Most people classify boxing as a men’s sport. In reality, women have the same competitive spirit as guys for the sport.
At the Downtown St. Cloud Boxing & Wrestling Club, run by Scott Kelm, two women from different backgrounds love to work hard and compete.
“The women are just as much of adrenaline junkies as the guys are,” Kelm said. “At first they were apprehensive, but once they realized it was actually a sport, they took hold of it.”
Jaime Powers, a heavyweight and St. Cloud resident, and Jessica Greggs, 120-pounds, are as opposite as the moon and sun. Powers has been in and out of the gym for three years and Greggs has been training for nine months.
Boxing pertains to be a more predominately male sport. These ladies couldn’t care less about what people say or think about the sport.
“I think it’s cool we get to spar with the guys and sometimes we hold our own in there,” Powers said. “We do everything just like them so we’re getting trained just as hard—you don’t have to be just a male to do it.”
“It’s not about male-female to me,” Greggs said. “It’s about what I did or didn’t do to help my routine.”
A difficult part of being a female boxer is being able to find fighters matching their weight, and those who are close in age. Although some female fighters can’t wait to get in the ring, it doesn’t mean they don’t become nervous.
“Fights are a little scarce,” said Greggs, who has only had one fight. “There’s been about three or four times something has come up at the last minute and the girl gets sick or is afraid.”
“That’s the only thing that sucks is finding fights because there’s not a lot of females in my weight class,” Powers said.
Both Greggs and Powers decided to get into the gym for the same reason—to relieve stress and burn wasted time. Moreover, the dedication and hard work helps mitigate both of those areas in life.
“This sport kind of reveals you to yourself,” Powers said. “It’s a healthy balance with mind, body and spirit.”
Recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, Powers wanted to find something to occupy her time with. Who knew working at Perkins would do that?
“I was working at Perkins and this guy said he boxed so I went to check it out,” Powers said. “I started working out like crazy by coming to classes at least three times a week.”
As for the rookie, Greggs, who was stressed with school and work, she wanted to go somewhere where she could let off some steam. Punching a heavy bag was her solution.
“I needed stress relief. I didn’t realize that I would become so interested in the sport,” Greggs said.
That tends to happen with women who walk through Kelm’s doors, because they recognize that it’s a sport and they become more and more interested.
Kelm says women realize it’s a sport and train like athletes, as opposed to guys who don’t train like athletes (meaning six or seven days a week).
“All guys want to do is go in there and bang,” he said. “Gals are easier to teach.”
Both of these dedicated females have different outlooks in their boxing futures, andPowers wants to take hers as far as she can. Greggs thinks of it as a hobby. Either way, both ladies love the fact that boxing is teaching them other things in life.
“I really love this sport because it teaches you discipline like no other,” Powers said