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GREATEST: Seniesa Estrada

The LA-born-and-raised professional fighter shows us the ropes of women's boxing and her journey to become one of its rising stars.


Seniesa “Superbad” Estrada grew up around boxing. The sport is an important part of working-class Mexican and Mexican-American culture and in places like East Los Angeles, where Estrada was born and raised, it's everywhere. Boxing gyms in the area have given rise to Olympic medalists, world champions and members of the Boxing Hall of Fame.

He was hoping that I’d be tired, sore and I’d say, ‘This is too hard, I don’t want to do it.’ But that didn’t happen.

Seniesa Estrada

When I turned pro, I didn’t realize how dead women’s boxing was.

Seniesa Estrada

Seeing young girls who cry when they meet me and say I’m an inspiration and that they’re boxing because of me is such a good feeling, because I never had that growing up.

Seniesa Estrada

Interview: Roberto José Andrade Franco
Photography: Sean Mung