Meet the 14-year-old girl training to be an Olympic boxer
Rising star Chantel Navarro comes from a long line of professional boxers
Photos And Story By Jennifer Roberts
Chantel Navarro is an unusually determined and disciplined 14-year-old. For the past two years, she has been training six days a week with her father, former professional boxer Ignacio Navarro, at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles. And she trains a full seven days a week when a tournament is approaching. Every day, her father picks her up from school and they head to the gym. She fits in homework after her training. That determination has been paying off, as she’s won nine of her 12 matches and is a two-time national champion.
The entire Navarro family supports one another’s goals, with Ignacio Navarro training Chantel while her mother, Michelle Navarro, takes her three sisters, who all play competitive soccer, to their practices and games. And with her family’s Olympic pedigree, Chantel could be poised for a run at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
“I didn’t choose boxing, boxing chose me.”
“I’m here to box. This is my passion, this is where my heart is.”