(DEC 15) WBAN ran a public poll, asking boxing fans to vote on
their favorite picks of the top "HOT" 20 female
boxers in the sport. We have listed their top 20 choices
in Alphabetical order. These boxers are not only "hot",
but they can definitely BOX!
mentioned were women who had received votes...Jane Couch, Delia
Gonzalez, Yvonne Caples, Sunshine Fettkether, Valerie Mahfood, Terri
Moss, Mary Ann Almager, Belinda Laracuente, Rolanda Andrews, Tracey
Stevens, Kathy Williams, Karen Martin, Wendy Rodriguez, Alicia Asley,
Para Draine, Marilyn Salcido, Michelle Suttcliffe, Jessica Rakoczy,
Patricia Demick, Brenda Vickers, Jo Jo Wyman, Mia St. John, Lisa
Holewyne, Tracy Byrd, Layla McCarter, Diane Szilaggi, Mary Ortega,
Lisa Foster, Jessica Mohs, Marcela Acuna, Ada Velez, Marischa Sjauw,
Kelli Cofer, Jolene Blackshear, Olga Vlasova, Melinda
Cooper,Stephanie Jaramillo, Lisa Brown.
WITH WBAN'S PICK OF THE
TOP COMMENTS--CHECK TO SEE
IF YOU ARE A WINNER!
Women's boxing currently
is exactly where it will remain -- a cult sport with a small but
fiercely loyal group of followers. While other sports, such as
basketball, soccer, etc., gain public acceptance, the difference is
that the athletes do not deviate from society's "norm."
They don't get the muscles of a female bodybuilder or do an activity
(fight) which society cannot accept in women. Accepting boxing would
be a change in the very fabric of society's self-image, and that's
not going to happen in our lifetime. But that's ok, too ... there
are great athletes and great fans in women's boxing, and for them
and us, this is an exciting, wonderful time. Mike B
AUTOGRAPHED LUCIA RIJKER GLOVE
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Female Boxing is at a crossroads. Its popularity has plateau'ed.
While there is some interest from ESPN2 and smaller casino venues,
there is not enough fan base to support PPV on a regular basis. Part
of the problem is the confusion amongst the alphabet soup of IFBA,
WIBF, GBU, etc. over weight classes, rankings, championships, etc.
The lack of televised fights by the more charismatic fighters like
Lucia Rijker & Bridget Riley have hurt, along with retirements
of Margaret Sideroff & Kim Messer. Fans have tired of waiting
for Christy Martin to fight Rijker or Sumya Anani as well as Regina
Halmich/Daisy Lang fighting better american fighters. Title
tournaments like the IFBA Junior bantamweight series will help. We
need to get more coverage of better fights for Rijker, Anani, Brenda
Vickers, Laura Serrano,Kathy Collins and Leah Mellinger and push out
the fakers like Mia St. John and untested daughters like Freeda
foreman. At least Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier are starting to fight
better opponents like Mahfood and Lenhart. Female boxing must grow
larger over the next 5-7 years or it will be seen as a sports fad
for the 2000's. Mike Wong
In comparison to ten
years ago, women's boxing is super-hot..I live in Kansas, which is
not the center of the boxing world (LOL), and we have local womens'
and girls' fights, and girls training in boxing.....Now that's
progress!!....Keep slugging, ladies! Steve G
Skill wise - best ever.
But need better match making to get the best in the ring. may fewer
federations would help. Dave W.
Women can now occasionally headline cards which are not
all-women cards. Some of them even make television. Unfortunately
we're still stuck with the same names: Christy, Laila and Mia. It's
hard to put their talents in perspective when, in the US at least,
we have not even had the opportunity to see talents like Regina
Halmich. Although name recognition has been largely to blame, power
is another issue that has been often overlooked. In men's boxing
most people only get really hyped for the heavyweights even though
they usually provide slower-paced, less evenly-matched bouts. People
want to see knockouts. We're seeing the same thing with women.
Christy, Laila and Mia have high knockout ratios. Most other women
don't. This is a struggle to overcome, much like the lack of
slam-dunking is to women's basketball. Erik A
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Different boxers have done
different things for the sport. Some have fought tooth and nail for
women's right to fight - Jane Couch. Some have merely just
introduced women's boxing to mainstream US - Mia St John. Others
have been great sports in taking all kinds of fights and at anytime
- Kel-C Jeffries, Layla McCarter, Jessica Mohs. Others have doggedly
stayed in the game and never complained about the downsides- Lisa
Holewyne, Marilyn Salcido. Others are young and show the exciting
future of the sport - Melinda Cooper and Elena Reid. Finally, Laila
Ali who deserves the number one spot -for being a true fighter and
being big enough to carry the sport forward with her.And kudos to
all the other women boxers following their dreams whose names we
will never know. Mary Lehman
Women's boxing has made remarkable progress in
a short time, despite the resistance by many people who are really
not boxing fans. It is my belief that these women put on a
performance in boxing skills that belies their limited experience in
the ring. Because it is boxing, it will never be a premier sport,
but there will always be the fan who appreciates this unique
competitive event. Harold D.
First and foremost, I am a
boxing fan. Secondly, and probably most importantly, I direct
the sports and entertainment department at a large Native American
casino in Lemoore, California. We host an average of six nationally
televised fights per year and have made womens bouts and Jenifer
Alcorn a large part of our shows. My opinion is that womens boxing
is no longer a novelty to most people. Obviously, there are the
"old school" types...matchmakers who won't put in the
effort to make a womens match, or find that all too important
"replacement", promoters who won't give the women a chance
to not only compete, but develop a market for themselves. When you
look at athletes like a Jenifer Alcorn who balance their children,
marriage, a career and the rigors of training, improving technique
and the overall level of dedication it takes to not just compete,
but to succeed...that takes a lot. Do the men have to work as hard,
juggle as many commitments and still find the time for roadwork,
sparring, etc. I would guess not. I realize this is a little more
than 150 words, however I appreciate having this forum to share my
thoughts and wanted to ensure I got my point across. Christian
She floats like a butterfly, stings like a
bee! The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree! And the
"Hottest" in boxing is Laila Ali! Bruce J.
I think women's boxing is a interesting sport.
In the near future, I hope to see more women's boxing on TV with the
help of promoters and television networks. Rahul V.