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“It is very unfair to be a woman in the world of boxing”
The boxer, social and political activist, Alejandra “Locomotive” Oliveras spoke about this International Women’s Day and how the female gender can be empowered through sport.
In dialogue with AM750Oliveras recalled his time in boxing and his “fight against machismo” in that sport: “It is very unfair to be a woman in the world of boxing. If you are a woman, you are worth nothing, not only in the recognition of the entities, but also of the sponsors, journalism and, in terms of the purse (the amount of money that a boxer takes in a fight), it is insignificant “, Held.
And he added that a boxer wins “at most, 5 thousand dollars” per fight. This is a paltry figure against a male boxer’s bag. “And then they take 33 percent out of you for getting you the fight,” he clarified.
In this context, he pointed out that “he never won money with boxing.” “I did it because, to be world champion, you are born,” she remarked.
Furthermore, he regretted that “women’s boxing is ending”. “When I won the world championship in 2006, in 2010 there were 12 world champions. Now I don’t know if there will be one in Argentina,” she said.
The gender gap within the country
When asked about the difference between a woman from Buenos Aires and another from the interior of Argentina, Oliveras pointed out that “there are many” and that “they take advantage of women” in other provinces. “In Buenos Aires, women are stronger, there are more jobs, they have more opportunities,” she said, adding that “Inside there is much more machismo, many more hits.”
“In the interior of the country, the scourge (of machismo) suffered by women is tremendous,” he insisted.
Sport as a way out of violence
“Sport empowers you. Not only the body, but also the self-esteem. You start to take care of yourself.”
“You see how you can do 40 push-ups like a man. That’s when you realize that There is no weaker sex, only the weak person.”
“If all women trained a sport, there would be no violence. Because the enemy is not man, the enemy is fear.”