Aug 12, 2007 08:41 AM
By Reid Shimizu
(KHNL) - If life often imitates art, then in the case of Alyssa Lende Kane, a night at the movies inspired a career in the squared circle.
"I watched the movie, Million Dollar Baby with Hillary Swank and I thought it'd be a good workout," Alyssa said, "So I did boxing as a workout, then in November of 2006 I had my first fight in Maui, I lost though."
However one loss couldn't knock out her passion for the sport.
The 13-year-old continued to develop her craft in the ring, before eventually hooking up with local boxing coach, Bruce Kawano.
"She just has unbelievable work ethic," Kawano said, "I mean she would come and train six days a week, train and push herself everyday. I mean some people want to take a day off but she doesn't."
"I guess he just took a chance on me and I'm grateful for that," Alyssa said.
The best was yet to come.
Last week at the Ringside World Boxing Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.
Alyssa, with just one year of ring experience and only five fights under her belt, rocked the ring with a first round knockout in the finals of the girls 13-14 year old division.
"I think I was the most surprised only because I had no idea what was going on," she said, "My coach told me to come to the corner and I was just what happened."
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