Sylvia Sharper is the resident boxing pro at Alternative Women’s Fitness and while we’ve always known she is world class, she recently set it in stone by snapping up the title as World Champion WIBA Super Fly Weight. CRAMP sat down with Sylvia to chat about the win, the sweet taste of victory beers and how she prepared for the fight.
Sylvia Sharper is the resident boxing pro at Alternative Women’s Fitness and while we’ve always known she is world class, she recently set it in stone by snapping up the title as World Champion WIBA Super Fly Weight. We sat down with Sylvia to chat about the win, the sweet taste of victory beers and how she prepared for the fight.
Sylvia! You were recently crowned the mother effin’ World Champ WIBA Super Fly Weight. Tell us about how that felt?
“It felt mother effin’ great! It was the most glorious feeling in the world. I felt so proud, so relieved, and just so much joy. I don’t think I’ve ever felt real pride before! The only better feeling was my first victory beer after it. So tasty!”
“It’s been a long path tattered with happiness, sadness, sweat, frustration, anger, joy, and so, so many tears. To go from not been able to box, to becoming a World Champ is almost unbelievable. I just so feel chuffed to bring it home for my team who have chased this as hard as I have, and given me every opportunity to get that glorious belt.”
What was the training process like in the lead up to the fight?
“It was completely hectic as all my fight camps are. Obviously, I am training super hard and dieting just as hard because of my fat little ways. Then managing that with my main full-time job, plus my three casual jobs, full-time Uni and of course life… Let’s just say it was hard to be a nice little citizen. At times I felt like I was drowning, but I just took it one task at a time. So to come out the other end with the win and the title made it so gloriously good.”
“The camp was particularly difficult because I lost my dog Turtle Pants – my ridiculous idiot with his gangly paws and fringe and desperate eyes. So, I had to swallow that overwhelming sadness and find focus. The training itself was hard but oodles of fun. My trainer Heath, also ridiculous, is just full of positivity and almost too much energy. He kept me out of my head, learning and laughing the whole way. I knew if I didn’t succeed I wouldn’t get this opportunity again. But instead of letting the fear of failing crush me and dampen the camp, I was able to find excitement in the chance. I think I only cried three times which was quite remarkable!”
Aside from the title itself, what are you most proud of coming away from the fight?
“The title represents years and years of relentlessly trying to improve. Of trying to keep a dream alive when it would have been so much easier to quit and just handle everyday life. I am proud that I kept grinding away and it worked – I got the reward! I’m proud of my performance and that I am always improving. And I’m proud I got the win for my team – their hearts and hard work are in the ring with me.”
What do girls have to gain from taking up a sport like fighting/how do you even start?
“The opportunity to truly know themselves and realise self-agency. The only way to start is by starting. Once you decide you want to take the step towards fighting, you just take the step. It’s as simple as that. You can analyse away, or you can just do it – if it is what you truly want.”
“It’s scary but the most rewarding experience in the world. You have to work hard and be okay with the possibility that your best might not be enough. And then go back for some more. You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. You have to accept that once you start you will never want to stop because life without a date booked becomes disorienting.”
“It brings meaning and focus to life that’s addictive. And when you enter the ring, it’s the most exciting and scary feeling in the whole damn world. There is no past or future, you are in the present. If there is even the smallest voice in your heard dancing with the idea of fighting, just do it!”
Finally Sylvia, you’ve been here with us at AWF for a while. Wanna tell us why you’ve stuck around?
“A mutual love of beer… definitely! I’m quite fond of the bunch of hooligans I train and I love everything that AWF represents. Turns out they make quite a good – albeit rowdy AF – cheer squad too!”
If you’re keen to pick up the gloves and learn to box like a pro, lock yourself in for our next program of Rebelle Boxing with Sylvia > AWFA18