(APR 6) On April 16, 2005, at Boerdelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany,
WIBF World Flyweight champion Regina Halmich, Germany, 46-1-1 (15KO),
will face WIBA Minimumweight World champion Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway,
13-3-0 (8KO), when Halmich defends her belt. I was able to interview
Hollie for her upcoming match.
Rick: Regina Halmich is the WIBF Flyweight champion and has 48 fights.
How much do you know about her?
Hollie: “I have researched Regina’s record and I’ve seen her fight. I know
that she is a very skilled boxer.
Rick: Why did you decide to box her? What is your game plan heading into
Hollie: I decided to box Regina because it is a chance for another
world title, it’s great exposure and a great opportunity. My game plan is to
win every round convincingly.”
Rick: Are you in school or do you work?
Hollie: “I work part time at a couple of jobs. I work as a waitress and at
World Class Fitness as a fitness trainer.”
Rick: What got you into boxing?
Hollie: I saw some other females at the gym I was training at, and it looked
like it would be fun. After I was training for a couple of weeks, I
was offered a fight at the last minute and I took it.
Why do you compete in boxing?
Hollie: I compete in boxing because I love the competition and the
challenge, and it’s fun!”
Rick: What is your best punch or combination?
Hollie: “I am not sure that I have any punch or combination that stands out
over the rest. I try to do everything well.”
Rick: Is there any major changes you have made since your last match?
Hollie: Yes, I’ve increased my speed considerably.
Rick: Are you concerned at all about going the 10 round distance?
Hollie: “No, I went 10 rounds in December and finished strong without
Rick: You have had roughly 4 months off since your last match. What did
that time off do for you and for your training?
Hollie: “It gave me a little break which is something I haven’t done since I
started boxing. If you looked at my record you can see I’ve stayed pretty
busy over the last two years.”
Rick: How is your training going? Are you doing anything in particular to
train for her?
Hollie: I am training like I always have x 10!
Rick: After this fight, what are your short and long term goals for this
Hollie: There is nothing really short term now, I am just concentrating on
the fight coming up. Long term---I want to defend my WIBA Title and avenge
my losses. I’ve got one down and two to go.
Rick: Are there any boxers out there that you would like to have a match
Hollie: “Yes, I would like a rematch with Melissa Shaffer. That was my first
fight and I took it on two weeks notice, with no experience, and
I want a chance to avenge my loss now that we’re both experienced fighters.
I would also like to rematch Vaia Zaganas for the same reason. I am also
interested in fighting Holly Shores because she is the only undefeated
Strawweight. I would also like to fight Nina Ahlin, or any Strawweight I
have not yet fought.”
Rick: Do you have trouble finding sparring partners? If so, how to you
get around this obstacle?
Hollie: “Yes, I have trouble finding a sparring partner close to my size. I
usually spar with some teenage amateur boxers who are closer to my size.”
Rick: What is your prediction on this match?
Hollie: “It will be an exciting non-stop action fight.”
Rick: What would you like too see happen for the future of women’s
boxing? Do you have any concerns about it?
Hollie: “Women’s boxing needs more television coverage and to be an Olympic
sport. If women were training at a younger age for the Olympics, by the time
they went pro, they would be more skilled and experienced. I think that if
it were an Olympic sport it would increase participation in amateur boxing
for women which in most small areas doesn’t exist.
I would like to thank Hollie for taking the time to be interviewed for
WBAN. Rick McLean