This banker overcame homelessness, and now is fighting for a World Boxing title


Jessica McCaskill is an investment banker from Chicago but it is her second job that really packs a punch, aka a professional boxer.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, last summer – her manager Rick Ramos urged her to tweet out a public challenge to the world champion who has a track record of being unbeatable in 7 pro fights, Katie Taylor.

The world lightweight champion Katie Taylor, outlasted McCaskill in a 10-round examination at York Hall in London on Wednesday but how far McCaskill has come from should be noted..

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McCaskill not only battled homelessness but family instability as a child, growing up without her biological parents, according to the news outlet.

But McCaskill continued on to play flag football in college at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville according to the Tribune and one day, a friend gave McCaskill the fitness guru a month long pass to a kickboxing class which set her life in motion to later fight for the chance at the WBA title…

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Outside the ring, it was a career move that brought McCaskill to Chicago where she joined R.J. O’Brien & Associates as a regulatory reporting analyst and found a blooming female boxing community, according to the news outlet.

Despite not winning the world champion title, McCaskill is a fighter through and through. In regards to growing up with a challenging set of circumstances, McCaskill told the Tribune the following which I think can be applied to her future career as well…

“You see how things can break down but you also see how they can build back up…”

What do you think?

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