Kaitlin Young Brings Her Superb Striking to Boxing

This is a story I wrote for MMA Latest News

One of the hardest hitters in women’s MMA is taking her talents to the boxing ring.

Invicta FC veteran Kaitlin Young announced on her Facebook page that she will be making her boxing debut for Seconds Out Promotions, Aug. 29 in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Aldrich Arena. Young’s opponent and the venue where the fight will take place is unknown at this time.

Young is primarily known for her time in MMA. She has spent the last few years fighting for Invicta where she’s currently on a four-fight losing streak, though she did share a “Fight of the Night” bonus with Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith in their bout at Invicta FC 1. She made her triumphant return to professional kickboxing in July 2014 when she traveled to Russia and scored a decision win.

The fighter from Minnesota earned success early in her career, winning her first four fights and claiming the 2007 HOOKnSHOOT tournament championship. She won all three of her matches in under a minute – one of those was a 30-second head kick knockout over current UFC star Miesha Tate.

In addition to her MMA experience, Young has hard hands and kicks that some compare to being hit by baseball bats. She is also no stranger to the square circle as she has an extensive Muay Thai experience as well as a black belt in taekwondo and several amateur titles.

Young is the latest fighter to become a professional three-combat sport athlete. Kaiyana Rain, Maureen Riodron, Holly Holm, Joe Schilling and Jermone Le Banner are five of many athletes who have experience in MMA, kickboxing/Muay Thai and boxing.

It will be interesting to see how Young transitions into the Sweet Science. She not only has the striking credentials, but also the durability and conditioning that will her get through those long fights. Young moved to Los Angeles not too long ago and while she’s been working with proficient grapplers like Josh Barnett and Shayna Baszler, she’s been working with Muay Thai legend Kronphet Phetrajchapat.

The HOOKnSHOOT champion hasn’t said which weight she’ll be fighting at. Her last professional fight against Raquel Pa’aluhi, in November, was at 145 pounds. The 135, 140 and 147 women’s weight classes are all fairly competitive. Norway’s Cecilia Brækhus sits at the top of the women’s welterweight division and currently holds all four major titles.

Young hasn’t alluded to whether or not this boxing match is a one-time deal or a permanent transition though in combat sports the only certainty is that there are no certainties. However, if she pulls off an impressive win in her boxing debut, I say she has a bright future in the sport of kings – and queens.

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