Mercedes native, mother of three, fights in fourth professional match

MERCEDES — Josette Rodriguez’s three children sat with a loud, jam-packed crowd while she was center stage fighting head-to-head and blow-for-blow at her fourth professional boxing match.

The children watched their mother take her first professional boxing career loss.

“My knee and my legs were not there,” Josette said. “It was very painful.”

She said early in the first round she hurt her left knee but was able to continue the four-round match. But it had an impact on the outcome of the fight.

“It was everything I needed when I needed to either duck or put power in,” Josette said. “Every time I stepped with it, it was moving out of place.”

Josette, 26, a Mercedes resident, has been boxing since before she could drive. And she married into a family of boxers. Her husband Abran Barrentes is her daily trainer.

Most days Josette works at Extreme Fitness in Donna. She goes there every day before a run in the morning and making breakfast for her family.

Josette’s life is boxing and her plans are to keep fighting and become a mainstream hit in women’s boxing like Ronda Rousey did in Mixed Martial Arts.

Josette took up boxing to stay fit. But after she was asked if she wanted to spar and did well she decided to take the sport more seriously.

“I competed in amateur boxing in Houston, San Antonio and Missouri,” Josette said. “Ever since I started I have always been with Barrientes Boxing Gym.”

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