Boxing is one of the most popular and highest paying sports in the world. Women’s boxing first appeared in a demonstration bout of the Olympic Games in 1904. The rival competition was then pioneered by the Swedish Amateur Boxing Association where they sanctioned boxing events for women in 1988. In 1997, the British Amateur Boxing Association sanctioned its first boxing competition for women. Sadly, female boxing was not featured at the 2008 Olympics. So with the list of Top 10 Female Boxers of All Time, we are going to name some tough women, who went on conquering the arena.
Top 10 Female Boxers of All Time
It was announced on 14 August 2009 that the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board had approved the women’s boxing event in the 2012 London Olympics.
There are many great female boxers who are named besides legendary male boxers for their amazing achievement. So, let us consider the Top 10 Female Boxers of All Time.
German professional female boxer Regina Halmich was born on 22 November 1976 and is counted among the most successful female boxers of all time. She is also well-known for her help to popularize female boxing in Europe. Halmich became the German champion in kickboxing in 1992, 1993, as an amateur. She again won the same title along with the European title in 1994. Regina was the WIBF’s world champion in several divisions such as Junior Flyweight, Flyweight, and Super Flyweight.
She made her professional boxing debut in her hometown of Karlsruhe on 4 March 1994 where she defeated Netherlands’ Fienie Klee. Regina, on 30 November 2007, in her farewell fight, defeated Hagar Finer. Former International Female Boxer Sue “TL” Fox was the owner of “Women’s Boxing Archive Network” and also deserves her honorable mention on the list. She was named one of the Top-Ten Most Influential female boxers of all time in the February 2012 Commemorative issue of Ring Magazine.
This actress/athlete/martial artist is the runner-up on this list. She is not only a talented boxing champion but holds many records in sports like Judo, and other martial arts. This 31 yeas old boxing athlete has also been featured in movies along with other endorsement advertisements.
There is no need of announcing that she was the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and indeed is a talented and versatile athlete boxing world has ever seen. She is also one of the best female MMA fighters of all time.
Retired American professional boxer Laila Amaria Ali was born on 30th December 1977 and is the daughter of one of the greatest boxers of all time, boxer Muhammad Ali. Laila is the youngest daughter of her father with his third wife, Veronica Porsche Ali. Laila first announced her decision to become a professional boxer in an interview with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America”.
21-year-old Laila made her debut match with 5’10” height and 166 lbs weight against April Fowler of Michigan City, Indiana, on October 8, 1999. In 2002, Laila was named Super Middleweight Champion by the International Boxing Association. In 2005, she was named Super Middleweight Champion by the International Women’s Boxing Federation.
Born on 6th December 1967, retired Dutch professional female boxer Lucia Frederica Rijker has marked her prominence as a well-known kickboxer and actress. The Press and her opponents often budded her as “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World”. She began training in judo and started her martial arts career at a very early age of six. She became a part of the Dutch National Softball Team a year later. Lucia began boxing when she was fifteen.
She was undefeated in the ring till her retirement in February 2007. Lucia has a 17-0 boxing record, out of which 14 came by knockout. Besides, she also has a 37-0 kickboxing record, out of which 25 came by knockout. She also achieved five world titles in her active career. She won the European WIBF Boxing Champion in 1997 and 1998.
Born on 17th January 1971, Ann Wolfe has earned his place among the best fighter and the hardest puncher in the history of women’s boxing. She held world titles simultaneously in four different weight divisions. In her first title, the IFBA Junior Middleweight title, Wolfe defeated beat Vienna Williams by a ten-round decision. To win the vacant WIBA Light Middleweight title, she defeated Gina Nicholas by knockout in three.
While gaining the IBA world Light Heavyweight championship on May 8, 2004, Wolfe surpassed the record of three world titles in different weight classes at the same time by Henry Armstrong. She declared her retirement in 2006 after knocking out Cassandra Giger and decisioning Lisa Ested.
