(OCT 22) This week I had an
opportunity to interview Ava "Lady of Boxing" Knight, of Chico,
California. She talks about her boxing career, and her last
fight and much more!
WBAN: What have you been up to
lately and what is your current situation related to boxing?
Ava: Lately I have been training,
staying in shape, waiting for a call for a fight, but it seems
to not be coming. I have moved to Oakland, California, and
started working with Coach Ben Bautista, a coach of many good
professional and amateur fighters. Many of the calls that come
in never come through and the ones that do want a six round
fight and want to pay an absurd amount of money. It seems to be
a really bad year for me and boxing.
WBAN: Assess your last
Ava: Well, you ask anyone who has
lost a fight, and they will tell you they had a bad day. That’s
exactly what I had. I felt so mistreated in Mexico and had no
ambition to fight after being there for a week. I broke down
mentally and also fought hurt. But regardless, Torres beat me. I
knew I lost the last round but some of those score cards were
ridiculous. I want a rematch maybe mid next year if they allow
me. After watching her last fight and getting healthy and
straight minded, I feel that title is mine.
WBAN: What has been the
highlight of your career thus far?
Ava: I think that last fight was
the highlight of my career. It was my first loss. The first
chance for people to say, "Oh, she wasn't that good." Now I have
to "prove" myself. Now that I lost, I'm not that good anymore.
Who wants to prove that I am or not? I love to be under
estimated. All but my first fight, I was the underdog and I feel
I have come out on top regardless of decisions. Every fight is a
chance to grow and learn. Experience is everything and can get
you out of a lot of bad situations.
WBAN: What are your short and long term goals?
Ava: Titles, I want to live out this career to the fullest. I
know you can't win them all, but I will fight my heart out to do
so. I want to be champion; I want to be an advocate for woman's
boxing. I want to be on TV to show that women are just as good
as men. I want to prove we are worth your time and money and we
can put on just as good and a better show then the boys.
WBAN: What weight do you want
to fight at?
Ava: Well, I walk around at 115lbs depending on my diet. I would
fight from 110-118. I feel that is logical. I don't like sucking
down weight and gaining weight may be a problem as other women
are starting to suck down weight. But right now and it always
seemed to be the bigger girls are the ones that only take the
WBAN: Who do you want to fight
Ava: Anyone and everyone in the right weight classes. In Italy,
France, U.S., Mexico, Brazil against anyone or anywhere. I have
nothing to lose. I have always been here. I have always made
challenges. I have been told I don't have enough experience to
fight over seas, but those girls are fighting girls either not
ranked or ranked lower than me. Now I have been deemed inactive
not by my choice. When will they step up, when will I get a
call, when will I get a chance? I don't know, but I'm here and
I'm waiting for anyone willing and able. If you want names I'll
make a short list: Susi Kentikian, Simona Gilassi, Mariana
Juarez, Ana Maria Torres (rematch), Nadia Hokmi, Alesia Graf,
Stephanie Dobbs, Elena Reid (Rematch), Nadia Raoui, Jodi
Esquibel (rematch). Just to name a few.
WBAN: Is there anything that
you want to say in closing?
Ava: I have never said "NO" and I have never walked away. I have
always brought a fight, I have always made a good show. I will
always be good competition and I will always smile in your face.
I am here and I will always think I'm better than you. I will
watch you show your guns and laugh because in this game, muscles
and looks mean nothing. I have always been in the shadows, maybe
avoided or just looked over, but I'm in here! I'm waiting! If I
have been so under estimated why am I not getting a call??? Why
am I not being used as a "stepping stone"? Why are champions
fighting poor and mismatched opponents and I'm not fighting at
all. Give us a call!!! But please, don't insult me with $1,500
purses. Thank you.
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