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Donna Lee Biggers
Copyrighted photo taken by Randy McNelly

 
   

5'2" featherweight/junior lightweight Donna Lee "Nature Girl" Biggers was born in Shelby, North Carolina on November 21, 1973 and is trained at Headhunter's Gym in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

She says that she got into boxing by accident. "I just kind of fell into it," she told Shelby Star reporter Randy Capp. "I've always been into staying in shape and working out, and I ran into Billy Mitchem one day. I went to his gym, tried boxing out and really liked it."

Donna in the ringDonna made her pro debut on July 19, 2003 at the National Guard Armory in Crossville, Tennessee, USA. She weighed in at 132 lbs and won a four-round unanimous decision over Helen Shari Penson (135 lbs) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, who was also making her pro debut.  Biggers had been training for her first fight since November, 2002.

On September 6, 2004 at the Showplace in Richmond, Virginia,  Donna faced Penson again, this time TKO'ing her at 1:17 into the first round.

On February 12, 2004 at Club Gemini in Raleigh, North Carolina, Donna won a second-round TKO over debut fighter Brandy Lynn Smith when Smith received an injury to her jaw.

On March 27, 2004 at Jarrell's Gym in Savannah, Georgia, USA, Donna (128 lbs) moved to 4-0 with a third-round knockout of Brandy Lynn Smith (5'7", 128 lbs) of Union, South Carolina. Biggers was now 4-0 (3 KO) with her second straight win over Smith who is now 0-2.

Donna BiggersOn April 3, 2004 at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Donna (122 lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Kristen Masterson (121 lbs) at 1:56 seconds of the second round. According to ringside reports, the fight started off slow, but Biggers landed some good right hands in the second round that sent Masterson to the canvas.

On April 24, 2004 in Savannah, Georgia, Donna won by a second-round TKO over southpaw Kim Jeffreys of Cincinatti, Ohio, who fell to 0-5.

On May 29, 2004 at Morrell Park in Savannah, Georgia, a crowd of 2500 saw Donna (127 lbs) fight to a four-round draw with Susan Nance (5' 6",125 lbs) of Gore, Oklahoma. Nance moved her record to 1-5-1 (0 KOs).

On July 17, 2004 at the Marriott Downtown in Greensboro, North Carolina, Donna won by a KO at 1:15 in the first round over Nicole Perkins of Greensboro for the WBE Women's Super Featherweight title. WBAN's insider reported that Perkins, making her pro debut, was overmatched.

On August 28, 2004 at the National Guard Armory in Leesburg, Virginia, Donna TKO'd Nicole Perkins at 1:20 in the first round.

On November 18, 2004, at the Palmetto Boxing Academy Gym in Columbia, South Carolina, Donna (126 lbs) TKO'd Nicole Perkins
(128 lbs) at 0:50 in the first. Perkins fell to 0-3-0, all by losses to Biggers.

On December 3, 2004 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia, Donna KO'd April Wigington in the first round.

On December 10, 2004 at Golden Gloves Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, Donna knocked out Domesha Allen in the second round.

On March 24, 2005 at Martins West in Woodlawn, Maryland,  local favorite Angel McNamara TKO'd Donna at 1:40 in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder. McNamara gave Biggers her first pro loss in devastating fashion, landing a brutal right hand midway through the second round that staggered Biggers into the ropes. McNamara landed one more punch before referee Bill Holmes stopped the contest. The win raised McNamara’s record to 3-1 (2 KO) and dropped Biggers to 11-1-1 (10 KO's).

On April 30, 2005 In Savannah, Georgia, Donna (127 lbs) knocked out Susan Nance (137 lbs) or Gore, Oklahoma at 1:59 in the first round. Nance fell to 1-6-1 (0 KOs).

On June 18, 2005 in Columbia, South Carolina, Donna Biggers TKO'd Samantha Browning of Mantachie, Mississippi in the first round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WIBC Featherweight Title.  Browning was no match for Biggers, who kept her at bay initially with her jab but then came forward and cornered Browning. Biggers unleashed several hard body shots and landed an uppercut that finished the fight. Biggers dropped Browning to 3-1-0 (2 KOs).

On July 16, 2005 in Florence, South Carolina, Donna (132 lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Jennifer Johnson (132 lbs) in the first round. 

