Originally from Durham, U.K., 5'1" flyweight Cathy "The Bitch"
Brown (born July 28, 1970) moved to London in 1988 in search of a
photographic career after studying photography for four years in Newcastle.
Cathy has quite an eclectic CV.
She initially took up kickboxing as a hobby, but found that she
was improving so quickly that her trainer suggested that she should compete in a
small competition. Her opponent was a black belt, and Cathy a novice of three
months. However, Cathy won convincingly ... and "The Bitch" was
Cathy loved competition and the dedicated training schedule that
accompanied it. She excelled and was undefeated in fourteen fights, winning two
British titles. Her love of the sport and desire to pass on her knowledge (for
fighting and self confidence purposes solely) mixed with a large determination
to win, led to Cathy starting to teach kickboxing to ladies during evenings.
In August 1999, and after seven years of excelling in kickboxing,
Cathy was approached by The World Sports Organisation to enter into the
professional boxing scene and follow the path of
has a "pit bull" fighting style, a love for training, and charisma that
mean she can be a genuine world title contender.
Naturally, Cathy has met a lot of opposition in her boxing career.
Not everybody supports her, as some in Britain,
including the British
Boxing Board of Control members, feel that a boxing ring is not the place for a
woman. But, after seeing her perform, they have had to re-evaluate their
attitude to women’s boxing.
In her pro boxing debut on the WBF world title show at the David
Lloyd Tennis Centre in Raynes Park, London on October 31, 1999, Cathy defeated
former WIBF world title challenger Veerle Braspenningx of Belgium, taking every
round on the referee's scorecard for a 50-46 decision. Cathy showed style and
aggression against the Belgian fighter, whose pro boxing record fell to 0-4.
Her second pro contest was on February 5, 2000, a rematch with
Veerle Braspenningx on the Belgian's home ground at the Sporthal in Saint-Truiden.
Braspenningx was eager to take her revenge on home soil, but a strong
performance by Brown saw her dominate a good contest, and Braspenningx retired
in the sixth round under heavy fire in her own corner. According to my
correspondent, Brown stopped Braspenningx with a right cross in a competitive
fight that she had dominated in the later rounds throwing jabs and combinations.
Braspenningx fell to 0-5 as a pro boxer with this loss.
The Fightshow.com event on July 1, 2000 at London's
Elephant and Castle provided the next stage for Cathy, who moved to 3-0 and
lifted the vacant WBF Pan-European title with a six-round points win over
Jan Wild. Wild put up a good fight but couldn't come to
terms with Cathy's all-action style and fell to 1-2 with the loss.
On October 31, 2000 at Novotel in Hammersmith, London, Cathy TKO'd
Viktoria Varga of Hungary in the third round of a bout seen live on the
Eurosport TV channel. A Women's Boxing Page correspondent told me:
"Brown dominated the fight and knocked Varga down twice ... in the first round
with a right hook and the second with a double jab and overhand right over
Varga's guard. The referee stopped the fight in the third after a left uppercut
followed by a heavy combination rendered Varga defenseless." Cathy Brown
moved to 4-0 as a pro boxer with the win, while Varga, an experienced world
title challenger, fell to 9-3.
On February 28, 2001 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington,
London, U.K., Cathy won a four-round (40-37) decision over Marietta Ivanova of
Bulgaria, improving her record to 5-0, while Ivanova's fell to 0-2.
On April 26, 2001 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, U.K., Oksana
Vasilyeva of Siberia, Russia stunned Cathy with a four-round 39-37 decision. The
dour Siberian contained Brown's charges and gradually imposed her will in a hard
fought, lively fight, according to my correspondent John Wilson of the U.K.
"The 20-year-old Russian, who was a late entry for the fight had the
advantage of weight, height and reach, and, it emerged after the bout,
experience! While her pro record stands at 1-3, it was learned that Vasilyeva
has had 54 fights as a kickboxer, amateur boxer and now professional boxer."
