’Grew Up in a Violent and Broken Family”: 30-Year-Old Boxer Aiming at Paris Olympics 2024 Opens Up on Horrifying Past

Published 09/20/2023, 1:40 PM EDT

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Turning pain into passion? Yes, that’s an amazing option and no one knows it better than the Kenyan boxer Amina Martha. This strong woman took the right path of turning her adversity into opportunity by finding a sport that assisted in easing her pain and problems. Not on one thing, she has tried her hands on a lot of things to finally find the one true passion of her life. She has faced immense struggle since her childhood and always wanted to discover a way to come out of this strain in life.

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Luckily for Martha, she found her love and passion in boxing and has not looked back since then and this young teen now knows what to do. From facing intolerable issues in her childhood to domestic violence, she is now aiming for the grand event. Amina Martha wishes to take part in the Paris Olympics by facing it all. She has gracefully turned her miseries into opportunities and is looking forward to conquering the world.

Amina Martha, the Kenyan Boxer opens up about her past 

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Martha spent her childhood in the rural area of Western Kenya, and she has been a woman of talent ever since. She always had a soft corner for sports, she loved athletics, especially the sprints. Not just this, she was absolutely fantastic in horizontal jump events and an extraordinary footballer. Sports was the only bright side of her life then.

Home is the one place people run for comfort, but for Martha living there was a tough one. She has had an extremely rough life in her childhood. It was extremely violent and grew up seeing only that. She stated, “I grew up in a violent and broken family.” She further added, “I grew up seeing my mum being beaten and abused constantly…by my dad. My siblings and I were not spared either.” Forget living a decent life, according to Olympics.com, Martha did not even get the basic things needed to survive.

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After a while when Martha’s mother got the courage to save them, she took off with her kids. But they had nothing to survive on. Her mother worked hard, and the circumstances forced Martha to work hard as well. She has worked as a maid, and a hairdresser, and has faced much more horrific incidents just for survival. This young woman had tried a lot of ways to cope with her problems in life, but eventually, the one-stop solution to escape from all this has been her love and passion for boxing.

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After being introduced to boxing, there was no turning back for Amina Martha. Now she knew what she had to do to let her pain go away. She said that it helped her relax and punching also helped in releasing pain and mental stress. Martha expressed, “I fell in love with boxing the first time I did pad works.” 

Now, the kind of transformation she has brought into her life is commendable. Wearing the gloves when she was 26 years old was the first time she had a wholesome feeling after suffering from domestic violence for years.

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She had the roughest time as a child, but now after taking up boxing she has lost weight as preparation and has participated in competitions as well. After training for just a week, Martha competed in Nairobi and now she is eyeing the biggest competition in her life. She is chasing the qualifications for Paris 2024 at the Africa Boxing Olympic Qualifier at Dakar Arena. This is just the beginning of her life, and this young superstar is ready to create a beautiful path to success after enduring a rough and patchy life.

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Nancy Singh

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Nancy Singh is a US sports writer for EssentiallySports. She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing and marketing. With her Bachelor’s degree in English, Nancy created a penchant for all things journalism and delved into the world of sports.
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