INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI - Selma boxer Magali Perez placed first at the 2019 National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Missouri on Feb. 2.
Perez claimed the national championship belt of the girls 13-14-year-old, 114-pound division of the three day tournament, which started on Jan. 30. Every state had a representative at the tourney, which took place at Stoney Creek Hotel.
In her first fight, the 13-year-old defeated Milana Pedigo of Maize, Kansas on Feb. 1. Prior to Perez’s win, Pedigo never lost a fight.
The next day, Perez claimed the national title after defeating Gracy Kennedy of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
Perez didn’t compete during the first night of the tournament. The national championship win comes after Perez earn regional and state titles.
The boxer attends Abraham Lincoln Middle School and trains at the Way of the Fist in downtown Selma. She is trained by her father Daniel Perez and David Davis.
After her win, the Selma Enterprise connected with Magali’s father Daniel through email. The publication sent Daniel questions for her daughter to answer.
Q: What did you feel when they announced your name as the winner?
A: I felt a feeling of relief and happiness. I felt as if finally that moment that I’ve been craving my entire life had finally arrived.
Q: What did it take to achieve this?
A: It took a lot of time, patience, commitment and hard work to achieve this.
Q: How long do you want to keep boxing?
A: I plan on continuing boxing all the way until I get to the Olympics.
Q: What is your long-term, ultimate goal?
A: My ultimate goal is to be the best at what I do and to eventually be in the Olympics.
Q: Most girls are not into boxing, so what is it about this sport that makes you want to continue?
A: Most girls find this sport scary or intimidating, but to me I find it’s very fun. Every little detail about everything never fails to make me fall in love with the sport. For example, I love the way I can push myself. I love the way my blood rushes and the way the adrenaline pumps through my body right before fights.