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"JessZilla" the 10-year old boxing phenom (who is a girl)

 

Jesselyn "JessZilla" Silva is a 10 year old rockstar boxer, who is a girl. Her father Pedro is her #1 supporter, though he still gets nervous every time she spars. "It takes a lot of courage to get in there. A lot of people, they're just not built for that. I can say that I'm not built for boxing. She is, and she's a girl." He worries about her getting hurt if she goes pro.

Jesselyn says being a girl in boxing is harder than being a boy, because there aren't any girls to spar with, and the boys are afraid to get beat by a girl. Jesselyn's #1 goal in her dream calendar is to win a gold medal in the 2024 Olympics. Says Jesselyn: "I never ever, ever ever ever, maybe like 100 evers, feel like anything's too difficult for me."

Read more via the New York Times and watch the Op-Doc below:

April 19, 2017 by Megan Reilly Cayten