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'I Was Jumping Up And Down': Olympic Boxer Karriss Artingstall's Mother 'So Proud'

The soldier has already made history by becoming the Armed Forces' first female Olympic boxer.

Team GB Olympic boxer Karriss Artingstall's mother says she is "so proud" of her daughter and "can't put that into words".

The Royal Artillery fighter, 26, is the military's first female Olympic boxer and is now just two wins away from a gold medal at the delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo – the semi-final is on Saturday. 

Mum Laurette Dyer told Forces News: "She deserves this. She's worked so so hard for this.

"Not just this year, for the last six years."

For Karriss, boxing was a way of channelling her anger as a teenager, and she still visits the gym that kickstarted her career.

Her first coach, Kevin Bradbury, told Forces News: "She had natural ability that you could see.

"Obviously, we nurtured that, we brought out her boxing ability, we worked with her, worked on her temper. She was fantastic, she's a natural."

Karriss will be coming home from Japan with a medal – whether bronze or something more.