(FEB 19) WBAN just recently spoke
with Liz Drew, a female boxer who has been in the sport since
2002. Liz caught us up to date what she has been
doing outside the ring!
After four years out of the ring during which time Drew focused
on building her horse training business.
Drew joined Full Contact
Fitness Center in her home town of Troy, MO, after hearing it
had been opened by a pro MMA fighter. Within a few months she
was asked by owner Doug Sauer to be his boxing coach as he
prepared for an upcoming fight.
At this time, it became apparent that a good coach had to be in
great shape, so soon after, Sauer offered Drew a position as boxing
coach with Sauer MMA University.
As a female coach it was even
more necessary to be able to demonstrate techniques---not just
talk about them, so Drew went back into training, initially just
in order to spar with students and earn credibility as the only
female involved in the St. Louis MMA community.
In 2011, Drew decided to come out of retirement.
She, among many other female boxers in the sport,
faced the usual
problems that plague them all had not changed for Drew.
Common problems with promoters unwilling
to put women on cards, low pay, last-minute offers against tough
opponents, super talented younger girls coming up with tons of
But like what Liz told WBAN, "But if you love to fight you deal with it."
During this same time Drew was a partner in training with amateur
2012 Muay Thai world champion, reserve junior world champion,
has had many students win boxing, Kickboxing and MMA fights and
took her pro heavyweight to the pinnacle of competition, K-1.
While nothing is planned for the next few months, Drew is always
in shape and ready to go if offered a reasonable fight.
Meanwhile she invests her energy in passing on what she's
learned to her students at Sauer MMA.