Thirteen year-old Alyssa-Lende Kane of
Kapolei, Hawaii captured the 2007 Ringside World Boxing Championship
in the girls intermediate 114-pound weight division. The annual
Ringside tournament was held in Kansas City, Missouri, during the
week of July 31 – August 4. The world’s largest amateur boxing
event, with over 1,000 amateur boxers and 500 plus coaches/trainers
from all over the world included international competitors from
Canada, France and Ireland.
Kane experienced her victory after she stopped the defending, World
Champion, Shelby “The Lionheart” Bialkowski of Canada, midway
through the first round.
“I came out firing, and she (Bialkowski) got frustrated,” said Kane,
“I noticed her hands were up high and her body was open.”
This is when Kane seized the opportunity and made the best of it. “I
went one, two and dig-ed my three to her body (uppercut to the
midsection). It was soft (the punching attempt), so I told myself,
next time, I’m going to really rip it.”
The bout lasted less than a minute. The referee stopped the contest
when Bialkowski was hunched up against the ropes in pain, unable to
recover and compete.
“I‘m still trying to take it all in, it’s hard to believe I won my
belt by stopping her in the first round,” Kane said. “All my
training and dieting was all worth it, I feel good.”
Kane is also Hawaii’s 2007 Junior Olympic Champion in the 13-14
girl’s 114 pound weight division.
The Myron B. Thompson Academy eighth grader maintains a strict diet
and workout regimen. Training in Kalihi at the Kalakaua gym for
Bruce Kawano’s, Kawano Boxing Club, Kane catches the bus from
Kapolei to Kalihi three times a week. Kane also trains at Waipahu
Boxing Club, Palolo Boxing Club and Ewa’s 5-0 Boxing Club. Kane
credits her success in the ring to all her coaches and sparring
partners who take the time every week to help her improve.
Alyssa-Lende lives in Malu’ohai Hawaiian homestead, with her parents
David and Aloha, her siblings, Anolani (10), Kawika (8), Anuhea (5)
and Hokule’a (the Kane’s Maltese-shih tzu pup). Member of the LDS
church, Kapolei ward and Hula Halau Kaululaua’e. Alyssa-Lende enjoys
playing volleyball, attending church activities, potlucks with the
neighbors, and most of all, talking story with family and friends.
Background: The largest amateur boxing tournament in the world with
over 1,000 boxers competing and over 500 coaches/trainers
participating. Held in Kansas City, MO from July 31 – August 1,
2007. Single elimination tournament, boxers can only box once per
day. Boxer must weigh-in at registration and every morning prior to
boxing that day. Boxers must be a member of their country’s boxing
authority. Mandatory equipment such as approved headgear,
form-fitted mouthpiece, cup/groin protector and hand wraps must be
worn during competition.
Questions & Answers
does it feel to be a world champion?
I feel good. To hold the title of world champion is really cool. I
feel real happy that I won. The happiest feeling in the world. I
also feel thankful to challenge someone from another country. To
have the ref to give me that belt it makes me really happy. It’s
hard to describe the feeling, it’s the happiest feeling. Better
than ice cream and lasagna.
does it take to become a world champion?
It takes a lot of dedication and heart. Dedication means something
you really, really want and you’re willing to take the steps to
become world champion. The steps to become a world champion is Work
hard in your training and wanting it more than anything else. It
also means you’re willing to be different, different from others,
not like anyone else. Champions shouldn’t eat junk. You can’t be
eating junk. You need to eat clean. You also need to be different
in everything you do, including family, school and friends.
Champions set the example. Take this example, if a bunch of kids
are smoking and you know it wrong to be smoking you shouldn’t follow
the crowd. It’s okay to be different and make the right choices in
life. Champions should respect their family and parents always.
Champions should include siblings in their life. A lot of teens
don’t spend enough time with their siblings. They rather spend it
with friends. I like to spend time with my brother and sisters.
Having heart is also important. Heart means never giving up. When
I do sprints or go for a long run and I feel like giving up because
my body is so tired. I visualize why I’m putting my body in so much
pain and dig deep so I don’t give up. That’s what it means to have
have you prepared yourself to become world champion?
