There is always hope & sometimes you find it in the face of a young girl with a dream…M. Valentini
Alexis Lavarine, Lily of Louisiana
Posted by: Margherita “Rita” Valentini
When was the last time you asked a second grader what she wanted to be when she grew up and she told you she wanted to be a boxer? Well, that’s what Alexis Lavarine told her father after watching a boxing match on T.V. The rest is going to be history.
Alexis Lavarine boxing her way to fame, recognition
Posted by: Ken Trahan
At the age of 15, most young ladies are enjoying high school life, participating in school activities, events and extra-curricular activities. Some already have dreams and goals. Alexis Lavarine is pursuing her dreams and is already on the fast-track to many of her goals.
With help from her dad, 14-year-old boxing phenom has sights set on 2020 Olympics
Posted by: ESPNw
It’s a gray December morning at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and David Lavarine is terrified. The burly 46-year-old gym teacher sits next to his daughter, Alexis, on a flight bound for Kansas City, where he plans to coach her at the USA Boxing Junior National Championships. But David isn’t stressing over Alexis’ upcoming bout.
Top Junior and Youth Women Participate in National Team Training Camp
Posted by: USA Boxing
Twenty-one of the top-seeded junior and youth women of USA Boxing have been training alongside each other since Saturday, April 8 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The camp, which runs through Saturday, April 15, offers boxers the opportunity to live, eat and train alongside the world’s best athletes, nutritionists, trainers and more.
Kenner girl punches way onto national travel boxing team
Posted by: Rosalyn Eason
Many have Olympic dreams but few are able to achieve them. For 14-year-old Kenner resident Alexis Lavarine, that dream has come a step closer to reality with a win at the recent USA Boxing Nationals held in Kansas City, Missouri.
Alexis and Fellow Boxers Qualify for the USA Junior Open Team
Posted by: USA Boxing
Meet Your 2016 Junior Open Champions: After five intense days of boxing, 20 juniors walked away from Kansas City as Champions. Here is a look at the juniors who will have the chance to represent Team USA in international competition in 2017.
Boxers Register for the First Ever Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open
Posted by: USA Boxing
More than 670 boxers from across the United States have registered and weighed in for the first-ever Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open, Dec. 5-10 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Athletes ranging from ages 14 to 40 will compete in the last USA Boxing national event of the calendar year. The 2016 National Championships is the first time USA Boxing will combine the Elite and Youth National Championships as one event. With a talented mix of male and female boxers traveling to Kansas City across all age groups, the event is sure to be a week filled with action.
Fighting her way to the Olympics: What it’s like to be a 14-year-old champion boxer
Posted by: Diana Samuels
…”(Alexis) has a synergy of athleticism and work ethic that is very rare in any athlete, and that’s really what makes a champion,” said Myron Gaudet, owner of Mushin Training Center in Harahan, who has watched her train over the years. “I know talent when I see it, and I can tell you she is absolutely suited, if not for boxing, than for several other sports.”
Tokyo 2020 Olympic dreams for Kenner’s Alexis Lavarine
Posted by: Rosalyn Eason
With the Olympic flame recently getting snuffed out in Rio, at least one local has her sights on what’s next — Tokyo in 2020 and an Olympic medal.
Alexis Lavarine, 13-year-old from Kenner, already has achieved much success as an amateur boxer. She holds nine belts and a bronze medal from the 2016 USA Amateur Boxing Junior Olympics.
New Orleans July and August Amateur Athletes of the Month announced
Posted by: John Sudsbury
Price Butcher, a star local golfer, and Brooks Vial, a standout pitcher for the New Orleans Boosters, have been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athletes of the Month for July and August, respectively. The monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
School Board Honors T.H. Harris Middle Boxing Champion
Harris Middle student Alexis Lavarine brought two of her six championship boxing belts to the September board meeting. The Jefferson Parish School Board recognized T.H. Harris Middle School student Alexis Lavarine at their September 2 meeting.
