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This Little Boxer Is Destined To Be Great Because She Works For It

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Jesselyn “JessZilla” Silva is a 10 year-old girl from Bergenfield, New Jersey, who is just like any other kid. She goes to school. She’s in the fifth grade. She worries about her family and friends. Does homework. She also likes video games, even though she “doesn’t have time” for them. All normal “kid” things, except there’s one very important distinction about this young lady: She’ll KNOCK YOU OUT.

In this Op-Doc from the New York Times, we see Jesselyn Silva, a 10-year-old boxer, train, and discuss fighting for her dreams literally and figuratively.

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Her work ethic is out of this world, pushing through a headache during her training session just to perfect her skills. She keeps a dream calendar, with goals that she wants to reach. One of them is going to the 2024 Olympics and winning gold. She says that she “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, maybe like 100 ‘evers,’ thinks anything is too difficult for me.” Right before challenging “any girls that want to fight me that are on my level,” and then she goes on to say “I need some sparring and I need some fights so I can get my higher level. Know what I mean?”

Her father is supportive, but is understandably nervous for his daughter.

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This is the face he makes when she says “I already know that I’m going to become professional.” Although he’s apprehensive to see his little girl get hit, he still understands, loves and supports his daughter’s desire to be the best, even if it makes his stomach turn. He supports her wanting to become pro, and win gold at “three Olympics.” That’s the type of love dreams are made of.

This video where she spars with a boy should be set to the song “anything you can do, I can do better.”

Her social media following has already begun, with people being inspired by her grit and skill and sending positive messages as well.

Here she is last year on CBS Sports speaking to boxer Laila Ali and other sportscasters, like a seasoned professional.

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She is mature beyond her years. I guess punching boys will do that to you. ? ?

We can’t wait to see her at the Olympics!

You can’t be a real boxer without an epic shadow-boxer profile photo, good things she’s got one. She’s ready. Keep up the good work!


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Here Are 9 Mother's Day Cards That Your Latina Mom Will Appreciate

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Here Are 9 Mother’s Day Cards That Your Latina Mom Will Appreciate

Trying to find a Mother’s Day card for your mom that perfectly expresses how much you love and appreciate her is difficult – which is why we made some cards of our own. After all, considering everything she’s done for you, your mom deserves more than just some random, cheesy Hallmark card.

Show these to your mom on el Día de la Madres and see them put a smile on her face. ?

Here’s the perfect mother’s day card for your mom who is always concerned about your health.

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If it wasn’t for her telling you this a million times, you would get sick from the flu much more often.

And if you were raised by a single mom, here’s a card she will love and appreciate.

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“Thank you for being my mom. Thank you for being my dad. Thank you for being my world.”

After so many years of raising you, today is the day that you can thank your mom for all of the amazing qualities you’ve learned from her along the way.

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Remember, patience is a virtue.

So. many. qualities…

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When people compliment you on how polite and well-mannered you are, you can point to your mom.

Even if you gained these qualities the hard way, you can still thank your mom for her tough love.

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You have common sense and thick skin. Thank your mom.

After all, everything she does, even if you don’t always like it, is because she loves you.

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If she didn’t get you in trouble so often, it would mean that she didn’t really care. So every time she yells at you, just remember: she loves you.

So now you can show her how much you appreciate her care and support.

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If it wasn’t for your mom pushing you, you would’ve given up instead of working harder.

You can also remind her that you’re the one amongst all of your siblings that she loves the most.

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She knows you’re her favorite. 🙂

Or you can keep it simple, and let her know how much you love her in four short words:

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But to be honest, there really are no words to describe how much you love your mom. ?


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