SAN DIEGO – Danyelle Wolf has a new prized possession: the gold medal she earned at the U.S. Boxing National Championships on April 6 in Spokane, Washington.
“I would say it is the most important,” Wolf said. “I believe I worked the hardest for this one.”
With her title in the 152-pound weight class, the Pacific Beach resident earned a spot on the U.S. National team for the upcoming Continental Championships in mid-May in Venezuela.
“It was very overwhelming,” Wolf said of winning the U.S. Championship. “I was like, ‘Finally.’
“All of this hard work and time, it was almost like I deserve this.”
A three-sport athlete in college, Wolf said she never tried boxing until about five years ago.
Then her career really started to pack a punch about six months ago when she connected with trainer Carlos Barragan at the House of Boxing in Paradise Hills.
“What impressed me was her character,” Barragan said. “After working with her for a couple months I began to see that she was open to a new system of training. We began to make some transitions in her boxing style. We saw that she had a good foundation but she was more of a defensive fighter.”
Wolf went on the offensive, and used her 6-foot frame and long reach to pummel opponents.
“(Barragan) brought the best out of all the tools I have,” Wolf said. “I had a lot of tools that I just did not know how to use. I feel he broke it down and we worked on making small things perfect. I needed that.”
An avid painter, Wolf said she has put down the brush recently to focus more on boxing.
She said she feels proud to represent San Diego and would love to keep her success going all the way through the 2016 Olympics and help inspire other girls to get in the ring.
“There are many pioneers in female boxing,” Wolf said. “I hope to be another one and I hope that I can do a lot for the sport. I am ready to make an impact on the sport and take the next step. I really think that I can make a global impact on female boxing.”