Legends in the Making

May 15, 2014 2:13 AM by Bill Halter

Legends in the Making: Maggie Suarez

Maggie Suarez has her most important fight on Friday night and like the other important things in her life, she's prepared. "I'm committed to everything that I do, I always give it 110 percent" said Suarez. The 31-year old Santa Maria boxer will step into the ring for the International Female Boxing Association Junior Flyweight title on Friday at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontaria, California. Suarez (8-0) will fight the champion, Sindy Amador (11-1) from Riverside in a ten round bout. "She has a game plan, if she follows it, it will be fairly easy. If she doesn't, she'll still win the fight, at any rate she'll bring the title home" said Suarez' manager Willie Flores.

Suarez, a mother of two children, works full time as a supervisor for the Santa Maria Head Start program. She has a masters degree and is working on a doctoral degree. She also finds time to train three hours a day as a professional boxer. "I make sure that I make time, this is my stress reliever" said Suarez who was 35-2 as an amateur before turning pro.

You won't believe how Suarez got into boxing, "I walked into this gym (Minami Community Center in Santa Maria) bringing my son when he was eight. The intention was for him to become the boxer not Mom but he did it for a while and Mom's the one that stuck around" said Suarez.

Her 16 year old son and eight year old daughter will be in the crowd as she goes for the championship belt.

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