have a lot to gain from it.”
Indeed she does, as that contest could bag her the British title if she beats Christi Brereton.
Wilson confessed that her professional winnings from the sport are not huge so she hopes she will be able to attract sponsorship in light of her past successes.
As professionals, opponents fight without headgear.
In November it will be an A class bout of five rounds of three minutes each. It will allow the use of ‘elbows to the head’ which Helen admitted was a bit scary.
Most elbow strikes are used when the opponents are too close for a hook to be thrown.
A well-connected elbow is regarded as a useful (and very often) knockout move!
Helen used to work as cabin crew for an airline where she said her employers were not quite as understanding as her boss at Xcite who encourages her training regime.
She added: “I could not really turn up for work on the airline with black eyes so I had to stop.
“Even now, I need make-up occasionally to cover up the bruises!”