Mia St. John
Mexican-American professional boxer Mia Rosales St. John was born on 24th June 1967 and was the former WBC champion in the super welterweight division besides being the IBA and IFBA lightweight champion. Besides her active fighting career, she is also a successful model, businesswoman, and taekwondo champion. Mia decided to become a professional boxer at the age of 29 and made her debut on February 14, 1997, where she knocked out Angelica Villain in 54 seconds of the first round. This feat earned her the nickname “The Knockout”.
In her active career, she had 23 fights out of which she won 22 with just one draw. Mia captured the WBC super-welterweight championship at the age of 45 while defeating Christy Martin on August 14, 2012. Mia also appeared on the cover and in an 11 page pictorial of Playboy magazine in November 1999.
American boxing professional Christy Renea Martin was born in Mullens, West Virginia with the name Christy Salters on June 12, 1968. She is popular for being “the most successful and prominent female boxer in the United States” and also for “legitimized” women’s participation in boxing. She started her professional boxing career with a six-round loss to Angela Buchanan at the age of 21 in 1989. A month later, Christy won the rematch with a second-round knockout.
She holds a record of 49 wins in her boxing career where 31 wins came by knockout with 5 losses and 3 draws. Christy is a frequent visitor to the annual induction ceremonies of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. As a tragedy, her husband James V Martin stabbed Christy Martin several times and shot at least once. Thankfully, she later survived the attack on 23rd November 2010.
American mixed martial artist Holly Holm was born in Sandia Heights in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 17, 1981, and competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Besides MMA, she is also a former professional boxer and kickboxer. Holly, in her boxing career, became world champion a record 18 times in three separate weight divisions. She made her boxing debut at the Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque, on January 25, 2002.
Holly has received the Female Fighter of the Year title twice consecutively in 2005 and 2006 by the Ring Magazine. She then made her mixed martial arts debut against Christina Domke on March 4, 2011. Holly has received the ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ title by Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. Besides, she has also earned her place in the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mary Jo Sanders
Female professional boxer Mary Jo Sanders was born in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on January 13, 1974, and is the daughter of NFL Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders. Sanders won a highly anticipated bout with Holly Holm in 2008. Four months later, the two had a rematch where they fought to a draw. That match was the last match that Mary has participated in as a professional female boxer.
She holds the record of 25 wins out of which 8 wins came by knockout with just 1 defeat and 1 draw. Mary Jo Sanders was named the WBC Female Light Welterweight Champion, WBC Female Welterweight Champion, WIBA Female Welterweight Champion, and also the WIBA Light Middleweight Champion.
Joenette Giselle Ife Salandy ORTT famously known as Gizelle Salandy was born on 25 January 1987 and was an unbeaten international female boxer from Trinidad and Tobago. She has received the ‘No.1 light middleweight female boxer all-time’ title by the Boxrec. She made her professional boxing debut at the age of 13 years under her coach Fitzroy Richards. Salandy defeated Paola Rojas and won the WIBA IBERO Title in October 2001 at the age of fourteen while becoming the youngest person to win a boxing title.
Giselle defeated Manela Daniels world to win the NABC World Title on 23 September 2005 at the age of eighteen while becoming the youngest female in the world to win the NABC World Title. On 4 January 2009, the legendary young boxer died in a car accident.
Special Mentions: Natascha Ragosina
Undefeated retired professional boxer Natalia Yurievna Ragozina famously known as Natascha Ragosina spent most of her career as the top female super middleweight in the world. Natascha is the longest-reigning WBC female super middleweight champion and WBA female super middleweight champion. She held two heavyweight titles and all major female super middleweight titles at the time of her retirement.
Natascha defeated Teresa Perozzi on 15th March 2008, to win a record 7 championship belts in a single fight. And with that, she broke Giselle Salandy’s 6 belts won in a single fight record. She holds the record of 22-0 out of which 13 wins came by knockout including a record of 16-0 in title fights.
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