Could she have been lit more effectively? I think more effective lighting and creative white balance could have made the SOOC a better photograph. Photographic lighting is so often harsh and...not unforgiving, but deceptive. This particular lighting seems to me to be flat; lacking depth, and under-illuminated.
However, the intent of the photographer may have been just that--get a flat photograph upon which to work some artistic magic.
I feel the post on her face is overdone and removes character from her face--I'm looking at a doll, not a "boxer". That could've been the intent, but I really like the lines and character in a human face.