AUSTIN -- There is a place in Austin that's changing the face of boxing and helping fight a disease that affects 1 in 8 women.
Pink Gloves Boxing is all about knocking out stereotypes.
"It's very empowering to put gloves on and do something you think you would never do," said instructor Brenda Porta.
Porta teaches boxing techniques for this all-female class in a circuit-like setting.
"We'll do everything a boxer would do in their training sessions without getting in the ring," she said.
Eve Richter has taken this class since April.
“You can do anything for two and a half minutes," she said.
Richter wanted to find a class that could keep her interest and help her lose weight.
"We're always learning something new. Just when you think I know all the punches, slips, and ducks and blocks, they'll say we're going to do this other crazy combo," she said. "It's fun. It's really fun."
Richter has already lost 87 pounds but gained far more than she ever imagined.
"My very best friend in the whole world in California is a survivor."
Pink Gloves Boxing gives part of each student's tuition to Komen Austin to help find a cure for breast cancer.
"For those of us that don't have an excuse, that are healthy and able bodied can make ourselves more healthy and less susceptible to disease while helping contribute to curing the disease for others, it's a complete win-win for everybody," said Richter.
Founded on the idea that we all have an inner champion, these classes give every woman, a fighting chance.
Pink gloves boxing holds classes in Central East Austin in the mornings and evenings. For more information on those classes go here.
They’ve also put together a team for this year’s Komen Race for the Cure November 10th. To learn more about the race and to sign up go here.