Chantel Navarro is an unusually determined and disciplined 14-year-old. For the past two years, she has been training six days a week with her father, former professional boxer Ignacio Navarro, at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East Los Angeles. And she trains a full seven days a week when a tournament is approaching. Every day, her father picks her up from school and they head to the gym. She fits in homework after her training. That determination has been paying off, as sheās won nine of her 12 matches and is a two-time national champion.
The entire Navarro family supports one anotherās goals, with Ignacio Navarro training Chantel while her mother, Michelle Navarro, takes her three sisters, who all play competitive soccer, to their practices and games. And with her familyās Olympic pedigree, Chantel could be poised for a run at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
āI didnāt choose boxing, boxing chose me.ā
āIām here to box. This is my passion, this is where my heart is.ā