5 Best Female Boxers Ever
It is a fact that the initial boxing match that involved female contenders occurred during 1876, but it would not be permitted by the majority of leading organizations under licensing agencies until the later part of the 1980s. The first country to ever eradicate the ban on female amateur boxing would be Sweden during 1988. Eventually this development would catch on as other countries – America included – would promote the sport and enable it to build up world appreciation and exposure. The height of this global recognition for female boxing would come during the Olympic Games of 2012. Although the history is short for women in boxing, there have been a few that may be bound to become legendary fighters.
Mia St. John
This female contender began boxing professionally in 1997, won her first bout during the first round in just 54 seconds and did so with a knock-out. Mia was able to blend in her combating ability with marketing insight, was able to accumulate a domain which incorporated both commercial and TV appearances, a physical fitness DVD, a PlayStation game and even her championship titles. Mia St. John had a lengthy professional livelihood and continued to be tenacious even after her title loss during 2002 to Christy Martin. She was however able to seek vengeance for it during 2012 when she was 45 years of age. St. John retired with 18 Knock Outs and a record of 47-11-2 after she won the WBC Championship of the Word for Super Welterweight.
Three years before Wolfe got into boxing she started her sports career with basketball and she took part in the NCAA national championship during 1995 at the University of Tennessee. Three years later in 1998 she began boxing professionally. The fight that would define her career came in 2004, when she got a KO against the light heavyweight champion that took an incredible 68 seconds to accomplish. The former champion Vonda Ward would suffer a concussion as a result of Wolfe’s blows that required three days of hospitalization. In 2006 Wolfe retired with an incredible record of 24-1 where her only loss was during 2000 to a fighter that she would end up beating just 3 years later.
Christy Martin’s bout with Ireland’s Deirdre Gogarty gave her the most recognition in 1996 and Martin was best known in the female boxing domain as “the Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Her fight with Gogarty was an opening for the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno title bout in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. The fight was presented on Showtime and its ferociousness had actually astonished the viewers because they couldn’t believe a lady’s bout could generate such raw gore. Christy Martin retired with 31 KOs and a record of 49-7-3. Her final bout was with Mia St. John which was a rematch and for the WBC middleweight title.
Halmich is well-known for being one of the innovators for female boxing. She began her career in 1994 and hung up her gloves during 2007 with a record of 54-1-1. During her career this German warrior fought fights in five separate weight categories. When fighting for the flyweight title in the Women’s International Boxing Federation she picked up her only loss during 1995. Halmich was without a doubt one of the most prosperous women in the sport of boxing and she was even acknowledged for enhancing the recognition of female boxing within Europe. During her final sold-out bout there were an estimated 8 million TV viewers which came out to an audience share of roughly 40%.
The World Boxing Hall of Fame’s first inducted female fighter would be Lucia Rijker in 2009. She started out her career during 1996 and would retire in 2004 undefeated with a record of 17-0 with 14 of them being KOs. Incredibly, before her boxing career Rijker gathered 5 world titles in the Muay Thai kick boxing domain with a record of 37-0 with 25 being KOs. It should not be any surprise that she had been labeled as “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World” by many. She appeared in the movie “Million Dollar Baby” just one year after her retirement and the film would go on to be an Academy Award winner. Not only was she one of the film’s boxers but she also trained the star of the film, Hilary Swank.
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