International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2014) — The International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame has announced eight women who have been voted into the 2015 class. The group includes six boxers from the modern era of female boxing (1990-2010), one pioneer female fighter of the 1950s and a ring official who trail-blazed past the gender barriers in the field of refereeing.

The IWBHF induction will be held on July 11, 2015, 1:30-4:30 PM in the Panorama Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., in conjunction with the 2015 National Women’s Golden Gloves Tournament, the finals of which will be held that evening.
The eight honorees include: Laura Serrano of Mexico, whose 18 year, 25 bout career included wins over Chevelle Hallbeck and Kelsey Jeffries along with her debut bout, in 1994, against Christy Martin, adjudged a draw but a bout many ringsiders considered a win for Serrano; Dierdre Gogartyof Ireland who compiled a 16-5-2 record over a seven year career and was a participant in what is often considered the first “major” female bout, a six round loss to Christy Martin in Las Vegas in 1996; Jeannine Garside, a hard punching Canadian, who compiled a 10-3-1 record, capping her six year career with a 2010 win over Ina Menzer for the WBC featherweight title.

The five Americans being honored are: Laila Ali, who carried a revered name into the sport of female boxing and lived up to that name with a record of 24 wins without a loss, including 21 KOs; Terri Moss who had 18 bouts during a busy five year career and, following her retirement, has stayed involved in the sport outside the ring as a highly regarded trainer, the force behind one of the most successful “white collar” boxing programs in the country in Atlanta and as a documentary film maker and author effectively depicting and advocating for the sport of Women’s boxing; Ann Wolfe a hard punching middleweight who has surely set the sport’s record for You Tube views of her spectacular one punch KO of Vonda Ward. In an eight year career, Wolfe, ranked close behind Lalia Ali in the middleweight ranks, put up a record of 24 wins, one loss, generating 16 KOs. Following her retirement, Wolfe has had a successful managing career most notably guiding middleweight James Kirkland; Sparkle Lee (non-boxer category) progressed from refereeing in the amateur ranks to become the first female referee appointed to the NY State Athletic Commission where she has been arbiter in several world championship bouts; Phyliss Kugler(posthumous pioneer boxer category) compiled a reported 55-1 record during the 1950s, her lone loss coming against Barbara Buttrick in a return bout following a four round draw with Buttrick, last July’s IWBHF pioneer boxer inductee. 

The 2015 inductees will bring to fifteen the number of honorees inducted into the IWBHF in the initial two years and this July’s ceremony is expected to generate the same type of fan and media excitement and exposure that the initial event engendered. The IWBHF induction ceremony is a signal event that serves to raise the awareness of the sport of Women’s boxing by honoring those individuals who have significantly contributed to the sport and who, in many cases, continue to be active in support, advocacy and growth of the sport.

Sue Fox. founder of WBAN, the “Internet site of record for Women’s boxing,” and the prime mover behind the concept, creation and implementation of the IWBHF, looks forward to July 11: “I’m thrilled to have our 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in conjunction with the National Women’s Golden Gloves in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., again this year. The opportunity to locate the ceremony where there will be so many associated with the sport at one event will prove a very fitting way to honor our 2015 IWBHF inductees.”  

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Sue Fox: Speaks on Women In Boxing & More

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TTF: Being in and around boxing for over 30 years, how have you seen the sport evolve?

Fox: My first exposure in the sport was in the late 1970’s, when I boxed as a pro . At that time, the sport appeared to be new and many “History First’s” were taking place with the female boxers. But after researching the sport extensively, it was apparent that women’s boxing had taken place throughout the years much earlier than the 1970’s. After I stopped boxing I did not pay a bit of attention to the sport until 1996, when while re-entering the training in boxing, I heard about Christy Martin and her fight with Gogarty on a Tyson card.

Fast forward—-since covering the sport from 1998 until now, I have seen the sport evolve into more amateurs, and professionals in the sport. When I first started covering the sport in 1998, I saw females with little experience and skills turning pro, without even fighting in the amateurs. The sport has evolved into females paying their dues and getting that much needed amateur experience before entering the pro circuit. I have also seen better and more significant opportunities for the amateurs in the sport that includes the Olympics.

TTF: What does/will it take for women’s boxing to gain the same traction in mainstream media that women’s MMA has?

Fox: I can’t speak for MMA, I do not cover it, and would not consider myself knowledgable about MMA to make a comment in that regards—But with that said, what it will take for women’s boxing, is that the female boxers will need the necessary opportunities to succeed.

There is absolutely no reason why the professional female boxers of today should not be getting some substantial television spots, besides the left overs of “Swing Bouts”.

These boxers will not be able to get into the mainstream if they cannot obtain bigger purses, featured on more fight cards, better media coverage, and most importantly— television.

TTF: With Holly Holm leaving boxing (and having early success), is there a fear that a lot more of women’s top talent in boxing will move to MMA in search of larger checks and more exposure?

Fox: I do not think there is much of a “fear” of top talent in our sport going from boxing to MMA. The way that I see the top female boxers treated in this sport—the public does not even know many of these fighters outside the sport.

The unfortunate thing about “top” women boxers in the sport is that these fine athletics in some cases cannot even get a fight. The purses are so low for them that it is tough to get an opponent to fight them—-and/or they get “ducked” out of the sport by the fact that no one will step in the ring with them.

TTF: In the match up between Celina Salazar and Ana Julaton, what are the key matchup factors that you see in this bout and who do you think will win?

Fox: In this bout with Ana Julaton facing Celina Salazar, it should be by all purposes a fairly even match. Although with the bout being scheduled for 10 rounds, Julaton will have the veteran advantage as she has fought 10 full rounds in eight of her pro fights.

Salazar on the other hand has never fought 10 rounds, and has only fought up to six rounders. One barometer to take in regards to Salazar, is she has less fight experience as a pro, but in her last fight with top female boxer Melinda Cooper she fought to a six-round majority decision. Not an easy task with the likes of Cooper.

TTF: With Celina having less then 10 pro fights is she stepping up too much in competition in fighting Ana?

Fox: It is a gamble on the part of the any boxer to fight another with significantly less experience than their opponent. Salazar is stepping up from four to six round fights, to a 10 round fight. Salazar has fought 27 rounds as a pro vs. Julaton fighting 118 rounds as a pro.

TTF: How important is Julaton/Salazar being a co-feature on a Golden Boy Boxing card and that it be a competitive fight which will be seen on American television?

Fox: It is nice to see a female bout featured on television. But not one female bout on a televised card will significantly impact the sport. I would say that seeing female bouts consistently televised would be very important to the sport and would help in moving the sport into the mainstream.

TTF: Who are some of the up-and-coming talent that boxing fans need to get familiar with?

Fox: This is a difficult question, because there are so many top female boxers on the rise. For me to leave one out would be hurtful to not mention them. So I would like to say that if you read about what is going on in the sport now, boxing fans will see a large influx of many rising stars in the sport.

TTF: Dream match ups (men or women) you would want to see happen in the next year and why?

Fox: Some of the dream matchups I would like to see would be: Cecilia Braekhus vs. Layla McCarter; Ava Knight vs. Susi Kentikian; Esmeralda Moreno vs. Jessica Chavez; Yesica Bopp vs. Chavez (rematch), not in Mexico; Mariana Juarez vs. Zulina Munoz; Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Marcela Acuna; Diana Prazak vs. Amanda Serrano…and more.

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