In this Corner

Meet some local students who have benefitted from the strength, discipline and focus they’ve learned from boxing.


Adam, 9

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“A boxer.”

What do you like about boxing?
“The whole sport.”


Andrew, 14

What are your favorite subjects in school?
“Coding, game design and algebra.”

What do you like about boxing?
“I like training and getting stronger. I also like staying fit.”


Aaron, 13

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“A construction worker and then work in court as an attorney.”

What do you like about boxing?
“Hitting the heavy bag.”


Alejandro, 12

What do you want to be when you grow up?
“I want to be a chef because I like to cook and also I want to cook for myself over the years as I grow up.”

What do you like about boxing?
“I like to do sparring because when I spar I want to see what I need to improve on.”


Esmerelda, 10

Esmerelda shows up daily to the gym – sometimes with her whole family! Committed, and driven, don’t let those pink gloves fool you! This girl can keep up with the best of them.

Leyla, 15

Leyla is a strong leader and trains alongside her sister Melissa (also a F4C athlete). Since joining Fight For Chicago last October she’s become stronger and faster, listening to her coaches and applying their feedback. Leyla is in it to win it!

Leyla shared with us “I enjoy boxing and have a goal of being in a fight and doing the best I can.”

Melissa, 8

Melissa is a fierce competitor in the ring. She has a good memory and learns quickly! She works hard every day to reach her goals!

Melissa shared with us: 
“The reason why I am interested in Fight for Chicago is because I want to represent my gym and I want to keep doing what I love to do.”


Zyanya, 9

Zyanya (aka “Acha”) has been boxing since she was 5 and a half. She might be small, but don’t underestimate her passion!

Her dedication & committment means that she’s sure to go far! Reach for the stars, Zyanya!

Mia, 15

Mia is one of our most consistent athletes! She trains daily with her coaches (and her dad!) to refine skill, increase endurance, and ensure she gives it her all every time.

Mia is quietly confident and doesn’t let anything stop her. She shows us what it means to keep fighting!

Mia shares with us “I’m so thankful for the opportunity to receive sponsorship help, knowledge, discipline, and guidance through the sport of boxing.”


“Even when I’m in the ring, I feel safe.”
“The gym itself won’t take away your problems, but it motivates you work hard in everything you do.”