It was not long ago when it was stated that boxing is a purely male sport and that women have no place in the ring. That opinion still varies from person to person. What cannot be done is challenging the efforts and success of female athletes who overcame adversities to convince us otherwise.
Also, be sure to check my list of best female MMA fighters in history.
She is a professional American boxer known under the alias “GWOAT.” Living up to her nickname as one of the greatest female boxers ever walking the earth. She entered the professional world of boxing in November 2016 and fought 13 times and won all 13 fights, twice by knockout.
She comes from Flint, Michigan, where she met her first trainer Jason Crutchfield started boxing at the age of 11. Claressa is a boxer who managed to hold all four major boxing titles in two different categories, of which she is the current champion, IBF, WBO, WBA, and WBC.
Other significant successes are two gold medals at the Olympics in 2012 and 2016. A very important fact to mention is that Clarresa was born in 1995 and is still a very young and active fighter. She was inducted into the USA Boxing Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame in 2018, and the same year, she was named Female Fighter of the Year.
In 2020, she started training at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy when she signed for the PFL organization and sailed into the waters of MMA. There she fought two fights in two years with a victory by knockout and a loss by referee’s decision.
Lucia is a professional kickboxer and boxer, born in 1967, who comes from Amsterdam, Netherlands. With 63 kilograms and 168 centimeters, Rijker is a knockout artist with 14 knockouts in 17 boxing matches, which is why she is known as Lady Tyson.
The media has repeatedly labeled her the Most Dangerous Woman in the World. Although she built her fighting reputation as a killer kickboxer, her boxing record is also impressive. She has been in martial arts since her early years and is a woman who was made for fighting.
She won many accolades in her kickboxing and boxing conquests. She started her boxing career in 1996. Important boxing achievements that belong to her are winning the WIBF Super Lightweight World Championship in 1997, the title of European WIBF Boxing Champion, winner of the WIBO Junior Welterweight World Championship in 1998.
She was also inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009. Lucia also pursued her acting career during her martial arts career, and today she is committed to empowering women, promoting healthy living, and training female boxers.
Katie is a thirty-six-year-old boxer born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1986 and started boxing at 12 at St Fergal’s Boxing Club. She is considered one of the best Irish athletes of her generation. She entered history at 15 when she did the first sanctioned women’s fight in Ireland and was trained by her father in the company of two brothers.
Katie started her professional adventure in 2016. Her boxing record is adorned with 22 victories in 22 matches with six knockouts in a five-year career. She is also experienced in amateur matches, with 173 wins.
She competes in lightweight and super-lightweight and is the champion in both divisions with six titles. She has been holding the title of lightweight champion since 2017. Before becoming a professional, she won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games and several European competitions from 2005-2015.
Taylor is the current champion of the world, Europe, and Ireland. An interesting fact from Katie’s life is that she was a member of the Republic of Ireland football team and had a professional football career.
Amanda is a professional boxer, mixed martial artist, professional wrestler, and actress from Puerto Rico, born in 1988. She got into this sport at 17 because she wanted to get closer to her older sister Cindy Serrano. Cindy was also a famous and successful boxer.
Her amateur career was short; she recorded nine wins and one loss. Amanda fought 47 times in thirteen years. Her record is 44 wins with an impressive 30 knockouts. She has two defeats, one of which was by split decision against the undefeated Irish boxer Katie Taylor.
The fight was declared the year’s fight and was headlined by these two fighters at the famous Madison Square Garden. Her coach and manager are Jordan Maldonado. Serrano is the only fighter from Puerto Rico who won world titles in five categories: IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, and WBO.
She is currently dedicated to cage fighting in mixed martial arts, where she debuted in 2018 with a record 2-0-1. She is also experienced in grappling competitions, scoring 5-0.
Laila Amaria Ali is the daughter of the famous legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. She was born on December 30, 1977, in Florida. She started boxing at 18, against the will of her father, who believes that boxing is not for women.
Despite this, in 1999, when she was 21 years old, Laila made her debut match, where she celebrated with a knockout. Since she is Ali’s daughter, she attracted much media attention and opened many doors for herself.
Laila was active and successful until 2007 in the super middleweight and light heavyweight categories. She retired as an undefeated fighter. Laila has an impressive record of 24 wins in 24 fights, with 21 of those wins achieved by knockout.
