Whether you box competitively, for fitness or just for fun, Balazs
would like to applaud you. Throughout the years, women have had to fight
for the right to box. The following timeline highlights poignant
events throughout the history of women’s boxing.
first staged women fights were in London England. Fighters
could punch, knee and kick all parts of their opponents’ body.
Mauling, scratching and throwing were not considered foul play.
Serious injury to both fighters was not unusual.
was introduced at the Olympic Games in St. Louis. Women’s
boxing was a displayed event at the third Olympic games.
female fight on TV. One of the most
famous women’s boxers of all-time, Barbara Buttrick, became the
first female boxer to have her fight broadcast on national
female judge to work a world heavy weight title bout. Eva
Shain earned a place in the Guinness Book of Sports Records for
being the first female judge of a world heavyweight fight. 1975 also
marked the first time a female judge worked a professional fight at
New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Boxing recognizes female boxers after losing a landmark court case.
USA Boxing’s Board of Governors, passes legislation to implement
and support the concept of female boxing. First amateur female bout
held in Bellingham, Washington.
amateur tournament in Augusta, GA. Increase
in the number of women boxers causes USA Boxing to conduct an
amateur event. 340 registered amateur boxers in late 1996.
Martin and Diedre Gogarty were paired on the under card on the
Tyson-Frank Bruno fight. Fans
in Las Vegas and watching on pay-per-view were disgusted with the
boring and less than entertaining Tyson fight, but were captivated
by the blood and end-to-end action in the female bout. The women
stole the show and lent instant credibility to women’s boxing. An
audience of 1.1 million viewed the fight—the second-most watched
boxing card in pay-per-view history.
Boxing’s first ever Women’s National Championships.
are approximately 3,500 competitive female boxers in the U.S., all
Worldwide, this number is close to
10,000, and the number is growing rapidly.
competitive boxers, there is a larger number of fitness, executive,
and boxaerobics women that do not compete, but enjoy all the
benefits of boxing training.