Boxing is one of the most popular sports nowadays, not only in the United Kingdom but all around the world. Even if it is widely considered to be a men's sport, some outstanding female fighters have written history in the ring. Let’s see what their stories and achievements are!
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Giselle Salandy was a Trinidadian professional boxer born in 1987, on January 25. She held 6 female titles and was an undefeated unified light middleweight world champion from 2006 until 2009. Salandy made her debut at only 13 years old. By the time she was 14, she had become the youngest person to win a boxing title after defeating Paola Rojas in October 2001.
She was only 21 years old when she lost her life in a car accident on January 4, 2009.
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Nicknamed “The Coal Miner’s Daughter”, Christy Martin was an American professional boxer who competed between 1989 and 2012.
The boxer was born in 1968 and started her career at 21 years old in 1989. In 2016, she became the first female boxer to be inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, and in 2020 she was also inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Christy Martin was shot once in her torso and stabbed several times by her husband, James V. Martin, on November 23, 2010. She survived the attack, and in 2017, she married former rival Lisa Holewyne. Now, she is the CEO of a boxing promotion company.
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Claressa Shields is an American professional boxer and mixed martial artist born in March 1995. She is the only boxer in history to ever hold all four major world titles simultaneously in two weight classes. In addition, she is the first woman who managed to win lineal championships in two weight classes.
Her achievements do not stop here, as she won the gold medal in the women’s middleweight division at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016. This made her the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic medals. Also, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012, Shields was the youngest boxer.
In 2018, the Boxing Writer Association of America named Claressa Shields the Female Fighter of the Year and was also inducted into the USA Boxing Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame.
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Born in January 1971, Ann Wolfe is a former American boxer, and she held world titles in three weight classes simultaneously in 2004.
She is regarded as one of the best female boxers of all time, and her only loss was when she was knocked out in three rounds by Valerie Mahfood. Later on, she avenged this by taking the NABA World Super Middleweight Championship from her.
Wolfe's last fight was in 2006, and since then, she has worked as a trainer. She has trained both professional and amateur boxers, including Jennifer Fenn, her oldest daughter.
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Katie Taylor is an Irish professional boxer and former footballer born in 1986. She is currently the undisputed lightweight champion holding the WBA title since 2017. In 2018, she won the IBF title and still holds it to this day, as well as the WBO, WBC, and Ring magazine titles since 2019.
In 2019, Taylor became one of the nine boxers in history to hold all four major world titles at the same time.
Aside from the titles, the boxer won five consecutive gold medals at the Women’s World Championships. She has won six gold medals at the European Championships and five times at the European Union Championships.
In 2012, Katie Taylor defeated Sofya Ochigava and became the first-ever Olympic female lightweight champion.
Mia St. John
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Mia St. John is a Mexican-American professional boxer, businesswoman, model, and taekwondo champion.
While many boxers on this list started their careers early in their lives, some even as teenagers, Mia St. John decided to become a professional boxer at the age of 29. Her first fight was in February 1997, when she knocked out her opponent Angelica Villain in only 54 seconds of the first round. This earned her the nickname “The Knockout”.
After her 20th fight, St. John had to undergo two surgeries on her leg to prevent amputation after a skiing accident. She recovered and continued her boxing career and even became her own promoter and manager.
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|Titles||WBO, WBC, IBO, WBAN, UBF, WIBA, IBF, WBC-NABF|
Amanda Serrano was born in October 1988 and is a Puerto Rican professional boxer, wrestler, and mixed martial artist. She holds the WBO featherweight title since 2019 and the WBC and IBO titles since 2021.
Serrano held nine major world titles in 7 different weight classes. This makes her the only female and Puerto Rican to hold the Guinness World Record for winning the most boxing world championships in different weight classes.
She has an older sister named Cindy, who is also a professional boxer. Together, they are the first sisters to hold major world titles in boxing.
