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Summer Lynn: I Want To Make a Name For Myself, Leave a Mark on This World


The tattoo on Summer Lynn’s left wrist reads “Memories” and the welterweight from Chicago already has a wholesome stack of them regardless of being simply 20 years previous. (photograph by Jenny Alvarez)

“That’s one of my biggest things – to have stories to be able to tell one day and live a life that people don’t really have,” she mentioned. “I want to live the life that’s not a normal life.”

Oh, it’s removed from regular. Certain, there are many 20-year-old prizefighters, however while you’re speaking about those that have been concerned in fight sports activities because the age of seven, that listing will get a lot shorter.

Boxing wasn’t Lynn’s past love, although. And she or he admits that she discovered her solution to wrestling, jiu-jitsu and judo not merely by alternative, however by strategy of elimination. 

“I’m really, really bad at other sports,” she laughs. “I’m bad at softball, bad at volleyball, bad at basketball. The only sport I was pretty good at was football, but there’s tackling there. (Laughs) I did dance – I have no rhythm, and I can’t dance to save my life.”

Can she sing, no less than? 

“No. I can’t sing, nor dance.”

Identical to Rocky Balboa. However there weren’t any gloves in her future till after a pankration bout on the age of 9. 

9.

“It was basically MMA, but you could hit from the collarbone down,” Lynn recollects. “Then this girl punched me in the face. I got back up and, of course, I wanted to keep fighting. I choked her out and I told my dad, ‘I need to learn how to do my standup. If I’m gonna do MMA, I gotta do this.’ He said, ‘Okay, when you get a little bit older, I’ll take you to a boxing gym. You just need to be able to understand a little bit more that you just can’t go around punching people in the face.’”

Lynn laughs. Understood. However it wasn’t till she was 11 that dad Ron lastly agreed, after a regular stream of requests, to take his daughter to a boxing fitness center.   

“We went all over the city of Chicago and the last place we went to was Rick’s gym, Body Shot Boxing Club, and I instantly fell in love with it,”

Rick is Rick Ramos, proprietor of the fitness center and higher referred to as the coach and supervisor of undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill. McCaskill really taught the children’ class Lynn began in, however the first time Lynn sparred, the thought of studying boxing to assist her spherical out her MMA sport went out the window. She was all-in on the candy science. 

“When I sparred for the very first time, I was like, ‘I can’t hit somebody in the face,’” she mentioned. “And then over time, I was like, ‘This is easy, this is fun, this is really cool.’ Ever since then, I stuck with it. It just felt like home. It felt like I was meant to be there. I found my niche, I really did.”

Lynn was in love, however what most anticipated to be one thing the beginner boxer did as a pastime was a lot greater than that for the one with the gloves on. And after going 14-2 as an beginner, a stint that included two Nationwide titles, a journey to England for McCaskill’s battle with Katie Taylor in 2017 had {the teenager} dead-set on making the game her profession.

“It was crazy because I was 16 at the time and I was in the background,” she mentioned. “Nobody really noticed me and I got to see the behind the scenes of everything and I got to understand how the boxing business is and what you’re gonna do as professionals. She (McCaskill) is the one who made me actually want to become professional. She’s a great role model, a great person to look up to, a great person to watch in fights because I do pay attention to what she does, and sometimes I apply what she does to my fighting style. So it’s been a pretty good ride, I’m not gonna lie.”

However what occurred when she revealed the information of a future professional boxing profession to her household? Dad was in. The remainder of the fam? It’s sophisticated.

“Obviously they will support me no matter what because it makes me happy,” she mentioned. “My mom is always worried that I’m gonna get hurt, of course. My sisters, they don’t necessarily see it as a career, but they don’t really know how far you could actually go with it because nobody else in my family’s ever done this before. So yes and no, but they always support me. If it makes me happy, they’re okay with it. It’s my dream. I’m living my dream. How many 20-year-old can say, yeah, I’m living my dream right now?”

They could say it on social media whereas on their telephones, however Lynn is definitely doing it, and that’s definitely worth the sacrifices she’s making to reside an unusual life. 

“There’s a lot of sacrifice, things that I would want to do as a normal 20-year-old, but I have to look at the bigger picture,” she mentioned. “I always have to look towards the future instead of just at the moment.”

And in a lot of how, going to the fitness center on daily basis doesn’t match the standard definition of sacrifice for Lynn.

“I’m a gym rat,” she mentioned. “I like to go to the gym, I like to work out, I like to pick up heavy things and put them back down and do it again. (Laughs) That’s how I always grew up. I was the only girl on my block, so I was always hanging out with the boys and I always had to keep up with them, so it just made me tough. I think that’s where it comes from, and also my dad, too. Me and my dad are very close and we always had the love for fighting. It’s kinda crazy how I stumbled upon it.”

Lynn turned professional at 18 with a four-round choice win over Jenna Johlin Thompson in October of 2019, and he or she’s added 5 wins and three knockouts since. On Saturday, she takes her present on the street to Pomona to face Jaica Pavilus, and whereas Lynn’s foe isn’t moving into the ring with a file that may scare any scorching prospect at 2-4-1, it is a chance for Lynn to get in some work to start out 2022 after 4 wins in 2021, and after this weekend’s bout, she’s not shy about her ambitions.

“I am down to fight,” she mentioned. “I would love to have a next step after this fight with the WBC youth belt, with the silver, maybe fight Kandi Wyatt or Hannah Rankin. I want bigger fights, I want to have a step-up, I want to climb the ladder, and I want to show what Summer Lynn can do. I want to make a name for myself. I want to leave a mark on this world.”



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