WHEN Lorrinda Webb decided to stop playing netball she turned to a boxing gym to help keep fit.
Two years later the 26-year-old from White Hills has four amateur fights alongside her name, with a perfect 4-0 win-loss record and a state novice title in her keeping.
An impressive record for someone who first-stepped in to the ring in April last year.
Once considered a man's domain, Webb is one a growing band of female boxers plying their trade at venues across Australia.
The former netballer said the support for her from family and friends had been incredible.
"They love it .... except for mum. She wasn't a fan at the start, but she's come to love it," Webb said.
"She comes and watches every fight."
That support extends to her trainer and professional fighter Scott Tuddenham, from Tribe Boxing Bendigo.
"He literally changed my whole attitude towards life - not just boxing-wise, but mind, discipline, aggressiveness and controlling every situation," Webb said.
"At the end of the day you can have a bad day, but if you bring it into the ring and get punched in the face, you have no one to blame but yourself."
Webb, who works for Bendigo accounting firm Strategem, will have her next bout this Sunday on a huge amateur boxing card at the Reggio Calabria Club in Brunswick.
It’s her first since she claimed the featherweight novice title at the Victorian Novice and Intermediate Championships in Melbourne last October.
She has spent weeks preparing at Tuddenham's Whipstick Forest-based gym and that of veteran trainers Pat and Gary Connolly in California Gully.
Webb said securing fights sometimes posed a problem, but that would likely become easier as more girls took the step up from training to fully-fledged boxer.
"There's a couple (of girls) in Bendigo, but it's good to come and train with the boys," she said.
"They don't care after a while, they don't realise you’re a girl, they hit you just hard."
Tuddenham said Webb had the potential to go far in the sport.
"I have big plans for her," he said.
"Hopefully we can go pro with her before the end of the year," he said.
"She's super-dedicated. She works with Damien Lock and I most nights.
"She's getting some experience with us, at Connollys and with my trainer in Melbourne, who's one of the best around."