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You Should Know These Women Of Boxing

Although women have been boxing since the 18th century (yes that’s right), for most of history, the sport has been almost exclusively associated with men. Since the 90s, women have become fixtures in the boxing world, in part due to the popularity of one fighter who is also the daughter of the sport’s most famous figure. Can you guess which one she is?

Lucia Rijker

“The Most Dangerous Woman in the World,” is the nickname that was given to her by the worldwide media. As a former kickboxer hailing from the Netherlands, Rijker began her professional career in 1996. Her pristine 17-0 record includes 14 by knockout. 

Regina Halmich

From Germany, Halmich was named the second-best female boxer in history by “The Ring.” She fought from 1994-2007, which included a record of 54-1-1, 16 by knockout. Halmich is winner of the WIBF junior flyweight and super flyweight titles. 

Anne Wolfe

Competing between 1998 and 2006, Wolfe put up a 24-1 record, 16 by knockout. Wolfe became the IBA light heavyweight world champion in 2004 and holds three world titles. Wolfe is fondly known as “brown sugar” for being the strongest knockout puncher in female boxing history. 

Laila Ali

The daughter of Muhammad Ali never seemed to feel the weight of the Ali name on her stunning career.  She competed professionally between 1999 and 2007 and won all of her 24 professional bouts, 21 by knockout. Her world championships included the WIBF Light Heavyweight title, as well as the IBA, WIBA, and WBC Super Middleweight titles. 

Marlen Esparza

In 2012, Esparza became the first American woman to qualify for the Olympics when boxing was included in the games. She won a bronze medal in the flyweight division of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Esparza currently boxes professionally out of Houston, Texas.

Amanda Serrano

A boxing superstar from Puerto Rico, Serrano was named female boxer of the year in 2014 and 2018 by the WBO. She is the only female to win world tiles in more than four weight classes. Serrano currently holds the WBO and WBC interim featherweight titles.

Jessica McCaskill

Boxing out of St. Louis, McCaskill won the Golden Glover championships in 2014 and 2015, concluding her amateur record with a 17-1 record. As a professional, she currently holds the WBC and WBA super lightweight championship belts.

Cecilia Braekhus

Originally from Norway and nicknamed “The First Lady.” The first female to hold all major alphabet titles. Braekhus was named 2017 Female Fighter of the Year by the prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). 

Claressa Shields

At just 25-years-old, Shields is already a boxing legend. She is one of only seven boxers in history, male or female, to hold all four major world titles in boxing – WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO. Shields is the first American boxer, male or female, to win gold medals in consecutive Olympic games.

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