Amanda Serrano received the Female Boxer of the Year Award in 2016 and 2018. The Ring, Lineal Boxing Champion, and BoxRec rank her as the world’s best active female featherweight.
In January 2022, Serrano is expected to fight Katie Taylor, with the odds favouring Taylor -200 and Serrano coming in as +165 underdog on many online gambling sites.
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Holly Holm is an American mixed martial artist and former professional boxer and kickboxer also known as The Preacher’s Daughter. During her boxing career, she defended her world champion titles 18 times in three different weight classes.
In 2005 and 2006, Holm received the Fighter of the Year Award from Ring magazine. BoxRec ranks her as the best female professional boxer of all time. She was the first fighter to hold both a world boxing and a UFC title. To this day, she remains the only one who accomplished this.
She is still active as an MMA fighter, and her most notable win was in November 2015 when she defeated her opponent, the famous Ronda Rousey. This was Rousey's first loss.
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Regina Halmich is a German former professional boxer who helped popularize female boxing in Europe. She was born in November 1976 and started her career in 1994.
Only one year later, in 1995, she won the IBF female flyweight title and retained it for over ten years. In her career, she defeated numerous great boxers to defend her title. In 2004 she also won the IBF female super flyweight title after defeating Daisy Lang.
Halmich is one of the best female boxers with a staggering record of 56 fights and only one loss. Outside of this sport, she is a businesswoman and the first female boxer who owns her own cosmetics line. In 2007, she retired from her boxing career after defeating Hagar Finer in her last fight.
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Laila Ali is one of Muhammad Ali's nine children, and she was a professional boxer between 1999 and 2007. She had a short but impressive career in boxing and is now a television personality.
Ali made the decision to begin boxing when she was only 18 years old after watching Christy Martin fight. Her father was not happy with her decision, but she made her professional debut when she was 21 years old.
After being inspired by Christy Martin, Laila Ali managed to defeat her in a fight by knocking her out in four rounds in August 2003.
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Cecilia Braekhus is a Norwegian professional boxer and former kickboxer also known as The First Lady. From 2014 to 2020, she was the undisputed female welterweight champion. She is one of the only nine boxers of all time to hold four major world titles simultaneously. Even more, in 2016, she became the first-ever to hold five world titles after winning the IBO title as well.
She received three recognitions from the Guinness World Records:
- Longest Reign as a Four-Belt Undisputed Boxing Champion;
- Longest Reigning Female Boxing Champion;
- Most Bouts Undefeated by a Female World Champion Boxer.
Braekhus began her career in 2007 and defeated Ksenija Koprek from Croatia in her first fight. The two lost matches are the most recent ones, from August 2020 and March 2021, both against Jessica McCaskill.
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"The Dutch Destroyer" Lucia Rijker is a professional boxer and former kickboxer, and actress. Her other nickname was Lady Tyson, and the press sometimes dubbed her "The most dangerous woman in the world".
Rijker began training in judo when she was only six years old and switched to kickboxing at 15. Her boxing debut was in 1996 when she was 29 years old. She won her first 14 fights but was unable to get in the ring with Christy Martin. After stepping away from boxing in 1999, she made a comeback in 2002 and defeated Jane Couch.
In 2004, Lucia Rijker won her last boxing fight, and in 2012 she became Ronda Rousey's striking coach.
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|Titles||WIBF, IWBF, WIBA, GBUF, WBC, WBA, WIBC, WBF|
Natascha Ragosina is a former undefeated professional boxer from Russia. She was nicknamed Miss Sledgehammer and The Russian Tsarina and is the longest-reigning WBA female super middleweight champion as well as WBC female super middleweight champion.
Ragosina made her debut in 2004 and won the WIBF Inter-Continental Super middleweight title the same year. In 2008, she broke Giselle Salandy's record after defeating Teresa Perozzi and winning seven championship belts in a single fight.
Her career was very short, as she retired in 2009 after defeating Pamela London and winning WIBF and WBF heavyweight titles.