Real Fight Stories

Inspiration, Encouragement & Real Stories from Fighters Around the World.

 

THIS SEASON’S FEATURED FIGHTER,
GINNY FUSHS

 
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KOCD - Knocking Out OCD One Punch At A Time

A Documentary following Team USA Boxer Ginny Fuchs in her fight for Olympic Gold, while battling OCD.

Ginny, an inspiration and role model for girls/women, is smashing female stereotypes and finding self-empowerment. She is also walking proof that a mental disorder does not dictate what is achievable in life.  K(O)CD aspires to break the stigma regarding OCD through chronicling Ginny’s journey during the next two years.  This documentary film promotes understanding of how she lives daily with the challenges of OCD while training, on the road to Olympic success—gold in Women’s Flyweight Boxing.

The Story

Ginny Fuchs is the #1 ranked Flyweight Boxer and Captain of Team USA.  In 2016, she won the  Women's Olympic Boxing trials in the Flyweight Division, earning her spot on the USA Women's Olympic Boxing Team. In 2017 as the AMBC Continental Champion, she went undefeated, winning all eighteen fights, including four international gold metals. 

When just twelve, Ginny was diagnosed with anorexia and subsequently, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  As a teenager, her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete helped her overcome anorexia.  Currently, Ginny is aiming for gold in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games; her boxing career aids her in conquering her fears and combatting her OCD. 

In the past few years, Ginny’s OCD has been getting worse again.  She spends hundreds of dollars each week on cleaning/personal hygiene products.   Some days it takes Ginny 30 minutes to brush her teeth, going through multiple toothbrushes in one session.  She completes many activities while wearing latex gloves and is constantly doing laundry and disinfecting objects with bleach.  Ginny’s OCD manifests from a fear of contamination.   If she cannot get the “feeling” of cleanliness, it results in increased anxiety making it hard to move forward with her day.   This is especially stressful when she travels to other countries for competitions and does not have access to her usual supplies and routines.