As International Women’s Day is upon us, we thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate female boxers and inspire you females out there to give boxing a try. It is no secret that boxing as a sport has traditionally been associated with men due to the assumption that you require extreme strength and power to make a good boxer. But, over recent years, a shift is occurring, and many women are taking their place inside the ring.
Professionally, women’s boxing is very much in its early stages. However, there are many inspirational women boxers who have made their mark inside the ring. Notable females include:
1. Laila Ali – Daughter of Muhammed Ali, she carved a name of her own in the boxing world. Laila owned a nail salon before she became a boxer. She competed professionally between 1999 and 2007. She won all 24 of her matches and retired unbeaten!
2. Regina Halmich – Regina is considered by many as the most successful female boxer of all time. During her 13-year career – ending in 2007, she won the IBF junior flyweight, flyweight and super flyweight world championships.
3. Cecilia Braekhus – Cecilia is the current wop woman boxer in the world. She was a former kickboxer but as of December 2018, she is only the third fighter (male or female) to hold the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles. Impressive, right?
4. Lucia Rijker – nicknamed ‘The Most Dangerous Woman in the World’, Lucia was was already a kickboxing champion before entering the world of boxing. She was undefeated – boasting a record of 17 wins and 0 defeats. Rijker was a former WIBF world Super Lightweight champion and WIBO junior welterweight world titleholder.
5. Nicola Adams – Nicola was the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing. She retired with an undefeated record and held the WBO female flyweight title in 2019.
These females are a prime example of how skill and determination can pay off in the ring - whether you are male or female! Boxing offers so many benefits which are appealing to both men and women. It is one of the best, most complete and beneficial workouts you can do. Boxing can provide a significant improvement to your overall fitness, boosting your cardio and strength as well as improving skills such as coordination, balance and agility. Boxing can potentially burn 13 calories a minute! It improves your resting heart rate and stamina.
Life is stressful – for both men and women! Boxing can provide an effective stress relief which is unlike any other workout. A high intensity workout such as boxing releases tonnes of endorphins to keep you feeling good and your mind clear.
At 12x3, we give women a safe space to learn from the very best in boxing and expand on their skills. Whether you are a complete newbie or are ready to show off your killer techniques – we welcome absolutely everyone to our gyms in both Paddington and Aldgate. We have boxing classes to suit all abilities – take a look at our class list here.
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony