A PAEDIATRIC nurse from Litherland who has been working throughout the pandemic has taken some time off – so she can focus on her boxing match at Wembley Arena!
Carly Skelly, 33, is usually having to juggle her time between working at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and looking after her two children.
However, since August she has been focussing on her other passion in life – boxing.
The local mum, who only took up the sport in 2015, is preparing for the biggest fight of her short career when she takes on 20-year-old Amy Timlin this Saturday in the 12,500 capacity stadium in London.
Of course there will be no fans allowed, but Carly won’t mind as she looks to continue her remarkable journey in boxing which has seen her win all three of her professional fights so far.
There is a title on the line as well, as the two fighters compete for the vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title.
The undercard fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office before the headline bout between Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk.
Managed by Paul Stevenson and trained by Sid Sidanky at North Mersey ABC, southpaw Skelly is confident.
She said: “It’s been a long camp having to juggle things about but I’ve had some time off recently to concentrate on the fight. It’s a massive risk for Amy to take at her age, she won’t have felt power like this from a more mature fighter. This fight opens doors, I believe in myself and want to reach world level."
Carly, who has the nickname ‘Thumper’, is a GB championships finalist and Eindhoven International Box Cup silver medallist.
The Everton fan has previously said that the best venue she has ever boxed in was the Grand Central Hall in Liverpool, and that she would love to box in the Echo Arena one day.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is excited for Saturday’s Wembley showdown. He said: “We’ve seen some amazing domestic fights recently in women’s boxing and this is another cracker.
“Two unbeaten fighters gunning for a world title, the winner here will put themselves into contention for just that in 2021.”