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Patricia "Tricia" Turton from Seattle, Washington was born on March 21, 1971.

She was a standout on a women's national rugby team that placed second in the world. She left a position as a supervisor at United Parcel Service to begin a boxing program by which trainer George Credit would take her from an initial 185-lb frame to a trim 150-lb professional fighter. 

"I got the toughest training regimen that there is for boxing," says her trainer George Credit. "Usually when people come in and say, 'I want to box,' they last about two or three days. If they make it through a month of my training here, then I think I got a good fighter. After about a month of good, hard training, I knew Trish was going to be good. She and I go 17, 18 and 20 rounds of sparring. I don't teach her to fight like a girl, I teach her to fight. That's the only way this [sport] is going to survive."

Tricia began to compete as an amateur boxer in 2002. On August 1, 2002 in the 178-lb semifinal at the 2002 USA Boxing National Championships in Scranton, PA, eventual division winner Faye Jacobs Hollins of Winnabow, NC defeated her by a 7-5 margin.

On July 12, 2003 in the 176-lb final of the USA Boxing National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Bose Ijaola of Chicago defeated Tricia Turton by a 6-3 margin. Tricia had won her semifinal the day before by a 14-6 margin over Bianca Acosta of Longmont, CO.

On July 31, 2004 in the 176-lb final of the 2004 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, WA, Tricia Turton decisioned Sonya Lamonakis of Turners Falls, MA, by a 21-11 margin.

She finished her amateur career with a 16-2 record and turned pro in 2005.

Tricia made her pro debut on May 21, 2005 at the Silver Reef Casino  in Ferndale, Washington. She weighed in at 150 lbs and won by a TKO at 0:52 in the first round over 23-year-old Rosanna Euell (149 lbs) of Aurora, Colorado who was also making her pro debut.

On June 18, 2005 at the Win-River Casino, in Redding, California Tricia (149 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision over Tanya Gallegos (5'6", 150 lbs) of Denver, Colorado who fell to 2-2 (1 KO).

Chris King vs. Tricia Turton in 2005
© Copyrighted photo by Mike Blair

On July 22, 2005 at the Northern Lights Casino in Anacortes, Washington Tricia (155 lbs) won by a TKO at 1:18 in the second round over Chris King (156 lbs) of Greenwood, Colorado. King was making her pro debut and her lack of ring experience showed. Though King was taller, she was unable to keep Turton from fighting inside. Turton also threw effective combinations, and in the end, they took their toll. The referee stopped the fight at 1:18 of the 2nd round when Turton had King against the ropes, landing shots to the head and body, and King was unable to defend herself. For more photos of this fight by Mike Blair see WBAN Record Member Site Photo gallery #274.

On August 26, 2005 at Harrah’s Rincon Casino and Resort in Valley Center, California, Tricia (146½ lbs) won a four-round unainimous (40-36) decision over Martha Orozco Deitchman (148 lbs) of Thornton, Colorado who fell to 2-7-1. 

On October 8, 2005, at the Silver Reef Casino, Ferndale, Washington
Tricia (148 lbs)  won an eight-round majority (74-78,75-77,76-76) decision over veteran Lisa Holweyne (150 lbs) of Austin, Texas for the Pacific Northwest Boxing Federation Women’s Junior Middleweight Title.  An insider covering the bout said that the fight was close but Turton landed the harder and more accurate shots.

On November 19, 2005 at the Northern Lights Casino in Anacortes, Washington, Tricia (148 lbs) cruised to an eight round unanimous (79-73, 79-73,80-72) decision in a rematch with Lisa Holweyne (155 lbs) of Austin, Texas. Turton, in only her sixth professional fight is still rough around the edges. She left herself open up the middle, but Holewyne simply could not let her hands go to take advantage of that flaw. Turton was the aggressor through the fight, easily controlling the action. Turton's big punch was a right hook, those that landed knocked Holewyne back a bit, but Turton was probably most effective simply sticking a jab in Holewyne's face, keeping her from getting too close. Holewyne still has some power in her punches, and she threw some wicked uppercuts that just missed Turton's chin. Holewyne fell to 21-6-2 (4 KO's) with the loss.

