Lesbian welterweight Angel Martinez wins 2006 Women’s Intercontinental Boxing Association championship; Dallas brawler now ranked 4th in the world
For a tough-as-nails athlete, Dallas boxer Angel Martinez can’t hide her happiness. Showing off her new championship belt that she won last month, the 29-year-old, 141-pound Martinez is all smiles, and her dimples are adorable.
On Jan. 27, at the Hollywood Pavilion, Martinez faced off against Yvonne Reis in the all-woman “A Ring of their Own” card for the Women’s Intercontinental Boxing Association light middleweight title. After eight rounds, Martinez’s crisp body punches and sharp right hand proved too much for Reis. According to the judges, Martinez won handily 78-74, 80-72.
“I can’t believe it, but I stared crying when I won,” Martinez says, laughing.
Her win was almost unheard of: Martinez only fought five professional matches before scouts handpicked her for the “Ring of their Own” match. But when the opportunity arose, Martinez’s hunger for the belt was unquenchable.
“There was no way I wasn’t going to bring that belt back. To beat me, you were either going to have to kill me or knock me out,” she remembers.
Martinez’s trainer, Pete Rojas, has her in a Grand Prairie boxing gym for three-hour
sessions six days a week. Martinez also runs two-to-five miles a day. And when she’s not training, you can often find her bartending at Buddies II.
Before the WIBA championship, Martinez was the ninth-ranked welterweight in the world. Now that she’s moved up to fourth, Martinez knows defending her WIBA belt will be a new career priority. No future matches are currently scheduled, but that’s sure to change soon.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of February 10, 2006.
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