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Women’s Boxing : Giovanna Camacho

Giovanna “Gio” Camacho
  Graduation Year: 2013

Hometown: Dixon/Fairfield, California

Weight Class: 112lbs, 51kgs, Bantamweight

Major: Engineering Psychology (Pre-Med), Electrical Engineering Track

Quote: “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very rough, mean place and no matter how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it…You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. If you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hit…Are you ready to take the hit?”

Hobby/Interest: Singing, playing the piano and sax, spending quality time with family and friends, and having fun in general

What made you want to join Women’s Boxing?  “No I am not related to Hector Camacho. Just thought I would start off by saying that, since that is the first question I am asked upon meeting a new person and the second question after someone finds out I’m on the boxing team. I will tell you I’m related to Victor Camacho (my dad) and JP Camacho (my brother). My dad used to box back in the day and my brother and I used to break out the old boxing gloves when we were younger and mess around sayin “put your dukes up.” Growing up in this environment definitely started my love for the sport, and in high school I got into kickboxing which continued my love for the combative sports. I can’t tell you that I like to beat people up or I enjoy being hit either. I can tell you that I love the feeling of a challenge and boxing provides this challenge of never quitting. I can tell you that boxing is more than just a sport but a way of survival, as your body learns to become comfortable in any fighting situation. You are taught to move in fluid motions so that you can maintain a level of intensity and be ready to overcome what your opponent brings to the table both mentally and physically. Boxing is a test of both physical and mental capacity everything is backwards (as Coach Jay said) and you have to just burn out (says Coach Scroggin). You move into the punch, you walk into a fight, to move you push off of the opposite foot of the direction you are going, etc. Yet somewhere in all this madness I find myself just right stepping into the ring and hearing nothing, feeling nothing, and knowing that I have trained am and ready for a new challenge. Win or lose I know that the only thing that matters is the fact that I stood up to a challenge and gave it my all. I love this team! I love this opportunity! GO WOMEN’S ARMY BOXING!!”