1)WHEN DID YOU START FIGHTING?
This is my fourth year boxing. I box out of Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn, NY with Don Saxby. But Delen “Blimp” Parsley and Martin Gonzales have also been very helpful to me as well as my mentor Jason Lee who got me a boxing class at Chelsea Piers to teach.
2)WHAT DREW YOU TO FIGHTING?
Many years ago a girl in my summer school brought me with her to check out the gym. She was a boxer and I was gaining freshmen 15 and wanted to start working out since that was a foreign concept to me. I had just seen the movie “Fight Girls” funny enough and liked how tough the main girl was. So as soon as I stepped into Gleasons I saw world champion Alicia “Slick” Ashley who played a “bad” boxer in the movie and I was entranced. Then I actually saw the woman TRAIN and she was amazing. I wanted to be like her. Alicia remains one of my fighting idols to this day.
3) WALK ME THROUGH A TYPICAL DAY OF TRAINING.
Training varies. Today I worked on technique..footwork and timing since at this point I am in shape and can bang…I need some fine tuning before my fight.But tomorrow I will get pads with Don, which means DEATH lol non stop drills then 4-8 rounds on the heavy bag. Some days I train 3-4 hours, some days one hour it really depends. I am injured right now so am unable to run the last 4 weeks but usually I run too. Now that I started Muay Thai, I am changing up my training routine a bit as well.
4) YOU JUST STUDIED IN THAILAND, HOW DID THAT GO?
I met my friend Sakasem in Utah over Xmas break looking for a boxing gym…we clicked right away and his intense boxing pads made me want to train with him. He introduced me to Muay Thai and I was AWFUL. He LOVES my hands but would just laugh and shake his head when I tried to kick. He still gets upset at my kicks! *LOL* So Muay Thai was in the back of my mind…but I was focusing on the gloves. I trained my ass off in 2009…..I was sparring 15 rounds a day and just the sharpest I ever have been, but I was also breaking up with my boyfriend and fighting at night instead of sleeping, and working full time. My body gave out and I had a severe back injury the week before the golden gloves finals. I could not breathe or move…the only relief I got was Percacet and 8 shots in my lower back form the sports doctor. I fought injured after a week of bed rest because I was too proud to pull out. The experience broke my heart so after graduating school in July I left for two months to meditate and learn Muay Thai and reflect on what the hell I was doing with my life. I ended up finding peace and all my answers in Thailand. It was the best 2 months of my life and I cannot wait to go back.
5) WHY THE TRANSITION FROM BOXING TO MUAY THAI?
Muay Thai fits my style. I am very aggressive as a fighter…not “slick” like Alicia or my “bff” Ronica Jeffreys (a decorated boxer), who says I am a “brawler”…I love the elbows, the knees, am learning to love kicks, and love how girls come to me instead of running around the ring like amateur boxing. I love the Wai Kru and the tradition of Muay Thai, and the music!
6) WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT RECORD?
I am 4-0 Muay Thai and 6-6 boxing (with some robberies in that *lol*….damn boxing is not fair always)
7) WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS?
My goals??? To be a champion!!! To get the gloves again this year and finally beat my friend Tina, then help her make the Olympic team, turn pro and get a Muay Thai belt! Then settle down, have 3 kids, get my health counseling business BOOMING, and finally have my art gallery I dreamed of since I was 12. I am a painter and piano player ever since I am a child and I want to return to the arts after fighting.
8) WILL YOU EVER CONSIDER DOING AN MMA CAGE FIGHT?
I just promised my mother I would NOT get into an MMA cage. But never say never. *lol* They would have to pay me though, I really don’t wanna roll around on the ground for free. I would be more of a “standup” fighter for sure. I tried BJJ and like it at first until I got a bad partner who would not get off me when I tapped out 5 times and ruined BJJ for me by injuring my shoulder and infuriating me.
ALEXIS CONTINUES TO FIGHT ON BOTH COASTS. SHE WILL BE RETURNING TO THAILAND THIS JULY FOR MORE TRAINING.
Cynthia Vespia is an accomplished writer in sports, entertainment media, and fiction. She keeps active through various forms of martial arts and as a fitness competitor.
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