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Mikaela Mayer says she was a “bad kid” growing up. But then, “I remember having an epiphany …”
“You just feel everything burning … There’s nothing more I like than this.”
Coach, advocate, sociologist. “Do you love attention? Box.”
“It’s a way to get in touch with a lot of different things inside of you.”
Julia won the German National Championships this year -- three weeks after giving birth to her son.
“I’m not in there to get life skills. I’m in there to be great and win a gold medal.”
“I view my opponent as someone that needs to be broken. The point is to put doubts in people’s heads.”
“Boxing is not good for girls, it’s great for girls.” Tika started boxing on a dare.
“I’m the girl with the big personality so when I speak, you are going to listen.”
“Nothing will teach you more about yourself than boxing.”
My goal before boxing was to have 10 kids. Now my goal is to get this gold medal.
“Before the fight I pray for the other fighters. I don’t pray that they’re going to win. I pray that they don’t get hurt. Then I ask God to lead me in battle."
I like to be on top. I like to be No. 1. I think most female boxers are leaders. We are paving the path for others.
In Poland, everyone knows Karolina’s name.
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