Jeff Foley Photography: What does winning a world title mean to you?
Sarah Kuhn: Having the opportunity to fight for a World Title is the ultimate goal for any professional boxer. WINNING a World Title is a dream come true. In one of the first articles written about me, the writer asked my trainer Rick Sweeney what he thought of me as a boxer. He said, “She could win a World Title someday.” That gave me all of the confidence I needed to go out, work hard and believe in the idea.
SK: I want women to know that no matter what you choose to do in life, you can be feminine, you can be beautiful and even a sport like boxing can be done with grace. I also want woman to look at me and what I’m doing and know that. even in a male-dominated sport, you can be confident and hold your head high. I want young girls to know that you can grow up to be anything you want to be and to look at themselves and find beauty in every inch of their being.
SK: I like showing the guys my “tough” side. Every woman is a fighter … it’s sexy. My message to the guys out there would be, respect women. See the passion and work ethic in everything they do and appreciate it. If there’s a woman in your life that struggles with lack of confidence or self-esteem issues, take the extra time to compliment her. Women are the beauty of the world, sometimes they just need a little reminder.
SK: The thing about boxing that I don’t think the general public realizes is the mental and physical work that goes into each match. Six weeks out from a fight means intense training, long hours in the gym, diet perfection, lack of friends and family time and complete focus. And, unless your Floyd Mayweather, you have to maintain not only a full-time job, but for most women a family as well. Not easy. The real sport really happens behind the scenes in the gym.
SK: Aside from winning a World Title in my last fight, the win took us from 13th in the country to sixth. We have already recieved numerous requests for match ups as well as another World Title offer. The possibilites are growing, and having a 10-round fight under our belt is extremely noticable in the boxing world. I will be back to training March 1st, and hoping to be back in the ring as early as April.
SK: It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Not only do you have to be in tip-top shape, you have to be mentally prepared to deal with everything in your daily life sometimes just “running on fumes.” It’s physically harder for women to lose weight as opposed to men, so when it comes to cutting weight for fights …we dont really want to hear them complain. Women also deal with many emotional issues, some that can’t be explained. Boxing takes you to the highest high, but it can also drag you down and test you. It asks everything of you and then some. It makes you question your commitment, and it tries to make you quit. The real battle is won before you even step through the ropes.
SK: ABSOLUTELY! When I first started boxing I made a commitment to myself. No matter what happens I will remain true to who I am. If that means being picked on for being polite, or wearing pink, I would be ready. I’m not a trash talker and I will never be. I will remain humble as I am in my every day life, and give back every chance I can. Being a professional boxer does not define who I am … Being Sarah Janette Kuhn, the pink loving, COACH carrying, sequined dress wearing, born again believing, homeschooler from Schoharie, N.Y., is who I am. I am a fighter in everything that I do. I may lose a few battles, but the war which is life is the ultimate goal to conquer. I will do it with Beauty and Grace
SK: Hard work. Dedication. Patience. Being able to take a loss and overcome. Be brave! Dare to put yourself out there. Accept criticism. Smile a lot, even when it seems impossible.
I couldn’t get to where I am without the support of my incredible friends and family. My fiance Brian is my biggest fan and without him pushing me, encouraging me, and just being there when I need to crash … its all necessary for success. My fans are amazing, and I’m overwhelmed each time I enter the ring by the support, cheers and pink that swallows up the arena. My mom and dad have been to all of my matches from amateur to professional and, when I see them in the crowd, I know that this is why I succeed.
SK: Feb. 25th Im getting married to the love of my life. This will be my greatest accomplishment yet. March 1st I will get back into the gym and get ready for whatever is thrown my way. My goal for the end of the year is to fight for the NYS Welterweight Title in front of my hometown. I have a lot to learn about the sport, but I am confident in saying that I get better each time. I will continue to work hard in a sport that I kind of fell into. I believe that most things in life you fall into, the important ones you fall for.