Being Too Fierce: One Woman’s Incredible Journey from Foster Child to World Championship Boxer
This is a raw story of the agonizing childhood of a woman who, along with her four older brothers, began life rejected and institutionalized by a troubled birth mother and was repeatedly left clinging to a few belongings stuffed in a garbage bag, standing at the front door of yet another foster family whose qualifications to love and nurture her range wildly from promising to abysmal.
In mastering the brutal sport of boxing, Lisa learns that the controlled violence of boxing provides her with a virtual punching bag with which to vanquish the painful memories and tormentors of her past. She is nourished by this liberating effort, and we watch her rebuild her life with a positive vision of who she is and what she can accomplish.
Lisa Cohen was born in Washington, DC and placed in the now-defunct Junior Village with her four brothers, who despite having a living parent became wards of the DC foster care system. As a foster child, she underwent thirteen, often shocking and traumatic placements until finally entering the Independent Living system prior to aging out.
She became a professional boxer in 1996 at the age of 28 and fought under the name of Lisa “Too Fierce” Foster. During her career, she won two World Titles. After her retirement from boxing in 2003, she established and ran a boxing and fitness gym in DC.
In 2005, Lisa started and managed a non-profit called Capitol City Champs which was geared to life coaching, fitness, dressing for success, and etiquette for at-risk children aged 8 – 18. As an offshoot to this enterprise, Ms. Cohen undertook a number of motivational speaking engagements and career days aimed at women, children and young adults, and governmental agencies engaged in foster care.
She continues to speak about foster care to interested groups and is an active member of Rotary Club of Washington DC which has proudly served the community for over a century.
She graduated from the University of the District of Columbia in 2012 with a BA degree in English at the age of 45.
She lives in Washington, DC with her second husband, Neil, an attorney. She has a grown son, Gerald Foster and a daughter, Taylor Foster.
I recevied a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's review- Whenever a person chooses to open their heart and mind up, and offer it to the public in hopes of helping and raising awareness it is a flood mixed emotions for me. This author shows her strength not just physically but spiritually, and her words are as strong as her ability to fight. Thank you Lisa!