Laila retired in style in her last professional fight when she defeated O’Neil Gwendolyn by TKO in the first round at an event in South Africa. She held the WIBA, WBC, IWBF Super Middleweight titles and the IWBF Light Heavyweight titles.
Laila married a former NFL player after retiring, and they have two children together. She has her brand, has a healthy lifestyle, and is a well-known television personality and social media star.
Cecilia Braekhus was born in Cartagena, Colombia year 1981. Norwegian parents adopted her as a two-year-old. At 14, she started practicing kickboxing, and soon after that, she started doing amateur boxing competitions.
Her experienced amateur record consists of as many as 80 matches with 75 wins and five losses. In 2004, she won a silver medal at the European Championship, and the next year she won silver at the World Championship and gold at the European Championship in amateur boxing. In January 2007, she had her first pro-fight and won the unanimous decision.
From 2007 to 2020, she was undefeated but then lost twice in a row to Jessica McCaskill. Although she is over 40 years, Cecilia is still an active and dangerous veteran of this sport. She competes in the Welterweight category and was champion from 2014 to 2020.
Also, she managed to win all four major titles and defend them ten times. It is important to note that Braekhus had over 25 title fights. She is the most famous and the best Norwegian boxer, nicknamed “The First Lady” for good reason.
Long retired but important and famous German boxer Regina Halmich was born in 1976 in Karlsruhe, West Germany. As an amateur, she competed in kickboxing. In 1994, she started her professional career with a victory, and a year later, she lost to Yvonne Trevino in her first opportunity for the title.
That was her first and last defeat. She won the vacant WIBF female flyweight title in the next bout. In 1995 she won the vacant WIBF female light flyweight title, the WIBF female super flyweight title in 1998, and the vacant WIBF female light flyweight title in 1999.
Her success was concentrated in the flyweight category. During her reign, she defended the title as many as 28 times. Her style was aggressive and technical precision. Her career was long and successful for 13 years, with 54 wins and one loss. She contributed to the development of women’s boxing in Europe and is considered one of the world’s most famous and successful female boxers.
A member of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, Ann Wolf was born in 1971 in Texas. After difficult life circumstances, Ann met her amateur coach, Billingsley, under whose guidance she began to compete in amateur boxing.
After three wins and one loss, Ann decided to make her professional debut in 1998. In eight years of her career, she registered 26 fights with 24 wins, one loss, and one no-contest. Ann got her only defeat by knockout in the third round against the more experienced Valerie Mahfood.
Three years later, she avenged her loss. In the next six years, Wolfe remains undefeated. She competed in Light middleweight, Middleweight, Super middleweight, and Light heavyweight. At the same time, Ann held three titles in three different categories, and regardless of the defeat, she is considered one of the best female boxers.
In 2006, she fought in her last match, where she celebrated with a knockout, and after that, she devoted herself to training other boxers. She trained many famous professional and amateur fighters and is no stranger to an acting career.
Killer Queen Susanna “Susi” Kentikian was born in 1987 in Armenia and is known for her killer and aggressive combos. When she was very young, she left Armenia with her family and went to Germany. After a few years of moving from country to country, she returned to Germany in 1996 to Hamburg.
Due to many relocations, her resident status was undetermined for ten years, which followed the order to evict her family from the country. All this strengthened Susi mentally and undoubtedly prepared her for the boxing world.
After she signed her boxing contract for three fights in 2005, her family received a permanent residence permit. After discovering herself in boxing, she debuted in 2005 and was undefeated for the next 30 matches. Her experience was built by 39 fights, 36 wins, two losses, and one no-contest.
Of which she fought for the title over 25 times. She is a two-time champion of the flyweight division whose WBA title she held in two reigns, 2007-2012 and 2013-2017.
Seniesa Carmen Estrada is an American boxer born in 1992. She is originally from Mexico and felt her love for boxing at a young age. Growing up in a family of fight fans, Seniesa spent plenty of time watching fights in front of the television screen.
Although her father, like every other parent, was against it, Seniesa was not deterred in her intentions, so she started practicing boxing at the age of eight and has remained dedicated to the sport ever since. Estrada says she fights for her culture and her people and especially enjoys representing Mexico.
