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Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju

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Rabu, 16 Jun 2021 19:20 WIB

Bolivia - Seorang gadis berusia 12 tahun memiliki julukan Tangan Batu karena kerja kerasnya. Ia berambisi suatu hari nanti menjadi petinju profesional.

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Gracce Kelly Flores (12) bangun lebih awal hampir setiap hari di rumahnya yang terbuat dari batako dan mulai berlari di sepanjang jalan berdebu di pinggir Ibu Kota Bolivia.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Gadis kecil ini memiliki ambisi suatu hari nanti menjadi petinju profesional.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Ia berlatih setiap hari meski pandemi harus menghentikan semua kompetisi tinju.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Gracce biasa berlatih tiga jam seharinya.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Gracce Kelly mengadopsi julukan "Tangan Batu karena saya suka keras", meminjam label dari mantan juara Panama Roberto Duran.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Gadis ini bilang dia tidak pernah kalah dalam pertarungan dua menit di mana anak-anak dibatasi.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Gracce mengatakan ia terus berlatih agar tidak lupa teknik untuk pertarungan selanjutnya setelah pembatasan pandemi dicabut.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Dia telah dilatih selama enam tahun terakhir oleh ayahnya Alberto Flores yang merupakan mantan petinju amatir berusia 54 tahun.  

Gracce Kelly Flores, a 12-year-old boxer who goes by the nickname Hands of Stone, right, poses for a photo with her family after her daily boxing workout and breakfast in Palca, Bolivia, early Thursday, June 10, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At age 8, Flores defeated a 10-year-old boy, and with three national boxing medals under her belt, she dreams of reaching the women's boxing world championship. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Mimpi Gracce adalah mencapai liga besar saat berusia 18 tahun sehingga ia bisa bertarung dengan Jennifer Salinas, petinju Bolivia favoritnya.  

Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju
Gadis Ini Berjuluk Tangan Batu, Cita-citanya Jadi Petinju