LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 09:  Actress and emcee Rosie Perez arrives at the second annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 503032007 ORIG FILE ID: 453431532

Feedspot followFeedly follow

She’s known in boxing circles these days as “The First Lady of Boxing,” a title she adores and considers “very humbling.”

You might have connected Rosie Perez with the Sweet Science from Spike Lee’s 1989 dramedy Do the Right Thing. Perez, in her film debut, played Lee’s flamboyant girlfriend Tina. In the memorable opening scene, she danced, and, dressed in full boxing garb, shadowboxed to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power.

But Perez’s love affair with the sport goes back to her childhood in Brooklyn, a harrowing upbringing she describes in her 2014 autobiography Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived my Sister Renata and my Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling.

To read full story, click here