Before Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano, there was Christy Martin.
The former boxing world champion broke through into pop culture in the 90’s having been the first female fighter to fight on a major pay-per-view card. It was also the start of audiences accepting women as fighters that has been growing ever since.
Only months after winning her second Olympic gold medal, Claressa Shields is ready to spark a revolution in the pro ranks.
The successful world amateur champion will hit the ring in las Vegas as a part of the Kovalev versus Ward undercard live in Las Vegas Saturday night.
The popular boxer will face a familiar foe in fellow Team USA vet and nation amateur champion Franchon Crews, who will also make her pro debut. Sheilds handed her a loss in their only other outing, and Crews looks to avenge it.
The stream starts at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m. est and you can watch it below.
Flint, Michigan’s Claressa Shields continues her dominance as the best amateur female boxer at 75kg. She became the first US boxer male or female to repeat as a gold medalist as she defeated Netherlands’s Nouchka Fontijn Sunday in an unanimous decision in the 75kg finals at the 2016 Olympic Games. At age 21, we won’t be surprised if she tries for the trifecta in 2020 in Tokyo. Continue reading Olympic Boxing Recap: Shields and Adams Repeat; Mossely Takes Gold→
365 women from across the planet are heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to represent their countries in hand to hand combat sports in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Among the returning athletes are 13 gold medalists looking to repeat their success.
The four major hand to hand combat sports sees some familiar and new faces to the Olympic teams.
Judo was the last to see their team Monday as we awaited the May rankings to be announced. Two medalists from London will return to the grand stage as gold medalist Kayla Harrison (78 kg) and bronze medalist Marti Malloy (57 kg) earned their tickets to Rio. Joining them will be Olympic newcomer Angelica Delgado (52 kg).
Over two years ago, Lynn Le had a vision: to make female fight gear that actual fit and was more reliable.
Le soon began her journey giving creation to Society Nine, a company that will change the combat sports world as a whole. Her kickstarter found huge support, garnered her some awards, and got needed funding to get started.
It wasn’t easy though. Pressure to deliver a completed and well working product is a monumental task. Le and the company had to deal with delays due to find more appropriate vendors for materials, dealing with factories that need to manufacture the products just right, and finally getting the gear in the hands of the individuals who paid good money for a high quality product. Society Nine was able to pull through the hurdles and deliver their product as promised.
It was a day of upsets and close matches as new ADCC World Champions where crowned.
Highlighting what was a spectacular year was Mackenzie Dern, who faced 2013 champion Michelle Nicolini in a hard fought match in the finals. They ended the match ties, but a penalty point for Nicolini sealed the win for Dern who wins her first under 60kg ADCC World title. This was the first time an American has won the title.
Dern defeated Beatriz Mesquita by points in the semi-finals. Nicolini defeated Tammy Musucemi in the other under 60kg semi-final.
Musucemi would get the rear naked choke over Mesquita to take the bronze.
Ana Laura Cordeiro became the new 2015 over 60kg champ defeating Jessica Oliveira by points in the finals.
2013 champion Gracia got upset in the semi-finals, losing to Oliveira. Garcia would gain the bronze via referee’s decision over Amanda Santana.
Here are the complete results:
Mackenzie Dern def. Michelle Nicolini via points, 4-4 (1 penalty for Nicolini)
Bronze Medal Match
Tammy Musucemi def. Beatriz Mesquita via rear naked choke
Michelle Nicolini def. Tammy Musucemi
Mackenzie Dern def. Beatriz Mesquita via points
Ana Laura Cordeiro def. Jessica Oliveira via points
Bronze medal match
Gabi Garcia def. Amanda Santana via referee decision
Jessica Oliveira def. Gabi Garcia via referee decision
Moseley Productions has stepped up and given women’s fight fans what they have always wanted.
The boxing promotion announced Sunday that Maureen Shea will face IBF World super bantamweight champion Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila on pay-per-view August 29th. The match will be on the undercard of the Shane Mosley versus Ricardo Mayorga event.
It has been nearly a decade since a women’s boxing bout was on a US ppv. Mosely credited Ronda Rousey for pushing them to put the match on the televised ppv portion.
Maureen Shea was a great choice to kick off what could be a revolution in the sport. Shea (24-2) won her past 10 bouts, with half of her wins by TKO or KO. The current IBA super bantamweight champ helped Hillary Swank train for the movie “Million Dollar Baby” and was featured in the documentary “Fight Like a Girl”.
She will have her hands full with Mexico’s Avila (12-2) who won the IBF World super bantamweight title this past November. Avila has yet to be stopped in the distance.
The match will hopefully spur more promotions to feature female bouts on their televised cards.