We all know Mayweather and Ali, but how many of us go the mile and know more about powerful women boxers? All these women who are on this list are stalwarts, as they have broken stereotypes and set new precedents. So, let us look at some of the prominent female boxers of our generation. Here we go!
History of Female Boxing
The sport of women’s boxing has risen to prominence in recent years. However, it is not at all a new phenomenon that is taking the world over. Rather, female boxing as a sport has a rich history. Women fighting has been documented as early as the 18th Century. However, earlier on, it was illegal, and it took years for the sport to gain any sort of recognition.
The first-ever female boxing match took place in 1998 in the United Kingdom. Cut to 2012, the sport was recognized as an Olympic event. So the sport journeyed a long way from being an illegal underground operation to a full-blown event.
Top Female Boxers
However, no sport can grow without the athletes. And the same goes for female boxing as well. So, today we will look at some of the female boxers who set precedents for small girls to follow their dreams and make a name in sports of their choice. So without further ado, let us look at some of the most badass and hot female boxers you can check out today.
Competing in the welterweight division and won several world championships. She s often termed as the woman who started it all. Before Lucia, no female boxer earned such fame. She was a knockout artist, which means that she usually preferred knocking out her opponent. Her boxing career is a perfect 17-0. Out of these 17 wins, 14 were by knockouts. This is why she earned the nickname world’s most dangerous lady.
A hall of famer, Ann Wolfe is a legend amongst female boxers. Wolfe fought in the heavyweight category and is still considered to be one of the biggest black female boxers to have graced the ring. Wolfe knocking out Vonda Ward is the most talked about moment in boxing history. After her retirement, she went on to coach other boxers like James Kirkland.
Daughter of the prominent Muhammad Ali, it is understandable Laila Ali would also achieve great things. Still, Ali is one of the few people who are not overshadowed by their parent’s legacy. Ali carved out her name for herself and never piggybacked off the Ali surname. Like Lucia Rijker, Ali also has won 21 of her fights by knocking out the opponent. Also, Ali has remained undefeated in her career, so it is obvious why she is considered to be one of the best female boxers of her time.
Most popular amongst MMA fans, even though she might not match the accolades of her colleagues. Holm made history by defeating the legendary Rhonda Rousey and earned the bantamweight title. Holm has also won the welterweight and light welterweight categories in boxing. So Holly Holm is one of the few female boxers who holds titles in boxing as well as UFC.
With accolades that can even make your favorite male boxer put to shame, Cecilia Braekhus is an absolute powerhouse of an athlete. This Norwegian fighter is lauded as one of the greatest welterweights of her time. With a stellar career in amateur boxing, Cecilia is one of the prominent names in the world of women boxers.
This Puerto Rican boxer is the only athlete in womens boxing who has won in more than four weight classes. Known more popularly by her stage name, “Real Deal” she is one of the few athletes who has achieved so much in women’s boxing. She was even named the Women Fighter of the Year by WBN twice throughout her career.
This 23-year-old Southpaw is an absolute trailblazer in Women’s Boxing. Christy was the first woman to have been inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Not an easy feat if you consider how closed-door the world of boxing is for women. She retired in 2012, after an illustrious career of 23 years. So it is easily understandable why she is seen as the best ‘womens boxer’ of all time.
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is an Indian amateur boxer who has moved beyond the foray of boxing and become a politician. Therefore, it is understandable the kind of impact she had on the world with her bouting skills. Mary Kom is the only boxer in the world who has won World Amateur Boxing Championship six times in her career and the only one to have won eight medals in World Championship medals.
Claressa Shields is the undisputed champion in the middleweight category. Claressa won two consecutive gold medals in the Olympics back in 2012 and 2016. During her time, she was believed to have been the quickest boxer to have won two and more world titles in three different weight classes.
Mia St. John
Nicknamed “The Knockout’, she had a long career. According to statistics, she has successfully completed 65 bouts across five weight divisions in the years between 1997 and 2016. She, too is a boxer who is known to have won most of her bouts by knocking out her opponents.
The Final Bell
So there you go; here is a comprehensive list of all the prominent female boxers who have made the sport prominent and recognizable. These women are not only athletes with peak performance but women who broke away from the stereotypes and redefined what it is to be a woman.
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