She made her professional debut in 2011 and earned 24 wins in 24 matches, nine knockouts, and 15 decisions. Seniesa remains an undefeated and active fighter with the nickname Superbad. She competes in the flyweight, mini-flyweight, and light flyweight divisions.
Also Estrada holds the WBA World Minimum and WBC World Minimum titles. As of July 2020, she owns the record for the fastest knockout in the history of women’s boxing after she knocked out her opponent Miranda Adkins in just 7 seconds.
Mary Kom is the representative of India in amateur boxing. She was born in 1982 and is one of the most interesting athletes in the world, with a bizarre life story behind her. Mary grew up in poverty in India, but despite her roots, she moved to the city where she found a boxing coach and a path to the world championship.
In addition to boxing, Kom is a woman of many professions. She is a politician and a former member of the Rajya Sabha Parliament. She is ranked as the world’s number one flyweight by AIBA and has also competed at atomweight.
She successfully hid her training processes from her father while training under the tutelage of trainer M. Narjit Singh. She received support from her father only three years later when she won the state championship in 2000.
She participated actively in many Asian competitions worldwide from 2000-2021, where she mostly took gold medals and some silver and bronze ones. She won 6 gold medals at world competitions until 2018, becoming the first woman to do so. And the first amateur to surpass professional athletes in receiving awards and honors in India.
Christy Martin was a former professional American boxer born in 1968 in West Virginia in the, USA. She is said to be the one who legitimized the participation of women in the boxing world and was considered one of the toughest female fighters in the US.
She started her professional career at the age of 21 back in 1989 with a draw match of six rounds. She competed in Light Middleweight, Middleweight, and Super Middleweight in her career from 1989 to 2012. In her 59 fights, she won 49, of which 32 were by knockout.
There are also seven defeats and three draws. Behind all these years of boxing, there is an extremely sad story. Although Christy is very experienced in matches, she had only two fights for the title, of which she was successful only once, in the fight for the super-welterweight title, which she failed to defend.
In 2009, she won the title, but in 2010, she was stabbed and shot by her husband. In 2016, she was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, and in 2020, into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Before becoming famous through the UFC, Holly Holm had a kickboxing and boxing career. The American boxer was born in 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is marked as one of the best welterweight fighters in the world, in which category she held several titles.
Holly began her martial arts adventure with coach Mike Winkeljohn, who devoted himself to her. Coach Mike says that he immediately recognized the potential of a champion in her and that he was pleased to train her. She made her professional boxing debut in 2002, and in the following 11 years, she had 38 fights, 33 of which were wins, two losses, and three draws.
Holm fought most of her fights in her hometown, and after being elected Fighter of the Year 6 times in a row, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. Her resume is full of martial arts achievements, boxing, and kickboxing, and she even won the world title in mixed martial arts in the UFC.
She won the WBF Female World Light Welterweight and World Welterweight titles and was an 18-time world champion in three different categories. Even after 40 years, Holm is active and has no intention of slowing down.
Born in 1987 in Siparia, Trinidad Tobago, Joenette Giselle Ife Salandy was a professional boxer with a shocking story behind her. Salandy lost her mother at the age of 11, and a family friend adopted her. At the age of 11, she entered the boxing gym for the first time to treat a broken arm.
The trainers of White Eagles Gym, Kim Quashie and Fitzroy Richards, immediately recognized her potential and assumed coaching and managerial duties towards her. Two years later, she makes her first professional debut and wins by knockout.
The following year, she became the youngest individual to receive the WIBA IBERO Title. Her professional career lasted eight years, during which she got 16 victories in 16 matches. She competed in light welterweight and light middleweight and is considered one of the best fighters in the world in heavier categories.
She held the WBC and WBA, as well as the IWBF, WIBF, WIBA, and GBU female titles, and remained undefeated until she died in 2009. Salandy had a traffic accident with a motorcycle and died tragically due to her injuries at the age of 21.
Natalia Yurievna Ragozina, known as Miss Sledgehammer, is a Russian boxer born in 1967 in Karaganda. Although she started with athletics, she accidentally came to the boxing world. At the age of 18, she started practicing kickboxing.
After winning the European Championship in 1996 and 1998, she went to Moscow, where she started boxing, and after going to Germany, she decided to do it professionally. In 2004, she made her professional debut, defeating Lithuanian fighter Olga Gorbonosenko by knockout in the first round.
