By Dennis J. Freeman
Jazmin Siguenza is hot. In fact, Siguenza is hotter than a Fourth of July fireworks show. She is beautiful. She’s has beauty, brains and a butt-kicking arsenal of boxing moves. She goes by the moniker of La Flora Venenosa, which means poisonous flower.
If you step out of line with this El Salvadorian beauty, you’re likely to end up on the short end of a left cross or overhand right punch that she throws with as much regularity as water dripping out of the faucet.
Siguenza is a three-time Golden Gloves champion. She can put together a combination together as quickly she can put her hair in a ponytail. But that’s her past life. These days, Siguenza is now focused on building a career as a model and as a budding hip hop MC. Siguenza has the smoldering beauty of a runway model. Her alluring sex appeal can whip and turn heads at video shoots as on the set of her latest video, ”The Girl of Your Dreams.”
But don’t get it twisted: There’s a lot more to Siquenza than her flowing brown hair, ripped six-pack abs and mesmerizing good looks. She’s a fighter. Besides getting involved in the fistic science as a teenager to help her deal her with anger issues, Siguenza has had to fight in other ways.
Her biological father was forced to stay in El Salvador because of a prison sentence. She got pregnant at the age 15. A couple of years ago, her mother was later sentenced to prison for participating in a fraud ring. Her brother, Sunny, whom Siguenza regards as perhaps her closest friend, was recently sent to a federal correctional facility as well. The streets became her haven.
She didn’t have much growing up. She learned early, not just to live, but how to survive. For Siguenza, who is now in the midst of becoming a full-fledge entertainer, she didn’t have much of a choice. Her family life was in a mess. Her mindset seemed bent on destruction. She turned to boxing. It was in boxing where Siguenza finally found her refuge.
Siguenza took her rush for boxing serious enough to spend 12 years applying the sweet science in a formidable way. Boxing under the tutelage of Robert Alejandre, Siguenza kicked butt and took names later all across the country. She beat down all comers on her way to becoming national champion.
It was Alejandre who shaped and molded Siguenza’s toughness. Alejandre didn’t care whether or not she was a female boxer. He treated her as just another fighter. He wanted her to succeed. So it was no big deal with her mixing up in the ring with male boxers, Siguenza said.
“It was really hard, physical, intense and mental training, every day,” said Siguenza. “I don’t know why he was so hard on me.”
Alejandre rode her so hard that Siguenza reached her breaking point during a sparring session and almost quit.
“I think that is the one time I started watering up,” she said. “I told myself that you have to suck it in, breathe a couple of times because you know what’s happening; you feel so much heat and emotion inside you. I finished what we were doing, and then I kind of went to the bathroom and let it out. I pulled myself together and came back out. I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed because you’re training in a world of mostly males, and you don’t ever want anyone see you break or break down or anything like that.”
Siguenza, however, did eventually break down. Seeing her mother handcuffed in a federal courtroom and being sent away to prison, Siguenza was overcome with emotion.
“It was very upsetting,” Siguenza said. I normally don’t cry in front of people, but when she was sentenced and when I spoke to the judge…I couldn’t hold everything in. It was a whole another rush that your body gets. I have different rushes when I get on stage or when I’m in the boxing ring. This was one that I’ve never felt before.”
The drama unfolding surrounding her mother and her brother, Siguenza quit boxing and turned her attention to venting about life’s issues in another direction: on the microphone as a rapper and hip hop artist. Much like here boxing career, Siguenza has had to fight her way up. Her first CD, La Flora Venenosa, did well in the underground market, but was not a commercial success.
A quiet and humble farm woman who grew up riding horses in Derrysville, California, Siguenza is hopeful for a better reception to her latest work, which is scheduled to be released sometime later this year. After sharing the stage with acts such as Too Short, T-Pain, Bones-Thugs-N-Harmony, 2 Live Crew and Sir Mix-A-Lot, Siguenza is confident she can make the transition from knocking people out inside the ring to florring them with her lyrics.
“I wanted to pursue the entertainment world,” Siguenza said. “All of my efforts, all of my training, I guess you can say, created the Poisonous Flower.”