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A proud Latin American PanAmerican games participant

A proud Latin American PanAmerican games participant

Posted by Juan Gavasa on April 29, 2014

Six local boxers with big ambitions to compete for Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games share a little insider knowledge about their sport and themselves as they prepare for the provincial championships, May 1-3.

No, average Joes, you can’t beat a female boxer:

“You’re a boxer? Let’s fight.” It happens all the time. A lot of guys underestimate me and they think I’m just a girl. If we spar they’ll find out what I’m capable of.

Jessica Camara, 26, light-welter

Boxing is misunderstood:

People think it’s such an aggressive, physical sport but it’s really a chess match. You have to out-think your opponent. They think boxers get hit and punched a lot and that’s not the case either. I’ve never had an injury from getting punched, not a black eye or even a bloody nose.

Mladen Miljas, 21, super heavy

Or, maybe, it is understood:

I was a AAA hockey player and boxing was just cross-training. (But) I loved it. When I started hitting people in the face, it was wow, I can’t believe this is legal. Because in hockey you always want to hit people but you can’t.

Kingsley Alexander, 21, middleweight

Mom knows best:

I want to be able to participate in the Pan American Games because I feel like it would be such a great honour to represent Canada and coming from a Latin background and a single mother I feel like it would help my mom feel that she did a great job raising me.

Milton Martinez, 20, bantam

Don’t talk about it:

We get approached all the time, “Who do you think will win the next fight? Manny (Pacquiao) or (Floyd) Mayweather?” A lot of fans don’t know that we’re not boxing junkies. I think a lot of fans like boxing more than we do. We don’t like to talk about boxing all the time.

Michael Brandon, 23, welterweight

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