2014 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
2013 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
2013 CONTINENTAL CHAMPION
Weight Class: 152 lbs/welterweight
Lives in: San Diego, California
Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Upon meeting Danyelle Wolf, the first thing one notices is her height — all 6 feet of it. The second is her demeanor. Poised, polite, feminine, and fashion-conscious, it is not exactly what one expects from a female boxer.
Danyelle, a self-described “lifelong athlete,” is an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 Olympic female boxing event. But she hasn’t by any means been practicing boxing her entire life.
“I had never seen a boxing glove before 2008,” said the Pacific Beach resident. “But I’m up for any challenge when it comes to sports. I’ll try anything.”
After Danyelle graduated from Millersville University, she came to California by way of small-town Pennsylvania. She was constantly running, biking, or swimming, and her physique prompted more than one person to ask if she was a fighter. It surprised her because she had never considered boxing, but it also planted a seed. She decided it was a sport worth checking out.
After she began taking boxing classes and coaching herself at local gyms, more people started taking notice. One boxing fan asked her to meet him at a gym to show him her skills.
“He asked me to throw a jab,” she said. “I didn’t even know what a jab was. But he showed me a few moves, and I just felt comfortable with them. It felt natural.”
One day, someone at a gym even asked her if she would like to teach some of the classes she had been taking, and asked her how long she had been boxing.
“Only about three weeks,” she said.
Danyelle continued to make progress and considered the possibility that she might have a future as a professional boxer, but it wasn’t until August 2009 that she actually had a tangible goal. It was then that the International Olympic Committee announced women’s boxing would be added to the roster of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Previously, boxing had been the only summer sport in the Olympics without a female component.
“I always wanted to be in the Olympics, ever since I was a little girl,” Danyelle said. “When I was in first grade, my teacher asked us what we wanted to do when we grew up. I said I wanted to be in the Olympics!”
Though some scoffed at the lofty ambitions of the girl who had first donned a boxing glove less than a year before, Danyelle’s talent and drive finally brought her to the attention of some highly connected people in the boxing world. She eventually landed herself a respected San Diego coaching team. Training for about six hours every day, they have helped her develop the skill to accompany her natural strength.
Danyelle’s motivation and commitment to reaching her goal were already in place. What she was missing was experience. Getting in the ring, however, proved to be harder than she had anticipated.
Danyelle’s reputation as a 6-foot powerhouse eventually started preceding her. The first handfuls of fights that were wins from knockouts and TKO’s, only worked against her in her efforts to secure more matches. Her name started spreading in the San Diego boxing circuit, and coaches wouldn’t even entertain the idea of letting their boxers fight her.
Danyelle then had to travel all across the nation to get in big tournaments. Winning these big tournaments gave her the experience she needed to win the Gold in the big USA National Championships, which put her on TEAM USA. Danyelle now goes to Team USA training camps at the Olympic Training Center and travels the world for international boxing tournaments. She also traveled to Venezuela with Team USA and won the Continental Championships which consisted of all the top contenders of South America, Central America, Canada, and the US.
Danyelle has a softer side that enjoys art and fashion. When she’s not training, she can usually be found creating art in some form, be it painting, sculpting, or photo shoots. She says it’s a form of meditation.
“I have many talents aside from just being an athlete,” she said. “I use the arts to bring more substance to my life. I definitely have two sides, it’s a nice balance.”
For Danyelle, achieving her goals is a way to leave her mark on boxing.
“I want to be a pioneer to the sport of boxing and a role model for all the upcoming boxers out there. I’m not fighting because I have to or because I like to beat girls up, but because the sport intrigues me and it takes a lot of hard work and self discipline. I want to represent USA boxing the best I can!”
– March 1-2-Arnold Sports Festival, OH
– March 21-3- USA vs. Canada Dual-Colorado Springs, CO
– April, tbd-Grand Prix, Washington, MA
– May, tbd-Womens Continental Championships-Venezuela
– June 7-8-SoCal State Championships-Menifee, CA
– June 14-Battle of the Badges-San Diego, CA
– June 18-21-Adidas National PAL Championships-Oxnard, CA
– July 7-12-Womens National Golden Gloves-Fort Lauderdale, FL
– July 15-19-Desert Showdown-Indio, CA
– July 28-Aug 2-Ringside World Championships-Kansas City, MI
– Sept 28-Oct 5-National Pal Tournament-Oxnard, CA
– Nov 13-25-Women’s World Championships-South Korea
– Jan 19-24-USA National Championships-Spokane, WA
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Danyelle’s art is available for purchase. These pieces are one of a kind originals made by Danyelle herself. Danyelle has a decorated art degree from Millersville University.