‘I was Playboy model before boxing dream – AJ’s advice has made me feel at ease’

Carla Howe swapped Playboy for ring girl duties before finding a love for boxing – and now wants to get in the ring as a fighter.

Having signed up to take part in Celebrity MMA last year, Carla found a love for combat sports and signed up to box former Love Island star AJ Bunker before suffering an injury in sparring.

Now stepping back into the ring, Carla feels far more at home having received advice from each of Anthony Joshua and Chris Eubank Jr and has even trained with Ricky Hatton along the way.

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Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Sport, Carla said: "Celebrity MMA was really complex and I liked learning so much in a short space of time – boxing came next and it's a great form of self-defence.

"I trained with Ricky Hatton and got advice from Anthony Joshua and Chris Eubank Jr when I was supposed to be fighting AJ Bunker.

"I will be ready for anything that comes my way after getting advice from the best in the world of boxing – I'm open to the right opportunity if it comes along.

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"The advice I got from Anthony was great, having felt tense in training his words made me feel at ease going forward."

Carla, who once lived in the Playboy mansion during her time modelling for the entertainment magazine, has more recently moved into boxing as a ring girl for Floyd Mayweather.

Having also trained for her own debut in the ring, she continues to delight her one million Instagram followers with revealing snaps.

Carla, who was also a Playboy model alongside twin Melissa, then moved into boxing and had a dance in the ring with Mayweather during his win over Deji.

Despite that amusing encounter, Carla's favourite boxer is no doubt Joshua thanks to his heeded advice, who she was snapped with during a Halloween party last year.

That withdrawal from her right came after she clashed with AJ at a press conference – with Carla getting in a swift kick before they could be separated.


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