Her swollen eyes gaze at her bloody opponent sitting in the opposite corner of the ring as her coach shouts out demands for the last round of the bout.
Heavy hands hang on the ropes as she inhales and exhales trying to catch her breath while the mostly male crowd howls.
Just as the bell sounds, she forces her body to her feet and moves guardedly to the center of the ring. She taps gloves with her opponent and the round begins.
Jasmine Rodriguez, 20, a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso, entered the ring at the Sports and Health Expo held here in April to fight in one of the day’s only two women’s boxing matches. Rodriguez, out of Ben and Joe’s Youth Gym, defeated her opponent from Las Cruces, New Mexico.