Ed Odeven Reporting


This feature on kick boxer Amy Czerwonka appeared in The Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 10, 1997.

Footwork and timing
UA junior rises to state title by out-kicking her competition

By Ed M. Odeven

The walls of the Tucson Ringmaster Gym are adorned with boxing memorabilia and nostalgic photographs.

Posters of the sweet science’s classic warriors — Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard immediately grab your attention.

And then there are the inspirational sayings:

“No pain. No gain.”

“The more you sweat, the less you bleed.”

“Lead with speed. Follow with power.”

But one of the hottest topics around this southside gym is not about the routine display of machismo.

It is about an up-and-coming kick boxer.

A female kick boxer.

She willingly engages in two or three grueling five-round sparring matches with a bulky 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pounder every week.

She smiles when…

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