(JAN 31) Eight luminaries,
whose careers in boxing span nearly five decades, comprise the
third class of the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF).
The announcement of the honored inductees was made on Saturday
at the WBC Female Boxing Convention in Tijuana, Mexico.
Vice-President made announcement today of 2016 IWBHF Inductees
at the WBC Women's Boxing Convention
The group includes seven boxers
from both the "modern era" (1990-2010) and the "pioneer" years
of the sport (1960-80), and a trailblazing woman who breached
the all male ranks of boxing management in the 1980s. Those to
be honored include Sumya Anani, Jane Couch,
Elena Reid, Ann-Marie Saccurato, Giselle Salandy
(posthumous), Lady Tyger Trimiar, Britt
Vanbuskirk and Jackie Kallen.
Anani was one of the most feared and, as a result, most avoided
fighters in the mid 1990s and into the new century. In her
twelfth bout she won a decision over Christy Martin who came to
the bout with a 36-1 record. Jane Couch, fought outside the
ring, with the boxing hierarchy in England for the right to
fight professionally and subsequently progressed to establishing
a sterling career inside the ring the 1990s in the United
States, battling leading fighters of that time including Sumya
Anani and Lucia Rijker. Elena Reid compiled a 19-6-6 record
against the top fighters in the flyweight division over the
entire span of the first decade of the new century. Highlights
of her career included a draw and a close decision loss to 2014
IWBHF inductee Regina Halmich.
Anne Marie Saccurato defined the
definition of "fighter" during her ten year career in the first
decade of 2000 with her "go anywhere, fight anyone" mentality.
She had two wins over Jelena Mrdjenovich, fought Holly Holm
twice, prompting a "she was as tough as anyone I was in with"
accolade from Holm. But it was Saccurato's 2007 tenth round KO
over Jessica Rakoczy that will long be remembered whenever great
female boxing is discussed.
Lady Tyger Trimiar is definitely
recognized as one of the pioneers of the sport of female boxing
being one of the first women licensed in New York state in the
late 1970s. Although records of her ring activity are scare,
reports of her skill inside the ropes abound by those who recall
seeing her fight numerous exhibitions.
Britt VanBruskirk is a fighter
who truly spanned the decades, debuting with a win in 1979 over
Julie Mullen and finishing in 2003 with a loss to Lisa Holewyne.
In between, VanBruskirk climbed into the ring with the likes of
Chevelle Hallback and Sumya Anani.
Jackie Kallen, as so many of the
many past and present IWBHF inductees ventured where there was
no path for women and made a name for herself in the male
dominant sport of boxing. She guided world class boxer James
Toney to a world title, a sojourn depicted in the movie "Against
the Ropes," starring Meg Ryan.
Kallen has also long proven to be
a readily available source of valuable insight to many nascent
female boxers as they begin to progress through their fledgling
careers Giselle Salandy, a six time world title holder from
Trinidad and Tobago, winner of all seventeen of her professional
bouts and who was tragically killed in an auto accident at age
21 will be inducted into the IWBHF posthumously.