Miriam Gutierrez: ‘Katie Taylor’s speed is brutal’

Paul Wheeler talks to Miriam Gutierrez, someone who does invaluable work outside of boxing

When and why you started boxing:
I started doing full contact karate when I was 14, but had to stop when I tore my abductor muscle. After that, I decided to get into boxing because I wanted to continue to practice a combat sport. I was a little embarrassed at first as all the other people at the gym were men, but I quickly got over it!

Favorite All-Time Fighter:
Mike tyson. His upper body movement was amazing, as was his punching power.

Best fight you’ve seen:
Claressa Shields against Hanna Gabriels was a war. Both fighters gave it their all and I would love to see a rematch someday. I also loved my fight with Katie taylor [l ud 10 – November 2020]!

Personal highlight of his career
Apart from boxing, I work in the municipality of Torrejón de Ardoz as an advisor. I am proud of the work I do at the Women’s Council for Women’s Rights. I offer help, support and advice to women who suffer or have suffered from gender-based violence.

Toughest opponent:
I always had a lot of admiration for Katie Taylor so I was very nervous when I fought her. Its speed is brutal.

The best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best attributes are that I am committed and persevering – I never give up! The worst part is that I can get angry very easily, even at myself.

Training advice:
Fight for what you want because you can achieve whatever you want.

Favorite meal / restaurant:
I love getting a tomahawk steak from Dabiz Muñoz’s GoXO.

Best Boxing Friends:
Eva María Naranjo and [kickboxer] Iman Chairi is like sisters to me. And I am a great admirer of Soralla Sánchez’s career.

Other athlete you would like to be:
Rafael Nadal because he loves every game he plays.

Who would play you in a movie of your life:
An actress with charisma who loves what she does. Someone like Maggie Civantos, for example.

Have you ever been struck by the stars:
I was star struck when my two children were born and got to see their faces for the first time.

The last time you cried:
I get emotional when I see my children overcome challenges and achieve their goals, especially when they say that I have inspired them in some way. They know that if their mother can do it, so can they.

Best Advice Received:
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

Worst rumor about yourself:
Some people think I have changed, but I will always be the same no matter what.

Something few people know about you:
It’s a secret!

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