Lucia Rijker is a Dutch professional boxer, kickboxer and actress. Her impressive champion's trajectory includes a boxing record of 17 wins, 0 losses and 14 knockouts. Rijker also won four world titles as a kickboxer, compiling a record of 36-0 with 25 first-round knockouts. Rijker appeared as "Billie" in the Clint Eastwood-directed, Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby (2004), a film for which she also served as technical advisor. Retired from sports, Rijker now travels the world as a motivational speaker.
In this Skype chat, Rijker serves as luminary mentor to Fortnight contributor Christina Cruz, a young boxer who recently qualified for the first-ever women's Olympic boxing team. Fortnight documents the movement of Cruz every 14 days this edition.
In Part I of the chat, Cruz and Rijker talk about what motivates a young woman to fight. Rijker cites historic inspiration from great fighters such as Muhammad Ali (b. 1947). The two also discuss brutal and lonely aspects of top-class conditioning routines.
Part II: "Passing the Torch"
In Part II, Cruz asks Rijker about the frustrating elements of their vocation. Rijker describes her experience as one of the first women ever to walk into a boxing gym. Rijker advises Cruz on how staying centered can turn external sexism into personal power. Finally, in an emotional moment, Rijker blesses Cruz's 2012 Olympic bid—thus passing the struggle for athletic glory (and fair regard) from established trailblazer, to young torchbearer.
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