Photo by JRuinz, SFL Entertainment.
Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports
With women’s boxing once again gaining in popularity throughout the industry, a fighter who is turning many heads is Florida flyweight Noemi Bosques (6-1-2, 2 KOs). The former club fighter turned professional boxer added the National Boxing Association (NBA) Florida State Title to her resume when she last fought on August 1st, and the Saint Petersburg native has additionally been finding much success outside the ring as she continues to flex her entrepreneurial spirit.
“Well, I always grew up a little bit rough,” Bosques said when asked about what turned her onto boxing. “I was the little girl in the neighborhood who was always playing football or basketball with the guys. When boxing gloves came onto the scene, I strapped them on and went at it with the guys, too. It was just kind of how I grew up. It was normal, and I was pretty passionate about it from early on.”
That childhood passion was later reinforced by her competitive nature, and Bosques eventually took her craft onto the Florida night scene.
“I used to fight at the bars. They would have organized fighting at the bars, and I would sign up,” she laughed. “This is actually before I became an official USA Boxing amateur boxer. I was boxing at these events, and I was like 6-0 with five stoppages. That’s when I started training for real to have amateur fights. I ended up going to national events, and I was pretty decent. I was pretty good, and I loved it. I just kept going with the flow, and here I am today.”
As its moniker defines, amateur boxing is not going to pay any bills. With an increasing skill set and life necessities ultimately forcing her hand, Bosques soon decided to turn in her amateur card and embark upon a professional career.
“Around 2011 or 2012, I was spending a lot of money with the amateur fights because everything comes out of pocket. USA Boxing wasn’t really paying for us to go to these events,” she reflected. “I was about 27-years-old already, I had a daughter, and I was spending all of this money to fight amateur. I just said ‘Screw it. I’m gonna turn pro and at least make a little money, develop a name for myself and just use it as an altar to create other things professionally.’”
Being a woman in combat sports, Bosques undoubtedly understands the hardships that come with pursuing a career as a professional boxer. Finding success in the ring is not enough on its own, and that is why she has built a strong team around her.
“Shout out to my boy, JRuinz, and SFL Entertainment!” she emphatically remarked. “He’s a really good dude, and I’m really glad they’re on my team and helping me out with the exposure, which is absolutely necessary. The skills alone aren’t enough. The exposure plays a huge part in the growth, and I appreciate them for that.”
Both inside and outside of the boxing ring, Bosques shows a seemingly endless amount of range. In addition to being a single mother, she also finds time to model and continues to develop many other projects that are driven by her intense entrepreneurial spirit.
“There are definitely a lot of goals,” she confirmed. “As a pro boxer, one of the biggest dreams is to not only become a world champion, but to be a defending world champion. I think that is a boxer’s dream and ultimate goal. There are also a lot of short-term goals that I am on my way to accomplishing.
“Not long ago, my partner, Robert Richards, and I developed NoNo Magazine where we look to expose different people I deal with. I’m involved on the MMA scene. I’m involved with the hip hop scene. I do some modeling. It’s kind of a magazine that is exposing a lot of these different artists. That’s one of our projects. I’m also getting ready to drop, along with M.Wes Media, a documentary movie. He was following me around before the last fight, so we are going to move into the movie scene a little bit. I also like to work with kids. One of my short-term goals is to open up a center where I can maybe do some work with the government to bring kids over to the gym and give them something productive to do as an alternative to doing something that could land them in jail or Juvenile Corrections. I love the kids, so I want to use my name and status to uplift them however I can. There are a lot of goals I have. I’ll just leave it at that!”
While the many road blocks that come with being a woman in boxing can prove to be very overwhelming, the positive-minded Bosques sees it as being the perfect opportunity to make an impact for the women who may follow after her in the sport.
“Women’s boxing, and women’s fighting in general, is very underrated,” she explained. “I’ve worked with both women and men, and much respect to both the women and men who do this. But these women, we’re fighting against so much more than just the physical part of the sport. There’s so much adversity that we’re facing. A lot of times, we’re told we shouldn’t be doing this. There’s so much more of a fight that’s needed from a woman. Hats off to all the women in both boxing and MMA because I know what it takes first-hand. Through our documentaries and everything else we’re doing, I want to expose a lot of these warriors, and I want to expose what is going on behind the scenes so people can get just a little taste of what it really is. We’re not showing much, but at least people can have an idea. I want to put these women up on a platform because being a mom, especially being a single mom and taking care of Grandma and being all over the place, I know it’s definitely a struggle. And I know I’m not the only one doing it. I definitely want to bring recognition to any women warriors who are out there doing the same thing I am.”
The next action for Bosques has already been set, returning to the ring on October 3rd at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa.
For all of the latest on Noemi, make sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@NoemiBosques), as well as like her official Facebook fan page.