Million Shekel Baby: The Story of an Israeli World Boxing Champion

Adi Rotem likes to throw punches. In fact, she’s so good at it that she’s the reigning world Muay Thai (thaiboxing) champ. Haaretz joins her before the big fight and hears about her Muslim coach, lack of government support and the men who run away from her.

The first time Adi Rotem realized she was exceptional was age four. Her mother gave her a pink chiffon leotard and slippers, and sent her off to ballet class along with her nursery-school girlfriends. Adi’s parents were thrilled by their little blonde ballerina, and couldn’t snap enough pictures of her. But she was far more interested in the raucous tumult being made by the children signed up for the survival...