Linn Sandstrom: Proving the doubters wrong

Jan 31, 2023, 06:00 PM

Linn Sandstrom is one of the most determined individuals you will ever meet in sport.

Currently ranked ninth by the WBA, the boxer has won three straight title fights – the WBC Australasia Title, WBA Asia Title and most recently the WBA inter-continental title won in October last year.

In her words she is on a mission to never be “mediocre or average”. But it has been far from an easy – or conventional – journey for her.

Born in Brazil, raised in Sweden and now living in Australia, Sandstrom’s route into boxing is unique.

In Sweden she was a professional table tennis player, winning a number of Swedish titles along the way.

However, due to the lack of opportunities on offer – and issues with finance on the women’s side – she left the sport before finding her new path into boxing.

This is where Sandstrom the fighter really comes into her own. While her exploits in the ring are attracting plenty of attention there have been many doubters along the way questioning this former table tennis player.

By her own admission it has been a tough road dealing with that negativity, but what was initially used as fuel to the fire is irrelevant these days. Those doubters have been proved well and truly wrong.

Sandstrom is now on a mission to become a world champion and that hunger is so evident in this interview.

If hard work is rewarded as it should be then there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of her in the boxing world.


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Image: With thanks to Linn Sandstrom

Music: Otis McDonald