Home Boxing News The History of Women’s Boxing, Part 2 of 2. The Professional Side

The History of Women’s Boxing, Part 2 of 2. The Professional Side

Little Girl’s Grow Up and Become Queen’s of the Ring!

It was determined in Part 1 that in 1867 when then the Quessberry rules were written by Welshman John Graham Chambers, women were active in professional boxing. Then in 1900 it was deemed by the majority of countries around the world women would be banned from competitive boxing, and even to the point where a woman could not even attend an organized boxing event.

As mentioned before it’s because little has been recorded or is known about the true history of Women’s boxing amateur or professional!

We need to skip a head 70 plus years where the world of professional boxing started to allow women to box professionally, this came in the United States. During the height of the feminist movement in the early 1970’s a charismatic female boxer named Cathy “Cat” Davis burst onto the professional boxing stage. Cathy Davis was born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1959. By the late 1970’s Davis was a household name; she was a symbol of all that was good about the feminist movement. Some of her bouts were televised on ABC and NBC, in August of 1978 Cathy “Cat” Davis made history; she became the first and only female boxer to grace the cover of Ring Magazine.

To this day no other female boxer has appeared on the cover of Ring Magazine. Sadly Davis had a professional setback in her career, after a scandalous investigation it was reported that most of her fights had been fixed. I’ll stress the word maybe, that Davis herself was in on the process of fixing some of her own fights. Many fans thought that would be the end of women’s boxing, as Davis was by far the best known female boxer in the world. She was considered the Muhammad Ali of women’s boxing. She continued to box till her last bout on April 10th, 1981 she knocked out Lavonne Ludian in the 3rd round in front of her home town fans of Poughkeepsie, New York.  The stress surrounding the scandal left Cathy “Cat” Davis with only 5 of her bouts were considered legitimate. Today she is considered by many boxing fans as the pioneer of modern professional boxing for women.

The sport remained quite but active in the 1980’s. Then in the 1990’s women’s boxing exploded sports leagues such as the WNBA and the WUSA grew, with female boxers such as Laila Ali, Jackie Frazier-Lyde, Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker, Stephanie Jaramillo Delia “Chikita” Gonzalez, Ada Velez, Sumya Anani, Laura Serrano, Bonnie Canino, Ivonne Caples, Deirdre Gogarty, etc. With all of them in their ranks, and all would one day become a world champion in their respective weight division. Even with more bouts being televised and more media exposure, only a few organizations recognize world championship title bouts. The good news is professional bouts are being held in more than 100 countries and that number is now growing with the help of the International Olympic Committee allowing amateur women to be part of the 2012 games in London.

These are the current weight classes for Women’s Professional Boxing;

Pinweight: up to 101 pounds
Light Flyweight: 106
Flyweight: 110
Light Bantamweight: 114
Bantamweight: 119
Featherweight: 125
Lightweight: 132
Light Welterweight: 138
Welterweight: 145
Light Middleweight: 154
Middleweight: 165
Light Heavyweight: 176
Heavyweight: over 189

This article would not be complete if it did not include one of the greatest female professional boxers of all-time; Ann Wolfe consider by many within the sport as the hardest puncher and the best fighter in women’s boxing. Wolfe had an amazing career in the ring, only having 26 bouts in her pro career her final pro record was 24-wins 16 by KO, 1-loss, 1-no contest. Male or female pro boxer;  Ann Wolfe holds one of the most coveted record in professional boxing. On May 8th, 2004 Ann Wolfe step into the ring in Biloxi, Mississippi on national television to face the undefeated current IBA light heavyweight title holder and former NCAA basketball star Vonda Ward. At 1 minute and eight seconds of the first round Wolfe knocked out Ward, television commentators called it “The greatest knockout in women’s boxing history”.

“The Opening Bell”   “The Final Bell”              

Ward had to be hospitalized for a neck concussion, with great relief she recovered. But that night belonged to Anne Wolfe she not only did she capture the IBA light heavyweight title, she had broken a record that had stood since August 17th, 1938. She broke the record of the legendary Henry Armstrong who till that night in Biloxi, Mississippi was the only professional boxer to hold three world titles at one time in three different weight classes. Anne Wolfe left the ring that night holding 4 world title belts in 4 different weight classes. Anne Wolfe may have had only 26 professional bouts in her career but she left an amazing legacy in and out of the ring, the native of Austin, Texas last fought in 2006 and retired from professional boxing. She still lives in Austin, Texas, where she trains both amateur and professional boxers, including her daughter Jennifer Fenn and top 10 middleweight James Kirkland. Wonderful and humble lady if you ever get the chance to catch a rare interview with her take it!
Now I’d like to introduce you to one of the future prospects in women’s professional boxing;

Noemi “No-No” Bosques 19-6 as an amateur. Now she’s 1-0-0 in the bantamweight division as a professional female boxer.

