The Tough Ladies of Sports: Boxing Divas

BY insidewo ON August 18th, 2013

The history of women’s boxing can be difficult to trace because there have been long periods of opposition and the inability for women to box professionally. The first traces of women’s boxing can be seen in London during the 1720′s. This sport did have women competing against each other but elbows, scratching, knees, and other forms of violence were allowed making it difficult to call this sport boxing like we know it today.

Even though you see traces of female boxing as far back as 1720, there really was only exhibition and scattered bouts until the 1950′s. However, the first notable bout to occur in the United States may have occurred in 1876, details might be a little sketchy about it though. In 1904 during the Olympics in St. Louis female boxing was an exhibition sport and it will not be until the 2012 Olympic Games that female boxing gets official status for the Olympic Games.

The 1950′s sees the rebirth of professional female boxing and even a televised fight featuring Barbara Buttrick. Professional fights and boxing licenses continue to be handed out but it was not until 1993 after losing a court case that USA boxing was forced to recognize and support female boxing and female amateur boxing. From there the sport has continued to grow.