Boxing News by Laurena Marrone
A proud native New Yorker, Laurena Marrone began writing for music publications in Los Angeles at the age of 19. Her ability to capture the emotion found in music led her to a prestigious career in publicity with MCA Records in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Changing paths drastically in the late ‘90s, Laurena moved to Spain to pursue a career as a Flamenco dancer. She lived in Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of Flamenco, for two years and excelled at what is considered to be one of the most complex art forms to master. She moved from Spain to Portland, Oregon, where she started the only nonprofit devoted to the Flamenco arts and the largest Flamenco arts academy in the Northwest. She also produced the first-ever Flamenco festivals of the region, which brought thousands of aficionados of the art form to Portland. Her groundbreaking work in Flamenco didn’t stop there; she was the first person to ever fuse Flamenco with traditional Korean music, which led to sold out performances in Korea and two books written in her honor. After leaving her Flamenco career in 2008, Laurena discovered her passion for the Sweet Science. She was amazed at the similarities between Flamenco dance and boxing: rhythm, timing, power, and complete concentration. She became a USA Boxing Official and Coach and went on to score hundreds of rounds of amateur boxing. Laurena’s love for boxing shows through her writing style, which is fiery, and purely from the heart. She hopes that readers get a different perspective on the sport through her writing, which she considers to be a balance of knowledge and sheer love of the sport. Laurena is honored to be part of the Boxing.com team.
Heart of Gold – December 15th, 2015“Hitting that sack of dirt and pretending we were someone else was a way of making us forget how poor we were…”
Abner Mares: Rebirth and Redemption – August 18th, 2015“He’s a good fighter,” says Mares about Santa Cruz. “I have always said he’s a good fighter. He’s a tough fighter and I am fighting a tough fight…”
“Free Boxing for All?” – July 12th, 2015The Tampa Bay Times weekend preview lumped it in with “Extreme Mud Wars, ‘Dexter’ Author, Free Food for Cow Costumes…”
The Evolution of Keith Thurman – June 29th, 2015“We put in blood, sweat, and tears simply just trying to be the best fighter that I can be. That’s all that I really want to accomplish…”