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Photo © copyright Daisy Lang & Bernd Stemmeler 1999

5'7" junior bantamweight Daisy "The Lady" Lang was born Deisislawa Kirowa in Sofia, Bulgaria on 4 April 1972. She now lives in Düsseldorf, Germany where she trains with Michael Timm.

"Deisislawa is the name of a Bulgarian queen. But a lot of people find it too long", she explains.  "And as I have very long legs, I was just called Daisy Lang by the others in the gym".  She's called "The Lady" because of her pronounced femininity outside the ring. "I really wanted the name "Leopard" as I like the animals very much", she says, "I would like to have their speed, power and explosive power, but in my soul I am a true Lady".

Daisy's uncle inspired her to take up martial arts, but she says that she grew up fighting because she had three brothers who trained her to be tough.  

Martial arts training was soon not enough for her. "When I'm doing something I want to make it perfectly. Anything else just bores me", she says. Her determination helped her to become a world class amateur competitor. She became a European Tae Kwon Do champion in 1992 and won a European Kickboxing title in Portugal in 1994.  In 1995 she won world titles in karate and kickboxing in the USA.

She turned to professional boxing in 1996 and made her debut in Neuweid, Germany on February 27, winning by a third-round KO over Darina Chakolawa of Bulgaria, who fell to 0-2.

She then won a six-round decision over unbeaten Nathalie Meiss of Neu-Isenburg, Germany in Frankfurt on July 6, 1996.  Meiss fell to 4-1 (3 KO).

On August 29, 1996 in Essen, Germany she stopped debut fighter Bresda Movotna in the third round.

In 1997, Lang began studies at the German Sport University in Köln  where she trained as a physiotherapist.

Daisy Lang's first pro boxing loss came by a six-round decision to undefeated British-born star Michele Aboro in Karlsruhe, Germany on November 29, 1997. Lang was the first to go the distance with Aboro, whose pro record moved to 6-0  (5 KO).

She rebounded from this defeat with a fourth-round TKO of France's Valerie Rangeard in Stuttgart, Germany on February 14, 1998.  This was Rangeard's pro boxing debut.

On October 3, 1998 at the Prinz-Garden-Halle in Augsburg, Germany, she weighed in at (114½ lbs) and defeated Krisztina Horvai (115½ lbs) of Hungary by 10-round unanimous (99-91, 99-88, 100-88) decision to win the vacant WIBF European Bantamweight title. This dropped Horvai to 4-5-1, with 1 KO.

On January 30, 1999 at Stadthalle Cottbus in Cottbus, Germany, a crowd of 1,500 saw Daisy (115 lbs) win by a 2nd-round TKO of Portugal's Sandra Podence (119½ lbs), who fell to 5-3-1.

On March 27, 1999 at Sartory Säle in Köln, Germany, she defended the WIBF European Bantamweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Anastasia Toktaulova of Russia, whose record fell to 2-3. Lang was knocked down in the sixth round, but went on to earn a controversial 96-94, 98-94, 97-93 decision.  The result was greeted by boos from those in the crowd who felt the Russian boxer had done enough to win the contest.

On July 17, 1999 at the Phillipshalle in Düsseldorf, she weighed in at (114½ lbs) to take on Gizella Papp (114½ lbs) of Hungary over 10 rounds for the vacant WIBF Junior Bantamweight Title. Daisy won by seventh-round TKO in a one-sided fight. Lang applied pressure from the start and was never in trouble against the overmatched Papp. The Hungarian boxer was knocked down in the second round, frequently turned her back on her opponent, and failed to answer the bell for the eighth. Papp's record, according to Lang's promoter Universum, fell to 7-1 (2 KO´s). Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl congratulated Lang for her win, but said he was disappointed by Papp's performance. "This shows once again that female boxing is still in a period of development", said Kohl. Lang was more sanguine: "It was a dream that came true", she told reporters. "but I feel that defending the title will become much harder than it was to win it."

On October 23, 1999, at the Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, she retained the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title with a clear ten-round unanimous decision over Sónia Pereira of Portugal.  I've been told that she won every round, but did not receive the official scores to confirm this.

