Sydney Sweeney set to play the female Rocky after revealing she won boys martial arts competiton as a teen

Hollywood actress Sydney Sweeney is gearing up to embody the legendary former professional boxer Christy Martin in an upcoming biopic. She was famously nicknamed ‘The Female Rocky.’

Recently, Sweeney shared her insights into her preparation for the role. She revealed her past engagement in combat sports during an interview with Andreas Wiseman of Deadline.

The talented actress disclosed her early involvement in grappling and kickboxing from the ages of 12 to 19. Expressing her eagerness to join back into the world of combat sports, Sweeney emphasized her determination to undergo rigorous training and undergo a physical transformation.

“I really wanted to find something that was as physically challenging as everything [back home],” the Spokane, Washington, native told Women’s Health in 2023. “Some of my guy friends were MMA training, and they were doing grappling, and I was like, ‘This is so cool.’”

As per Marie Claire:

“It was a grappling competition against all guys a weight category above me, and I got first place,” she told Marie Claire in 2018. “Those guys were probably saying, ‘Oh, we didn’t want to hurt her,’ but they were definitely trying.”

She later clarified: “I grappled and did kickboxing from 12-19 years old. I’ve been itching to get back into the ring, train, and transform my body. Christy’s story isn’t a light one, it’s physically and emotionally demanding, there’s a lot of weight to carry. But I love challenging myself.”

Sweeney attributed her profound interest in the role to Christy Martin’s remarkable background. Martin’s relentless pursuit of success amidst prevailing gender biases and adversities resonated deeply with Sweeney. The actress expressed her admiration for Martin’s resilience in overcoming emotional, physical, and financial hardships.

She continued: “Christy Martin not only legitimized female boxing, she overcame gender stereotypes, and fought through emotional, physical, and financial abuse. I’m passionate about the fighting world, Christy’s story shines a light on her incredible rise to the top while showing the struggles of fame behind the curtains. I feel compelled to tell a story about a woman who faced so much adversity and didn’t allow it to defeat her. It’s powerful, and emotional.”

According to reports, the producers want to film the project in the US this autumn. It is not yet revealed who will co-star with Sydney Sweeney in the movie.

Christy Martin’s unparalleled contributions to the world of boxing garnered widespread recognition and accolades. With an impressive professional record of 49-7-3 spanning from 1989 to 2012, Martin cemented her legacy as an icon in the sport. Her groundbreaking achievements includes being the first female boxer inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016. She was later inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2020.

However, Martin’s journey was not devoid of adversity. In a harrowing incident in 2010, she endured an attack at the hands of her husband, James Martin. It resulted in her suffering from multiple stab wounds and gunshot injuries.

Despite the severity of the assault, Martin exhibited extraordinary resilience and survival instincts. Her assailant was subsequently apprehended and convicted, serving a 25-year prison sentence for attempted second-degree murder.