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Up North: ''Hard Hands'' Hopes For Knockout Night in Pro Boxing Debut

Updated: October 09, 2019 10:49 PM

Playing on a professional stage isn't something new for Amy Lemenager. The former standout goalie for the Proctor-Hermantown Mirage made numerous trips to the Xcel Energy Center for the high school state tournament. She even had plans to play college hockey at Bethel.

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"I wanted to take my skills at hockey to the next level and I knew I had to do that by working out and getting into better shape, so I started boxing," explained Lemenager.

However, after blowing out her knee the summer before school, Lemenager was forced to take a step outside the rink. She ended up playing soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, but decided to take her passion in the ring to the next level.

"I kind of fell in love with the sport. I began fighting and since then it's kind of taken off for me," Lemenager added.

"She's got a great set of skills. She's very determined and she's got laser focus," her coach Zach Walters of Jungle Boy Boxing said.

Known as Amy 'Hard-Hands' Lemenager, she's been boxing since about the age of 12. It was never her intention to take her skills to the ring for a fight. However, with wins under her belt at the amateur level, this Friday, the 21 -year-old is set to make her pro debut becoming the first female pro boxer to do so from Duluth.

"I'm focusing on keeping my head clear and just working as hard as I can to be prepared for this fight," said Lemenager. "I love being here at this gym. Jungle boy is awesome. Everyone is working towards the same thing," she added.

"She's a very big puncher and she's got real nice accuracy, so we're looking to use her accuracy and big punch to possibly make it a quick night," added Walters.

As a former pro boxer himself, Walters knows there's a different kind of rush walking up to the ring for a pro debut, but he sees a fire in Amy.

"Being involved in sports harness a level of competitive spirit, so she's got that. When pushed, she pushes back with good results," he said.

Lemenager says her goal is to have fun and learn something new because ultimately, she knows she's lucky to still be able to compete in something like boxing.

Lemenager is sponsored by Hoops Brewing, FocalPoint Flooring, WBAN, Cost Cutters-Duluth, and Gladiator mouth guards.

Two Harbors native Jesse Wanamaker will also make his pro debut on Friday at the Sports Garden in Duluth. Duluth natives Danny Huffman and Jesse Walters will also compete on the card.

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