36-Year-Old White Builds Second Career in the Ring

By KBJR News 1

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Paloma White is not your average boxer.

"I'm 36 years old," said White.

And she doesn't fight an average schedule, sometimes stepping in the ring with people close to half to age.

"I've fought a couple of girls that are younger, 22, 23. A lot of it is matched up by weight and experience now that they've changed the rules for USA Boxing. I can fight anyone 18 to 40."

The age difference hasn't slowed her progress, though. White says speed and experience play a bigger role once she steps in the ring.

"I get a lot of hassle from the crowd where they say she's older, she's worn–out. Within seconds, the girl's been dropped, and I just walk away smiling."

That smile is at least in part to her son, Devin. He's the one primarily responsible for getting the Milwaukee native hooked on boxing.

"Three years ago in January, he ended up being the back–to–back state champ in his division. Of course, Mom on the sideline got a little bit jealous so I decided to join in," said White.

It's a good thing she did. White has posted a (4–0) mark despite fighting in a sport that she says is aimed towards men.

"It's a male dominated sport, that's a definite. A lot of the big championships are all geared towards the guys, but the division I'm in is the biggest growing division in sports."

And White has become one of the rising stars in that division, thanks to some help from her right hand.

"She hits hard for a girl, and she can take a hit," said White's trainer, Trevor Marmon. "Those are two big factors."

Factors that have led this 36–year–old to a second career in the squared circle.

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