A short video by Tori Nelson explaining her need -- her desire -- to receive a sponsor in this expensive sport of boxing. Alone, and with her trainer Craig Fladager, they have provided all of their own financial backing to achieve the WBC and WIBA World Middleweight boxing titles, three Golden Gloves, and the #1 USA Middleweight title status. She will fight for three world titles in October 2012 including the WBA.
Tori Nelson, gives hope to single mothers. Her hard work, dedication and motto --"suck it up" -- seem to help her persevere in balancing her dream career in boxing as well as taking care of her two teenage children.
Tori Nelson first started boxing at the age of 29, but in her pursuit for the championship Nelson's journey is not so easy. Now 35, Nelson is a single mother working three jobs; she works as a school bus driver, cafeteria worker and an IHOP waitress, and maintains all three while taking care of her children.
"It's hard," says Nelson, "Especially doing it by myself because I don't get enough time to raise my own kids, but I just suck it up... because I know I got two mouths I got to feed."
Nelson squeezes her training time in between jobs. Craig Fladager, Nelson's professional coach and manager, says, "God does extraordinary things through ordinary people, and this is a prime example of that."
July 29, 2011, in the fifth fight of her career, Nelson won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Women's Middle Weight title. On February 11, 2012 she went on to unanimously win the coveted WIBA title belt.
She feels that she will not be able to reach her full potential while balancing everything in her life. She says, "Until that time comes I just have to keep going, suck it up and keep going."
Tori, alone, must work three minimum paying jobs (waitress, bus drive, cafeteria worker) to support her two children and to fulfill her dream to become the #1 Women's Middleweight boxing champ in the world.
But only with sponsorship assistance can she pursue her dream...
For Sponsorship Information, kindly contact Craig Fladager at 703-969-1812.
Thank-you for watching.
(Jeff Riegel: Cameraman Canon 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV, FCP editor, and producer)