Tosha Mytron’s first-ever boxing match on November 9 in Grande Prairie was everything she hoped it would be, but it almost didn’t happen.
Set to headline the Fight For Her charity boxing event to raise awareness of domestic violence and raise funds for the Odyssey House Women’s Shelter, Mytron’s opponent dropped out a week before the fight due to injury. That itself came on the heels of Mytron dealing with a tragic loss in her family just a week before.
With everything happening at once, and Mytron trying to train for her first fight, Mytron admits she wasn’t sure if she would be able to go through it.
With her coach Paul Rosborough by her side every step of the way, and with Alisha Hart of Edmonton stepping up to take the fight just days before, Mytron stepped in the ring as planned and put on a show for the crowd who braved the snowstorm, earning her and Hart Fight of the Night honours.
“It was a very amazing but emotional night, and I’m so grateful for all the support. (Rosborough) kept me straight and focused, and without him I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Mytron said.
The fight was originally supposed to be an official match that would go on her win-loss record. But due to the last-second setup, and the fact Hart is an experienced kickboxer with a 6-0 record, officials decided to make it an exhibition.
The plan was for the two fighters to take it easy, but Mytron prepared for an actual fight. Her heavy punches seemed to surprise Hart, and when her opponent decided to hit back with the same force, Mytron had a tough time handling everything all at once.
“It was a very hard round, and I even thought about quitting. Nothing was working,” said Mytron.
“I got more comfortable in the second and third rounds, and by the end we were going full-on at each other and won fight of the night. It was an incredible experience all around.”
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