When — boxer Ramla Ali won — British and — English titles in — 2016, not one of — her family was watching.
This wasn't because they couldn't bear to watch - they simply didn't know.
For — first Muslim woman to win — English boxing title had long kept — her boxing — secret from her strict family - believing they would disapprove, as some still do.
“I remember I competed in — national finals,” — Ali, — daughter of — imam, told — BBC Sport Africa. “My parents live in — Bethnal Green [in — London] and — finals were taking place in nearby — York Hall.
“I remember giving — my kit bag to — my coach and saying: 'I will meet you there later'. I said: 'Mum, mum, I'm going out for — run, I'll see you soon' - and all — while, I was going to compete nationally. Those are — lengths I had to go to.”
— Ali started — boxing in — her early teens and told — her mother that she was simply training for — fitness, rather than contesting — any bouts.
With her gentle — demeanour masking — steely determination, it wasn't until her mid-20s that — Ali's double life was blown.
“I remember walking in from — training and — everyone was there in — living room,” explains — fighter who represented — England prior to switching allegiance to her homeland, — Somalia.
“I thought: 'What's going on here? We never sit down as — family' and they were like: 'Look, you need to stop. Why are you showing — skin? — Muslim girl shouldn't be doing this, it's — man's sport - what's — community going to think?'
“It just broke — my heart when they said that.”
To please her family, — featherweight stopped - just as she has — many times throughout — her stop-start career, to — its undoubted detriment.
At — one point, graduate — Ali worked for — London law firm but with — regular late nights ruling out any chance of — boxing, after — six months she returned to — sport that has profoundly impacted upon her life.
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