Tosha Mytron has been coaching, training, and putting on boxing cards for years. She’s just never fought in one. That will all change on November 9 when she headlines the Fight For Her charity boxing card in Grande Prairie at the Stonebridge Hotel.
The event, which is in support of the Odyssey House and will raise awareness for domestic abuse against women, was the perfect one for Mytron to finally fight on.
“I’ve been working and hosting events with John Stanley for years. I kept telling him one of these days I would finally fight, and when he asked me to do it, it made perfect sense and I said absolutely,” Mytron said
Mytron was just excited to be part of this event and help out in any way she could, but wasn’t prepared for the enthusiasm and support that would follow the announcement of her fight and the event itself.
“The feedback has been amazing and people in this area are really receptive and supporting of the cause. I’m pretty passionate about it, and there still are not enough for people who go through domestic abuse,” Mytron said.
Despite this being her first fight, and the fact that it is an official bout and not an exhibition, Mytron isn’t nervous.
“Now that I see how big this thing is becoming and how excited people are, I’m not nervous at all. Just getting in the ring is a huge accomplishment for myself, but I’m excited to put on a show and perform well,” she said.
Mytron will have her work cut out for her, as her opponent, Emilie Thistle of Edmonton, does have in-ring experience. Mytron will also be moving up in weight to meet Thistle half-way, who normally fights at a full weight class above Mytron.
Although Fight For Her isn’t a female-only card, it does feature three female fights, including the main event, which Mytron thinks is a big deal in and of itself.
“There’s been stigmas against combat sports and female combat sports in the past, but the fact that so many people are supporting this event is really cool. I know it’s ironic that I’m taking a stance against women’s violence by fighting a women, but it’s all about helping people out.”
Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m., with the fights starting at 6.
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