TWO opportunist thugs were left stunned after a female boxer used her fighting skills to fend them off as they attempted to steal her handbag.
Fearless Kerry Orton, 30, hit one of the hooded attackers with a right hook and elbowed and jabbed a second with her handbag before the pair fled the scene in shock.
The Morrison’s compliance manager was attacked moments after getting off the bus to walk home. She noticed a ‘young lad no older than 18-years-old’ walk past her and then heard footsteps behind her which she initially believed to be a jogger.
One of the attackers then grabbed her arm while the other tried to force her to the ground using her handbag.
But Kerry quickly turned the tables on the unsuspecting pair, using her boxing skills to fend them off despite only taking up the sport 12 months ago.
‘They bit off more than they could chew,’ said Kerry, from Parsons Cross, South Yorks.
‘It has empowered me a bit more knowing that I can defend myself.
‘The boxing made me feel confident enough to try and fight back. If this had happened a year ago there’s no way I would have felt able to do that. It helps me so much.
‘You just don’t know what people are capable of these days.’
The two suspects involved in the attack remain at large.
Her boxing trainer Christian Di Paolo, owner of the Ni Yai Muay Thai martial arts gym, said: ‘She’s got a really good right hook, so I think she will have caused some damage.
‘I’m really glad that she felt able to defend herself and I think the boxing will have empowered her to do that.’