The first time I met Casey Morton, I photographed one of her training sessions at World Class Boxing Gym in San Francisco as a part of a female boxing project I was working on for a school project. Within the hour I spent photographing Casey, I became captivated by her passion for both life and boxing, and realized that she needed to have her very own story. Growing up as an at-risk teen in Hawaii, Casey managed to flee from her destructive environment to pursue a more positive lifestyle. Casey travelled from state-to-state and eventually put herself through college, worked as a motivational speaker for at-risk teenagers, and then finally found her love for the sport of boxing. For an entire year, Casey has allowed me to photograph her journey to becoming a professional female boxer. Her decision to pursue boxing as a professional career has completely dominated Casey's lifestyle choices, proving that it is a long, often solitary road to success. Being a woman trying to succeed in a man's world means Casey has to work twice as hard as all of her male peers, and is confronted with twice the dilemmas, doubts, and hardships. Despite facing these conflicts on a daily basis, Casey has managed to defy the odds- her success has made her a positive role model for young women and at-risk teens, and proves that even from the humblest of beginnings, anyone can accomplish their dreams- making Casey a champion both inside and outside of the ring.