As more women enter the fighting world and look for role models, Southpaw Jess (or her real name, Jessica Ng) is someone that they refer to and can learn from. Training since 2007 with a record of 12-4 under her belt, the experienced fighter is onto her next challenge. She will be representing the United States at the Pan-Ams this weekend, but the born-and-raised Queens girl has all of New York City behind her.
“I love what it I do,” Jimenez says with a laugh. “I love my work and I love training. Muay Thai was my first sport–I never played sports as a kid. I didn’t have time for it or the money. But I grew up watching boxing and always wanted to do it. I didn’t hear about Muay Thai until my twenties and I fell into it because I had my own time, my own car, and wanted to be productive outside of the lab. I fell in love with the sport and fighting came naturally to me. I feel like I’m always thinking, always analyzing–from one lab to the next. Here I am now, seven years later, still not expecting everything that continues to come my way.”
A documentary about world champion female boxers in India is being screened today at the Asian American International Film Festival. “It’s called “With This Ring” not just because of the boxing ring, but because of the idea these women are at the age of where they were supposed to be getting married. Instead they’re out there fighting and creating a life for themselves,” says filmmaker Ameesha Joshi.
Sylvie is an American Muay Thai journalist who at this time of publishing, recently won her 171st fight in Thailand. She originally moved to the country with the intent of training for a year and accumulating about 50 bouts. Several years later, she is still training, writing, and focusing on obtaining 200 fights.