By Eliud Vazquez Torres
Boxing is a sport of skill, will, heart, determination and a host of other attributes. The sport positions are mostly filled by men. From the fighters, trainers, judges and all the way to the promoters, it is a male dominated sport. There are a few exceptions of course. Now you can see females refereeing fights or judging them. Times sure have changed.
These past summer Olympics in London, for the first time ever, females were allowed to compete in boxing. Before, women in boxing were rare like Mr. Clean with hair. That’s not the case anymore. One particular female just didn’t change the face of boxing, she made history along the way. Her name is Dommys Delgado Berty.
Dommys Delgado Berty was born in the Bronx in New York City. At the age of eight she along with her family moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dommys had a large loving family that included her father Manuel, mother Esther and eight brothers. After High School she moved to Louisiana for a couple of years, got married and then returned to Puerto Rico to take a course and performed as a medical secretary.
By her own account Dommys never envisioned working in the pugilist field. The only thing she really knew about boxing at the time was when her grandfather trained fighters. In 1972 Dommy became a secretary for the sports and recreation department of Puerto Rico. After just a few years she became the first woman in Puerto Rico to be named executive director of the professional boxing commission.
She has taken a lot of pride in her privilege profession. Respect, treating people with kindness, and being fair are some of the things Dommys demanded. In the beginning she experienced resistance from individuals who thought she did not belong in their profession but she shot down every single negative situation thrown her way. The boxing commission is very active in the community.
They participate in drug-free programs, visit schools with guess fighters and talk to at-risk children. Dommys herself lost a daughter to the streets as a result of a drug addiction so she knows how important it is to reach out to the youth. Her determination to succeed earned her respect among her peers and rest you can say is history.