Fighting Chance is written by Alicia Doyle, an award-winning journalist who discovered boxing at age twenty-eight in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth called Kid Gloves. For two years, she simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age thirty in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year. Fighting Chance offers an inside look at what’s considered the toughest sport known to man.
My pro boxing debut at age 30 at the Castaic Brickyard was named "The California Female Fight of the Year"
My nonfiction memoir offers a first-hand look at competing in a male-dominated sport in the late 1990s
I started boxing at age 28 in the late 1990s, and earned two Golden Gloves Championship titles during my two-year-long boxing career
I fell in love with boxing when I was a newspaper journalist, and went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth called Kid Gloves
I earned my ring name "Disaster Diva" for the bloody brawls witnessed during my fights
My boxing career was made possible by coaches and trainers who believed in my athletic ability to compete in the roped-off square
"Absorbing and brilliant! Over 22 years ago I shared the ring with Alicia Doyle...twice. Fighting Chance transported me back to relive those experiences from HER perspective. It was amazing! I highly recommend this book!"
– "Amazing" Layla McCarter, 8 time, 5 division Boxing World Champion & California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee
"No punches pulled by the hard hitting Ms Doyle in her true life novelistic rendering of what it's like to punch her way to fame! A knockout!!"
- Ivor Davis, Investigative Journalist & Best-Selling Author of "Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Murder"
“Alicia Doyle is a shining example of an individual who continues to fight to save herself from the dark side of life by mentoring troubled young children at KID GLOVES. She is their guiding light, a light that doesn’t often shine for them. FIGHTING CHANCE is exactly that, a chance to survive in the ring and in life. A must read…”
– Rod Holcomb, Producer/Director
“Alicia instilled what Kid Gloves Boxing teaches – the A.B.C Backwards: Conceive, Believe, Achieve. Building CONFIDENCE in all she does, Round by Round. A true role model for all.”
– Robert Ortiz Sr., owner of Kid Gloves Boxing
This is the kind of book you might start reading on a weekend morning and not put down until you've turned the last page. The writing is crisp and clean. The story is riveting. I don't know much about boxing, and I know even less about the history of women in the sport, but Doyle expertly weaves that context through her personal story. You end up knowing something about the sport and a lot about how its intensity reflects--and has shaped--the author's character. Doyle is fragile and fierce, grounded and searching, unique in her pursuits and universal in her fears. If you're young, this story confirms that there are infinite ways forward from the pain of an imperfect childhood. If you're not so young, it's a great reminder that the best things in life often require damn hard work. This book is one to devour--and then to share. - Joan S.
Alicia Doyle's book introduced me to a world I previously knew very little about, women boxers. I found it so intriguing and written in such a lively style that I found it hard to put down. I finished reading it in a couple of days. Much to learn here about what it takes to train as a dedicated amateur and then as a professional female fighter. The author wrote this book in a novelistic form she calls "a nonfiction novel," but it is mostly true and based on her own experience in this world, which she entered by chance as a journalist on assignment for a local newspaper. The story she found changed her life, as it will yours after reading about it. - Bonnie K.
You will need to sit down and be ok with being taken on an intensely personal journey with Alicia Doyle through her mind as she reveals the life struggles that made her into the incredible reporter she is today. Her intimate exposure of her boxing career will make you want to face your demons head-on, because, as Doyle puts it, "The only way out is through." This is an "easy read" in that you can't put it down until you're done. Share with the ones in your life you love and want to see do great things. - Trenton D.
I loved this book! I could not put it down. Alicia’s gifts, skill, and heart as a journalist shine on every page. This is an insightful memoir of a truly remarkable woman who has worked hard and fought for every ounce of the wisdom, strength and insight she puts out into the world. Told with sincerity, humor, honesty, grace, Fighting Chance is the memoir I am telling all of my friends and family about. - Lucia F.
I loved this book!!! It took all my little problems and made it disappear. Reading her struggles in life and fighting through it evolved so well. Loved watching her growth through boxing. - Anita G.
What a wonderful story! It was hard to put the book down! Thank you Alícia for teaching us that life is worth to fight for. What a nice story of resilience. Well recommended! -Rene C.