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Name: Angela Reina
Age: 26
Height: 5’6”
Weight class: 141 lbs.
Gym: Fighters First F1 Boxing, Goodyear, Ariz.
Parents: Her father is the late Daniel Reina and
her mother is Victoria Reina.

Community Member Finds Passion in Amateur Boxing

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Angela Reina took up a life-changing hobby for her health and stuck with it, and so far it has taken her on a journey that she loves.

Reina took up amateur boxing in August 2015. Since then, training and becoming confident in her skill, she has participated in five fights, with three wins and two losses.

“I have fought in two national competitions that are actually world competitions, because other countries participate in them, and it’s been great,” said Reina.

In July, she won one challenge belt at the Desert Showdown amateur boxing tournament in Indio, California, then went on to Independence, Missouri, to fight in the Ringside World Championship Tournament. Unfortunately, Reina lost there to a female boxer from Puerto Rico.

Hector Carranza, a friend and now Reina’s coach, introduced Reina to the sport. First she was inspired to start boxing for weight loss; Carranza helped her change her diet completely and start boxing for exercise. It started to help Reina and give her confidence, and boxing ended up changing her whole life around.

“I just started focusing on this and making it my newfound passion. Since then I’ve been training hard every single day,” said Reina.

Fighting at 141 pounds is somewhat difficult for Reina, because there are not many female boxers in that weight class. She started boxing at 152 pounds, then came down 11 pounds.

“In Arizona, there aren’t a lot of girls who fight in that weight class, but in California there are,” shared Reina. “Boxing is physical, but it’s a lot of mental as well. The hard part about it is just getting in the ring and fighting. No one can really help you, it’s you that has to apply what you have learned. And I think that is the toughest so far.”

When Reina is not boxing or training, she is working at her full-time job at Casino Arizona or Talking Stick Resort. “And [in] the free time I have, I try to spend it with my family as much as I can, because I rarely have that much free time,” she said.

For other young women who may be interested in boxing, she says to “dig deep—it’s all a mental game when it comes down to it. You can lift so many pounds or be really conditioned, but when you get in [the ring], it’s all mental, a complete game-changer.

“Give it your all; not only does it help you physically, but also mentally it makes you a much stronger person in all kinds of ways. It prepares you for any situation you have in life.”

She trains about four hours on technique, cardio and lifting. “Boxing is not just one thing, there is a mix of it,” said Reina.

Reina said she is grateful to many people who have supported her. “I would like to thank my coach Hector, my family who have helped and supported me in every way they were able to, as well as my friends. The Community has also helped me with getting gear and getting to the competitions. My uncle Beau Burns also helped me get other sponsorships, such as from David Montiel of On-Auk-Mor Smoke Shop; they helped me get to Missouri.”