Some of the Most Interesting and Top Female Boxers of Our Time
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Some of the Most Interesting and Top Female Boxers of Our Time
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 7, 2014)

Lucia “Dutch Destroyer” Rijker
Lucia “Dutch Destroyer” Rijker
Names like Lucia “Dutch Destroyer” Rijker, Christy “Coal Miner’s Daughter” Martin, Laila “She Be Stingin” Ali, Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolfe, Regina Halmich, Mia “The Knockout” St. John, Holly “Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, Mary Jo Sanders, Jacqui “Sister Smoke” Frazier-Lyde and Christina Hammer seem to stand out!

As a boxing writer the one that sticks out the most is Rijker who was unbeaten as a kick boxer and as a boxer. In 17 professional bouts she scored 14 knockouts. Her biggest fight was to be against Martin with each getting 250k and the winner an additional 750K making it the “Million Dollar Lady” fight by Top Rank’s Bob Arum!

Unfortunately Rijker was injured receiving a torn Achilles tendon and would not fight again. To me she was the best female boxer I have ever seen. She was born in Amsterdam and lives in CA.

Martin, 49-7-3 (31), out of Orlando, FL, never won a world title until her 57th fight. She jumped 3 weight classes to fight Laila Ali.

Ali, 24-0 (21), out of L.A. was a super middleweight. She never would sign to fight Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolfe, 24-1 (16), of Waco, TX. Wolfe reversed her only loss to Valerie Mahfood, 3 years later. Vonda “All-American Girl” Ward, 23-1 (17), of Cleveland, OH, lost only to Wolfe and went on to win heavyweight title. Southpaw Holm, 33-2-3 (9), of Albuquerque, NM, last fought in May of 2013 and has switched to MMA. She defeated Martin and St. John. One of her biggest wins was over Sanders, 25-1 (8), of Auburn Hills, MI. She reversed loss to Ann Sophie Mathis, 27-3 (23) of France. Puerto Rico’s Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano, 21-1-1 (16), out of Brooklyn, NY, recently won the WBO lightweight title.

Regina Halmich, 54-1-1 (16), of Germany lost in her lone US bout in 1995 to Yvonne Trevino for the vacant WIBF flyweight title after 4 rounds due to a cut. They exchanged knockdowns in the 1st round. Halmich would win her next fight for the same title due to the fact Trevino would never defend it.

Halmich was 9-1 and every fight after that even if the opponent had no fights was a title fight. So her 45 title defenses could hardly be considered title fights. About 12 of them were against opponents with no wins. She retired in 2007. Her one draw with Elena Reid was reversed 15 months later. She fought in Italy and Poland once each. So 53 of her fights were in Germany. She certainly had the best record of all the boxers.

Frazier-Lyde, 13-1 (9), of Philadelphia had a short career with her only loss, to Ali, was the highlight. I thought she won especially when Ali was asked “why didn’t you knock her out?” She replied “I couldn’t keep her off of me.” Ali, being the daughter of Muhammad Ali certainly got all of the attention. Same for Frazier, who is the daughter of “Smokin” Joe Frazier.

Hammer, 17-0 (8), of Kazakhstan, fights out of Germany, and is a middleweight. Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, 26-0 (7), born in Cartagena, COL, fighting out of Bergen, Norway, who has 15 title defenses holding WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF titles in the welterweight division.

Others who have stood out are Ina Menzer, 31-1 (11), who was born in Kazakhstan, fighting out of Germany and last fought in 2013. Armenian Susi Kentikian, 33-2 (17), out of Germany. Erica Anabella Farias, 20-1 (10), of Argentina, Delfine Persoon, 30-1 (13), of Belgium, Yesica Patricia Marcos, 24-0-2 (8), of Argentina, Yessica Yolando Bopp, 27-1 (12), of Argentina and Sumya Anani, 25-3-1 (10), of Overland Park, KS.

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