On June 16, 2001 at the Conference Center, Wembley, U.K.. Cathy won a
third-round TKO over Ramona Gughie of Romania, who fell to 0-2.
On November 22, 2001 at Grosvenor Square Marriott in Mayfair,
London, U.K., Cathy retained her WBF European Ladies' Flyweight championship by
a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision (58-57) over Audrey Guthrie of
Newcastle. U.K., who fell to 0-3. Correspondent John Wilson told me that
"The ladies' fight was top of the bill on a charity dinner boxing evening
from promoter Lester Jacobs. A crowded ballroom included a number of former
British and World Champions. The smart talk afterwards was that the ladies'
fight was the best fight of the night."
On December 13, 2001 at Equinox Nightclub in London, U.K., won by
a fifth-round TKO over Iliana Boneva of Bulgaria who fell to 0-4.
On March 13, 2002 in London, U.K., Cathy advanced to 9-1-0 (4
KO's) with a four-round decision over Svetla Taskova of Bulgaria, who fell to
2-5-0 (1 KO) with the loss.
On June 13, 2002 at Equinox Night Club in Leicester Square,
London, U.K., Alina Shaternikova of Kiev, Ukraine outpointed Cathy to
win the newly vacant World Boxing Federation Women's World Flyweight title.
Correspondent John Wilson writes that this was
"a scrappy 10 round contest of sharp forays and clinches ... [in which]
Shaternikova narrowly outpointed Brown" at a charity tournament.
Shaternikova advanced to 13-2-0 (3 KO), her two losses having come in world
title bouts with Regina Halmich. Brown fell to 9-2-0 (4 KO) with the loss.
On October 30, 2002 at the Equinox Night Club, in Leicester
Square, London, U.K. Cathy (110 lbs) returned to her winning ways with a
confident win over the much younger Monika Petrova (113 lbs), of Sofia,
Bulgaria, in a six-rounder. The final scoring by judges was 59-56. Petrova, a
former kickboxer, was an 18-year-old architectural student who has been boxing
professionally for 18 months, and is managed and trained by Michail Simov at his
On March 20, 2003 at Porchester Hall in Queensway, London, U.K.,
Juliette Winter (118 lbs) of Derby, U.K. won a four-round decision over Cathy
(113 lbs). Winter improved to 1-2 (0 KO) while Brown fell to 10-3-0 (4 KO).
On April 26, 2003 at Sport-und-Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany, WIBF Flyweight
champion Regina Halmich (110½ lbs) of Karlsruhe,
Germany won a ten-round unanimous (98-92,97-95,97-94) decision over Cathy (111
lbs). After a slow start by both fighters in the opening round, Cathy Brown
became more aggressive and showed she was clearly the harder puncher. Brown was
cut on her forehead by an accidental head-butt midway through the second round,
but it did not appear to cause her much trouble.
caught Halmich off balance and sent her to the canvas with a straight right to
the shoulder with 36 seconds left in the third round, but Halmich was never in
any real trouble from this surprising trip to the canvas. Halmich's boxing
skills, conditioning and experience turned the fight her way in the second half
of the bout as she was able to keep her distance from Brown, who was evidently
tired and swinging more wildly in the later rounds.
Halmich avoided Brown's rushes and landed some effective counters in the closing
rounds, but both were exhausted and rarely landed much that was solid as the
fight wound down.
The scoring was 98-92 by Werner Kasimir of Germany, (perhaps unduly favoring
Halmich), a more realistic 97-95 by Guido Cavalleri of Italy and 97-94 by Béla
Florian of Hungary. Halmich progressed to 42-1-0 (14 KO) and retained her world
title with the hard-earned win. (Read the full
by Peter Geudens.)
Cathy hears the decision at a controversial split decision loss
Italy's Stefania Bianchini (photo by Team Bianchini)
December 17, 2003 at Palasport, in Bergamo, Italy,
Stefania Bianchini of Milan, Italy won a
controversial ten-round split decision over Cathy for the EBU Flyweight
title. Bianchini, also a world champion kickboxer, advanced to 12-1-0 (2 KO)
as a pro boxer while Brown slipped to 10-5-0 (4 KO). Brown’s manager Adam
Booth said, “Cathy boxed brilliantly and even the crowd knew she won the
fight." This was a substantial disappointment for Brown, as she might
have become the first British woman to win a European Boxing Union Title.