Ragosina’s career lasted five years, and already after the fourth fight, she started fighting for the title. Her professional record is 22 wins in 22 bouts, of which 13 ended with a knockout. She boxed mostly in Germany, except for her last fight in 2009.
This fight was in Russia, where she won and got the WIBF and WBF Heavyweight titles. She spent her career at the top of the women’s super middleweight division, finishing with all the major middleweight titles and two heavyweight belts.
Shantel is an active British boxer born in 1991 in Northampton, England. She fell in love with martial arts watching martial arts movies, so she started training kickboxing at the age of 10, and six years later, she started practicing Muay Thai.
After winning the WAKO and IKF titles, Cameron ended her undefeated amateur career and began boxing at 18. She won bronze and silver medals at the 2011 and 2010 European Championships. The representative of England competed in super-featherweight, lightweight, and light welterweight, in which Chantelle is the current champion.
She fought 17 matches in her career with 17 victories, eight of which were knockouts, and as a very young fighter, she already has a lot of experience in title fights. She presently holds the IBF, WBC, and The Ring super-lightweight world champion belts.
Mia St. John
Mia was born in 1967 in San Francisco, California. The American professional boxer is a former WBC Super Welterweight champion and IBA and IFBA lightweight champion. Before she decided on boxing, she competed as a taekwondo student, and at 29, she decided to become a boxer.
In 1997, she made his professional debut and won by knockout in the first round after 54 seconds. In 19 years of her career, she fought many bouts. In 65 fights, she achieved 45 victories, 14 defeats, and two draws. She boxed the first 48 matches on her home turf in the US.
Only after 48 fights she got the chance for the IFBA lightweight title, which she won by a unanimous decision, and in 2008 won the WBC International female welterweight title. She said goodbye with a victory in New Zealand against a local fighter in 2016.
Also, in 2008, Mia did one MMA match, which she celebrated with a knockout. She can also include an acting and modeling career, a degree in psychology, and a black belt in taekwondo, among her achievements.
Alycia “The Bomb” Baumgardner was born in 1998 in Fremont, Ohio. She has German, African-American, Korean, and Japanese roots. Alycia lived in a large but harmonious family in a small house. She comes from a family of fighters in which many male and female members boxed.
Unlike many fighters, Baumgardner had the full support of her family. At the age of four, she started wrestling, and at the age of six, she joined the Fremont Wreckers gym and began to take boxing seriously and dedicate her life to it.
At the age of 20, in 2017, she made her professional debut and finished off her opponent with a knockout in the first round, and only 20 days later, she made her second match and got a winning result in the same way.
This young and active fighter has 15 bouts behind her, with 14 wins and one loss. The only loss she has is by decision. She fights in the Mexican style that her grandmother taught her. She competes in super featherweight, where she is the current champion with the WBC, IBO, WBO, IBF, and The Ring titles, and has four title fights behind her so far.
Jessica was born in 1984 in St. Louis, Missouri, and is an American professional boxer. She started her boxing career relatively late, comparing her to fighters who have been training since childhood. McCaskill began practicing boxing to preserve her health in 2008 when Jessica found her love for the sport, and the following year Jessica did her first amateur match.
In 2014 and 2015, she won the Golden Glove Championship and decided to go professional. After amateur competitions, Jessica enters the professional world with a record of 17-1. In 2015, she debuted and won by technical knockout in the second round.
McCaskill competes in lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight. Although she loses her first chance to win the title, she corrects her mistakes in the next match and wins the WBC light welterweight title.
Until 2022, she held the IBO, WBC IBF, and Ring light welterweight titles and is the current champion in the IBO, WBA, and WBC welterweight categories. Her professional record is 12 wins and three losses in 15 fights, with five knockouts.
María Anastasia Trejo was born in 1980 in Santa Urusula, Tlaxcala, Mexico, and like every Mexican woman, she proudly represents her nation. She grew up with two brothers and two sisters in Coyoacan. Mariana started boxing for self-defense because she was a victim of bullying.
Although her dream was to become a football player, her love for boxing prevailed, and she says that her passion for boxing is responsible for her success. Mariana had her first professional appearance in 1998 when she celebrated with a knockout in the second round against Virginia Esperanza.
