The Morson Group has bolstered its impressive roster of sporting ambassadors with the signing of professional boxer Natasha Jonas.
The Liverpudlian was the first female fighter to represent Great Britain at the Olympics, and is now chasing world titles in the pro game. Along with pursuing her dreams in the ring, Natasha is also mum to two-year-old Mela and an inspiration to young people from her city’s streets and beyond. With the ring moniker ‘Miss GB’, Natasha gives talks in schools and later this month is a guest speaker at the Houses of Parliament where she will address MP’s on the opportunities sport and boxing can provide for women.
“Boxing’s given me so much so I’m more than happy to help get the message across about the sport’s benefits,” she said. “It’s also fantastic to get on board with Morson. They understand what boxers need to achieve their goals and their support will make a massive difference to helping me do just that.”
Along with her responsibilities away from the gym, the next year promises to be Natasha’s busiest and best – a much anticipated showdown with Irish superstar and former amateur rival Katie Taylor is a real possibility.
“I think there’s going to be a big step up, some big titles,” Natasha said. “We’re just working out which ones and putting it together. Obviously, there are big fights out there now with the likes of Katie.
“She has adapted well from amateur to the professional game, which is very different. We both know that [fighting Taylor] is potentially a big fight and it’s a fight that people want to see.”
Natasha, 32, trains in Bolton under the tutelage of Joe Gallagher and alongside other Morson ambassadors including Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith. It’s a thriving, competitive environment and Natasha is loving every minute.
“No disrespect to the females that are out there, but I’m not going to get better sparring than at Gallagher’s Gym”, she explained. “Every person I spar with is different and there’ll be certain people that I’ll use for a certain fight. The atmosphere in the gym when people are gearing up for fights is great, there’s a real buzz.”
The Morson Group has supported amateur and professional boxing for more than 20 years, with legends such as Ricky Hatton benefitting from the company’s involvement throughout his distinguished career. Currently, 12 professional boxers receive sponsorship from the Salford-based firm, along with several amateur clubs.