I recently caught up with Noemi  Bosques on the phone from her home in St. Petersburgh, Florida. Here’s the interview I had with Noemi;

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; Hi Noemi Bosques your going to have to help me with the correct way to pronounce your name? ( That broke the ice and got us both laughing) I thought you might be of French heritage?

N.B. ; With a charming laugh, we practiced her name a few times. When most people hear or read my last name they think French right away. I was born in America, my parents left Puerto Rico when my Mother was pergnate with me. I have close ties to my heritage! But I’m an American first, I live the American life style to the fullest.

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; When did you start boxing and where do you train?

N.B. ; I was a late bloomer I started boxing when I was 18 and I train at a club in Tampa Bay. My trainer is Sherman Henson, he’s great to me I love him so much! He brought me to the pro’s, I’m sticking with him. I stopped when I was 20 because I became pergnate, and was back at it by the time I was 22-23.

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; When did you fall in love with boxing, and decide it was what you wanted to do in life?

N.B. ; (A lot more laughing) I was thinking about that before you called, it’s really funny but I’m going to be honest! I was 18 and out clubbin’ one night and I was at a bar, it happened to be the night they where holding one of those tough man/women contest’s. I sat and thought it over & over, I built up the courage and signed up. I was matched up against a woman who was a trained boxer. At the end of the 1st round I had beat in her up so bad she quit! That sold me I started looking for a boxing club.

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; How do you like to box? Your style and the stance you like to fight from.

N.B. ; I’m a natural orthodox boxer, but I train both ways which allows me to switch it up in a fight. I’m an aggressive fighter, I like to find the weak point in my opponents. When I see that weakness all turn it on, going upstairs and downstairs back and forth. Keep them off balance and try to really confuse them. I’m a hard puncher, in the amateurs it was about landing a punch to score a point. I might be a new pro boxer but I’ve learned you need to hit hard and put your punches together.

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; What do you find is the hardest part of being a professional boxer?

N.B. ; Well after train for 5 to 6 hours a day 6 days a week, I miss sending time with my daughter and my family. You miss those family dinners, actives my daughter is involved in. Don’t get me wrong my daughter is my biggest inspiration, I teach her life lessons…like if you work hard your dreams can come true and she’s at the age where she likes to remind me about those life lessons. My Mom and my Grandmother come to all my fights, they do close their eyes when I take a hard punch. My boyfriend Ahsandi is always behind me 100% he’s my manager. And finding opponents is a real problem.

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; Recently their was a bout in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between Jelena Mrdjenovich and Belinda Laracuente on June 22nd a few weeks back, and in the later rounds their was accidental clash of heads which is common in boxing, but in this case Laracuente had her hair done in cornrows with beads woven into her hair. It was accouned in post fight interviews that it would take 10 to 15 stiches to close the cut on Mrdjenovich’s righ eyebrow after she was clipped by one of the beads Laracuente was wear that night. What’s your opinion on that, and have you ever encountered that problem?
N.B. ; WOW! I didn’t even think we were allowed to wear any like that, but their should be some kind of rule put in place to stop that from happening. Thanks for telling me that I’ll watch for that, because that would be like bringing a weapon into the ring.

R.A.M. (ringnews24.com) ; Last question Noemi, and before I ask it, it has been an honor and a real pleasure to speak with you. I wish you all the best in life and with your pro boxing career. Is their anyone you’d like to give a shout-out to?

N.B. ; Well thank-you for giving me a chance to get my name out their. I’d like to thank my sponsers Anthony Hopkins the CEO Fight Twist & MMA Chick, my Daugther, my Mom, my Grandmother, my boyfriend/manager Ahsandi Gibbs, my trainer Sherman Henson, and all my fans, I could go on all night I’m just thankful to be where I am today.

Noemi Bosques is a great young lady and a kind hearted decent humane! She’ll be on my watch list!

If you’d like to follow Noemi Bosques you can find her on;

WWW.NoemiBosques.com   [email protected]  [email protected]
Interested Promoter’s can contact her Manager Ahsandi Gibbs at  1-727-678-5886

You can follow Richard on Twitter; @McRae67


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