Stacey has her eyes on the prize
Tuesday 19th June 2018 13:21 Sports Posted by Mark Phillip

Stacey Copeland is brimming with excitement ahead of her fifth professional fight at the Middleton Arena on Friday night.

The 36-year-old, from Hyde, is scheduled to face the vastly experienced Borislava Goranova, who comes from Bulgaria and has so far competed in 69 bouts, with one of those coming against Stacey on her winning debut 12 months ago.

The upcoming fight will be somewhat different, however, as Stacey is set to compete in her first ever eight rounder. Undaunted by the prospect, Stacey said training has gone really well and expects to put on a good fight for her loyal band of followers: “Last hard session of the camp on Saturday. We’ve pushed and then pushed some more. That’s what it’s going to take, but I’m ready to give everything. Fight ngiht on Friday, we’re ready!”

Stacey being interviewed by Tameside Radio’s Louise Croombs at the 2018 Tour of Tameside

Stacey, who in recent months has become a community ambassador for Sports Tours International – the company behind the Tour of Tameside – has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the space of a year. As well as impressing in the ring, Stacey has also acted as a role model to the local community, delivering impassioned speeches about female empowerment amongst other things.

She recently attended the Tour of Tameside as a spectator, cheering on from the sidelines and offering advice and guidance to those who needed it.

Such acts haven’t gone unnoticed, as Stacey, a former international footballer, recently won the Sporting Role Model award at the Women’s Sports Trust ‘Be A Game Changer Awards’.

The ceremony, which took place in London in May, was held to recognise the irresistible nature of women’s sports and to inspire others to take action.

Stacey also scooped another award on Monday – this time for her efforts in helping to nurture the next generation of female talent. Following the announcement, she Tweeted: “Honoured to be a winner in the We Are The City Rising Stars Awards for sport alongside some amazing women. Thanks to whoever nominated me and to those who voted, very much appreciated and well done to the other nominees, some truly inspiring stories!”