From the beginning until today, she has accumulated many fights. In her 68 fights, Mariana recorded 54 wins, ten losses, and four draws. She fights in flyweight, super-flyweight, and bantamweight. Maria has a good experience in title fights and is a former champion in two categories.
She held the WBC flyweight belt from 2011 to 2012 and the WBC bantamweight belt from 2017 to 2020, when she lost her last fight to her compatriot, Yulihan Luna.
Triamar, also known as “Lady Tiger,” was born in 1953 in the Bronx, Us, and is a former American professional boxer. She became interested in boxing through television and started coming regularly to Gleason’s Gym at the age of 10.
She entered the training process at the age of 18 when she finished high school and devoted herself seriously to boxing. Marian was on the scene even before women were allowed to do professional matches and were doing exhibitions.
She can be said to be one of the first women to receive a boxing license. As a professional, she entered the ring in 1975. She is one of the greatest female boxers of the 70s and 80s and is a pioneer of this sport.
In 1979, she won against Sue Carlson for the lightweight title, but Marian was stripped of the title two years later due to inactivity. She had 24 fights with 18 victories, and in 2016 she was inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame.
Yésica Yolanda Bopp is an Argentinian professional boxer born in 1984 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started boxing at the age of 16 and had a successful international career as an amateur. She won the bronze medal in 2005 and the silver medal in 2006 at the world championship.
Yésica confidently debuted in her country Argentina in 2008, where she celebrated with a knockout in the third round. Bopp competed in flyweight and light flyweight, where she achieved good results. She had 40 fights with 37 wins and three losses.
She is the champion in two divisions and owns the WBA (Super) female light-flyweight. She held the WBA Regular Title from 2008 to 2019, previously the WBO female light-flyweight title from 2009 to 2013, and the WBO flyweight title in 2014.
She was ranked as the number one female flyweight fighter during her championship reign. She did all her fights in Central and South America. At the age of 39, she continues to be active.
Daniela Romina Bermúdez, nicknamed “Bonita,” was born in 1989 in Villa Gobernador Gálvez, Santa Fe Province, Argentina. She comes from a boxing family that owns the Bermúdez Boxing Club in her hometown.
Daniela made her professional debut in 2010, which she celebrated with a victory, and in the same year, she did four more matches. In 11 years of her career, she recorded 38 fights with 31 wins, four losses, and three draws.
She lost her first chance for the WBA female light flyweight title in 2011, and the following year she succeeded in winning the WBA interim female bantamweight title and WBA interim female super flyweight title, 2017, she also won the vacant WBO female bantamweight title and was successful in eight bantam title defenses.
In 2018 Daniela won IBF junior featherweight title. In 2021, she lost to the famous Puerto Rican boxer Amanda Serrano when she tried to win the WBC, WBO, and vacant IBO female featherweight titles. But in 2023, she returns to winning ways with two victories.
Christina “Lady Hammer,” or “Queen of the Middleweight,” was born in 1990 in Nowodolinka, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union. She is one of the more famous European professional boxers. For a brighter future, Christina and her parents immigrate to Germany, which she will later represent.
At the age of 13, she came to the boxing gym with her uncle and became the junior middleweight champion three years later, and a year later, she took the silver medal at the national competition as a light middleweight. At the age of 18, Christina decided that she wanted to be a professional boxer.
In her professional debut in 2009, she won by knockout in the second round, and since then, she has managed to win 25 matches until her first loss. In 2010, Hammer won the vacant WBO female middleweight title.
In 2011 she won the vacant WBF female middleweight title, which she successfully defended until 2019. In 2016, Hammer also won the WBC female middleweight title, which explains her nickname of the middleweight queen. However, in 2019, she lost to Clarrise Shields, and that was her only defeat in her career of 30 matches, 28 wins, and one no-contest.
Delfine Persoon was born in 1985 in Hooglede, West Flanders. She is a Belgian professional boxer and also works as a railway police. Persoon started her career in 2008 when she switched from judo to boxing due to a back injury.
She made her professional debut in 2009 in Belgium and won by knockout in the second round. In her successful professional career, Delfine competed in 51 matches with 47 wins, two losses, and one no-contest.
Only after 12 fights does Persoon get the chance for the European female lightweight title, which she wins and successfully defends in the same year. In 2012 she won the WIBF lightweight title and the vacant IBF female lightweight title; in 2013, the WIBA and WBF female lightweight titles.
