Growing up in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, was very difficult for Adele; she has blurry memories of her childhood, “I was a nightmare, very impatient, nervous - a very frightened child. I never wanted to go to school”. She did manage to get herself into a lot of trouble in the later years of high school.
A cruel tragedy struck the family within a three year period, “My cousin and uncle were murdered. It was two separate incidents. I know my uncle Robert was murdered outside the doctors, he was battered to death”. This brutality must have scarred Adele who was only 17 when her uncle was taken under horrific circumstances.
Adele started playing football for Ballieston but kept getting sent off. She was gradually spiralling out of control; she became a real wild child. Adele admits, “I was totally off the rails”. She tried to drive a car home from the pub while under the influence of alcohol, “I went off the road and crashed the car. I got 32 stitches in my hand, broke my shoulder, and had a broken arm”, the doctors told her if she wasn’t drunk she would have killed herself, “I was in the car myself, the car flipped, and I punched my hand through the sunroof to get out”. Adele received a £350 fine and was banned for a year, “I learned my lesson never to drink and drive again”, she said.
Tragedy struck the family again another three years down the line, “My cousin was out watching a Celtic and Rangers football game around Christmas, and got stabbed through the heart”. Adele had such a close family, her uncle and cousin had lived next door. This latest horrendous misery must have taken its toll on Adele, “To be honest, I think it affected my dad more. I was just going through the motions, just had to get on with it, and felt as though I had to stick up for myself”.
Adele was making a name for herself for all the wrong reasons; she was fighting in pubs and clubs every weekend. She fought with men, women and bouncers. She got charged with Police assaults, and carrying offensive weapons. She got barred from all pubs in Larkhall to Hamilton. She did try karate, but opted for Thai Boxing due to the savage nature of the sport. It was during her time as a Thia boxer that she started going to Forsyth’s Gym in Hamilton to help improve her punching technique. This is where she met the owner and trainer Stephen Forsyth.
Adele had one exhibition and one professional fight as a Thai boxer, Stephen came along to watch her fight as a professional. It was then that Stephen suggested to Adele that she gave boxing a try; he thought she had a lot of potential.
Adele was at the stage her friends wouldn’t want to come out with her, for obvious reasons. It was at this time Adele seriously assaulted a guy in a nightclub, she could have got a jail sentence, but got a Police tag strapped to her ankle and 15 months probation. She was fed up letting her friends down and knew something had to give. Adele took up Stephen’s offer and started attending boxing classes at Forsyth’s Gym.
Adele trains 6 days a week, and takes a Saturday off. Her training includes strength and conditioning, sparring and pad work. Adele is currently being sponsored by her dads business Paintpot Decorators; she has also had a few offers from people wishing to sponsor her privately.
Mike Tyson was Adele’s favourite boxer growing up, currently its WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns, whom she would love to meet. Adele met my dad Ken Buchanan in February, because he fought way back in the 60’s and 70’s she did have to check the internet to find out more about him, “It was brilliant to meet a guy like that, my dad is a massive fan”. Adele has a few favourite boxing films such as, Million Dollar Baby, The Fighter and her favourite is Rocky IV, “I like when Rocky beats the Russian, because he thinks he’s impossible to beat”.
Adele has never been in trouble since she started boxing. These days she likes to train through the day and chill out at night. She is now getting more recognition for being a successful boxer opposed to the lassie who got barred from all the pubs. Adele is an inspiration to all the boxers at the club, her friends included. She got good standard grades at the school, and passed higher grades also. Adele is currently studying Psychology at University.
Adele would like to thank everyone for their support, and a big thanks to Stephen and everyone at the club.
When Adele hears the bell ring she’s buzzing with excitement, full of adrenalin, heart pumping, and ready to go. In so many ways you could say, Adele was Saved By The Bell.
I’ll leave the last words to Adele, “I love boxing; I’m good at it, and I want to become a Professional”.
By Raymond Fraser Buchanan