Youth Female Boxers Win Diamond Belts
MEDFORD, Ore. —
There aren't as many options for youth female competitive boxers as their are for the boys.
However, 12-year-old Malaya Wohosky and 10-year-old Ava DeLand haven't let anything stop their winning ways.
DeLand won her first 'Diamond Belt' in Nampa, Idaho a few weekends ago.
"They almost didn't let her fight because she was under-weight," Troy Wohosky, her coach at Spartan Boxing said.
"It was hard, I cried because I thought I wouldn't be able to fight," DeLand said.
Her competitor was a few pounds overweight and DeLand was a few pounds underweight. DeLand had to put on weight in a hurry in order to compete.
She ate a few sandwiches and drank plenty of water in order to make the weight.
"They re-weighed her, she made weight, fought the girl and won," Troy Wohosky said.
It was DeLand's first belt as a competitive boxer.
Her sparing partner, Malaya Wohosky, has been boxing since she was 4-years-old.
"I was happy for her and I could feel her happiness," Wohosky said about DeLand. "I felt happy that happy when I won my first fight."
Malaya won her second Diamond Belt in a matter of years. She was coming off a second-place finish at the Silver Gloves National event.
This was the first year that female youth boxers were permitted to fight at the Silver Gloves and there are hopes that the sport changes to allow more young girls to compete in the near future.
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