The other side of the fight

The other side of the fight.

Franchesca "The Chosen One" Alcanter, Women's WBO Super Bantamweight Championship fight

Often in big draw fights whether its men’s professional boxing, women’s professional boxing, amateurs in the Golden Gloves or in related sports such as MMA, we forget about the other side of the ticket.  The fighter who has the challenge not only to climb through the ropes, but getting ready for the fight knowing his or her opponent is garnering all of the attention.

Such is the case for Franchesca “The Chosen One” Alcanter as she readies to meet Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton this Friday in the ring at what is sure to be a spectacle in Riverside, California as they battle for the women’s WBO Super Bantamweight title.  Hailing from a self-professed boxing family, Franchesca Alcanter, 37, brings an impressive 18-9-1 record to the 10-round championship bout.

This will be Franchesca Alcanter’s 5th shot at a title having lost a heart breaker in Breman, Germany against opponent Ina Menzer in 2009.  As quoted in an article by Pete Grathoff in her home town paper, the Kansas City Star, Alcantar said, “I feel really good about this fight,” I’m the strongest I’ve ever been. I’m a seasoned fighter. I know right now that this is my time.”

Whatever happens on Friday night, win, lose or draw, Franchesca Alcanter will box her heart out not only for herself, but for the future of women’s boxing, a sport she loves.  Click here for a link to Pete Grathoff’s article.  For more information on Franchesca Alcanter and her upcoming bout click here.

4 Responses to “The other side of the fight”

  1. 1 Amy
    February 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I’m always struck by how the word “beautiful” often makes it into descriptions of female boxers, yet you don’t usually see “handsome” with the men, even when it’s deserved. Am I the only one seeing this, or have you mentioned it before?

  2. February 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Amy, no I haven’t talked about it per se, but in my opinion women fighters are sexualized in a way that male fighters are not. As the sport gains acceptance that may lesson a little bit, but I wouldn’t expect that to be soon.

  3. 3 Amy
    February 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

    And then you have Joyce Carol Oates’s comment on the female boxer: “she is parody, she is cartoon, she is monstrous.” She’s referring to a reversal of expected roles–that aggression is the “peculiar province” of men, as nurturing is a woman’s. But I think all this ties together: if expectations of nurture are met with aggression instead, we either reject the image (Oates) or we sexualize it, as you say. Surely there could be a middle ground of taking the sport at some level of face value.

    • February 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

      I’m beginning to consider that Women’s boxing is a completely different sport with completely different considerations. This notion is in it’s nascent stages, however I do intend to write about it, particularly the idea of boxing as an expression of power.

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