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About mischamerz

Mischa Merz is an Australian journalist, author, amateur boxer and painter. She is the author of the memoir, The Sweetest Thing, published by Seven Stories Press as well as Bruising, published in Australia first by Picador then re-issued by Vulgar Press in 2008. She has written for a range of newspaper, magazines, specialist publications, literary journals and websites. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Peter.

Bad hair days

A bad hair day took on a whole new meaning for Omeo based 75kg boxer Cassy Lear in her Victorian state title bout on Sunday (December 16) against Warrnambool based  Gabrielle Brown. Your hair can lose you a fight, so … Continue reading

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Answering the call

It seems only a moment ago that I was on the edge of my seat watching rare footage of women boxing. As one of the early practitioners of the sport, I was always on the lookout for others; role models, … Continue reading

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Better than Disneyland

Australian world champion super featherweight Diana Prazak never imagined that foregoing a trip to Disneyland would change the course of her life. But that it surely did. While she might have been standing in line for a wild ride, instead … Continue reading

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Bella boxing babes and foxy card boys!

For those who missed the Melbourne launch of The Sweetest Thing, here is a clip of the highlights filmed by the very talented Mark Welker.

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The sweetest victory of all

How many of us thought we’d never see the day? How many of us knew talented female boxers who were not getting any recognition? How many women walked away from boxing because there were no opportunities, no opponents, no championship … Continue reading

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The movie version

The launch last week of The Sweetest Thing at the Bella Union in Melbourne turned out to be a fantastic event, a great crowd and a fulfilment of my dream to bring the world of the gym to the world … Continue reading

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And it will be sweet!

The Australian launch of my book, The Sweetest Thing, is shaping up to be an event the Melbourne publishing world has likely never seen before. Launches are traditionally events for friends and family and most people don’t see them anything … Continue reading

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