Michelle Cugliani, 10, from New York, who also won a belt on Saturday, said she started out in karate but then decided to take up boxing. It was then that her father brought her to trainer Michael Kozlowski, nearly two years ago.
Kozlowski, originally from Russia, has been a boxing trainer for 30 years. He said in his experience training men and women, he’s found that women tend to be more disciplined. Cugliani is the youngest student on Kozlowski’s “Win or Die” boxing team.
Kozlowski said being her trainer has been a very rewarding experience because Cugliani has proved to be very serious about the sport, something Kozlowski looks for in an athlete. He said he doesn’t look to train athletes who just want to box for fun. For him, it’s about wanting to win championships.
“I feel if she continues to work hard, she has a chance to go to the Olympics,” he said.