BOXING USA: One Woman’s Story

By Natalie Davis   

I am a black Hispanic woman who is a registered boxer for the United States of America. Along with being a semi-pro fighter for the Smooth Moves kickboxing MMA team I fight amateur for the USA striving towards pro. On top of being a fighter I was also a 2 year varsity football player for Mountain View high school, second string as a running back and cornerback, and a varsity wrestler.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, and fighting out of Washington DC, I’ve been a fighter for over 15 years. I’ve been in rings and arenas most of my life.  I started at 5 years old looking up to fighters like Pacquaino, Anthony Pettis, Dominic Cruz, and Sugar Ray Leonard.

I learned to fight the way they fought with a twist of my own athletic charisma.  I started my boxing career this year in a weight class of 132-141lbs in every martial art.  My record in boxing is 1-0-0; in MMA it is 3-0-0; and in Tae kwon it is 30-0-2.  I compete all over the country.
My goal is to go to SJSU and box as a San Jose Spartan moving along my career while I attend school.  I am pushing towards the ultimate goal of being a professional athlete. I think the hardest part of everything I do is being the only female on the team in every activity I participate in.  However, if you work hard and keep up, you’re a valued and cherished member of the team.

After fighting so long and proving my success as a fighter even men come to me and ask for help with no hesitation. I compete because it’s what I love to do and I love being in the ring.  It’s the most amazing feeling ever when you have over 2000 spectators looking at you embracing your ups and your downs.

The mindset of fighter will never change no matter how much time passes.  We never quit no matter how much it hurts.  You push till your body physically can’t move anymore. The amount of stress my body intakes before a fight is beyond difficult with a broken collar bone, stress fractures in my shins, and concussions.

The amount of damage to my body has taken is starting to take an overall toll.

Along with fighting women I also fight men. I can compete on the level of any man in my weight class. Physically the impact of men is usually more noticeable than women but it’s nothing that is not manageable.

I don’t want to be praised for being a woman fighter.  I want to be praised for being a good fighter in general.  There are so many good athletes coming up but the ratio of men to women will always be a landslide.

Within both genders there are impressive talents passing through. In the end, it’s a sport to build our inner selves to see who is really on top.  I’m proud to be a United States athlete and I hope I can take it to the next level.

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