Boxing history has been made today at New Delhi’s KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium when Light (60kg) Ramla Ali stepped in the ring to become the first ever Somalian boxer to compete at the AIBA World Boxing Championships.
Born in Mogadishu, she and her family fled the Somali capital in the early 1990s after her elder brother, 12, was killed by a mortar while playing outside during the civil war. They ended up in London where Ramla started practicing boxing despite the opposition of her family.
Although her early defeat against Morocco’s Doaa Toujani today, Ramla is not a newcomer in the noble art, when competing in England she went all the way through to become the first Muslim woman to win an English boxing title. She has now become a role model and an inspiration for lot of young girls trying to follow Ramla’s footprints.