Top 10 Famous Female Boxers – Boxing never goes unnoticed when it comes to sports. In fact it considered among the beloved and most played games, and not just in this era but its history goes way back. Speaking of Women’s Boxing, it first made its debut during the Olympic demonstration session in the year 1904. Due to professional rivalry, Swedish Amateur Boxing Association first established women boxing event in the year 1988. Later the British Amateur Boxing Association also surrendered during the year 1979 and held their first women boxing competition. Even though the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board had commended the boxing event featuring females in the London Olympics, year 2012, to our dismay, women’s boxing was not included in the 2008 Olympics. Be it cricket, golf or tennis, women walk side by side to men and just like that there a lot of exemplary female boxers that are proudly named beside the outstanding male boxers. And we have managed to enlist the top 10 females boxers till date and the list goes as follows.
Top 10 Female Boxers
1. Regina Halmich:
First and foremost in our list comes a German national, Regina Halmich. She was born on November 22nd, 1976. She made her professional boxing debut on 4th march,1994. It was amazing as Regina Halmich fought in her hometown of Karlsruhe and defeated Fienie Klee of Netherland’s. She is one of the most auspicious boxers till date. Regina Halmich has pocketed a great many titles during the years. She remained the German champion (kickboxing) for two straight years (1992,1993) and managed to bag the European title in addition to the former one, the following year (1994). Regina Halmich is also appreciated for her motivational work to promote female boxing in Europe. Regina Halmich fought her farewell fight on 30th November, 2007 and beautifully sent Hagar Finer home. Ring Magazine mentioned Regina Halmich on their list of Top 10 Most Influential Female Boxers of all times, the year 2012.
2. Ronda Rousey:
Second on our list is Ronda Rousey, one who does not need an introduction. Ronda Rousey has made her name through many professions, being a model, an athlete and a martial artist. This 28 year old female is not only an exemplary boxing champion, but Ronda Rousey is also very talented when it comes to other sports like judo. She was also the first to become a UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Other than that, Ronda Rousey has made appearances in movies and other advertisements as well.
3. Laila Ali:
Laila Ali, an American national, is the daugther of our boxing legend Mohammad Ali. Ranked third on our list of top 10 female boxers till date, Laila Ali entered the world on 30th December, 1977 and she is the youngest female child of Muhammad Ali from, Veronica Porsche Ali (third wife). During a session with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America”, Laila Ali made her decision public to have chosen boxing as a profession. She was only 21 years old when she fought her first match opposite to April Fowlerwho belonged to Michigan City, Indiana, the year 1999. First Laila Ali got named Super Middleweight Champion of the International Boxing Association in 2002 and later, in the year 2005, Laila Ali, again was given the same title by the International Women’s Boxing Federation.
4. Lucia Rijker:
Dutch professional female boxer Lucia Rijker has a lot on her list and she is place forth on our list of top 10 beautiful female boxers of all times. she was born on 6th December, 1967. At a very young age of six, Lucia started her training in sports like judo and martial arts and only a year later Lucia Rijker became a part of the Dutch National Softball Team. Although, she joined boxing at the age of fifteen and remained undefeated throughout her career untill Lucia Rijker got herself retirement in the beginning of 2007. She is a renowned kick boxer and an actress. Lucia Rijker was entitled ‘The Most Dangerous Women in the World’ by her rivals and the media. Lucia Rijker managed to bag 5 world titles in her active career. Her achievements are amazing with a 17-0 boxing record of 17-0, 14 knockouts and a kick boxing record of 37-0, 25 knockouts. Lucia Rijker also won the European WIBF Boxing Champion held in 1997-1998.
5. Ann Wolfe:
Born on 17th January,1971, Ann Wolf is placed fifth on our list of top 10 female boxers of all times. Her boxing career is studded with many world titles. Ann Wolf is considered among the best fighters and hardest punchers of female boxing the world has ever seen. Ann Wolf claimed the IFBA Junior Middleweight title when she fought opposite to Vienna Williams. Ann Wolf pocketed the WIBA Light Middlewight title by defeating Gina Nicholas in three round decision by knockout. In this way she got many title based on four different weight division. Ann Wolf announced her retirement after defeating Cassandra Giger by knockout in the year 2006.
6. Mia St. John:
Next on our list stands a successful boxer, model, taekwondo champion and a businesswoman Mia St. John. She was born on June 24 in 1976. Mia St. John is a Mexican-American national. She also led an amazing career and won many titles. Mia St. John got her herself the nickname ‘The Knockout’ during her debut fight on February 14th,1997 against Angelica Villian when she defeated her by knockout in only 54 seconds (in the first round). During her glorious career Mia St. John fought 23 fights and very efficiently she won 22 with one draw. Mia St. John became a professional boxer at the very young age of 29 and stood the former WBC champion along with IBA and IFBA lightweight champion. Mia St. John has also been featured on the front cover and in a page 11 pictorial of the Playboy Magazine.
7. Christy Martin:
Ranked seventh on our list of ten top female boxers of all time stands Christy Martin, a renowned American national and a boxing professional. Christy Martin was born on June 12, 1968 and her real name was Christy Salters. She made her debut at the smart age of 21, the year 1989. Christy Martin lost against Angela Buchanan in her debut fight but managed to win the match with a round two knockout ( a rematch) . She is famous for being ‘the most successful and prominent female boxer in the United States’. During her active boxing career, she fought 49 fights, won 31 fights by knockout, lost 5 matches and 3 draws. Christy Martin got stabbed and shot by her husband James V. Martin but later she was reported to have survived the stabbing.
8. Holly Holm:
American national, Holly Holm is placed 8th on the list of ten top female boxers of all times. She was born on 17th October,1981 in Albuquerque (Sandia Heights), New Mexico. Her career is embellished with a great many awards that she won over the years. On January 25, 2002, Holly Holm made her boxing debut at the glorious Isleta Casino and Resort located south of Albuqerque. Ring magazine gave her the title of Female Fighter of the Year (twice consecutively), in the year 2005 and in 2006. During her boxing career Holly Holm stood world champion eighteen times in three separate weight divisions. Besides she competes in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Holly Holm got the title of Female Athlete of the Year 2005 by Sports Hall of Fame (Albuquerque) and Holly Holm also got appointed in New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame in the year 2013.
9. Mary Jo Sanders:
Next in the line is a female professional boxer Mary Jo Sanders, daughter of Charlie Sanders (NFL Hall Of Famer). She was born on January 13, 1974 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. During her active boxing career, Sanders holds a record of 25 wins (8 came out by knockout), 1 lost and 1 draw. Mary Jo Sanders fought her last match against Holly Holm in the year 2008 and the match came out draw. He career is also studded with many awards and titles including WBC Female Light Welterweight Champion, WIBA Female Welterweight Champion, WBC Female Welterweight Champion and the WIBA Light Middleweight Champion.
10. Giselle Salandy:
Last inductee on our list of ten top female boxers till date is Joenette Giselle Ife Salandy ORTT also famous as Gizelle Salandy. She was born on 25 January, 1987. Well renowned international female boxer regarded unbeaten throughout her career, she belonged to Trinidad and Tobago. Gizelle Salandy got herself trained by Fitzroy Richards when she first came to the ring as a professional female boxer when she was only 13 years old. Gizelle Salandy was first person to win a lot of boxing titles at such a young age. First she battled against Paola Rojas and pocketed the WIBA IBERO Title, at the age of 14 during the year 2001, after that she fought against Manela Daniels and won the NABC World Title, (the year 2005) at the age of eighteen becoming the youngest female candidate to win this auspicious title. She gave up her life in a tragic car accident on 4th January, 2009.