A Royal Air Force Regiment gunner has become the first female gunner to win a title at the Lord Wakefield Novice Boxing Championships.
Air Specialist Class 1 Tatam won by technical knockout in the third round of her title bout to take the under 70kg title, and scooped the RAF Regiment Cup for the best performing Regiment gunner at the Championships.
“It is a great honour to have won a Lord Wakefield title, and to be the first female gunner to have achieved this in the contest’s history. Holding the RAF Regiment Cup was a proud moment for me!
It was a hard fight and a very bruising encounter, but I was really happy with the result given that it’s only my second competitive bout.”
The RAF Lossiemouth-based boxer only started boxing in January 2023 and was competing in only her second competitive fight.
The RAF Boxing Association’s Lord Wakefield Championship is an annual competition which pits the best of the RAF’s novice boxers against each other. Held this year at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire, it was inaugurated in 1919 by Lord Charles Wakefield and has taken place every year except for 1939-1945.
AS1 Tatam wasn’t the only Lossiemouth boxer successfully landing punches in the competition. AS1 Vilson ‘Waggy’ Uwagboe, whose journey into RAF boxing was told in Channel 4’s Top Guns documentary, also won on finals night, picking up the 67kg title.