Denise Moran is the 2020 USA Boxing Amateur National Champion in the 125 lb division. Her amazing work ethic along with the coaching of Basheer Abdullah have helped her achieve her dreams, and she is still rising from here!
My name is Denise Moran. I am a two-time State Golden Glove Champ, a two-time Desert Showdown Champ, and most recent, 2020 USA Boxing National Champ. I’ve been boxing on and off for about 10 years. Moved out here about two years ago, not looking to fight anymore, but walked into the doors of the arena and was introduced to Coach Basheer. At the beginning, I’m not going to lie, Basheer wasn’t really looking to bring me on, just because I did mention that I wasn’t looking to compete. I saw what type of coach he was, and I fell in love with his vision. I fell in love with his patience, his technique, and I just kept coming back until I gave him no option to say no.
I just would start coming twice a day and, at some point when somebody asked me if I was competing again, I said no. And they said, “Why not?” And I really didn’t have an answer to give them. So, I took a step back and I reassessed and told myself, “There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be competing.” So, once I made that final decision that I was going to get in there, we got ready for the 2019 State Golden Gloves.
But unfortunately, due to COVID, we were not able to compete. Finally, they said 2020 US Nationals for April of 2021 and finally got my chance to showcase my skills and my hard work. I manifested it. I worked my ass for it. I would wake up every morning and run three miles, four miles every morning. And as I’m running, I’m saying it. 2020 USA Boxing National Champion Denise Moran. And now I’m saying 2021 USA Boxing National Champ Denise Moran because that’s where I’m headed, and I’m going to come back home with that win, and end the year right.