Pippa Middleton is known for being a top-notch tennis player, but the most famous sister-in-law has now admitted that she has a new passion: boxing. Middleton wrote about the sport in her latest Sport and Social column for the Daily Telegraph.
In her column, Middleton noted that boxing is great for "toning up arms, bums and tums, and banishing bingo wings, back fat and booze blubber." She also described it as "pure but pleasing agony."
Middleton's column was not well-received after a comment in the article described a boxing club in South London as "dingy… not the sort I was familiar with: no VIP areas here."
"Most cringe-worthy column ever? Pippa Middleton slums it in 'no VIP' boxing club," the Daily Express tweeted in response to the article.
Others, however, enjoyed Middleton's honest depiction of her time inside the ring. She noted that before stepping in the ring, she "associated boxing with scenes of blood, drugs and violence, my vision influenced by the stars of brutish movies such as Sylvester Stallone in Rocky or a drug-addicted Christian Bale in The Fighter."
Middleton, who has done a great deal of charity work alongside her sister and brother-in-law, noted that for her, boxing has two appeals. One, of course, is the "svelte figure" but the other is the community role that boxing clubs play in the lives of those looking for something to keep them going. She is working with the Fitzroy Lodge, which is a non-profit club that teaches boxing to anyone interested.
Middleton is also working with The Sported Foundation, which encourages disadvantaged youth to take up a sport as a form of discipline and outreach. She described a conversation with one of the youth who box at Fitzroy Lodge.
"Boxing and my coaches' support really took me away from street life," the unnamed man said. "The Lodge is my second home where I learned the things they couldn't teach me at school – honor, respect, courage and to do the right thing."
The younger Middleton sister has been carving out a name for herself, writing for "Vanity Fair" in the United States and now "The Daily Telegraph" in the United Kingdom.