She has been successful in her defenses for eight years, but she experienced her first major fall in 2019 and 2020 when she lost the title match to the popular and dangerous Irish Woman Katie Taylor both times. In 2021, Delfine returns to winning action and wins the WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title.
Alicia “Slick” Ashley was born in 1967 in Kingston, Jamaica, and is a former American professional boxer. She immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was young. Although Alicia dreamed of becoming a professional dancer like her father, the injury did not allow her to do so.
Due to her recovery, she started kickboxing after her older brother’s advice and achieved a successful amateur career, after which she switched to boxing. Her amateur boxing career was also impressive. In 1996, 1997, and 1998 she was the New York City Golden Gloves Champion.
In 1997 and 1998, she became the USA Boxing National Amateur champion. Ashley made her professional debut in 1999 and won. Her career lasted nine years, during which she played 37 matches and was full of ups and downs, with 24 wins, 12 losses, and one draw.
She has won many local Boxer of the Year awards and is a Guinness World Record holder as the oldest female boxer to become champion when she won the WBC Female Super Bantamweight title at the age of 48.
“Battling Barbara” Buttrick, or “The Mighty Atom of the Ring,” was born in 1929 in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Cottingham, England. She originally wanted to play soccer and entered boxing accidentally when she read about boxer Polly Burns in the newspaper.
Barbara did her first pieces of training alone and then headed to London, where she found her trainer at Mickey Woods’ gym, whom she later married. That man was Leonard Smith. Barbara started her career in 1948, did over 1000 boxing exhibition fights, and fought against men.
She was the undefeated bantamweight and flyweight world champion from 1950 to 1960. Barbara had only one loss, after which she retired in 1960 with 30 professional matches won and one draw. In the mid-1990s, she founded the Women’s International Boxing Federation, a major sanctioning body of women’s boxing, and became its president. In 2014 she was inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame.
Natasha was born in 1984 in Liverpool, England. She is a British professional boxer who competes at super-featherweight, lightweight, and light-middleweight. While Jonas was at college in America for 18 months, she trained in soccer and primarily wanted to be a professional player.
The injury did not allow her to continue her football career. When she returned to England in 2005, she started boxing and had a successful career as an amateur. In 2009 she won a gold medal at the Women’s European Union Amateur Boxing Championships, and in the same year, she was the first female boxer to compete for GB Boxing.
By 2010, she had won the ABA Championships five times and was also the first British female boxer to compete at the Olympic Games. She made her professional debut with a technical knockout victory in the first round in 2017.
Since that year, she has played 16 matches with 13 wins, two losses, and one draw, with eight knockouts. Natasha is still active and holds the WBO, WBC, and IBF titles in the light-middleweight category from 2022, and she did all her matches on her home turf in England.
Wang Ya Nan
Known as “China Girl,” she was born in 1984 in China and is a former professional boxer who competed in the middleweight division. She had a short but successful career that lasted from 2006 to 2009. In her three-year career, she fought eight matches and won every one of them, five matches by decision and three by knockout.
She made her professional debut in China in 2006 against Dutch fighter Dagmar van Alfen, whom she defeated by technical knockout in the tenth round. Already in her third fight in 2007, she got a chance for the vacant WIBA middleweight title, which she won by the judge’s decision.
In 2008, she won the vacant WBC female middleweight title in the same way, becoming the first Chinese fighter to do so. Wang has boxed all her matches in China except for the last one, which went down in Australia, where she currently resides. There she defended her title against a fighter from Kenya and won by decision to retire as an undefeated fighter.
Nicola Virginia Adams was born in 1982 in Leeds, England. She is a former English boxer who competed in flyweight. As an amateur, Nicola is the first double champion at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Nicola won all possible championships at prestigious amateur competitions in her category, and her reign lasted from 2003 to 2017.
She won eight gold medals and four silver medals, competing worldwide. In 2017, Adams made her professional debut, where she celebrated a victory over an Argentinian opponent. Her professional career was short, only two years, and she boxed only six matches, five of which were wins and one draw.
In 2018, she won the vacant WBO female interim flyweight title, which she defended the following year. Due to an eye injury, she decided to retire in 2019 because she did not want to risk her health. One of the major recognitions of Nicola Adams is her award of Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2017.