On February 5, 2000 at the Rhein-Rhur-Halle in Duisberg, Germany, Daisy weighed in at 115 lbs and defended the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Kathy Williams (115 lbs) of Thunder Bay, Canada. Lang won by a 97-95, 98-91 and 97-94 tally on the scorecards, but our correspondent felt that Williams was the victim of a hometown decision (see the fight report). Lang moved to 10-1 (5 KOs) while Williams slipped to 10-2 (4 KOs).

On May 13, 2000 at Sartory Säle in Köln, Germany, Daisy weighed in at 115 lbs and defended the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title with a TKO of Romanian Oana Sandor (115 lbs) early in the third round. Lang had no problems in this fight as Sandor took a standing eight count in the second round and her corner threw in the towel when she began taking punishment in the third. Sandor's record fell to 0-4. (Read the detailed fight report from Women's Boxing Page correspondent Jon Fox!)

On October 14, 2000 at Kölnarena in Köln, Germany, 14,000 spectators saw Daisy (114½ lbs) defend the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-91, 100-91, 96-94) decision over Brenda Burnside (114½ lbs) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Burnside fell to 7-11-2 (3 KO's).

On January 27, 2001 at Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle in Munich, Germany, a sellout crowd of 8,000 saw Daisy defend the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title and move to 13-1 (6 KO's) with a ten-round unanimous (96-94,98-93,99-92) decision over Nadia Debras of France, who fell to 1-7-1 as a pro boxer. According to a ringside correspondent, Debras, who is an accomplished kickboxer, pressed Lang throughout the bout despite suffering significant swelling to her left eye.

On September 29, 2001 at Universum Box-Promotion's Gym in Hamburg, Germany, a WIBF Junior Bantamweight title bout between Daisy Lang (114½ lbs) and WBF and IFBA Flyweight champion Michelle Sutcliffe (113½ lbs) of the U.K. ended when Lang failed to answer the bell for the eighth round because of a bad cut over her left eye. The injury was ruled to have been caused by a clash of heads, although it appeared to have resulted from a Sutcliffe punch, so the decision went to the judges' scorecards. According to information received from Universum, promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl promised Sutcliffe a rematch. Lang advanced to 14-1-0 (6 KOs) with the controversial win; Sutcliffe slipped to 5-6-0 (2 KOs)

On April 6, 2002 at Universum Box-Promotion's Gym in Hamburg, Germany, she had no problem defending her WIBF Junior Bantamweight title again with a unanimous 99-91 decision over unranked Reka Krempf of Hungary. Krempf, who fell to 2-1-1 (0 KO), had had three pro fights since February 2002, against opponents with a 1-7 combined pro record at the time. Jon Fox wrote that Krempf was introduced to the spectators as being 6-0-1, adding "it's not surprising that Ms. Krempf was more technically limited even than Daisy. Very little leather was landed in anger. It rarely is in a Lang fight. This is a lady who seems devoted to the strict rationing of thrills. Neither fighter came remotely close to being hurt or in trouble. Then everybody went home. What a waste of time."

On September 14, 2002 at Volkswagen Halle in Braunschweig, Germany, Daisy Lang (117¾ lbs) defended the WIBF Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Lisa Foster (118 lbs) of Washington, D.C. Foster fell to 5-4-1 (2 KO).

On January 18, 2003 at Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, Daisy Lang (121 lbs) and Silke Weickenmeier (121 lbs) of Speyer, Germany fought to a ten-round (96-94 Lang, 95-95, and 97-93 Weickenmeier) draw for the GBU Junior Featherweight title. Lang fought with a pre-existing knee injury that gave her problems in the later rounds, while Weickenmeier had problems making the weight but moved well and was more aggressive in the middle rounds. Weickenmeier appeared to run out of gas in the later rounds, perhaps due to her effort to make the weight, and Lang battled back into it despite her knee injury and an apparent calf cramp. Lang progressed to 16-1-1 (6 KO) while Weickenmeier's record moved to 14-3-3 (0 KO).

On May 10, 2003 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany, a crowd estimated at 6000 saw Daisy (121½ lbs) win a controversial ten-round majority (96-94,96-94,95-95) decision in a rematch with Silke Weickenmeier (121½ lbs) of Speyer, Germany for the GBU Junior Featherweight title. This was a bout dominated by in-fighting and holding and both were cut from headbutts.