On August 20, 2005 at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China, Mia St. John (133 lbs) advanced to 42-5-2 (17 KOs) with a 10-round unanimous (99-91,95-94,99-91) decision over Donna (133 lbs)  for the  IBA Continental Lightweight title.   Donna fell to 14-2-1 (13 KOs) with the loss.

On September 24, 2005 at Jarrell's Gym in Savannah, Georgia, USA Donna (129 lbs) won by a third-round KO over Kerri Hill (129 lbs) of Arkansas, who fell to 0-2 with the loss.

On October 15, 2005 at White Rock Boxing Gym in Columbia, South Carolina, Donna  won by a six-round unanimous decision over Tiffany Ibanez of Gulfport, Mississippi.  WBAN was told by an insider that this was the best fight of the night on the card, and that the two battled it out for six rounds. Ibanez fell to 2-5-1 (0 KOs) with the loss.

On November 5, 2005 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Donna (131 lbs) won a four-round majority decision over Darnella Barnes (140 lbs) of Wilson, North Carolina. WBAN was told that this was an "all-action" bout and that  Barnes showed a lot of heart and determination during the bout, but Donna's experience won the night.  Barnes is now 0-2.

On January 21, 2006 at White Rock Boxing Gym in Columbia, South Carolina,  Donna (128 lbs) TKO’d Joy Irvin (128 lbs) of Fort Smith, Arkansas, in the third round of a scheduled six-rounder. A ringside correspondent writes "Joy started off fast and determined but toward the end of the first round Donna had landed some hard shots that backed Irvin up and it seemed that Donna was controlling the fight. The second round more hard shots to the head and body. Joy was never able to resume control of the fight. Joy went to the stool with a bloody nose and a swollen left eye. The third round was more punishment for Irvin. She was stopped with an uppercut and left hook to the head." Irvin fell to 7-2-0 (7 KO's).

On March 24, 2006 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, WBAN #7 ranked junior lightweight Jelena Mrdjenovich of Edmonton won a defense of her WBC Junior Lightweight title over Donna when Biggers retired after the second round. Mrdjenovich found her range early and pummeled Biggers with a barrage of left hooks and straight rights. The assault led to the ferocious right at the end of the first that almost knocked Biggers through the ropes. "As soon as I hit her hard a couple of times, I knew she was in trouble," said Mrdjenovich. "I hurt her and I jumped right on her." Biggers stayed on her feet in the second despite taking more punishment, but ended the round bleeding from the nose and had her left eye nearly closed, according to a ringside report by Scott Zerr of the Edmonton Sun.   Mrdjenovich improved to 15-1 (10 KOs) while Biggers fell to 17-3-1 (15 KO's).

On January 5, 2007 at the Orleans Casino and Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Layla McCarter of Las Vegas TKO'd Donna at 2:28 in the second round of a scheduled twelve-3min-round bout for the GBU and WBA Lightweight titles. According to a ringside report from Victor Pera in FightNews.com, "McCarter started working right away, finding a home for strong double jab-right hand combination. It was sadly apparent after the first thirty seconds that the tough fight on paper was going to be another dismissal of a fighter with a padded record. Shooting every one of her punches short, Biggers looked nervous at first but soon showed it wasn't nerves but lack of foot work that was her downfall. McCarter easily dodged and countered everything her opponent threw and was landing virtually every punch she sent bringing the sell-out crowd to a roar early on when she had Biggers on the ropes and in trouble. Amazingly Biggers was able to survive the first heavy onslaught from McCarter, but not for very long. Just seconds before the first round was to end McCarter unleashed a rabid flurry that ended with a big left hook sending Biggers to the canvas. After beating the count and answering the bell for the second round, Biggers' lack of ability to put up a fight or even get out of the way was becoming brutally apparent as her face was peppered and bloodied by every punch McCarter landed. With several members of the audience calling for the red corner to throw in the towel referee Kenny Bayless kept a very close eye as McCarter continued to land at will. Two pinpoint solid left hooks landed on target in succession prompting Bayless to finally save Biggers from any further punishment."  Layla McCarter moved her record to 22-12-5 (4 KOs).

On June 23, 2007 in the National Guard Armory in Gastonia, North Carolina, Donna (121 lbs) won by a second round TKO over pro debuter Sharon Harris (117 lbs) of Wilson, North Carolina. 


