Knockout boxer: Female featherweight champ to defend title in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- She's currently the female featherweight boxing champion and  she'll be defending her title in Cleveland next month.

"When my mother sees me in heaven, she gonna be proud," said Carla Torres, boxer.

The boxing champ lost her mother to cancer when she was just 10 years old and that's when she turned to boxing to fill the void in her life.

"When I won this belt, I start to scream, crying. This is my life."

Torres is originally from Puerto Rico and now calls Cleveland home.

The boxer is now on a mission to show people her skills in the ring.

"When I step out in the ring, it's mine. It's not time for her; it's my time; it's my ring; everything is mine."

In May, Torres won the WIBA featherweight belt.

Carla's upcoming fight is being promoted by Don King's son, Carl. After winning her title, King saw the potential in the 22-year-old 126-lb. knockout artist.

"She is already a world champion and that's usually the goal and now she is at a point where she can get a little recognition and move up and get more fights and probably go from Cleveland, today Cleveland tomorrow the world,” said Carl King, boxing promoter.

Carla Torres will have her first title defense on August 10 when she fights Jennifer Santiago in a ten-round fight at the Cleveland Public Auditorium.