After travel and work and some training
in Kickboxing gyms across Europe for a few years, Juliette Winter
moved to Derby attending the university and graduating with a first
class degree in Film and TV and a 9 bout undefeated career in full
contact kickboxing from Derby's LauGar Gym in 1999.
After having met former European
Heavyweight Contender Clifton Mitchell and former British
Middleweight Champion Neville Brown at the One Nation Boxing Gym in
Derby, she decided to stay in the city and was granted a licence to
box professionally, becoming the first female in the East Midlands
to do so, in 2000.
She also made her first film for TV that
year with a short documentary on the Derby Gym and their
participants. Winters told WBAN, "I was looking forward to
boxing my way through the amateur ranks but at that time there were
no girls registered that I could box and only about three in the UK
with professional licences."
Juliette eventually found an opponent
and made her debut on June 16, 2001, against Chesterfields'
World Champion Kick boxer Sarah Hall (retired) at The Heritage Hotel
in Derby, Sarah had boxed previously in the United States in
unregistered bouts and was the more experienced fighter with 45
kickboxing bouts under her belt. The bout was given "fight of
the night" and enjoyed by a large crowd who welcomed the first-ever
professional female boxing match in the city.
On July 16, 2001, Winters made her pro debut against Sara Hall.
Hall won by a TKO in the fourth round of a scheduled 6 round bout.
Team Winter told WBAN, "According to the referee scorecard,
Winter was ahead on points after 4 rounds but had to step down with
an eye injury and conceded the 6 round fight to Hall."
On September 20, 2001, in Winter's second pro bout, she took on
boxer Claire Cooper, at the Mermaid Theatre, in Blackfriars, London,
England. Cooper won by a fourth round TKO in the bantamweight
division. Winter had taken the fight with a days notice.
Winter then decided to travel to Europe after a lack of opponents
and fights in the UK and spent some time training and sparring at
the Universum Gyms in Hamburg, Germany, returning to the country to
box Cathy Brown on March 20, 2003. Winter boxed
the European Flyweight Champion and was given a points decision over
4 rounds at Porchester Hall in London.
Winter was then offered a 6 round
contest against the Dutch Featherweight World Champion, Esther
Schouten at The Velodrome Arena in Amsterdam on January 24,
The Dutch woman was at least a weight category above Winter and had
a 14 bouts TKO record at the time but as Winter explained she didn't
want to refuse any bout given the fact that she had very little
opportunity to fight as much as she'd like to. Winter was out
matched by Schouten and had to step down with a serious shoulder
injury in round 4.
After almost a year of training without
any fights Winter was given the opportunity to box on July 23, 2006,
for the first ever British Masters Female Super flyweight Title
against Shanee Martin of Bethnal Green, London. The 8 round bout was
to make boxing history at Goresbrook Leisure Centre Dagenham.
Winter Wins the Vacant British Masters
Female Super Flyweight Title -Inaugural Title
Simon Euan Smith, Boxing News Ringside
said, "Winter stayed cool dominated at long range when she could and
joined battle in some great exchanges when Shanee got close...an
exciting bout that was a credit to boxing not just women's boxing".
On September 24, 2006, Winter took part
in another "first for British Boxing" History where Cathy Brown,
108¾, and Winter, 112¾, fought for the first ever English
ladies Flyweight Title at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Brown,
won the English title by points in the ten-round bout. Final
judges scores were 97-94.
On May 12, 2007, at the Fenton Manor
Sports Complex, Stoke, Staffordshire, England, Winter, won a four-rounder by points over
Yarkor Chavez Annan. Score is 39-37.
Photos by Bernard Miller.
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Claude Abrams Ringside Boxing news
September 29."..Winter was too tentative and out hustled .. grazing
Brown's eye in the 6th, but giving a points victory to Brown..who
was... strong experienced and wanted it more."
Winter said, "I found it hard to box
Cathy having been a sparring partner for quite a few years.
We've helped each other out a lot as it's difficult for us being the
only girls in the country at similar weights, things should improve
as soon as there's more than a handful of UK pro females.
I think it was 8 at the last count!. In country's like Germany where
there are hundreds of girls we wouldn't have to box each other I
think it was a shame given the fact that really we're different
categories she's a Light flyweight and I'm Super flyweight."
" We both love our boxing however and anything to raise the profile
of the sport for females in the country is great, I have a lot of
respect for Cathy she fights from the heart and she's managed to
keep going over the years and notch up a 21 bout record... I would
love another shot at the English Title though!", added Winter.
The bout was also the first UK
female contest to be broadcast on UK Terrestrial TV airing on
Channel 5 with a Boxing Special program on the evening of the 29th
produced by Winter's own Production Company, Film City Ltd.
For more information on Film City
Productions and to view clips of boxing show coverage from May
2007, go to production.filmcity.tv. If you are interested in
having Winter on your card, you can contact them through their