All in attendance on January 25th at the Spokane Resort Quest USA National Championships witnessed the perfect combination of agility, power, evasiveness & explosiveness in the final bout of the session. Shadasha “Sweets” Green entered the ring with fire in her eyes and victory in her heart. Her opponent, Krystal Dixon held the current position on team USA at 178+ weight class.
The two warriors met previously in an evening boxing event held in Patterson, New Jersey back in 2013. With the house packed with eager boxing fans, Sweets faced her seasoned opponent her very first time in the ring. The matchmaker, Ed Leahy offered the championship belt to the winner of this female bout. Sweets dominated the seasoned Krystal Dixon. Dixon having several bouts under her belt as well as being the New York State Golden Glove Champion, clearly wasn’t expecting the power and poise from a sub-novice level boxer. Sweets took control of the bout in the opening round, showing no signs of being a first time competitor. Her coach, Barry Porter, instructed from the corner as fans came to their feet in awe of the display of talent. Sweets took the victory and proudly displayed the championship belt.
“Sweets” is new to the world of Olympic style boxing yet well known in the circle of Women’s basketball. Her resume is an outstanding one and her accomplishments are stellar.
Sweets led Eastside high to its sixth consecutive Passaic County Tournament Championship, North 1, Group 4 section title and a trip to the Group 4 finals. Awarded the Passaic County Tournament Most Valuable Player, three-time First Team All-Area and All-Passaic County, she finished her career with an astounding 1,437 points. Ms. Green was selected to play in the North-South All Star game, averaging 21 points and 5 rounds during her senior campaign. She scored 25 points in a comeback against North Bergen high for the Sectional title and 24 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, in the Group 4 semi-finals against Perth Amboy. The Ghosts finished with a 26-4 overall mark and # 8 ranking in the Star-Ledger Top 20. Sweets averaged 15 points and five rebounds during her junior season while leading Eastside to achieve a 25-5 record and # 9 ranking in The Star-Ledger Top 20 as a junior in high school. Sweets was named to the 2007, 2006, and 2005 WGHT All-Area Girls Basketball Team, netting a career-high 30 points in the Lady Ghosts win over Wayne Hills and notched a 20-point effort in North 1. From 2007-2011, she was a college standout at the Old Dominion University.
Then the Two-time Herald News player of the year and McDonald’s All American nominee took her talent off the court and inside of the ring. Sweets has set her sights on the Olympic Gold.
In addition to her coach and mentor, Barry Porter being in her corner, Sweets has an amazing team supporting her and most importantly, she has the unconditional love and support of her Mother. Her “Mom” has been a driving force in her life from the very beginning. She doesn’t stand on the side line but actively engages in her daughter’s career. “Mom pushes me to work through any and all obstacles. She has instilled so much greatness and has set a great example for me to follow”. Sweets’ motto and words of inspiration are “work hard, don’t short yourself…put your mind to the task at hand, pray about it and with hard work and God, you can conquer anything”.
The journey was not an easy one for Sweets. Obtaining the ring experience to compete at the elite level was challenging. The competition in the Metropolitan area is limited and truth be told, many shy away from facing such an athletic opponent. Sweets joined the New Jersey All Female Boxing team, Dynasty in 2013. The team traveled with Coach Jackie Atkins in 2013 and 2014 to the National Women’s Golden Glove competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Sweets competed at the novice level and remained undefeated while winning the National Women’s Golden Glove titles in 2013 and 2014. Once Sweets met the minimum requirements for elite competition, Coach Porter began preparing Sweets for the USA Nationals. Coach Porter’s training camp for Sweets and elite male competitor, Ignacio Camacho, was truly meant to ensure both boxers were ready for national competition. Coach Porter combined technical training with his exemplary strength and conditioning regime. The training camp included sparring 14 strong rounds against tip top competition relentlessly and on a regular basis. Coach Porter hit the mark and is truly proud of the accomplishments of his athletes. Sweets trained twice daily preparing for the #1 seat on team USA while maintaining full time employment. Drive and dedication…. Clearly it all paid off.
Sweets is excited to be a member of team USA. She views this as an honor, understanding the seriousness of dedication required to compete at the elite level. She has her eye set on winning a World Championship title in the future and maintaining the number 1 seat at 178+. Sweets is on track for dominating her weight class and exhibits the talent that all would love to see in future Olympic games.
Clearly this young woman has embraced her own motto and we all look forward to her bright future. Olympic Gold…
New Jersey Association of USA Boxing is proud to say “congratulations” to Shadasha “Sweets” Green.