On January 20, 2006 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Tricia (152 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Tanya Gallegos (155½ lbs) who fell to 3-5-0.

On April 1, 2006 at the Northern Lights Casino in Anacortes, Washington Tricia (152 lbs) won by a TKO at 1:27 in the fourth over Janae Archuleta of Denver, Colorado. According to a ringside report, this scheduled six-rounder was a one-sided contest in which Turton struck at will while Archuleta was unable to penetrate her defense effectively. Archuleta fell to 5-14-1.

Tricia vs. Mary Jo Sanders
© Copyrighted photo by Mike Alberts

On June 3, 2006 at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Tricia (151 lbs) lost a clear ten-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision to local favorite Mary Jo Sanders (151½ lbs) of Detroit for the vacant WIBA Junior Middleweight title. Sanders used punishing body shots and superior speed to overpower Turton in this bout. Sanders improved her record to 21-0-0 with the win. "I am very proud of her, more proud of her tonight than all of her wins," said co-manager Sam DiTusa. "She's going to get a short rest, then she'll fight again in July. She came out of it unscathed."


Holly Holm vs Tricia Turton in December 2006
© Copyrighted photo taken by Tom Hernandez

On December 1, 2006 at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico Holly Holm (151 lbs) of Albuquerque became a three time World Champion as she captured the IFBA Junior Middleweight title  with a ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-91) decision over Tricia (147¾ lbs).  Holm was the quicker of the two and was able to dominate the game Turton, who was just too small but fought "like a true Gladiator", according to reporter Andy Rivera.  Holm improved to 16-1-2 (5 KOs) with the win while Turton fell to 8-2-0 (3 KOs).

"Women's boxing is right at the edge of crossing over," Turton told Seattle Times reporter Percy Allen before her fight with Sanders. "The more competitive fights are going to help it a little bit. Previously we had big names that were fighting people that didn't have any experience, and they were killing them — the Laila Ali fights where she just kills people and there's no challenge. If we're going to make this grow, then you have to take on the big fights and not be afraid of putting the best fighters against each other."

On March 10, 2007 at Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington, Dakota Stone of Seattle won a unanimous (80-72,77-75,78-74) eight-round decision over Tricia for the Washington State Boxing Council middleweight championship. Dakota Stone out-boxed Tricia Turton through the middle rounds of an eight-round middleweight bout to claim the Washington State Boxing Council (WSBC) Championship. Stone, though pursued throughout the first round, was able to gain the slight edge by landing the more accurate punches. That would continue to be the story in the next five rounds as well. In her pursuit of Stone, Turton too often lowered her head and bulled forward, swinging a bit too wide. That left Turton open for Stone's straight right or left, and Stone's reach advantage made the difference in those middle rounds. Stone appeared to tire a bit in rounds seven and eight, while Turton increased the pressure. In round seven, while Turton did catch Stone, she could not pile on enough shots to break Stone down, though she did enough to take the round. Deciding who won round 8 may have depended on where a person was sitting. Some saw Turton finally go to the body and pile up points. Others saw Stone covering up, blocking shots and throwing the straight right accurately enough to win the round. Stone improved to 8-4-5 (1 KOs) while Turton fell to 8-3-0 (3 KOs)For photos of this fight by Mike Blair see WBAN Record Member Site Photo gallery #418.

Tricia is a boxing instructor at Cappy's Gym near Garfield High School and tutors children from age 3 to 16 who want to learn how to box. "Boxing saved my behind," she says of her interest in the sport. "My dad took me out of a bad scene with my mother when I was 3. You wonder what I can teach young kids about boxing? I can teach them focus and awareness of body. I can talk to them about choices. It's not babysitting."

Tricia's training forces a rigorous schedule.  "My life is pretty regimented", she told reporter Larry Lee Palmer of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "I get up at 4:30. I teach a fitness class at 6:15. I run on the track and spar with the men. I walk the dog, grab a bite to eat, give private instruction and watch the fights on TV until I can't stay awake. I don't take time off. I want the world title. It's that simple."

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