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East Texas boxer trains for Women's Golden Gloves Championship

Megan Ybarra is not your typical 17 year old girl.  She says most of her friends are partying, enjoying their summer.  For Ybarra, it's when the bell rings, that the real party begins. 

"It is hard, you want to hang out with friends and talk about memories and be apart of it," said Ybarra.  "It's worth it when you win a fight. It's all worth it."

Troup Boxing Gym coach Shawn Vascocu says Ybarra's work ethic is rare.

"She's the hardest worker I've ever had," said Vascocu.  "She's a 17 year old girl and she's always here."

There's nothing ordinary about this 106 pound fighter.

"Even the men in our gym, she's ahead of them because she works so much harder," said Troup Boxing Gym coach Candice Vascocu.  "She has a sweet face, but she has a strong punch,"

Three years ago, Ybarra was too tough for her own good.

"I would get in trouble," said Ybarra.  "I didn't care, thought I was big and bad. This has kept me straight."

It's been a new path, full of wins, trophies and medals.  This year Ybarra has become the first female fighter from Troup Boxing Gym, to qualify for the Women's Golden Gloves Championship in Florida.

"I'm so excited," said Ybarra.  "I'm just ready to go and see how it is. Either way it's going to be a great experience for me."

The dream won't end in Florida.  Ybarra expects to become an Olympic boxer in 2016.

"She has a better chance than most in our area and state," said Candice Vascocu.  "I think she has a great shot."

Ybarra hopes her coach is right.

"That would be amazing," said Ybarra. "That's why I want to get ranked as much as a I can, then hopefully go pro. I can't imagine my life without it."

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