Bettina Csabi vs. Cathy Brown in Szentes, Hungary
© Copyrighted photo taken by Jolly Dee
On November 6, 2004 at City Sports Hall in Szentes, Hungary,
on a Felix Promotion card, Dr. Bettina
(116½ lbs) of Jánoshalma, Hungary won a
ten-round unanimous (99-91,99-91,99-91) decision over Cathy (116¾ lbs) for
the GBU Bantamweight title. Csábi improved to 22-0 (10 KO's).
On December 2, 2004 at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace,
London, England, Cathy TKO'd Viktoria Varga of Budapest, Hungary in the
third round of a scheduled six-round flyweight bout. Cathy improved her
to 11-6 (5 KOs) while Varga fell to 10-10-2 (0 KO's).
On June 12, 2005 at Equinox Nightclub in London's Leicester Square, Cathy
won by a six-round unanimous decision over Svetla Taskova of Bulgaria.
Cathy improved to 12-6-0 (5 KOs)
while Taskova fell to 3-10-1 (1 KOs)
On August 7, 2005 at Pala
Flaminio in Rimini, Italy
of Milan, Italy won the vacant
WBC World Flyweight title over Cathy (110¼ lbs) by a unanimous
96-94,96-95,96-94 margin in a 10 round rematch of their previous
fell to 12-7-0 (5 KOs) while Bianchini improved to 14-2-0 (2 KOs)
On April 8, 2006 at the Ostseehalle in Kiel, Germany, Cathy
(107¾ lbs) lost a ten-round unanimous (97-94,96-94,96-95) decision to 2001
world amateur champion Hulya (Julia) Sahin
for the WIBF Interim Junior Flyweight title.
The Turkish-born Sahin, who now fights out of Cologne, Germany, advanced her
pro record to 15-0-0 (2 KOs) with the win.
Cathy trades with Juliette Winter in September 2006
n September 24, 2006 at York Hall in
Bethnal Green, London, England, Cathy (108¾ lbs) won the English Women's
Bantamweight title when she defeated Juliette Winter (112¾ lbs) by a
ten-round 97-94 decision in a rematch of their 2003 four-rounder. Brown was
able to negate Winter's height and weight advantage by working in close to
score heavily to Winter's head and the body
frequently pounding Winter's impressively lean midsection with
powerful punches. Winter began to tire as early as the third round, pawing
with her jab and breathing hard.
Winter landed a few good shots with her right in the fourth, Brown
seemed better prepared for the full duration and frequently punished the
slowing Winter's mistakes.
With the win, Cathy became the first female
champion sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control. Winter fell to
2-4 with the loss, while Cathy improved to 13-7 (5 KO's).
After the fight, Cathy stated that she would retire from competition because of
persistent wrist and neck injuries. She now hopes to build a career in television
and be a mentor to other female boxers. “I hope this fight will be the boost the
sport needs,” she said. “It has been tough over the last eight years, but
hopefully people will get behind the sport now.”
Cathy second-guessed this decision in February 2007 and is scheduled to
fight Rebekka Herrmann of Germany at London's York Hall on February 18.
Cathy has worked as a forensic photographer and an event manager, and she
also gained a diploma in Sports Therapy, a YMCA Gym Instructor qualification
and various other Sports Injury awards.
She teaches kickboxing to 10–16 year old girls with special needs, and
various ladies-only classes. She tells me that she "enjoys seeing women
advance consciously, and derives a bundle of personal pride in witnessing
that the woman in the mirror is making a change".
Cathy manages to juggle her full time event management career, with teaching
kickboxing, running her own sports massage business and intense boxing training
is a testament to the statement ‘I Can Do’.
Other Cathy Brown Links
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