August 24, 2017

Boxing champion prepares for title defense, dreams big

By Tony Lone Fight
Every day, Sonja Fox gets up before sunrise to “do my miles for cardio” and then travels from Mandree to Minot and back again. Her time in Minot is spent in “brutal” training, she says, because she has a big dream: To box at Madison Square Garden.
Fox is the American Boxing Organization Region 4 heavyweight champion. She turned professional about five years ago and will be defending her title Sept. 16 at the Four Bears Casino & Lodge.
She says her strategy is simple, “get in the first punch,” but, of course, it’s more complicated than that.
“I was always told be the first person to throw the punch. See what the other fighter brings to the table. It’s more to see their reactions, their maneuvers.”
She idolizes Laila Ali, world famous fighter who competed from 1999 to 2007. The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali went undefeated in 24 fights, 21 won by knockout. At 6-0, Fox is on her way.

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