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Sonya Lamonakis, a 36-year-old elementary school teacher in Harlem, moonlights as a professional boxer. Despite her humble attitude and constant referral to her sport as a "hobby," Lamonakis is a top-five-rated female heavyweight who is being groomed for a title shot, starting with Saturday's fight on the Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz undercard.

Updated: April 14, 2011, 3:27 PM ET
By Shawn Krest

Sonya Lamonakis, pictured above, left, is a 36-year-old elementary school teacher in Harlem who moonlights as a professional boxer. Despite her humble attitude and constant referral to her sport as a "hobby," Lamonakis is a top-five-rated female heavyweight who is being groomed for a title shot. She'll be in action against GiGi Jackson April 16 on the undercard of the Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz fight at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., but she took time to speak to espnW from a ...

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