Miranda Kamal

The Boxer Who’s Giving Back With Her Dogs Tyson & Evander

By The Get Leashed Doggy Style Team

With her warm personality and two tiny, fluffy, pups, you might not guess that Miranda Kamal packs a punch and was a competitive boxer. Now, she steps into the ring for her charity, MJKO, which teaches kids the joy and discipline of the sport of boxing. One of the best parts – her dogs, Tyson and Evander, come to work with her at the gym every day, and basically follow her everywhere. We caught up with Miranda to learn about her organization and the sport she loves, and find out what made her become a dog owner. Have a look at the photos below as she shows off a different side from her typical gym wear.

Please tell us about yourself, your profession, and what a typical work day is like:

Boxing is my life. I work full time as the Executive Director for the charity Mentoring Juniors Kids Organization (MJKO), which my husband and I founded back in 2010.  We use the sport of non- contact boxing to build Community Champions. Every day is different.  We have about 150 youth athletes, from all different walks of life, united by our sport.  My days are filled with smiling kids, laughter and sweat. I’m fortunate to be one of those people doing what I love each and every day.

Please tell us a bit about your dogs. How did they come into your life? Is there a story behind their names or why you chose this breed?

My dogs are my best friends. Tyson was my first dog ever. I got him in 2008 as a way of healing after my grandmother passed away. I was feeling so lost and sad and I didn’t know what to do.  When Tyson came into my life, I got my light back.  He showed me so much unconditional love and it was the best therapy.  He has the ability to make every day better and completely changed my life.  Tyson loved company and didn’t enjoy being alone so I got him a friend. I went to the same breeder.  Both Tyson and Evander have the same mom and they are one year a part.  Since I love all things boxing and the fight between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson is known around the world – I figured it was the perfect fit.  The fact they are small and fluffy makes it even better.  I was a smaller fighter and girlie girl, but still a great boxer.  I picked the Havanese breed because they are really smart dogs.  They enjoy learning tricks and spending countless hours cuddling.

We know boxing is a huge part of your life. What would you say to someone who is afraid to try it?

I would say there is nothing more empowering than learning to fight/defend yourself. Boxing is very misunderstood.  You can gain many of the physical and mental benefits of boxing without every making contact with another person. Being able to relieve your stress in a safe way is amazing. For me I wanted to feel safe.  I couldn’t gain my confidence back without competing as a competitive boxer.  For me the time in the ring is so peaceful.  You are in there alone and your hard work is evident in your ability to succeed between the ropes.

As a busy entrepreneur, we’d love to know your tips for balancing life, and two dogs!

For me, our dogs are our family.   We treat them like our kids. They are our best friends.  My husband and I use them as a way to de-stress.  My only constant in my day to day is my time with my dogs.  They are also a great excuse to sneak out of events early.

How would you describe your personal style?

Simple – lol.  I like trendy things but because I work in the not for profit sector and don’t spend a ton of money on clothes – I’m selective with what I spend my money on. I buy pieces that are versatile and can work with many different looks.

How would you describe the look and feel of your home?

Homey.  We use our house to recharge and relax.  We are minimalists who love candles and scents.

What does your ideal weekend look like?

Most of our weekends are filled with boxing tournaments or courses to better ourselves.  In the evenings, we love grabbing a drink with friends or supporting a local charity event. Our friends love the dogs so they often come over and chill at our place.

What inspires you?

Happiness inspires me.  Finding my gift has been my biggest blessing. No amount of money or status can replaces happiness and love.  Taking risks and living a life in the service of others has been my key to happiness.  I’m okay falling down – it’s about getting up and continuing on that leads us on the road to true happiness.

Finally, can you leave us with a funny story about your dogs?

My dogs really like attention.  It never fails that if we have company they grab their teddy bear and pull it into the middle of the room where everyone can see.  Then, they start humping their bear.  It’s the most embarrassing thing ever.  One time my dad was visiting from Nova Scotia and he nearly died when this started happening. My husband and I find it hilarious.

You can follow Miranda on Instagram @mirandakamal and keep up with the boxing club on Twitter @MJKOBoxing