Jessica Rakoczy: A Fighter’s Story

Hamilton’s Jessica Rakoczy has been fighting since she was a teenager, becoming a world boxing champion along the way. After an appearance on the Ultimate Fighter reality show, she landed one UFC match, and has been waiting for another for many months. As she prepares for her fight in Montreal April 25, the Spectator caught up with her to talk training, and the many challenges along her life’s journey. Check out reporter Scott Radley’s story here: http://www.thespec.com/sports-story/5576319-jessica-rakoczy-and-the-fight-of-her-life/

To see video of Jessica, go to: http://www.thespec.com/video/5576334

 

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, January 21,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy is a UFC fighter ready to get back in the cage after a long layoff. Here, she trains with instructor Dan Hale. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy and her son Jesse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy and her son Jesse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy and her son Jesse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy and her son Jesse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy and her son Jesse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy and her son Jesse. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy's son Jesse reads to her. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 -Jessica Rakoczy’s son Jesse reads to her. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 - One of many championship boxing belts in Jessica Rakoczy's trophy case.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 – One of many championship boxing belts in Jessica Rakoczy’s trophy case. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 - One of many championship boxing belts in Jessica Rakoczy's trophy case.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 – One of many championship boxing belts in Jessica Rakoczy’s trophy case. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 - One of many championship boxing belts in Jessica Rakoczy's trophy case.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 15,2015 – One of many championship boxing belts in Jessica Rakoczy’s trophy case. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout at Elite Performance Centre in Burlington. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout at Elite Performance Centre in Burlington. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout at Elite Performance Centre in Burlington with owner Joe Arko. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout at Elite Performance Centre in Burlington with owner Joe Arko. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Here, she slams a sledgehammer down repeatedly on a huge tire. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Here, she slams a sledgehammer down repeatedly on a huge tire. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Here, she pushes a weight plate. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Here, she pushes a weight plate. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Kettle bell swings. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Kettle bell swings. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout at Elite Performance Centre in Burlington with owner Joe Arko. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout at Elite Performance Centre in Burlington with owner Joe Arko. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Pushups on a Bosu ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Pushups on a Bosu ball. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Wednesday, April 8,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy getting ready for her UFC fight in Montreal April 25 with an intense cardio workout. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica talks with her wrestling coach, Adrian Woolley. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica talks with her wrestling coach, Adrian Woolley. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica talks with her wrestling coach, Adrian Woolley. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica talks with her wrestling coach, Adrian Woolley. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica wraps her hands. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica wraps her hands. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. With her hands wrapped, Jessica tapes her ankle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. With her hands wrapped, Jessica tapes her ankle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica puts on her headgear while chatting with boxing coach Dewey Cooper. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica puts on her headgear while chatting with boxing coach Dewey Cooper. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica working on her kicks with boxing coach Dewey Cooper. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica working on her kicks with boxing coach Dewey Cooper. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica takes sparring opponent Lloyd Reyes to the mat. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica takes sparring opponent Lloyd Reyes to the mat. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica working on her kicks with her boxing coach Dewey Cooper. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Jessica working on her kicks with her boxing coach Dewey Cooper. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring with Lloyd Reyes in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring with Lloyd Reyes in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 - Jessica Rakoczy sparring with Lloyd Reyes in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, April 14,2015 – Jessica Rakoczy sparring with Lloyd Reyes in preparation for her upcoming UFC fight. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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