Taking up boxing would make more sense if she had been some kind of goon in hockey.
However, getting that enforcer tag is pretty hard to come by when you are the goalie.
So how exactly did Sherwood Park’s Mikenna Tansley get into pugilism to the point she will be in her third pro bout on Friday at the Edmonton Convention Center as part of K.O. Boxing’s K.O. 88 card?
Tansley, who competed in net for the Sherwood Park Kings Club all the way up to the top-level Midget AAA Fury female hockey team, wasn’t exactly called on for a tough-guy role in her early sporting career.
Now a 27-year-old graphic and product designer, Tansley was looking at fitness options and quickly developed a love for the sweet science and found herself making a foray between the ropes.
“My dad took me down a few years ago just to do it at the YMCA more for fitness-based reasons,’ said the Sal Comp grad. “Then I went into my first boxing gym and I just fell in love with it and wanted to start fighting. I did three years of amateur and had about 25 fights at that level and was ranked second in Canada in my weight class, which is now Bantam fighting at 118 pounds. So I decided to turn pro.”
So far so good for the Park puncher as she has been perfect in a pair of debut bouts, both as part of the undercards on Jelena Mrjenovich’s last two title fights in Edmonton.
“It’s gone well so far,” Tansley said. “I have had two fights so far and won them both. I won my first by TKO and my second by unanimous decision. Turning pro, it was definitely an adjustment having no protective headgear. That is one of the biggest things. It is a different style, but I think it more suits the style of fighting that I do. You have a bit more patience in the rung and everything like that. Jelena Mrjenovich has been my main sparring partner for my last two fights and I learned a lot from her.”
Tansley will face Maria Dolores Hernandez Garcia in her third pro fight on Friday.
“I’m moving up to six rounds for this fight,” she said. “The girl I am fighting is out of Mexico and she is 6-4-2. I’m really just focusing on getting ready for the extra rounds and to try and improve my power, working in more body shots and things like that.”
The Park pugilist believes that she has a real chance for success in the sport.
“We’re hoping that I can compete for world titles — that is my goal, she said. “We are hoping that early next year that we will hopefully fight for a Canadian title and then see where it goes from there.”
Tansley trains out of the Alliance Boxing Club under coach John Mendonca.