One boxer from Port Elizabeth is fighting to change the negative perceptions. Nozipho Bell has had to fight to achieve all her goals.
PORT ELIZABETH - Women's boxing has long lived in the shadows, with female fighters regarded as unprofitable.
But one woman from Port Elizabeth is fighting to change the negative perceptions.
Growing up in poverty, Nozipho Bell has had to fight to achieve all her goals.
The World Boxing Federation Featherweight Champion has to run 45 minutes, twice a day, to training from home because she can't afford transport.
"I don't have nutritions, I don't have someone helping me, I'm all doing this by myself and I made it here without no sponsors," she said.
Bell is preparing to defend her World Title against Germany's Elina Tissen on 5 October in Port Elizabeth.
Knocking out the chains of patriarchy in South African boxing, one round at a time, Bell encourages women to take up this sport that's been regarded as for men only.
"What I'm doing now, I'm not doing for myself, I'm doing it for them to see that there's food," she said.
"You can put something on the table when they are at the same age as me. Maybe things will be fine at that time, so they mustn't give up."
This champ is fighting for equality not only in boxing but in all women's sport in South Africa.