One-on-One with Beautiful Brawler Stephanie Garcia-Vega…”Always Follow Your Dreams”
By Robert Quijano 7/27/14
August 31st Beautiful Brawlers IV will take place at the Sports House (3151 Edison Way, Redwood City California 94063). Beautiful Brawlers is an event that showcases amateur female boxing in 25 championship fights. Blanca Gutierrez, the woman behind Beautiful Brawlers has worked hard in helping to bring Women’s Boxing to the mainstream and is highly respected in the boxing community.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to interview one of the featured fighters for the Beautiful Brawlers card, Stephanie Garcia-Vega. The interview was conducted at the Pacific Ring Sports Gym in Oakland California, where Stephanie was slated for amateur action later in the day.
I asked Stephanie how old she was and when did she start boxing. Stephanie advised that she is 24 years old and began boxing when she was 18 (2008). I then asked Stephanie why boxing? Stephanie advised that she was always interested in boxing but “Did not have the courage to enter the ring until after high school.” I then brought up what was brought to my attention, hearing that Stephanie spars with men and that she wore her wounds with honor. Stephanie stated, “Guys treat me like one of the guys. When we’re in the ring, we’re all the same. They push me hard. They want me to be the best.”
I asked Stephanie who she was fighting at Pacific Ring Sports and she told me that she was fighting Christina Martinez of Bad to the Bonz Gym in Modesto California at 154 lbs. Stephanie also advised that she fights out of Fairfield California and has always trained with “Pops” at JL Tepito Gym. I asked Stephanie if she was excited about the upcoming Beautiful Brawlers IV event and what being on that card meant to her. Stephanie smiled really big and you could clearly see how enthusiastic she was about the event. Stephanie mentioned that it is an honor. You could also notice the respect and adulation as Stephanie talked about everything Blanca is doing for women’s boxing. I brought up the fact that Beautiful Brawlers IV will be an international event and there will be a team from Canada and another from Puerto Rico competing that day. I asked Stephanie if she knew who she was scheduled to face and she stated, “It’s still up in the air…hoping its somewhere out of town, out of state.” In closing I asked Stephanie if there was anything she would like to say to younger girls who looked up to her, fans, or future opponents. Stephanie mentioned that if someone is interested in boxing, they should give it a try because they wouldn’t know if they liked it without trying. Stephanie then said, “Always follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone ever tell you, you can’t do it. Use that as fuel.”
Stephanie was scheduled to fight 11th in Oakland yesterday and although I had to depart and couldn’t witness her fight (trying to follow up on another interview), I did maintain communication to obtain the results. Stephanie advised me that she was upgraded to “open fighter” status (moving her to four round bouts instead of three), she won her bout, and her bout was declared “Best Bout” of the evening. This young woman is more than just a pretty face. I’ve heard the quote used that she is a beast in the ring. She is skilled enough to hold her own against the opposite sex in sparring, she is determined and focused, and she is proud to be a part of this positive movement in Women’s Boxing. Definitely a name to remember.
Blanca advised that other fighters slated for the Beautiful Brawlers IV event are Tatiana Almaraz, Jamie Mitchell, possibly Martha Fabela, Tope Depedro, 13 year old Graciela Ortega, and 13 year old National Champ from southern California, Heaven Garcia. Puerto Rico has 4 girls coming and Canada has 3 girls coming (there will be 8 international bouts). Slated to appear to show support for the event are Melissa Mc Morrow, Martha Salazar, Eliza Olson, Sue Fox from WBAN, and possibly Carina Moreno and Crystal Morales but the list will definitely grow closer to the event.One-on-One with Beautiful Brawler Stephanie Garcia-Vega…”Always Follow Your Dreams” One-on-One with Beautiful Brawler Stephanie Garcia-Vega…”Always Follow Your Dreams” By Robert Quijano 7/27/14 August 31st Beautiful Brawlers IV will take place at the Sports House (3151 Edison Way, Redwood City California 94063).
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