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Marcia Agripino: “Breaking Out” on July 27th
by Mark A. Jones
July 9, 2013

(JULY 9) On July 27th,  at the Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, Marcia Agripino, of Ledyard, CT, is set to make her professional debut battling the underrated Vanessa “Lil Gladiator” Greco (1-2-3, 0 KOs) Brooklyn, NY.

Just recently, Marcia took some time out from her extremely busy schedule to participate in an interview encompassing her amateur career, training schedule, and some personal insights.

Mark Jones: Why boxing? What caused you to start training?

Marcia Agripino: I originally got into boxing because the typical gym workout was dreadfully boring to me, I wanted something different. My boyfriend started training at a MMA/Boxing Gym in New London, CT. I went with him one day and was hooked.

Mark Jones: What were the highlights of your amateur career?

Marcia Agripino: Well, I always had tough fights. I lost my first five. My first win was a truly memorable one. Not only was it on an all-female boxing card, but it won the “fight of the night” honors. I won the Rocky Marciano Tournament in 2010 by a TKO victory which was also a highlight.

Mark Jones: What are your strengths as a boxer?

Marcia Agripino: I have a solid work ethic when it comes to training camp. I put in the work. I have a dedicated team and some excellent female boxers serve as sparring partners.

Mark Jones: What professional boxer, if any, have you modeled yourself after?

Marcia Agripino: I would not say that I model myself after anyone. I look up to anyone who has the heart to give this sport a chance. Anyone who genuinely takes boxing seriously realizes what it takes to be successful.

Mark Jones: What is your daily training schedule? Do you lift weights?

Marcia Agripino: My Schedule is insane! I complete roadwork every morning, except weekends or call days, I am employed full-time as a surgical technician at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Depending on the day, I will do strength training and embark on a two-hour round trip to the boxing gym where I will spend 1 ˝ to 2 hours honing my boxing skills. I only lift weights in strength class, and my trainer varies that aspect of my training.

Mark Jones: What is needed to increase the exposure of professional women’s boxing in the United States?

Marcia Agripino: For women’s boxing to get the exposure that it deserves, I think it just needs the right people covering it. An example of this is women’s MMA. Those women are treated just like the men; they fight the same number of minutes, the same number of rounds, and are covered with the same rules. They are treated as fighters. We just need more exposure and need to be treated like a fighter. I appreciate the people who reach out and want to support female fighters. We need more people who have the passion and want to share it.

Mark Jones: An added benefit of training under the watchful eye of Peter Manfredo Sir is that you train daily with Shelly Vincent, a world ranked super bantamweight; how has Shelly enabled you to improve as a boxer?

Marcia Agripino: Shelly has been a large part of my training since I started back in 2007. I have learned a lot from her, she pushes me to be a better fighter. Shelly is one of the best around so if I can put in the work day in and day out with someone with her skill level, along with Peter I know I am going into this fight well prepared. This is a tough fight for me; Greco is far more experienced than I. I had a strong camp, and I will be well prepared. Having Shelly on the card as well is enormous for us as a team. Beauty and the Beast are going to put on a show that night and earn some respect for ALL the women out there trying to get the recognition we deserve.

Quick Stats:
Hometown: Ledyard, CT
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5’3”
Weight: 125 lbs. (normal) 119 (fight weight)
Birthplace: New London, CT.
Manager: Jay Jodoin
Gym: Manfredo’s Gym, Narragansett, RI
Trainer: Peter Manfredo, Sr.

Mark A. Jones: boxingjones@gmail.com

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