Sting Like A Bee: Help The Women of Kinshasa Fight

Marcella Sakobi lives in the Congo and has dreams of boxing professionally

Philanthropy means “love of mankind”.  It is giving money for a purpose or cause, benefiting people who you don’t personally know.

Kinshasa is a hard place.  After decades of constant warfare, Congo has been ravaged socially and economically. More than half of the country’s population is younger than 17. Many Congolese girls have fallen victim to rape, with the American Journal of Public Health reporting that, at one point, four women were being raped every five minutes in the country. With the average household income hovering around $230 a year, some Congolese girls have turned to prostitution, in a trend called phenomen tshiell, Lingala for the “whore phenomenon.” All of this adds up to a deeply rooted desire to leave the country, by any means necessary.

Marcella Sakobi, Miki Ndaya, Jorbelle Malewu and Safi Nadege Lukambo are all on a quest to use their boxing talents to escape their war-torn country.

Miki Ndaya

Jorbelle Malewu

Safi Nadege Lukambo

They are in need of basic things a lot of us take for granted, such as proper clothing to train, boxing gloves, punching bags, transportation fees for international competition travel and monies to feed their children.

You can read more about their stories here (Fight Like A Girl).

Latondria Jones: Boxing’s newest beast has an 18 second KO under her belt

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Latondria Jones realized at the age of 17 that she wanted to become a boxer.  The 5’6 mother of one daughter is now the first lady of Mayweather Promotions.  In 2012, Jones met Lanell Bellows another boxer singed under Mayweather Promotions at a fight and was convinced to visit the Mayweather Boxing Club.  The rest, as they say, is history or herstory rather.

After three years of training, Jones was offered an opportunity to box professionally by the world’s best pound for pound boxer, in four different weight classes, Floyd Mayweather.

Jones has garnered four wins and two knockouts.  One of those knockouts clocked in at 18 seconds.

When asked if she surprised herself with that 18 second knockout Jones stated, “No.  It was just another fight for me.  I train for whoever.”