I prepare myself both mentally and physically. Mentally I tell
myself I can do it, like I said, if I’m dead tired and my body feels
like giving up, I push my mind to keep going and my body follows.
Physically I prepare by running and watching my eating habits. I
workout 5-6 days a week. I always keep busy. I do sprints and run
2 miles in the morning. My sprint workout I do on the track field
near my house. I sprint around the track for 1:30 and rest a
minute. I do this three times. This prepares me for my boxing
bouts. My boxing bouts are 3 rounds of 1:30 each. I have a
one-minute rest between rounds. I run 2 miles every morning to keep
me conditioned. One of the main reasons why boxers loose their
bouts is because they’re not conditioned. I training boxing M-F. I
start by stretching out, shadow boxing and work the heavy back.
Depending on the day I may spar and my coach will hold the mitts for
me. I finish up with jump roping, sit-ups and push-ups. I will
start learning the speed bag and double end bag.
you get started in boxing? When
watching “Million Dollar Baby” starring Hillary Swank I really liked
the movie and thought it would be cool to try boxing out. Our close
family friend was boxing and trained in Waipahu so we went to check
it out. We met coach Al “Quick” Silva and Coach Armando Blue. They
have a sign in Waipahu about the making of a champion. The most
important line on the sign was heart. I learned on the first day
that having heart was most important. I started training at Waipahu
and after 3 months Coach Armando asked me to spar. I asked my
parents and they said it was okay and I got my physical. I sparred
an 18-year girl for one round and she hit me with a mean body shot
and I went down. My Dad asked me if I still wanted to spar and I
told him yes, he was surprised. I still wanted to do better and
improve. Few months later I entered a sparring session in
Waimanalo and experienced facing another opponent from another
club. I enjoyed it and I had my first amateur boxing match
scheduled shortly on the island of Maui. I lost my first bout to a
very good boxer. I learned so much from that lost and I wanted to
improve more. 7 days later after my first lost I boxed again and
had my first win. So in a matter of two weeks I had my first two
bouts and experienced a win and lost.
you like most about boxing? The
feeling of being in the ring. I like the feeling of shadow boxing.
My boxing club and coaches are one big ohana. It’s a wonderful
sport to be in. Boxing keeps me in good physical shape.
motivates you to be successful in boxing?
Visualizing and knowing that I can make it to the Olympics. My goal
is to make it to the Olympics.
mind catching the bus to practice?
That’s the only way I can get there. My parents have a hard time
driving to Kalihi with my 3 other siblings. My brother and sisters
are also involved with sports and activities. It’s hard for my
parents to drive us all around. I don’t mind catching the bus,
because I am dedicated, if I need to catch the bus to practice.
I’ll catch the bus.
do you give credit for your boxing success?
All my coaches, all my sparring partners and to my dad for helping
me. My family and everyone who supports me in this sport.
you like to do in your free time? I
like to spend time with my family. We have a Maltese shih tzu pup
named Hokule’a and I like to play with her and take her for walks.
My dad and I like to have long conversations. We talk about boxing,
school, being successful in life and just about anything. I like to
hang out with our neighbors for BBQ’s and potlucks. For fun I like
boxing. I enjoy hanging out with my cousins and talking story. I
also enjoy checking my myspace. Going to the movies is really fun
participate in other sports and activities?
I participate in my church young women activities. Our boxing club
did a beach clean up in Ewa and I volunteered for that. I help out
with our Hawaiian Homestead Association. I attend Malu’ohai
association community meetings and participate with helping our
community. Malu’ohai association helps our community with promoting
the Hawaiian culture and making the community a better place. I
deliver the newsletters to all the homes along with my siblings. I
also do volunteer work for the office of Hawaiian affairs. I help
out with different projects, and do a lot of filing. I like to give
back to my Hawaiian people. I play volleyball for pacific volley
academy here in Kapolei. I am also a member of hula halau
you like being home schooled? This
will be my third year. I like it because it gives me a lot of free
time. It also let’s me spend more time with family. I don’t miss
out on my friends because I am so active and I have a busy
schedule. I meet more than enough friends in my neighborhood,
church, boxing, volleyball, hula and my community service/volunteer
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