(AUG 25) Recently I had the
opportunity to interview Sierra Rose Gallegos, a young female
boxer. I would like to share her story with you all.
I know there are dozens of boxers out there that probably are
going through some real personal hardships, but I find this one
very interesting, for the simple fact that no matter who you
are, you can be inspiring to someone! Before I begin I
want to Thank Sue Fox for being that inspiration to many female
boxers out there, just by writing their stories is uplifting, to
these remarkable female athletes.
By Stephen Blea and edited by Chris Morris of RMB.
Stephen: Sierra, What
weight do you compete at, and can you give me a little personal
history about yourself?
Sierra: I'm a 5'1, 119 pound girl with a
passion for boxing and fulfilling my dreams. I am a
sophomore in High School, I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but
raised in Denver, Colorado. Coming back from Utah with my dad we
found ourselves to be homeless. We bounced around from shelter
to shelter and no one seemed to like us. When it seemed like
something good was going to happen the happiness was just
stripped away in an instant. We were Living off of
food stamps, scared and not knowing where our next meal was
going to come from, my dad always seemed to remain optimistic.
Keeping our faith in God, we finally found a place to live. We
moved a couple more times until we found a place that I actually
liked. After a while we fit in well.
Stephen: Wow, that was some real hardship, so how
did you get involved in boxing?
Sierra: Down the street I soon met one of my best friends
and ironically her brothers were boxers at Colorado Golden
Gloves boxing gym. My brother and I went with them and just
never stopped going.
Stephen: That’s really great so have you had any fights
Sierra: Yes, about three or four months later after some
really hard training it was time for my first fight!
Stephen: So How was it?
Sierra: I can say it was the best filling in the world! ,
then I knew that dreams DO come true. Even if is boxing, because
the training and self-discipline and the feeling of being a part
of something positive is great.
Stephen: So I take it everything has been going great
Sierra: No, not really, I tried to be happy but it seemed
like life just kept to bring me down. Soon after that my Grandma
passed away. Then, I again found my happiness being stripped
away from me so I stopped going to the gym. My dad convinced me
to go back and of course it was hard but I was back at chasing
Stephen: Sorry to hear that, so after you went back what
Sierra: Before I knew it I was on my way to the Ringside
World Championship boxing tournament. Not long after that, I
participated in a 'smoker' at my own gym and I won my bout!
Stephen: So Sierra I understand you went and fought in a
tournament in novice division and came out with second place,
not bad at, so what’s Sierra’s game plan for the future ?
Sierra: Even Through all this hardship, boxing has always
been my sport and my dream. When I'm boxing I feel nothing but
happiness. All of my sadness turns into determination and I keep
Finally my dream is to grow up and become a journalist bringing
awareness to drug problems and kids who go through the same
experiences that I went through every day, because I know I'm
not the only one. I want to help someone else make their
dream come true by hearing my story or from my encouragement and
Stephen: Sierra, thank you for sharing your story
and I know you will be an inspiration to many and I wish you
continued success in boxing and in school so that you can
achieve your dreams. I know personally our WBC Cares
will help Support you in both as well.
Sierra: Thank You Coach Blea, the WBC Cares and WBAN for
all your support and especially my Coaches at Colorado Golden
Gloves Charities for all your help as well!
Note: Since this interview WBC Cares & WBAN & Cleto Reyes
have got together and given Sierra not only Gloves, but a Boxing
uniform and monies for school as well. We all agree if we can
help someone achieve their goals, they will eventually inspire
others to do the same!