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So did you really think that no other women ever tried to get into a  Mixed Match before the Margaret Macgregor versus Loi Chow bout?

Shirley "Zebra Girl" Tucker - Matches between male and female were  approved in  November of 1982 - After the legality of boxing matches between women and men was argued by the American Civil Liberties Union, the California Athletic Commission voted to approve professional boxing matches between the sexes effective immediately.    DON FRASER, the commission’s executive officer said that they had no recourse but to approve it. The only female at the time that expressed an interest into fighting men was Shirley "Zebra Girl" Tucker.

Mama’s manly art; once the best female boxer in Cuba, Silvia Torrer now manages a mean-Street Gym. Even at 81, she still packs a wallop, BY MATT SCHUDEL

Six mornings a week, without fail, a tiny, fierce and lovable woman comes to work in a steamy cinder-block shell that holds the heart like a boiled egg. Before 12 noon, the thermometer in Silvia Torres’ office registers 90 degrees. By 4 pm, her stifling domain is filled with men sweating toward a perfection of fitness, alertness and deadly strength. And ageless Silvia, who claims to be one year older than she really is, scurries across the concrete floor carrying a bucket full of spit. She is the only woman in this raw, unreformed world of masculine power. "My entire life is boxing," she says. " This is what makes me happy." 

Woman Has to Box on the Job - She Files Lawsuit - June 17, 1994

A Cliffside Park Woman, Vivian Mondello,  went to work as a saleswoman at a Manhattan company.  She said that she was not advised that her job description included boxing.  She claimed that she was left  "disfigured for life"  by a match she alleged her bosses ordered.  The woman sued for $6 million.  In her lawsuit, first filed in state court and then moved to federal court in Manhattan.  Unknown about outcome of the case.

Two Women were "Knocked out" before even getting in the ring! - February 19, 1994

Two women due to compete in Britain’s first full-scale women’s boxing event were "knocked out" before even getting into the ring. Both contestants were unable to participate after getting broken noses prior to their scheduled fight. One fighter got a broken nose when she was sparring a man and the other was hurt in a street attack.

Boxing Isn't Good for your Health -
Growing Evidence

Copyright 1990 The Jerusalem Post, The Jerusalem Post, November 4,
1990, Sunday, Features, 1277 words, BOXING ISN'T GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH, JudySiegel-Itzkovitch, GROWING EVIDENCE, Report of the health dangers to amateur and professional boxers has moved doctors to call for limits on the practice of the sport and demand better protective measures for the fighters. Under pressure from the medical profession, boxing has been banned in Poland, Sweden, Norway and Nicaragua, and in England it is forbidden in schools and the army. Here, according to Nora Hanne-Paparo of the Wingate Institute, the Hapoel sports organization eliminated boxing from its sports program, but it was reintroduced about five years ago. Writing in the latest issue of Harefuah, the journal of the Israel Medical Association, Hanne-Paparo found that there were 353 recorded boxing deaths around the world between 1945 and 1983, but in recent years, this rate has decreased. More frequent are serious injuries, especially to the brain and eyes (longtime world-champion boxer Muhammed Ali developed symptoms of Parkinson's disease that experts say were caused by his injuries). Autopsies of boxers who died in the ring showed that every blow that results in a knockout or knockdown causes brain damage and - potentially - death. 


Women Boxers Must Wait Beyond 1996 Olympics - March 1990

Even though women's boxing had been sanctioned in the United States in 1994,  the sport still did not attract enough women for the sport's governing body to allow them to box in the 1996 Olympics.  Susannah Nix, speaking for the U.S. Amateur Boxing Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said that as of February 28, 1995, there were 317 registered female boxers compared to 24,000 men.

Husband and Wife Fight A lot!

Husband and wife, Curt and Pauletta Muhl fought a lot. They started slugging it out in their living room of their mobile home in Iowa in 1984. Their kids would watch on as they boxed, and the children would make popcorn and watch. After she started boxing with her husband who was an ex-golden gloves champ, she walked into a a boxing gym, and found herself less than welcome. Muhl did overcome the ups and downs of boxing, and eventually compiled a boxing record as of 1987 of 3-2. She also won a title on Jan. 17, 1987 in a two-round decision in Battle Creek against Andrea Deshong of Cambridge, Ohio, to win the Professional American Karate Assn.’s world featherweight title.

Woman vetoed as a judge in a world boxing title fight - January 1995

A woman was vetoed in January 1985, as a judge in a world boxing title fight because the challenger’s manager said that a woman’s place was in the home. Carol Polis, an American, was on a list of possible officials for the World Boxing association welterweight match.

"Hardest Knockout in women's
boxing in the 80's"

This honor goes to none other than GRACIELAS CASILLAS.  The date was September 18, 1980.  Her manager yelled to CASILLAS, "Tres Derechos" (three rights).  CASILLAS proceeded to bomb her opponent, Cha Cha Wright with a powerful and accurate right cross, followed by a right uppercut that seemed to snap Wright's head back.  Wright laid on the floor for nearly nine minutes, before she finally rose to her feet.

Funniest Knock out in Female Boxing  - 1976

Caroline Svendsen vs Ersi Arviso was knocked out 1:26 in the second round at Incline Village, in Nevada, when she went to adjust her protective cups that had slipped in her bra.  She stopped to fix it, and Ersi KO'd Svendsen. She delivered a smashing right to Svensen's jaw and that was the end of the fight.

First Husband - Wife fight on same
Boxing Card" - November 19, 1979

On November 16, 1979,  Lilly Rodriguez, a kickboxer and boxer, and William "Blinky" Rodriguez made history as the first husband and wife to box on the same professional card.  "You have no idea the pressure she put on me," said Blinky Rodriguez.   "She (Lilly) went out there and dazzled them."  Both Blinky and Lilly won their matches. The event was promoted by Don Fraser. Update: Lilly Rodriguez passed away on January 13, 2007 at the age of 59 years old.

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