FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
SM: I am Samantha Mellerson. I describe myself as a wife, mother, soldier for social justice and boxer. For real, that is what it reads on my twitter profile!
FFFC: How did you get interested in boxing?
SM: I have been interested in boxing since I was a child. I used to watch the fights with my dad and with my friends. I remember getting together with about 6-7 friends to watch a Mike Tyson fight, when Christie Martin opened up, and I couldn’t believe it. I was mesmerized. I think it had such a huge impact on me, because it didn’t just show me that women COULD box, but it challenged me to think about everything else I would want to do, but thought I “couldn’t”.
FFFC: How did you get started in boxing?
SM: Shortly after I saw that fight, I went around my community to the boxing gyms, to register for boxing, but no one offered traditional boxing. They offered kickboxing and martial arts, so I signed up, but it wasn’t really what I wanted. Fast forward almost 20 years, and I ran into a trainer who I later found out trained fighters, and asked him if he would teach me how to box. It was kind of a bucket list thing at this point. He agreed, and we started out. A few months in, he asked if I would consider a match, and I jumped at the chance. I have been training with him ever since.
FFFC: Who do you spar with?
SM: There is a group of guys that train with the same coach, and we all spar each other. I am the only woman in the group. They are a great group of guys. Our trainer also gets in the ring with us at times.
FFFC: Have you had an official match and if so, how did it go?
SM: We are training for an official amateur fight to take place by December 2014.
FFFC: What do you like most and least about boxing?
SM: I love the hard core training and discipline. I hate getting injured. Injuries usually happen because of a stupid mistake.
FFFC: What is your training program like?
SM: Warm ups consist of lots of shadow boxing and skipping rope. Then bag work and pads. The drills are rough with bursts of speed and power designed to engage your core, and my legs (my trainer gets on me about engaging my legs all the time!)
FFFC: What would you say is the biggest misconception about females in this sport?
SM: That we are violent or less feminine. Just not true at all. We are easy going, fun people that can clean up quite nicely! lol
FFFC: What do you admire most about your physique?
SM: My upper abs are conditioned quite well. I like that.
FFFC: What general tips do you have for other women interested in getting started with boxing?
SM: Try it. If you are interested you owe it to yourself to try it out. You will find that the people are friendly and will support your efforts.
FFFC: What is your daily diet (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)?
SM: So, I am trying to get better at this. Breakfast, is usually coffee and yogurt, or banana, or sometimes toast with a slice of cheese. Lunch and Dinner are usually a combination of salad, chicken, some veggies and either a pasta or rice. And my snacks usually consist of strawberries, blueberries, bananas, grapes (trying to introduce more apples and pears), wheat thins, cheese sticks, yogurt.
FFFC: Do you have any upcoming matches or events? Tell us all about it.
SM: I am training now with the hopes of securing an amateur fight by the end of this year. I am really excited about it. Will keep you posted!
FFFC: Where can I our readers find you on the web and read more about what you do?
SM: Good question. I am on Facebook and Twitter, but rarely post about my boxing….I just might have to change that!