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Best Local Boxer Miami 2008 - Christina Swanson

Don't tell Christina you liked Million Dollar Baby. She's heard it before, and if that's your only reference for women's boxing, she knows you don't know anything. The number one amateur female boxer in the United States trains at the South Florida Boxing gym, where she sometimes spars with men, including her boyfriend, though she says they can't forget she is a girl; they just don't hit hard enough. Not a problem when she's fighting other women. In 2007, she was the National Golden Gloves Champion, and she's hungry for more titles. Christina dreamed of going to the Olympics when she was a girl, and she thought swimming might take her there. But during her senior year on the Hurricanes swim team, she suffered a shoulder injury. That was four years ago. After college, she craved the competition of her life in the pool, and she found boxing. As a leader in the sport, she might have made it to the Olympics in 2008, but a motion to add women's boxing to the games was denied. She was disappointed, but she's already looking forward to the next national championship. Don't feel bad for her: She's tough.

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Joe Rivera
Joe Rivera

Christina, I just read your story in the New Times newspaper. I have enjoyed watching boxing all my life. I even did a little "boxing" myself, in the local PAL, in Brooklyn, New York, a hundred years ago! I didn't see your fight with Wolfe-Fenn, but according to the write-up, you did very well. Read the book, "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, and you will be very successful in boxing and life!!!

mark
mark

Yes WE ALL KNOW WHAT JUAN ARROYO IS FAMOUS FOR, BESIDES BOXING....

stacey louise reile
stacey louise reile

ha ha thanks for the credit mr. castillo...but i have to agree with the last commentor about juan arroyo! ( although i still think i am a little cuter lol)

BIGMONEY
BIGMONEY

YOU PEOPLE MOST REALLY BE CRAZY. JUAN ARROYO IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER CAME OUT OF NOT ONLY MIAMI BUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA TURN PRO AT THE AGE OF 16 HAS BEEN ON ESPN,TELEFUTRA, ETC.. ALWAYS PACKS AREANA OR WHATEVER VENUE HE FIGHTS AT EVEN TELL THIS DAY AT 44 STILL PACKS HOUSE, ALL U HEAR IS VIVA ARROYO, HAS FOUGHT WITH WORLD CHAMPIONS AN WENT TO DISTANCE AN HAD CARONE GONZALEZ AN LUIS SERRIA AS HES TRAINERS AN HANK KAPLAN ON HIS SIDE SINCE HE WAS 13 BEFORE THEY PAST IN THE 90'S AN KAPLAN IN 07'. STRAIGHT OUT OF THE ROUGH STREETS OF ALLAPATTAH. NO DISRESPECT TO NOBODY BUT YOU CANT COMPARE STAYLO OR WHATEVER HE NAME IS TO JUAN ARROYO. DO YOU BOXING RESEARCH!! AN BY THE WAY STAYLO HAS NEVER PACKED HOUSE SHES NOT EVEN FAMOUS IN MIAMI LETS FACE REALITY.

luis castillo
luis castillo

sorry but i beg to differ. miami's hottest and best boxer is stacey 'stayLo' reile. filling venues like american airlines arena, university of miami, and gulfstream racetrack. she had a hit appearance on the 'show de fernando' and has taken her career all the way to tokyo japan and dusseldorf germany representing for miami dade 305 and all of the latinos in south florida!!!! oye campeona stacey 'stayLo' reile. we love her. www.myspace.com/staylo4real

Bobby Knight
Bobby Knight

But she's a lot better looking than Hillary Swank. I've seen her fight. She's a hard body with long arms and big shoulders. I'd go see her fight anytime. Congratulations Christina. We need a picture.

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