Sonya Lamonakis was born on a small
island in Greece. Adopted by Stephen and Sharon Lamonakis.
She came to the states when she was four months old, along with her
one-month-old brother John, and they were both raised in a small
town Turners Falls, Massachusetts.
Sonya's family owned a Greek seafood restaurant called The Athens
Restaurant. Sonya worked there for many years as a child and that is
where she learned how hard work pays off. She also had the
opportunity to be raised in a local favorite spot, Scottyís Store in
Turners Falls, MA. She learned how to interact with people of all
kind and became very social.
Sonya attended Gill Montague Regional
Public Schools and graduated in 1992. While in that school,
she was a 3-sport Athlete, excelling in softball especially where
she adored her coach and mentor Gary Mullins.
Her ability to hit the ball out of
the park would carry her into her next venture: Prep School She
attended Stoneleigh Burnham School for a prep year where she
continued to excel as a 3-sport athlete. After prep school she moved
onto college. She briefly attended Mitchell College in New London,
CT where she helped her team make it to the U.S.A. Nationals for
Sonya knew she wanted to be closer to
her family so she transferred to Springfield College. At Springfield
she knew she was home. The college is filled with all-star high
school athletes that are motivated to be successful.
Their Sonya played softball for Kathy Mangano. She credits Kathy
with teaching her valuable lessons that have helped her to be
successful on and off the field. When college was finished Sonya
took a job as a speech therapist in East Longmeadow. She continued
to work out at Goldís Gym.
In this time she thought she better
push herself to a higher education. Sonya attended American
International College where she earned her masterís in Elementary
Education. She was content. She was teaching 4th grade in
Springfield, MA had a masterís degree and was doing what she
In the Spring of 2003, while at
Goldís Gym training in West Springfield, MA a friend approached
Sonya and told her she is strong and would be a great boxer. He
suggested that she go down to his gym and try boxing. Sonya fell in
love with the sport.
She started her boxing venture at the
Springfield Community Center with Victor James, where he saw a lot
of potential in Sonya. He pushed her every day to be successful.
After three months she took her first amateur fight, and lost. Sonya
actually lost her first three fights. This brought her into 2004.
Sonya then began excelling in the
sport. She won the New England Golden Gloves and won a few club show
fights she had fought at that time.
It was the summer or 2005 she had been working with Derrick and
Darren Whitley twin brothers from Holyoke that had gym and were
great boxers. Both brothers saw a lot of potential in Sonya. They
told her it was time to make a move, to the Big Apple, if she wanted
to be successful she would have to move to the Mecca of boxing, New
Sonya came out to NYC in the summer
of 2005, and attended the Teacher Event that took place in Brooklyn.
Sonya was offered a job on the spot and decided she was going to
make the move to New York City. So in August she packed up her stuff
in a U-Haul and left for the Big Apple.
She began training at the legendary
Gleasonís Gym in Brooklyn. Sonya adapted well to the scene. She
quickly earned a name in the gym as a boxer with a lot of power.
Sonya competed in her first New York City Golden Gloves tournament
that year in the spring of 2006. Well, that was the beginning of a
series that would lead her to where she is now.
Sonya continued to win four
consecutive titles as the New York City Golden Gloves Champion. In
between those tournaments she would compete in local tournaments and
venture of to national tournaments in the summer. In 2010 after
compiling a record of 25-6 Sonya decided to turn pro. She is the
first female to be signed by Lou Dibella. As it stands
now she is a force to reckon with, she is currently the #1 ranked
heavyweight in the U.S.A. and tied for #3 in the World by the
W.I.B.A. Sonya is working on building her record and working towards
a World Title.
Isnít that what every boxer dreams