German boxing sensation in America?
Augsburg teacher Tina Ruprecht has been boxing world champion since 2018 and tonight she faces the fight of her life in front of 16,000 spectators in America.
While Tina Ruprecht Boxing ring Increasingly, the part-time teacher becomes a beast—at least that’s how her coach sees it.
“Tina is like a pit bull when it comes to boxing. She won’t let go of the meat until the end,” Alexander Hahn says of the German WBC world champion, who steps into the ring on Sunday night for the fight of her life – and in front of 16,000 spectators in the US where the dual champion will rise to the minimum weight.
Who’s standing in the way: American Senisa Estrada wants to wrest the WBA belt from Ruprecht in a title unification fight.
“I can already imagine the moment of victory when I raise my hand in the air,” says Ruprecht, who has held his WBC title since 2018 and teaches sports twice a week at a secondary school in Jusmarshausen, near Augsburg.
Tina Ruprecht before the fight of her life
Going into the fight against Estrada, Ruprecht ranked as the best boxer in the weight class with 23 wins in 23 fights.
“The school management is supporting me and liberating me. With such a big fight, they make it possible,” the 30-year-old said RTL. After all, such an opportunity rarely comes: abroad, the fight is televised by sports channels ESPN About 16,000 spectators are expected at the hall in Fresno – broadcast live across the US, Canada and Latin America.
Not everyone is coming because of Rupprecht and Estrada – under contract to the prestigious promotion – and the headliner is a men’s fight between top-ranked light welterweight world champion Jose Ramirez and Richard Comney. The women’s title match is the main event where Rupprecht has fans in the arena against her: the Los Angeles-born, Mexico-born Estrada has a double home-field advantage in a place dominated by a large Latin American community. .
The world champion goes to ‘hell’ for a unification fight
The 1.53m tall Ruprecht is still undefeated in twelve professional fights. The German boxing queen was last in the ring last December when she defeated Peruvian Rocio Casper on points in Heilbronn. In preparation for the undefeated Estrada, he “went through hell,” as Ruprecht Sport-Talk put it. Augsburg.tv said.
Now the challenge is much greater: “I’ve never boxed in such a big hall,” Ruprecht says, “but I try to ignore it. I’m very fit and ready.”
The fight will not be televised in Germany and will be broadcast live from 4am. Bavarian Radio.
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