Jonas was speaking from the unveiling of mural of her in the Liverpool area of Toxteth opposite the school that her daughter used to attend.
“The streets of Toxteth made me. I’m proud to be from these streets. I’m proud to be from Liverpool. Growing up there were a lot of stereotypes about Toxteth and what you could be if you were from there. I’ve spent my whole life fighting those stereotypes.
“I was just a little girl from these streets chasing my dreams. There’s been a lot of hard work and ups and downs along the way, but I’ve made those dreams come true.
“Without these streets and without the support of the community, I would never have grown into the person I am now.
“I hope this mural can help inspire more people like me and show that no matter where you’re from, what your circumstances are or what people say, you can achieve your dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you who you can become, that’s on you.”
The fight with Mayer, this Saturday, will be another milestone in her career.