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Gina’s love for boxing started with Sugar Ray Leonard. “We were the only family with cable TV so we hosted great fight parties. My earliest memories include the fights between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran and then Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns.” Now, Gina finds herself a fan of Manny Pacquiao, “Being Filipino, there’s a great deal of pride to see him succeed and rejuvenate the boxing scene with such speed and power!”
Although her earliest memories are of boxing, Gina has been practicing her own brand of mixed martial arts at a school in Santa Monica, California, where she also teaches. In 10 years, she still practices Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Kali, Savate, and now Grappling. She has also earned a Level 2 Certificate in Muay Thai from the Thai Boxing Association and also a Blue Glove in Savate. Gina advocates the warrior and spiritual mentality of the martial arts. She believes that a fighter must show respect, intelligence, and integrity in and outside of the ring or octagon.
In addition to boxing, Gina also follows MMA. Her favorite fighters include Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg, Forrest Griffin, Anderson Silva, Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, and George St. Pierre. When not living and breathing martial arts, Gina enjoys spinning and practices yoga.
Gina’s to do list includes getting certified in scuba, testing for Level 3 Muay Thai for Instructor, and writing a detective novel. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Gina graduated from Cal-State Dominguez Hills with a BA in History and a Minor in English.
Debbie Edwards eats, sleeps and talks football…. She is the true definition of a “Football Mom”. Her love of football actually started early in her life. As a youngster flipping through channels, fate would stop it on a football game. She beheld a sight that would stick in her mind for years. There was no particular play or opponent, but a running back Edwards would come to know as John Riggins would ignite a passion for football in her that would remain for decades. That Washington Redskins team, along with successive teams that included Darryl Green, Russ Grimm, Art Monk and many others hold a special place in her heart.
Being a Louisiana Native, her love for all things Louisiana, including the Saints and LSU keep her entertained at this, her most cherished time of the year. Adding to this, she has had the privilege of watching her own little football player blossom into a senior defensive end/fullback at H L Bourgeois in Gray, Louisiana.
Somewhere along the way in these decades of watching football from the sidelines and in the stands, her knowledge grew bigtime. You should hear on a Sunday yelling plays at the big screen TV or even more vocal at an actual game, which it doesn’t matter if it is at the high school, college or professional level.
Defense schemes and the importance of adhering to blocking assignments on offense have not escaped her. She is combining that knowledge with another love… Writing! Of course, she’s opinionated. And has her favorites. But what she hopes to do is bring her perspective of a game that she loves to everyone who reads her columns on Ringside Report.
So join her weekly as she comments on games of interest in High School, College and NFL Football.Contact the Feature Writers