Karina Ybarra

Golden Glove of Guadalupe

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According the International Boxing Association, there are now more than 500,000 licensed women boxers across 120 countries.

Cynthia Moreno, a third-generation native from Guadalupe, Arizona, began boxing at the age of 12. “My father suggested it as a way to stay fit and active,” she says. “I never knew that I would come this far. It’s my passion.”

Cynthia is a 2010 national Golden Glove champion in her weight class. In 2008 she won a gold medal at the Pan American games in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and that same year, competed on the U.S.A. women’s boxing team in Ningbo City, China, where she took home the bronze medal. She is currently ranked the No. 1 amateur boxer in the country and third in the world. Earlier accomplishments include winning the 2005 and 2006 Junior Olympics, where she was called out as best female boxer both times.

Talk about inspiration – no wonder Cynthia’s father Carlos Moreno built a gym in the summer of 2008. The Guadalupe Boxing Ring is in the heart of its namesake town. It not only provides a place for Cynthia to train, but also a place where youth from the community can gather and cultivate discipline and skill.

Cynthia’s next goal is to make it to the 2012 Olympics as part of the first U.S.A. women’s boxing team to compete in the program. “I would love to win gold, then turn pro and win a world championship.”

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