5 Best Female Boxers of All Time
Female boxing came into existence in the 18th century. The first female boxer was Elizabeth Wilkinson. Women boxing made its entry in the summer Olympics 1904, although only as a demonstrative game. In 2012 London Olympics women boxing was officially added to the Olympics games by the Olympic Committee’s Executive Board. Over a period of time, various female boxers have impressed everyone with their skills and dedication. Here are the top five best female boxers of all time.
5. Ann Wolfe
She is considered as one of the hardest punchers in women’s boxing. In the year 2004, she won the IBA world light heavyweight title. Ann Wolfe held the world title in three different weight divisions. In 2006, she faced Lisa Ested in her last professional boxing bout. After her retirement, she became a trainer. She featured in Wonder Woman as the Amazon warrior Artemis.
4. Regina Halmich
She played a key role in popularising women boxing in Europe. The Ring magazine named her the second best female boxer in 2016. Regina became the WIBF junior flyweight, flyweight, and super flyweight world champion during her professional career. Halmich made her professional debut in 1994 and her last fight was in 2007. She faced just one defeat in her professional career and won 54 fights.
3. Laila Ali
She competed from 1999 to 2007. The American is the 8th daughter of the greatest boxer ever Mohammad Ali. Laila Ali won all her 24 professional fights. Out of 24 fights, she won 21 by knockout. The 43 years old held IWBF light heavyweight title, and IBA, IWBF, WIBA, and WBC super middleweight titles and retired unbeaten.
2. Cecilia Braekhus
She is the first female boxer to hold the WBA, IBO, WBC, IBF and WBO titles simultaneously. In the year 2017, the Boxing Writers Association of America named her the inaugural Female Fighter of the Year. Cecilia has a professional record of 36 wins and 2 losses. She has won 9 fights via knockout. The 39 years old is the third best female boxer in the world.
1. Lucia Rijker
Lucia Rijker is Dutch professional boxer. Rijker is regarded as the most dangerous women boxer of all time. She ended her career without facing any defeat. She won all 17 fights in her professional boxing career. After winning 14 fights, in 1999, she took a break from boxing and appeared in numerous Hollywood films. Lucia made a comeback to the ring in 2002 before retiring in 2007. She was a former WIBF world Super Lightweight champion and WIBO junior welterweight world titleholder.