Tiara gears up for a sparring session. She trains with the HeadBangers, an all-male boxing team. "As a woman, they say you have to go the extra mile. As a woman in a male-dominant sport, you have to go the extra ten miles," she said.
Tiara prays before her fight marking her professional debut as a fighter on September 30. She is a devoted Christian, and her religion is present in every aspect of her life.
Tiara weighs in a day before her fight that marks her professional debut as a fighter. She fights in the lightweight 132lbs category.
Tiara's brother was murdered in a street fight in 2010. She became a U.S. Marshal and now works as a patrol officer in Southeast D.C. "Crime is everywhere. The world we live in is just so tainted for the youth. I want to make a difference and clean the streets up."
Tiara receives a blessing from Pastor Reginald Woodard during Sunday mass held at the Black Box Theatre, MD.
Tiara's coach spread vaseline on her face before her first professional fight.
Tiara gathers the team in a circle to pray before her fight that marks her professional debut on September 30.
Tiara hugs her coach Barry Hunter after winning her pro debut fight by knockout just after the first minute, against her rival Khadija Sanders (right) at the Sphinx Club on September 30.
Tiara trains on a hot summer night. In 2012 she became the third U.S. boxer, male or female, to win a world title, a status she maintained until 2014, when she came home with a bronze medal.
Tiara walks outside the Bald Eagle Recreation Center, where the HeadBangers train every day.