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Mischa Merz Opens Boxing Gym in Australia - the ONLY female Owned and Operated  "Authentic" Boxing Gym in the Country!
April 11, 2013

(APR 11) Australian women’s boxing pioneer, former Australian national champion, USA masters champion and author Mischa Merz has opened her own boxing gym in Australia, making it the only female owned and operated authentic boxing gym in the country.

Mischa Merz outside of Boxing Gym

Her first female fighter, Zoi Georgiou will make her amateur debut on April 28 in the 58kgs division and more fighters are in the wings.

Merz opened the gym in February and already it has attracted female fighters and aspiring fighters who gather regularly to spar.

WIBA super featherweight champion Diana Prazak has made it her home gym whenever she comes back to Australia, inspiring the up and coming females.

Diana Prazak - WIBA super featherweight champion

Merz plans to have more female role models visit the gym and work with the girls giving them advice and helping them develop their skills.

‘I know when I was starting out it in boxing it was hard to find women to spar. And it’s so important to have that in order to improve and to know where you fit in. So I am determined to make that happen for the women and girls starting to box now. I don’t want them to be isolated and only sparring with men,’ she said.

Female boxers - Lisa and Carley

‘I wanted to open a place that had the feel of an old school boxing gym, that included men but gave women an equal share of the space and the opportunities,’ she said.

‘I was inspired by so many women in the United States like Terri Moss, Bonnie Canino, Alicia Ashley and of course Lucia Rijker who I met and trained with while researching my book ‘The Sweetest Thing’,’ she said.

‘Those women, who I had watched from afar and admired for so long were taking the next step in the sport, coaching and promoting and bringing along the next generation of women. I wanted to be able to do the same in Australia and they showed me how. And now Boxing Australia, since the Olympics, has come to recognise the value of supporting the women as much as the men so we have a future finally, after people questioning our rights to fight at all for so long.’

Merz said another motivation for opening the gym was to make boxing front and centre.

Carley and Luke training in the gym with
Merz in the background.

‘That’s why I’ve called it ‘Mischa’s Boxing Central’. Because everyone’s offering a smorgasbord of martial arts these days thanks to MMA. But boxing is a very complex and difficult sport to master in and of itself. It actually isn’t part of MMA. Punching in part of MMA but boxing is something else altogether. It has it’s own culture, it’s own aesthetic and form and I didn’t want that to be diluted by other sports. I’m a purist and I’m passionate about boxing. Boxing is central to me.’  For more info on this gym, go Here.

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