Daisy (left) ended it with a badly swollen nose, and Silke (right) with a cut above her left eye. The majority decision was controversial, in part because of head butts, elbows and punching behind the neck by Lang in the first and fourth rounds, for which she was admonished by the referee. Silke Weickenmeier had tried to establish a more technical style and was the fan favorite. Her team protested the decision to the GBU, asking that Lang be disqualified and the title again vacated. Lang's team countered that both boxers had been injured because Weickenmeier had fought carelessly. The judges' decision for Lang stood and she progressed to 17-1-1 (6 KO) while Weickenmeier falls to 14-4-3 (0 KO).

On November 15, 2003 at Oberfrankenhalle in Bayreuth, Germany, southpaw Galina Koleva Ivanova (114¾ lbs) of Sofia, Bulgaria won the WIBF Super Flyweight (Junior Bantamweight) title with a clear 10-round unanimous (96-94,99-91,97-93) decision over Lang (114¾ lbs). As described by Women's Boxing Page correspondent Ewan Whyte, "It was hard to believe it was Ivanova that had the speckled record and Lang that had not lost for six years. The only impressive thing about Lang on Saturday evening was her entrance ..."  (for full details of the fight, see Ewan's fight report). Ivanova improved to 5-3-1 (0 KO) with the win while Lang suffered her first defeat in six years. Ivanova had replaced Johanna Pena Alvarez on the card, and Lang's unambiguous defeat was one of 2003's most significant upsets.

On March 2, 2004 at Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany, Lang (116¾ lbs) won an eight-round decision over Mariana Pampuk (115¾ lbs) of Budapest, Hungary. Lang is now 18-2-1 (6 KO) while Pampuk fell to 0-17-1 with the loss in what was a less than stellar piece of matchmaking.

On May 29, 2004 at Ostseehalle in Kiel, Germany, WIBF Flyweight champion and German celebrity Regina Halmich of Karslruhe, Germany comfortably won a ten-round unanimous (96-94,97-93,96-94) decision over Daisy for the vacant IWBF Junior Bantamweight title. Halmich dominated the taller Lang with a more aggressive offense, and landed more solidly throughout the fight. Halmich apologized for the fight being unexciting, and blamed Lang for not wanting to fight. “I wanted to show more from my boxing skills tonight”, said Halmich, "but Daisy was just running away for ten rounds. You can’t win a world title by moving backwards all the time.” Lang, who had boasted before the bout that she would 'end Halmich's career', felt that she was robbed, that she had won every round, and that Halmich hardly got any punches through. Lang added that she was a counter boxer, and that anybody who knew anything about boxing could see that she had won!  Halmich, who had gone up two weight classes to make the match, progressed to 45-1-0 (15 KO) with this win.

WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte summed up the Lang-Halmich fight: 'All in all, it was a strange fight. From above, they must have looked like the second hand of a clock: Lang, circling cautiously at the edge of the ring, moving almost invariably to her left, and Halmich tracking her, two or three metres closer to the centre but always at the same tempo, two revolutions per round, a wheel within a wheel, the one as eager to hurt as the other to avoid hurt. Even when Halmich got caught coming in once or twice, as she often does, Lang hadn't the wherewithal or gumption to exploit the opportunity and straightaway resumed her flight. How she thought she was going to 'end Halmich's career' with a performance like this is a mystery, unless she was hoping to make the German so dizzy she'd just fall through the ropes."  (See Ewan's full fight report).

Lang had prepared for the bout for several weeks by sparring intensively with Canadian strawweight Vaia Zaganas and American junior bantamweight Elena Reid at the IBA gym in Las Vegas for more than two weeks. "Her best punch is her jab," said NABA and IFBA champion Zaganas.  Against the bigger Reid, Lang demonstrated her ability to block punches and move out of danger. "She moves really well," said Reid.

On October 16, 2004 at Maritim Hotel in Köln, Germany, Daisy Lang TKO'd Simone Suciu of Romania in the fourth round of a scheduled 8-rounder. Suciu fell to 0-8 as Lang improved her record to 19-3-1 (7 KOs).

Lang's view of boxing: "This one-on-one sport can be compared to real life. Others will help you to prepare for the fight, but in the ring you will have to solve your problems on your own. Now boxing is my life".

For more information about Daisy Lang, contact Bernd Stemmeler, Tel: 02103/4993-990

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