At 14, Violet Lopez is already an accomplished boxer.TODAY

Boxing is a sport that demands a specific mindset.  And that’s why on average, women do not compete in the sport, especially teenage girls.  But here comes 14-year-old Violet Lopez, known as “The Warrior Princess,” who hopes to shake things up. “People say boxing is not meant for girls. I want them to see me as someone who shows you that you can do the sport you love, even though it’s a sport that people say is not meant for you,” she told Today.

Lopez is a four-time amateur boxing champion whose goal is to not only win titles but also capture the hearts of many by proving teenage girls can dominate whatever their goals.  

Lopez is the youngest female boxer to compete at the United Community Center in Milwaukee. She took up boxing at age eight. “I didn’t think when I had started boxing that I was gonna come this far. I didn’t know I was gonna grow this fast,” she said. And while Lopez exceeded her expectations, she faced setbacks. 

She has had trouble finding female competitors for two years but instead opted to train with intensity to keep her skills sharp. “They would have…fights here, and all the boys were fighting, but she wasn’t,” Lopez’s mom, Brittni Lopez, told TODAY. “She was just watching from the stands. She started to kind of think if it was for her because she didn’t feel like there was enough room for females in boxing just because there were no opportunities for them.”

At the height of COVID-19, the pandemic also threw a wrinkle in her plans.  However, in March 2021, Lopez returned to the ring for the Nation Youth Championships, but a lack of competition and holdouts due to COVID resulted in a rusty performance. Lopez came in third place, which impacted her national ranking of first place.

But Lopez told Today that she took her defeat as a lesson learned. “I think I needed that loss. That was my first loss in a long time. I gotta work harder because I want to get back to the No. 1 spot because that’s where I should be. My goal is to get my No. 1 spot back because that’s what I want … Period!” she said.

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Spicy ray is the founder of the site and has a passion for writing developed in early childhood. His goal as a writer is to provide readers with inspiration, dedication, motivation, and critical thinking skills. He has a solid commitment to allowing writers to share their stories from a variety of backgrounds. He enjoys reading non-fiction, having tarot card readings, going to movies, and watching boxing in his free time.

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