Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Sonya LamonakisSonya Lamonakis ’93 has fulfilled her dream to become a world champion boxer.

On December 6, Lamonakis won the International Boxing Organization (IBO) world female heavyweight title by winning a split decision over her opponent Carlette Ewell during the “War in Paradise” at the L.B. Scott Auditorium in Philipsburg, Saint Maarten. It was the first time Lamonakis fought a 10-round bout. She went the full 10 rounds with Ewell, and the judges scored it 98-95, 96-94, 96-97 in her favor. “It was a long journey but at the end I came out on top of the world,” Lamonakis said. “It was worth all my blood sweat and tears. I was happy to bring the title back to New York City and western Massachusetts, to my family, friends, and students.”

Before winning the world champion title, Lamonakis, who is also a public school teacher in New York City, was already ranked the #1 Women’s Professional Heavyweight Boxer in the United States. Nicknamed “The Scholar,” Lamonakis is also the New York State 2014 Heavyweight Champion.

In September, Lamonakis was inducted into the Stoneleigh-Burnham School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lamonakis was a standout athlete at SBS in 1992-1993 as a post-graduate student. Her specialty sport was softball. She went on to play college softball at Mitchell College in New London, Conn., and then Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., where she helped her team get to the USA National College Championship Tournament.

After college, Lamonakis worked out at a gym in Springfield, Mass., and was discovered in 2003 as a boxing talent. After three months of training, she had her first fight. By 2005, she was invited to train at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to New York City and began her professional career. She is the first woman to be signed by boxing promoter and producer Lou Dibella.

In addition to being a professional boxer, she is also a New York City school teacher. She teaches seventh and eighth grade at Middle School 126 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lamonakis holds a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Springfield College, and two master’s degrees, one in education from American International College in Springfield, Mass., and another in special education from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.