Love Island’s Maura Higgins was AJ ring girl who posed topless between fights

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Maura Higgins shot to fame in the summer of 2019 as a fan favourite on ITV's hit TV show Love Island.

However, before Higgins burst onto British TV screens, she was a ring girl and a regular at Anthony Joshua's bouts.

The Irish native arrived at the villa late as a 'bombshell', and she was quick to set her eyes on Tyson Fury's younger brother, Tommy Fury, who was also on the show.

And as the conversation started to flow, it didn't take long for the newest member of the cast to reveal she used to be a ring girl to the budding boxer.

“You’re a boxer – you know I’m a ring girl?” Higgins told Fury as he was taken aback by the revelation.

"I’ve only been doing it like two years," she continued to elaborate.

"But obviously like the atmosphere at the big fights is f****** unreal."

Fury, who is now 7-0 with four KO's, then asked Higgins what fights she had been a ring girl at.

Higgins responded: "Joshua. His last two or three fights in London."

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Higgins started at the very top as a ring girl, and she told the Daily Star ahead of Joshua's bout with Carlos Takam in 2017: "This weekend for the AJ/Takam fight is only my second week as a ring girl.

"But I am very much looking forward to it and have a feeling it will be a major highlight of my career and for years to come."

Joshua and Takam clashed at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to unify the WBA, IBF, and IBO Heavyweight titles.

Joshua beat the Frenchman in the tenth via TKO when referee Phil Edwards called a halt to proceedings to examine a cut above Takam's eye.

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However, despite being a ring girl for Joshua, and taking Fury on a date during her Love Island stint, Higgins revealed her favourite boxer is Katie Taylor.

"Katie Taylor, because she does my country very proud," she explained to the Daily Star.

"I enjoyed Katie Taylor’s debut, being a fellow Irish woman and making such strong movements in such a male dominated industry, it was inspiring to see."

Taylor recently extended her undefeated record to 19-0 when she defeated Jennifer Han at Headingley Stadium in Leeds earlier this month.

However, being a ring girl wasn't Higgins' only profession.

She's also a professional model, and in between Joshua's bouts, she would often post saucy snaps of herself scantily clothed on her Instagram profile.

It's her modelling career that eventually led her to appear on Love Island in 2019.

Higgins was recently the face of her own Ann Summers' line that flew off the shelves, as her fame continues to grow.

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Higgins also appeared as a ring girl for Bellator's MMA events as well as appearing as a grid girl.

However, after finishing fourth in the fifth series of Love Island, that period of her life seems to be behind her as Higgins is now a regular on TV screens.

  • Anthony Joshua
  • Maura Higgins
  • Love Island
  • Boxing

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