(JULY 26) WBAN
ran a story this week
reaching out to the women boxers to get the latest updates on
where they are right now and the latest in what they are up to!
We have had a tremendous response and will publish our first update
on some of the responses. Here are the first series of updates
on the women boxers.
Hi Sue Fox,
My last fight was with Kelsie Jeffries May
2001 I lost the bout. Though I enjoyed
competing I chose to retire for several
reasons. As a divorced single parent without
a degree I worked alot of unconventional
jobs, it allowed me the scheduling to leave
and compete in pursuit of a boxing career. I
was in and out of court alot with the
challenges of fruitless child support
battles. I was consumed with anger of the
unfairness of my circumstances. It fueled my
fight talent for for awhile. I relied alot
on my siblings to care for my daughter while
i was away competing.
In early 1993, I started my fight
career in both kickboxing and boxing. It was
my goal to have made enough to put my
daughter and myself through college for a
chance to support ourselves towards a better
life, it was never about the fame for me. In
early 1995 a new WIBF womens boxing
organization developed. I was invited and
won the WIBF flyweight title beating fighter
Regina Halmich. By late 1995 I continued
kickboxing beating Kim Messer for the IMTO
Muay Thai flyweight title in Fresno
California. I successfully went on to defend
the boxing WIBF title on ABC Wide World of
sports against Brenda Rouse. In late1997 i
was unfairly stripped of my WIBF boxing
Title (by manager Jimmy Finn) for pursuing
the IFBA Bantam weight Title beating Suzanne
Ricio Majors, boxing politics at it worst.
Continuing to work odd jobs in the outdoor
heat started to compromised my training. I
began loosing my fights and eventually my
titles.The pay for both kickboxing and
boxing was just not measuring up for the
time and dedication needed to remain a
healthy and fit champion. I retired to keep
myself from risk of possible injuries.
Stops Regina Halmich in the fourth round in
April of 1995. She was never able to
rematch with Halmich.
I had also wanted
marriage and children, but have yet to find the
right person to share that possibility with.
After retiring from boxing, I considered MMA but
really felt it would be selfish of me if the
sport was not going to financially provide for
us to live a reasonable lifestyle.
After aquiring training I became employed in the
Telecommunications field for the Native American
Indian community and eventually felt the need to
step up into Law Enforcement and Criminal
Justice field. I currently process and watching
over inmates and I'm sadden by the revolving
door of youthful repeat offenders.
I miss fighting it was really an outlet for
me,it kept me focused and disciplined. I commend
the women who continue to sacrifice and push
toward breaking down the barriers. I'm glad to
see womens boxing in the 2012 Olympics, finally
the opportunity with the help of corporate
sponsorship, women's boxing will have the
recognition they deserve.
My daughter is 23 yrs old now and married and
hope to be blessed with grandchildren in the
future. Currently, not in the gym anymore, i do
run and lift weights, my focus is on staying
healthy and investing for senior retirement in
the next 20 years. My goal is to be comfortable
enough to give back, whether it be youth
programs in the community, helping my immediate
family and friends. I look toward giving of
myself and paying it forward.
Thank you Sue for your dedication, time and
effort for the sport of womens boxing.The
progress has proven you have really made an
learning more and more about myself and knowing what
true is in my life.....My life changed after having a
brain injury and I have learned a lot about myself
especially life after boxing. However boxing is on my
mind a lot including the workouts.
So, I have settled down
and becoming an artist.......oil painting, water colour,
acrylics, pencil drawing. I will be going back to
school this Fall and major in Fine Arts and
Communication. My plan is to be a motivation
-inspirational speaker. I have already been doing
some public speaking around town. I have been
working on my documentary. It is also a beginning of a
new chapter in my life, like where was I 10 yrs ago? and
where am I now?
I am now getting my groove back at age 46 and really
trying to take care of myself and hoping that I can give
my testimonial of life's experiences, to give back in
what was given to me. I am here to deliver a
message and dropping my weight and trying to look good
I don't worry about the brain injury "Dementia
Pugilistca" any more, I can say, "I am Brenda Bell
that once rung some bells" but dealing with and coping
with what I lost and now I have gain comfort within me.
So this is it, unless you want more scoop on me. I
have a new website
http://brendabell.org I now blog and its just
awesome to tell my life story. In true respect,
Brenda Bell "Tiger Lady"
my own boxing and martial arts gym in South Florida.