Donna Biggers vs Kelsey Jeffries, June 2 2007
copyrighted photo by Mary Ann Owen

On July 2, 2007 at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, in the co-main event, Kelsey Jeffries (122 lbs) of Gilroy, California won a 10-round unanimous (10-90 x 3) decision over Donna (124 lbs) to retain her IFBA Featherweight title. “I’m not surprised it went the distance", said Jeffries, "the girls I fight always bring their best. The girl can punch. Now I know how she got 15 knockouts. Nothing comes easy for me”. Biggers fell to 19-5-1 (15 KOs) with the loss while Jeffries improved to 38-9-1 (3 KOs). (For more photos of the fight by Mary Ann Owen, see WBAN Photo Gallery #434 on the WBAN Records Member Site).


Biggers (right) vs Chamblin in August 2007
Copyrighted photo by
J & P Photography

On August 25, 2007 at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, Louisiana 
Kasha “The Fighting Marine” Chamblin of Lafayette won an eight-round unanimous (80-72 x 3) decision over Donna. J & P Photography who covered the fight for WBAN, said: “Biggers looked to be a heavy hitter and she withstood the initial onslaught of Chamblin with a good return of her own. At times, Chamblin was able to land some accurate jabs to Biggers. Kasha looked like she played a "rope-a-dope" with her opponent, staying in a shell stance and letting Biggers wail away with some clubbing shots. Biggers, at times, taunted Chamblin trying to make her mad...trying to make her open up to leave herself open.” 

In a post fight interview, Chamblin said, ““Because she [Biggers] had so many first and second-round knockouts (16 of Biggers’ 19 wins had come by KO, 14 of them in the first two rounds), I wanted to set a tone and show I wasn’t backing down. I went in wanting to throw every punch hard in every round.”  Biggers said after the fight, ““I was trying to get my counterpunching down. she (Chamblin) caught me with some good shots. She had a good jab and she has heart because I know I caught her a couple of times. She’s a little better than I anticipated.” For video and photo coverage of this fight by J & P Photography, see WBAN Members Records Site MPEG/Photo Gallery #442. 


Jackie Nava vs. Donna Biggers, September 2007
Copyrighted photograph by Mary Ann Owen

On September 16, 2007 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jackie Nava (122 lbs) of Tijuana, Mexico won a 10-round unanimous (100-90)  decision over Donna (122 lbs) for the WBC interim Super Bantamweight title. According to boxing photographer and WBAN contributor Mary Ann Owen, "Nava 's combinations were explosive and precise landing hard blows to Bigger's face and body. In the middle rounds Bigger's was rocked, at one point I thought the referee Robert Byrd was going to stop the fight, Biggers (left) eye was black and the right side of her head was very swollen. The middle and later rounds Biggers was in a survival mode, with Nava continuing to hammer Biggers,  landing body and head shots. Biggers has a lot of heart and hung in the ten rounds, she definitely came to fight."  Nava improved to 15-2-2 (9 KOs) while Biggers fell to 19-7-1 (15 KO's). Go here for more of Mary Ann Owen's photos of this fight 

On June 12, 2008 at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, unbeaten former amateur standout Melinda Cooper (120 lbs) of Las Vegas, Nevada returned to the ring with a fourth round TKO over Donna (120 lbs) in a scheduled six rounder. Cooper improved to 19-0 (11 KO's) with the win. 

On December 4, 2009 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Ana Julaton of Daly City, California won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,90-91,90-91) decision over Donna for the vacant WBO Junior Featherweight title and defending her IBA Junior Featherweight title.  Biggers fell to 19-9-1 (16 KO's) with the loss while Julaton improved to 6-1-1 (1 KO).


Copyrighted photo by Randy McNeilly

Donna spars primarily with men. "Not too many girls around here are into the sport, so I have to fight with the guys," she told Capp. "Everyone thinks that's an advantage, but I think of it as a disadvantage. Girls fight differently than guys. Men get in there, and they're real slow. They dance around a lot, and they don't throw many punches until the last round. Women get in there, and we're swinging from the opening bell. I guess we're just smaller and faster than the men."

Donna BiggersI asked Donna how she got her nickname "Nature Girl". She told me "I'm very outspoken like the wrestler Ric Flair, and he was known as 'Nature Boy', and the fact that when I acquired the name I was also a blonde like him. I was also a big fan of his when I was growing up."

A 1992 graduate of Crest High, when she's not training Donna works at her family business, which sells  machine shop equipment and industrial supplies. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and riding motorcycles.

Her goal as a pro boxer ... "to be a nationally recognized World Champion."

Donna will fight from 122 to 135 lbs - to contact send email to naturegirldonna@earthlink.net

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