Michele was born in 1967 in London, England. Before switching to boxing, she practiced Thai boxing and kickboxing at the age of 16. From 1990 to 1995, she achieved a record of 32-2-1, with five British titles, one European, and three world titles.
After great victories in kickboxing, Michele decides to do a professional boxing campaign in the bantam category. In 1995, she made her professional debut in Belgium and celebrated with a knockout in the first round, which she repeated in the next four matches.
In the next six years, Michele boxed 21 times with a phenomenal 21 victories, 12 of which were by knockout. In 1998, she won the vacant WIBF European super-bantamweight title in Berlin and defended it in the same year, and in 2000 she took the vacant WIBF European super-bantamweight title.
In 2001, she boxed in her last match and title defense against Nadia Debras, which she won by decision and retired as an undefeated fighter. She is considered one of the most important European female boxers who helped advocate for the participation of women in the boxing world.
Kara Olivia Rheault was born in 1975 in Ontario, Canada. In her youth and school days, Kara was excellent in sports disciplines and at the top with academic knowledge. She competed in multiple sports and won school awards in different sports.
Kara became familiar with the world of boxing in her second year of college. As an amateur, she had many successes, including winning the Ringside National Tournament. Rheault made her professional debut in 2002 in the USA, where she won against Terri Blair by decision.
She completed her ten-year career with 17 matches and 17 victories with seven knockouts. Kara boxed all the matches in the United States. In 2005, she got a chance for the vacant Women’s International Boxing Association World lightweight title, which she won by referee’s decision against Puerto Rican boxer Belinda Laracuente. She retired as undefeated and trains young professional and amateur MMA fighters and boxers in Detroit.
Heather “The Heat” Hardy was born in 1982 in Brooklyn, New York. After giving birth, Hardy decided to do kickboxing to get back in shape, and after only three weeks of training, she fought and won her first match. Soon after that, Heather started winning titles in Thai boxing and kickboxing.
Hardy says she found herself and what she loves to do when she first had the experience of stepping into the ring. She started to attract attention, and in 2010 she started boxing. In 2012, Heather made her professional debut in New York and celebrated with a decision victory.
After six matches, she got her first chance for the vacant UBF International super bantamweight title, which she won against a Mexican fighter. In 2014, Heather also won the vacant UBF International super bantamweight title.
Although she competed in bantamweight, in 2018, she won the vacant WBO and NABF titles in featherweight. Hardy had 25 matches with 22 wins, two losses, and one draw throughout her career. She was undefeated for seven years until she suffered two defeats in 2019.
Jane “the Fleetwood Assassin” Couch was born in 1968 in Fleetwood, England. She is a former British lightweight and light welterweight boxer. Jane got kicked out of school at a young age because she fought in the streets.
She went through many adversities and was told that she could only expect ruin from her life. Despite this, Jane knew she would do something great and believed in it. In her time, women were discriminated against in terms of boxing, which did not prevent Couch from finding a gym and a trainer to start boxing matches in an unlicensed country for boxing.
She boxed her first match in Wigan for £58 in 1994. In 1996 she got a chance for the WIBF light welterweight title, which she won. 1999 she also won the WIBF light welterweight title. Jane has not been so lucky in other title fights in her 39 matches, with 28 wins and 11 losses.
Her career was full of ups and downs and lasted 13 years with three consecutive defeats. Regardless, Jane was inducted into the Women’s International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016.
Mary Jo Sanders
Mary Jo Sanders was born in 1974 in Michigan, United States. Before she dedicated herself to boxing, she was in other sports disciplines as a very gifted athlete. In 1998, 1999, and 2000, Mary entered the Tough Woman competition, winning championships and fighting in the open category.
She started her professional career by having a problem with amateur women who wanted to avoid entering the ring with her. In her professional debut in 2003, Sanders celebrated with a knockout in the first round. By 2007, she had a string of 25 victories.
During that time, she won the WBC World female super lightweight title, the Women’s International Boxing Association World welterweight title, the WBC World female welterweight title, the WBA super-welterweight title, and the International Boxing Association female middleweight title.
Sanders had 27 fights in her five-year career, with 25 wins and one draw. She suffered her downfall against Holly Holm at welterweight in 2008. Regardless, she remains one of the best female boxers in history.