Red Salmon Arts
a plática and book signing
Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron
7pm Saturday December 15, 2012
Boxing Shadows is W.K. Stratton's exceptionally honest account of Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron's life. The two-time world champion boxer describes how her long-time mental illnesses and self-destructive habits reappeared as an adult when boxing alone wasn't able to keep them away. The gruesome descriptions of self-mutilation and drug addictions read like pages from Zamarron's diary, painful and truthful, including her account of the 18 months she spent tied to a bed in a corrupt (and now closed) for-profit mental hospital. Boxing allowed her to use her aggression in the ring, keeping her safe from losing control in real life. Despite the odds, Zamarron excelled in boxing, fighting in more than 30 professional fights and more 10-round fights than any woman before her.
Zamarron collaborated with Stratton in telling her story to show young women, especially Latinas, that they can achieve goals that often seem unattainable. Zamarron is a two-time world champion flyweight boxer whose professional career spanned 1995-2007. She has never been knocked out in a professional fight.