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Pub. Date: July 2012
Australian national women’s champion Mischa Merz had reached the age of forty-five and was about to give up boxing altogether when she decided to give it one last go in the USA. In less than two years of training and fighting she found herself the American master’s champion.
This is the story of that improbable late run — and success when she least expected it, and most wanted it. Merz brings her readers into the gym and the arena — starting with the iconic Gleason’s in New York, then other boxing meccas in Florida, California, and across America — to witness first-hand the surprising, frustrating, irresistible world of women’s boxing.
‘Alive with the charismatic, talented, and intelligent women who populate this world ... I was captivated by Merz’s insider’s account of the ringside drama.’— The Age
‘A beautiful journal-like book that documents the ins and outs of female boxing behind the scenes.’—Lucia Rijker, Two-time Super-Lightweight World Boxing Champion
‘Mischa Merz’s chronicle of her journey into women’s boxing is a must-read for those interested in seeing just how women’s boxing became a sport on its own.’— Bert Sugar
About the Author
MISCHA MERZ is a journalist and author of fiction and creative non-fiction. She began training as an amateur boxer in 1995 and is the 2001 Australian Amateur Boxing League women's welterweight champion, the 2009 US Masters Golden Gloves Champion, the 2009 Ringside World Masters champion, and the 2009 Georgia Games Masters Champion. She is the author of Bruising which was shortlisted for the Dobbie Award and her journalism has appeared in numerous publications, including the Age, the Sunday Age, and the Herald Sun.