Stacia Suttles: The Natural
Stacia Suttles: The Natural
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
April 1, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – “I want to inspire the younger generation to chase their dreams.” – Stacia Suttles
Talented, skills, humbled, and gracious are just few attributes that describe the current number one ranked female amateur boxer Stacia Suttles. The 2016 USA National Champion continues to excel and hone her craft as a silky smooth junior welterweight.
When you watch Suttles box you quickly recognize that she appears a step ahead, if not a two, of her opponent. She has phenomenal footwork, can box from both the inside and the outside, and has good power in both hands. The great thing about Suttles is that she’s constantly learning and pushing herself to the max, while picking different strategies and techniques for both offense and defense. Suttles is focused on becoming an all-around skilled fighter and winning the 2020 Olympics.
“The main reasons I box is because I love to be active,” Suttles said.
“I used to do Shotokan (karate) and I have a black belt in Taekwondo. I also played basketball in high school. I’ve always been a natural athlete.”
Since winning the US Nationals in 2016, Suttles has been training with the USA Boxing team. She has fought with some of the best female amateur fighters from within the US and abroad.
“Getting asked to come out to train in Colorado Springs with some fighters and coaches from the USA boxing team is a blessing. I trained there for over a month. It was a really great experience. The main focus for me was to have an open mind, word hard, and learn as much as I can.”
“I had a strict schedule for training. It was a lot of fun to work with different coaches and different fighters who possessed different styles. I then traveled to Bulgaria and fought in the Strandja tournament. The Strandja tournament is the oldest international amateur boxing competition in Europe.
“It was a really good experience for me. The Strandja tournament had fighters from over thirty-five countries in the world. I had three fights, beating the top female boxers from Spain, Italy, and Russia. I won the gold medal and was also awarded the trophy of best female boxer of the tournament.”
The 2016 New York Daily News Golden Gloves winner and female fighter of the tournament will be fighting in this year’s tournament. She has faced many styles since winning last year’s tournament and has prepared herself to claim a second pair of golden gloves. With having accomplished so much in just a years’ times Suttles hopes to accomplish more while in her pursuit to represent the United Stated in the 2020 Olympic games.
“Winning the national tournament was a great experience in itself but for now my focus is winning this year’s New York Daily News Golden Gloves. After that I am going back to Colorado Springs for another training camp to prepare to fight in the Continental Championship tournament.”
Suttles can do it all. “The Natural” is also a talented photographer and videographer along with being a boxing correspondent.
“My YouTube channel is doing well. I have over 300 subscribers. When I get messages from younger people who tell me that I inspire them it makes me push harder.”
“I want to inspire people to chase their dreams. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have a dream to chase.”
Whether behind lens of a camera or in front, Suttles’ has a great future ahead of her. Suttles is thankful for all the support she receives and plans to make a major impact on women’s boxing, similar to how a certain 2x Olympic gold medalist has done so.
“I want to thank my father as he’s been my biggest supporter. He supports me in everything that I want to do. I could want to be a rock climber and he would strap up and climb with me.
“I’d like my family, my team, my coaches my sponsors (Onward Athletics, Machina, Girl Clothing, Team USA, RX Smart Gear), and Claressa Shields (2-0, 1 KO/NABF middleweight champion). She’s a huge inspiration to me. She’s making a huge impact for women in our sport and getting the recognition it deserves from all around the world.”
For continued support you can follow Suttles on:
women’s boxing, 2016 Daily News Golden Gloves Champion, 2017 Daily News Golden Gloves, Team USA, Claressa Shields, 2020 Olympics, Onward Athletics, Machina, Girl Clothing, Team USA, RX Smart Gear, 2016 USA National Champion, Continental Championship tournament, Honduras, Spain, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Strandja tournament, Colorado Springs, First Female Athlete named to the Onward Fight Team / #1 in the #USA (141 Pounds / 64 kg ), USA National Team Member, 2017 68th EUBC / AIBA “Strandja” international tournament CHAMPION