Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe switches to boxing for next combat match

Arlene “Angerfist” Blencowe is returning to combat sports next month– however, she wont be using four-ounce MMA gloves.

After two years, Blencowe will return to the ring to compete in boxing. The Australian fighter is currently 10-7 in MMA and an even 4-4 in boxing.

Though Blencowe is still under contract with Bellator MMA, the promotion is allowing her to fight under the DDP Sports banner in her native Australia.

In a Facebook post announcing the fight, Blencowe acknowledges that personal issues have made training for the fight difficult, but she says:

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, text“FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT

The fight that I wasn’t going to announce, only out of respect to the organisers, promoter, family, friends and supporters, am I’m making the post.

Normally, this far out from a fight I’d be feeling 100% on my game both physically and mentally. But the truth is, for the past few months I’ve been fighting some dark inner demons that have really affected my focus and drive. It’s made me question a lot and made me doubt myself. Mentally, I’ve had the worst camp ever!
Most of you who follow my posts and page regularly are probably thinking ‘she seems happy’

But that’s the point of social media isn’t it? You post the very best of your life. No one ever posts about the bad days. And that is the very reason I am writing this. To keep it real. Despite the image of being a strong, positive woman.. I go through the same mental hurdles as everyone else. We all go through stuff, even the people you wouldn’t think, do.
I’ve dedicated almost a decade of my life to being a fighter. With various hurdles along the way, all have had a purpose and a lesson to be learnt. I could have pulled out of this fight and concentrated on getting myself back to being myself, but fck that! I am a fighter and I’ll fight this too.

In saying this on April 7th at Brisbane Convention Centre I will be stepping back into the ring for the first time in almost 2.5years and fighting a world ranked, undefeated boxer.

For anyone reading this thinking that my opponent now has the upper hand, my coach and sparring partners are saying I’m punching harder and faster than ever 😉 best believe I’ll be showing up on the night!
#KeepItReal Tickets available through Ticketek”

Arlene Blencow faces fellow Australian Deanha Hobbs on April 7 at the Brisbane Convention Centre. According to BoxRec, Hobbs has a professional boxing record of 5-0, with four of her wins coming by way of KO/TKO.

Are you looking forward to this match?


Veteran martial arts writer also published in Black Belt and Fight! Magazine.

One comment

  1. Arlene Blencowe seems to have had plenty of personal troubles for several years now, I hope she will be able to get those troubles out of her life. As far as Bellator not having a problem with her boxing, Bellator seems to always be on a holding pattern with their Women’s Featherweight fighters. Why hasn’t Julia Budd been scheduled to fight this year? Why is Talita Nogueira and Roberta Paim and Amber Liebrock being shelved for so long? These women featherweight fighters chose MMA to get paid and to make a living, but they can’t really do that if Bellator decision makers aren’t giving them fights so they can get paid and make a living. Good luck Arlene Blencowe

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