||Four time World
Champion Kickboxer Lucia Rijker has been referred to as The Most
Dangerous Woman in the World, Queen of Lightning and Lady
Overseas she has defeated
25 of her 36 opponents by first round knockout. Her record of 36-0 has made her an
international superstar and her speed and strength has impressed worldwide audiences. She
is a woman of steel will, intellect and empowered femininity, which makes her a role model
to many. She represents the face of new opportunity for women.
Born in Amsterdam, Holland,
Rijker began training in Judo at the age of six. At seven, she became a member of the
Dutch National Softball Team. At thirteen, she began fencing and went on to become the
Netherlands Junior Champion. Rijker then began Kickboxing at the gym of Johan Vas, one of
the most respected training facilities in Holland.
She primarily trained with male
Kickboxing, Boxing and Judo champions.
After establishing a 7-0
record, she defeated American Womens World Boxing Champion Vivian Gonzales in three
rounds, thus claiming notoriety for her. Her subsequent four years of fighting gained
further international recognition as she fought in Japan, China and most recently after
moving to the United States, a resounding victory over the American fighter Melinda
Rockin Robinson in a 90 second first round
knockout. Currently residing
in Los Angeles, Rijker has continued her undefeated boxing streak with a first round
knockout over Kelly Jacobs in Reno, Nevada on December 6, 1996.
Rijker decided to go back
to Holland for the holidays and test her skills, where she defeated Susanna Szuknai of
Hungary in a first round TKO on December 17, 1996. In 1997 she captured the
Championship from Irma Verhoef of Holland with a fourth round TKO on February 4, 1997.
Confident in her abilities,
Rijker was now
hungry for a championship title in the United States. On a March 22, 1997
pay-per-view event, Rijker demonstrated her boxing talents by knocking out Chevelle
Hallback in the fifth round.
On May 14, 1997, Rijker fought Dora Webber and won a
sixth-round decision. In the last half of 1997, Rijker has done away with Gwen Smith,
Andrea Deshong and Jeannette Witte, all by way of knockout. Still undefeated, Rijker has
demonstrated her superior skills and abilities; and she has been the subject of recent
television specials by ABCs Wide World of Sports and HBOs Boxing Series.
One of her latest
feats was accomplished when she knocked out Mary Ann Almager on the FOX
Network boxing special hosted by Oscar de la Hoya on March 23rd. On September 25th at
Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut Lucia handily defeated Marcela Acuna, for the WIBO Title,
in 5 rounds to bring her record to 12-0, 11 wins by way of knockout. Lucias latest
fight was on April 18, 1999 televised on FoxSports vs. Britt VanBuskirk. Rijker won by TKO
in the third round. She fought Diane Dutra, defeating her in
Vegas, she is now undefeated at 14-0.
After the fight in 1999, Rijker took
a break from fighting and went to Hollywood, getting minor roles in
many movies, the most notable being Million Dollar Baby. But, the
urge to step back into the ring became too
strong to resist and Lucia returned in February 2002,
in an eight round decision for her 16th win. In May 2004, Rijker got
her 17th win in a ten round decision with
Fettkether. A main card fight with a $250,000 guarantee
and a $750,000 purse was scheduled between Rijker and
in 2005 but unfortunately an Achilles tendon rupture sidelined Lucia
and she has not fought since.
These days, Lucia Rijker still trains
and also gives lectures and motivational seminars to athletes about
the importance of doing their best, training and maintaining a good,