Since my 10 years of retirement from the ring, I get
satisfaction through my boxers and their achievements
along with their dreams. I help give them a little bit
of my experience and guide them along the way. I am
still in great shape and can enter in the ring in 6
weeks notice, but no need. I box my fighters to give
them understanding and to help them see the light in the
ring. I have no interest in stepping into challenge
someone in the ring.
I love the Women Amateur
program that USA Boxing gives to the girls. I also
promote the Women’s National Golden Gloves once a year,
where it is great to see these women reach for their
goals. I was an assistant coach for the Women’s USA
Boxing Team in the 2008 World Games and I will be
coaching them again for the 2010 World Games in
Barbados, they will be doing their training camp right
here at my gym in South Florida. The English Women’s
Team will also training at my gym and we will leave
together for Barbados.
Tara and Bonnie at the USA
about Women in Boxing…. when I see all the styles and
countries and how they support for there Boxers. I
have reached the highest level of certification with USA
Boxing. I am also a level III Officials and am very
active in my Local LBC shows.
I feel I am still making a mark through with my
fighters. I conduct training camps for other
international fighters both pro and amateur as a trainer
and coach. They go back home for their fights in the
ring and noticed the difference in themselves and their
I also work with some of the top male boxers. So, I am
still living my dreams in the fight world and loving
every stress-filled minute of it from the other side. My
goal is to be one of the best trainers and coaches in
the fight world not just the best female trainer but the
best trainer period. I call it moving forward.
Let's see-an update on
what's been keeping me busy!
I stopped boxing in 2007 because I turned 35 and
Olympic-style boxing doesn't let you compete on the
level once you are 35. I never turned pro because my
heart was in the Olympic movement. I, along with many
others, kept up the fight to get women's boxing included
in the Olympic Games-which as we all know will finally
be included in limited numbers in the 2012 Olympics! We
will keep fighting to get more weight classes and
athlete slots in 2016.
Despite my retirement from competing, I am more involved
in the sport than ever! I was elected to the USA Boxing
Board of Directors as have served as the only women on
the Board for four years. I also serve as the Chair of
the Athlete Advisory Council of USAB, a group of
athletes from around the country that represent all
25,000 USAB athletes in areas of governance in USAB.
I am the US athlete representative to the newly formed
international AIBA Athlete Commission. This has not been
an easy journey for me as the political and governance
side of Olympic-style boxing can be very difficult and
daunting at the best of times, and we are currently
going through yet another major leadership change.
Hopefully good things are in store for the sport of
In 2009, I was team manager for Team USA at the Women's
Continentals in Ecuador. Team USA brought home 8 medals
in that event! On the local level, I coached a boxing
team for two years and now am in school full-time
getting my Master's Degree in Recreation Management. In
the summers I work as a Park Ranger for the National
Park Service. I am currently working on my masters
thesis which is examining barriers and constraints
elite-level US female boxers face when trying to get
podium prepared in international competition including
the new opportunity of competing at the Olympic Games.
That's what is keeping me busy these days. If you need
anything else, let me know. Thanks for doing this and
continuing to get the word out about women's boxing!
I am the
owner of Biggers Industrial LLC in Shelby, North
Carolina. We sell machine shop equipment and
industrial supplies. That is where all of my time
is spent mostly. My only hobby now is riding my custom
boxing. It was a great time in my life. I enjoyed
most of the people I met and I still keep in contact
with some of my old opponents. Boxing is a hard game to
be in, I wish all of those that are in it or plan to be,
the best of luck.
working, I have been staying in the gym. Of course not
training to fight anymore, [Rita was seriously injured
brain injury after a fight she had in 2009] but am
now more involved on the "other" side of the ropes. I do
have some amateurs I am training that are really gonna
start making some noise. I am also still active in
teaching at Degerberg Academy - the martial arts school
I have been involved with for many years.
My team has been involved with making some positive
changes regarding the Illinois State Commission
regulations, and although I am proud of what Team "La
Guera" has been able to get accomplished, there is much
yet to do.
I am extremely grateful for all the well wishes and
positive thoughts. Boxing is not just something I enjoy,
it is a part of my life, and will continue to be.
I have had more time to get on the Harley or go fishing,
but certainly do miss the training for a fight, cheer of
the crowds, fans etc....Life is good! RIP
Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez
Biographies of these boxers
are located on the Boxers Profiles segment
More to come--we have a lot of
updates to post! For women boxers who would like to be
featured in this series, email