SAS: Who Dares Wins Louise Gabbitas says getting punched in the face by male rival ‘wasn’t any different than fighting a woman’ but got ‘emotional’ afterwards

The midwife, 29, who was left battered and bruised during a boxing bout with 27-year-old student Nathaniel, said she gave as good as she got, although she was 'emotional' afterwards.

It is the first time the show has aired a female contestant being badly hurt in conflict with a man.

She's also one of the show’s first ever female recruits, and one of four women to reach the finals tonight.

Speaking exclusively to the Sun Online, she said: "It was just another task for me. I didn't feel any different as I would have if I was stood opposite a female."

Addressing how uncomfortable it was for the viewers she said: "I was hitting him back as well. It was a gender free situation."

Opening up about both contestants getting emotional afterwards, she said: "Well if you have a massive adrenaline rush… we are not made of stone. We are human aren't we."

She added: "Having a fight isn't pleasant, the adrenaline rushing around. Having a few punches in the face doesn't matter. You get on with the next thing."

"Nobody wanted to fight anybody, we were all absolutely drained physically and mentally.

"So to be hauled up in front of everyone and be told you're going to fight each other that was hard, not who we were going to fight."

Louise has made it to the finals alongside three other women, and four male rivals.

Speaking about what it would mean for a woman to win, she said: "It will send a really positive message that should have been highlighted ages ago that there are women out there that are physically and mentally just as capable as men out there. Not all, but some.It's a really positive message.

"We are really keen to not make it all about gender. Every single person who got to the final eight is a winner."

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