Relentless Ronica Jeffrey ‘Sweet Trouble’


Ranked the #1 U.S. National Amateur Champion at 125lbs., Ronica Jeffrey Starbursts onto the professional scene and agrees to sign up with Manager David Selwyn, and noted cut-man and boxing advisor “Big George Mitchell.”

Ronica at Ring 8.
Ronica at Ring 8

Proud Trainer Mike Smith spells it out, “I trained a lot of fighters over the years, but Ronica is special. She has the total package, speed, power, heart, and most of all an incredible work ethic. She showed her mettle in her first New York City Golden Gloves tournament when she defeated media darling Maureen Shea by 5-0 decision.”

Some of her accomplishments:

  • 3 time NYC Golden Gloves Champion
  • National PAL Champion
  • 2 time Metro Champion
  • 2 time Empire State Game Champion
  • Competed in the Pan Am games and world championships
  • USA team member

    Also managed by Mr. Selwyn, Title contender Eileen Olszewski states, “She has a lot of talent and has what it takes to become a World Champion.”

    4 division World Champion Iran Barkley observes, “I’ve seen this girl in the Golden Gloves. She’s really got the goods.”

    And after hearing that Ronica’s family hails from Trinidad and Grenada, Boxing’s Hall of Fame Emile Griffith asks, “Another champ from the Caribbean? Just like me, ha ha,” he laughs.

    Planning ahead, Ronica recently received a Ring 8 Scholarship to Wood Tobe-Coburn Institute where she can prepare for a medical career preferably in Pediatrics. As she simply puts, “I love kids.”

    Ronica Ready.
    Ronica Ready

    Outside the ring, friendly, humorous and personable, she enjoys autumn colors and cool afternoons, but dreads the cold New York winters. Despite frozen fingers on the coldest Brooklyn night, her smile still casts Grenada sunshine all around. But “Watch out!” when the bell sounds, she turns up the Caribbean heat. Her new manager points out, “When it’s time to get busy, she’s all business.”

    Contact manager David Selwyn: [email protected]

  • David Pambianchi is a New York writer, who loves to tell stories about the city, the people, the entertainment, the sport and the businesses that catch his attention.