Before his time - 1970's / 1980's
STEVENSON had been a keen supporter of female boxing in
the 70’s and 80’s. STEVENSON, an old pugilist inducted into Canada’s Boxing
Hall of Fame in 1975, believed that women would one day fight for big money.
He also thought that women would some day fight men in the lighter weight
classes. Vern invested $200,000 toward the promotion of female boxing. In
1983, STEVENSON staged the women's first 15-round bantamweight world
championship before more than 1,000 crowd, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (TL
Fox tried to locate Vern Stevenson, but unfortunately he passed away.
Cheetah" Gibbs featured in Movie
FREDIA "THE CHEETAH"
GIBBS made her debut in a movie that is based on a "Rocky" type
story, about a Latino family who loses their young son that is a
fighter. The daughter decides to following the boy's footsteps in an
effort to fulfill his dream vicariously. GIBBS is the villain in the
movie, and the movie is called "Knockout."
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.
Cheryl Brown of Waterville, Maine, set a record for that state when she
stopped Pat Poland, in only ten seconds at the Augusta Civic Center.
That was the quickest
kayo either among the pros or the amateurs. Ms. Brown's kayo
was even quicker than the one recorded by Al Couture over
Ralph Walton back on September 26, 1946,