Fighting Chance is written by Alicia Doyle, an award-winning journalist who discovered boxing at age twenty-eight in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth called Kid Gloves.
For two years, she simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport.
During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age thirty in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year. Fighting Chance offers an inside look at what’s considered the toughest sport known to man.
*Trigger Warning - abuse & domestic violence is mentioned during this episode.
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Who is Alicia
Not being sporty growing up
Discovering boxing at 28
Not respecting boxing
Working as a journalist
Breaking up with an abusive partner
Learning new skills in boxing
Feeling intimidated at the gym
Being the only female doing boxing
Not wanting to step into the ring and fight
Women being allowed to box in the Olympics 2012
Being a pioneer in the sport
Fighting for equality
Being changed from the inside out
How boxing changed other areas of her life
Being terrified and scared
Being in the moment
Being brutally honest and facing pain
The power of visualisation
Training while working a full time job
The benefits of skipping
Moving from amateur to pro boxing
How boxing has changed over the past 30 years
The support and encouragement from men
Deciding to write the book
Being afraid of being vulnerable
Wanting to help other women by sharing her story
Why you should give boxing ago
The stronger your body - the stronger your mind
Building confidence through your body
Who will play Alicia in the movie?
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