Don’t mess with Miss! Teacher, 38, becomes Britain’s first female chessboxing champion
17:29 GMT, 18 October 2012
Cheeky school pupils at Exeter College know there is one teacher they can't play up to in class – because she's a champion boxer.
English and IT lecturer Ruthie Wright has mixed brains with brawn to become a British champ.
But Ruthie, 38, isn't just a top boxer – she is also the first female competitive chessboxing star.
If there's one teacher the students know not to cross it's English and IT lecturer Ruthie Wright- a chessboxing champion
Chessboxing is self-explanatory. The match starts off with
three minutes of chess then a two minute round of boxing – without headguards and using 16-ounce gloves – followed by another three minutes of
chess, and so on for seven full rounds.
The fighting game where Ruthie (also known as The Pink Machine) took home the British flyweight title was played in front of 1,200 cheering fans at the Scala club in London.
In chessboxing the match starts off with three minutes of chess then a two minute round of boxing
Ruthie's game requires both mental and physical stamina and she is the first woman to take home a title
Ruthie said: 'I was a bit worried about my opponent, a Londoner, Jenny-Anne Dexter, because she is a black belt in tae kwondo and is bigger and more experienced than me.
'I was a bit worried I was going to get battered but it turned out well.
'She had to retire in the sixth round with what she said was a neck injury, so I was awarded the fight on a technical knock out.'
As well having a Business Studies degree and teaching at Exeter College, Ruthie is a fitness instructor and personal trainer.
Ruthie says her children are a lot more obedient now they know her hidden talents
She said: 'With Nicola Adams winning gold at the Olympics this year I would like to try to encourage more women into boxing – even if just for fitness, which is how I started.
'I am going to be working more on personal training from November, working out of Fitness First Exeter.'
Meanwhile Ruthie’s students have welcomed her newfound success – and are on their best behaviour.
She said: 'They are a great bunch and they don’t mess me about!'