Birthday: 07/10/85

Currently reside: Buffalo, NY

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

Weight class: 125 lbs

Height: 5’5”

Coach’s name: Dean Eoannou

Club name: unaffiliated

When did you start boxing and why: I was a wrestler in high school. I was extremely dedicated and traveled all over the country, winning the Women’s Nationals twice. When I got to college in 2003, I needed to take a break from wrestling. I also needed a way to fight the “freshman 15,” and running wasn’t happening. I decided to look into sports clubs at UB and I found boxing. I never intended on fighting competitively, however, my coach’s excitement for the sport and the challenge both physically and mentally, drew me into competition.

Amateur record: 34-11, 10 TKO’s

Occupation (if any outside of boxing): Math Teacher and boxing coach

Career highlights to this point: 2016 USA Boxing Elite National Champion, 2016 National Golden Gloves Elite Champion, 2016 Ringside World Champion, 2015 National Golden Gloves runner-up, 2008 USA Boxing National Championships runner-up, the first female to be voted Amateur Boxer of the Year by Buffalo’s Ring 44 in 2008.

What do you think is your greatest asset in the ring: My will to win.  

If you weren’t boxing, what would you be doing? Teaching match, coaching or gardening.  

Who has been your biggest inspiration and why: I’ve had a lot of people inspire me in my lifetime but I think my sister, Sharyl, would have to be number one. She taught me to be my own person and not follow the crowd. She taught me a lot of other important skills along the way but learning to be an individual and to be proud of my quirks was the best lesson I could have ever received. It clicked when I was in middle school and that’s the main reason I wasn’t afraid to try out for wrestling, which led me to boxing.

What motivates you the most: I love a good challenge and I love to help others, which is why I chose teaching as a career. Boxing is one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced and I hope someday I can use it to help people.

What are five things that most people don’t know about you: 1. I played the alto saxophone in 5 different bands during high school, including marching band. 2. I was in 5 different choruses in high school, including the hand-picked Davidge Choir. 3. When I applied to college, I picked mostly Ivy League schools and other reputable colleges. UB was my safety school, and it was the only one in which I was accepted. I think it was all part of a bigger plan to bring my coach and I together in boxing. 4. I retired from boxing in 2008 after fighting Queen Underwood and losing by 3 punches. I decided in 2015 that I wasn’t finished yet and picked up the gloves again to complete my journey. 5. My coach and I teach boxing to Parkinson’s clients, with incredible results. We have been able to help people reverse symptoms allowing them to walk without the use of walkers and canes and decrease their medicine.

National titles won: 2016 National Golden Gloves, 2016 USA Boxing Elite National Championships, 2016 Ringside World Championship