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Ramla Ali is a Somalia-born boxer based in London. In 2016, she became the first Muslim woman to win a boxing title for England and is the current African Zone Featherweight Champion. She's currently training for the All African Games in Morocco in August, the World Championships in Russia in October and the Olympic Qualifiers.
Moving to the U.K. as a war refugee in the early nineties, her first home was a refugee shelter in Paddington, and she has since considered East London home. Ali started boxing at 13-years-old to lose weight, as she was "pretty much obese." After falling in love with the sport, her first fight was at age 18 and she's been working on the "science and discipline" of boxing ever since. Ali seems to have live three lifetimes within her short years (she doesn't know her exact date of birth). She has a law degree and is determined to create a legacy beyond "the first Somali boxer," to be a great boxer "that stands for causes outside of the ring."