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Little Borderland boxer with big fight
By: Stephanie Guadian
LAS CRUCES, N.M.: While many of Amy Salinas' friends are playing video games, the 12-year-old is putting on her pink gloves and preparing to fight for real. The Las Cruces seventh-grader has been boxing for four years under the watchful eye of her trainer and uncle Hugo Salinas.
At first, boxing was a hobby Amy would pick up and put down. Once she decided to get serious, the sacrifices soon followed. Now I have to be at practice, even if I would rather do something else. I have to cancel that and come to practice if I want to fight, said Amy Salinas
The A student also has to keep her grades up. But all her hard work is paying off. She recently competed alongside 15-hundred other fighters in Kansas City, Missouri at one of the biggest amateur boxing competitions in the country.
Amy won her bout in the 95-pound division-- and took home a championship belt at the Ringside World Boxing Championships. Its the second of her career. She was pretty tough. We had a pretty good fight, said Salinas.
Finding a fight is not always easy. Amy travels a lot to find a match. It's pretty hard to get a fight. There are not too many girls my age, said Salinas.
Amy trains with the Las Cruces Police Athletic League. PAL is an organization that works to teach at-risk kids discipline and keep them out of trouble. Trouble is one thing the Sierra Middle School student seems to be avoiding -- especially at school. Her classmates think her being a boxer is pretty cool. And when asked if she is ever bullied, she answered no with a smile.
The Police Athletic League works out of the Sammy Burke youth boxing center in Las Cruces. That's the same gym where boxing champion Austin Trout first trained -- and still works out.