Monday, December 8, 2014

Why We Fight: Christina Cruz

Photo by Christina Cruz


Christina Cruz

Weight Division: Bantamweight (119 lbs.)
Fighting Record: Over 120 fights
Titles/Tournaments won: 
2007 USA National Champion
2012 USA National Champion
2013 USA National Champion
2014 USA National Champion
2008 National PAL Champion
2010 National PAL Champion
2012 National PAL Champion
2008 National Golden Glove Champion
2009 National Golden Glove Champion
2014 National Golden Glove Champion

2012 Continental Championships Silver Medalist
2013 Continental Champion
2012 Continental Championships Bronze Medalist
2012 World Championships Bronze Medalist
8 X New York Daily News Golden Glove Champion (2007-2014)
7 X Metropolitan Champion
Scheduled Fights: 2015 USA National Championships

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Photo by Christina Cruz







When and why did you start boxing? 
I started boxing in 2006. A friend of mine introduced me to a boxing gym and I immediately fell in love with the sport.

What do you love about boxing? 

Everything! Training, competition, traveling.
What is the most challenging thing about boxing?

Definitely training, but also being able to separate your emotions and life outside of the ring and not bring it into the ring with you. Boxing is a very mental sport and leaves no room for distraction. If you want to become a successful fighter you have to be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes.
Do you ever experience negativity from other people because of your choice to be a boxer? How do you deal with it? 

Yes, plenty of times. I've been misjudged because I am a fighter. Some people automatically assume that I'm a violent person, when that's not the case. I'm pretty good at ignoring negativity and I know the good from the bad; I try to surround myself with good people who love me want to see me succeed, and I must say, I do receive a lot of positive love from fans and people who don't know me and I'm grateful for that.
How has the strength you've gained from boxing helped you to overcome challenges outside the ring? 

Before I started boxing I was very confused about what I wanted to do with my life, but I always knew I wasn't going to be a "screw up". It helped me challenge things that I didn't think were possible for me to handle. It also has turned me into a more focused and responsible person.
Is there anything that ever gets you discouraged? What keeps you motivated to continue to work hard every day? 

Bad decisions and knowing I give so much to a sport that doesn't give much back can be a little discouraging but, I try not to let those things bother me and try to flip it and use it as motivation to make myself and this sport better.
What is the most important life lesson you've learned from boxing? 

I've learned that if you want something that bad you have to be self-motivated and get it yourself. That only you can make things happen and it's never too late to pursue greatness.