An honor student in the classroom, Lavarine won the 13 and 14 year old division of the Ringside World Championship Boxing Tournament. She also holds six belts. Lavarine’s parents, David and Carla, are both Jefferson Parish Public School System teachers. David also trains his daughter, along with Dennis Guidry.
Lavarine worked out three times a day, running and boxing for more than two hours a day, to prepare for the tournament. The hard work paid off. Her goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and earn a gold medal.
12-year-old girl from Kenner a champion boxer
Alexis Lavarine is a winner. That is what she does when she competes in the ring. As an amateur boxer, the 12-year old already holds six belts, including the title national championship she recently won at the Ringside World Championship Boxing Tournament held in Missouri.
Kenner resident Alexis competed in the 13- and 14- year old division, 115-pound weight class in three matches to win the division that included six girls. More than 20 countries were represented at this prestigious USA Boxing sanctioned tournament.
Kenner girl is boxing hopeful
When Marlen Esparza made history as a member of the first U.S. women’s Olympic boxing team, Alexis Lavarine began making plans. “I’m going to the Olympics in 2020,” the 9-year-old Kenner athlete girl said.
At 79 pounds, Alexis is already in position to become one of the top female boxer contenders in Louisiana. A junior Olympian, she has several wins under her belt in less than two years. During a recent tournament that drew more than 50 contenders to San Antonio, Texas, she won her match by a 3-2 judges’ decision.
Alexis celebrated with a cry. “But they were happy tears, very happy tears,” she chuckled.
Kenner girl, 11, winning national awards in boxing
“Why do you want to be a boxer?” That is a question people ask Alexis Lavarine a lot. “I thought it fit my personality since I am aggressive,” Alexis, age 11, said.
That aggressiveness plus hours of practice, hard work and dedication, have earned her national awards and a promising future as an amateur boxer.
World Champion boxer Alexis Lavarine shows off the championship belt that she won in July at the Ringside World Championship. She competed in the female 11 and 12 year old, 96 to 101 pound weight classification at the tournament held in Independence, Missouri.
Boxing phenom Alexis Lavarine racking up title belts
Bulky title belts are in style each summer — at least for Metairie boxer Alexis Lavarine.
The soon-to-be seventh-grader at T.H. Harris Middle School captured the third of her career in August when she gutted out a majority decision over Lizbeth Retiz of Alamo, Texas, to win the 12-year-old novice 100-pound division of the Ringside World Championship in Independence, Missouri.
This June, Lavarine (9-1) plans to expand her boxing wardrobe with visits to the Title National Tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas (June 17-20) and the Pikes Peak National Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado (June 24-26). She will later compete in the National All-Female Golden Gloves Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, make a return trip to the Ringside World Tournament, and finally lace up her gloves for a second Title National Tournament in Doraville, Georgia.
Kenner boxer Alexis Lavarine wins title
Kenner resident Alexis Lavarine scored a tense and taut decision over Cheyanne Crutchfield to capture the 101-Pound Open Division Championship at the 2014 National Boxing tournament last Thursday in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Lavarine (7-1) moved up from the novice division to fight Crutchfield, who is two years older and two inches taller. But that didn’t stop Lavarine, 11, from applying pressure through all three rounds.
She even rattled Crutchfield with a few jabs that drew blood.
“Alexis was busier and relentless,” Lavarine’s co-trainer Dennis Guidry said. “She pounded (Crutchfield) pretty well. She even caught her with some square punches that drew a reaction from the crowd.”
Ponytail with a Punch: 9-year-old Kenner girl on a mission
Some are in it for fitness, others for competition. But either way, boxing demands a tough mind and a tough body. It’s also a sport with a changing look, and one local athlete is proof of that.
Walk into just about any boxing gym, and there’s no mistaking this is still very much a guy’s sport.
Axel Murillo has been coaching for 12 years, boxing for 16. He says in that time, there’s hardly been gender equality.
Murillo says, “Very few women, and the ones that do come by have it in their minds they wanna’ do it, but when they really get down to the nitty gritty of what it takes, not even getting hit, just the training aspect of it, they weed themselves out.”