THE WARRIOR PRINCESS
LOGLINE: A 12-year-old, multi-champion boxer is confronted with notions of gender bias in the sport she loves most. Despite others questioning her place in the gym, she aims to be an example and empower young girls to follow her footsteps into the ring.
SYNOPSIS: Violet "The Warrior Princess" is a barrier-breaking boxer looking to one day etch her name in the sports history books. She aspires to win a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics, become a professional fighter, and inspire growth in the sport of girls amateur boxing. From the beginning, it was made clear to Violet her experience as a boxer would just be different from the boys. She's also aware there are boys and men alike in the gym who believe she doesn't belong there. This only serves to light fire under her, encouraging her to work hard, keep winning, and be an example that inspires other girls to enter the ring with her.
Violet fell in love with boxing at age eight after she began training with her cousin and coach Angel Villarreal Jr. at the United Community Center on Milwaukee's South Side. UCC Boxing Club has a winning reputation with many national champions who have gone on to fight professionally. The program was founded by Israel "Shorty" Acosta — a two-time Olympic boxing coach and extremely successful amateur boxer. Shorty served as a mentor to Angel who now has several national champion boxers of his own with Violet being the most successful one.
The winning legacy of UCC Boxing Club continues as Violet and Angel add six national championships to the legacy together. With a desire to only win more and see more girls come into the gym, The Warrior Princess continues to strive for success and be that example, no matter what challenge she faces in or out of the ring.