by admin on May 21st, 2011
Women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympics of 1902, and were only demonstration bouts. Sweden revived the sport in 1988, the Brits sanctioned the first women’s bouts in 1997. The first European Cup took place in 1999, and the first World’s Championship bouts were fought in 2001. Women’s boxing was recently approved by the Olympic Committee, with the first bouts at the London games in 2012.
There are many weight divisions in women’s boxing: Atomweight through heavyweight. World title holders appear in each division except light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and heavyweight. Russia’s Natasha Ragosina won the super middleweight division in 2007, and still holds that title.
The United States holds three titles in the women’s divisions: Bantamweight, Elizabeth F., lightweight, Ann Saccurato, and super welterweight, Christy Martin. Christy is considered by most experts to be the most prominent, and successful, female boxer in the United States.
Japan holds two titles, as well as Mexico, and Argentina. The countries of Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and China, each hold one title each.
All these titles are represented by the WBC; World Boxing Council. Three more organizations, IBF, WBA, and WBO: All sanction international women’s boxing bouts, with their own list of title holders.
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