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Hannah Fox with title belt
© Copyrighted photograph taken by Mary Ann Owen


5'7" junior welterweight Hannah Fox was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on 29 September 1969. She grew up in a family of eleven children, so had to work hard for everything in life. Her first job ... as a counter helper at a Subway® sandwich shop when she was 14 ...  eventually turned into ownership of two of its locations.

With a martial arts (judo and karate) and kickboxing background, she began training as a boxer in July, 1997 and made her pro debut six months later.  Trained by 30-year veteran Allie Krueger, Hannah showed all the fundamentals of a well trained boxer ... a potent and accurate jab, good movement and defense, and power in both fists. Her boxing style was simple and classic, and executed well.

Hannah Fox at a weigh-in
© Copyrighted photograph taken by Mary Ann Owen

Hannah made her pro debut with a hard-fought unanimous (39-37, 39-37, 39-37) four-round decision over Heidi Tibe on December 26, 1997 at the Orleans in Las Vegas. The bout took place in front of about 200 of Fox's supporters, who had purchased tickets from one of her Subway® shops.

She next TKO'd Teara Anne Sanders at 1:35 in the first round at the Orleans on January 23, 1998.

versus Julie Birdsell in Biloxi
vs. Julie Birdsell, February 15 1998

Fox (139 lbs) got her first major exposure outside Nevada with a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision over California's Julie Birdsell (135 lbs) on February 15, 1998 in an IFBA card in Biloxi, Mississippi that was shown live on ESPN2. Birdsell, former Tough Woman contestant with a martial arts background , had no answer for Hannah's jab and ate leather for the entire fight.

Just six days later, Hannah notched her fourth win when she weighed in at 141½ lbs and stopped San Diego's Rhonda Hutcherson (145 lbs) at 0:14 in the first round at Las Vegas's Tropicana Hotel & Casino on February 21, 1998.

She won her fifth straight on March 28, 1998 in a Forum Boxing card at the Tropicana, with a TKO of Sarah Schmedding (143½ lbs) at 1:38 in the third round. Referee Carlos Padilla stopped the contest with Fox (143 lbs) pummeling the bloody-nosed Schmedding with powerful combinations.

On June 26, 1998 at Bally's Casino, Hannah (142 lbs) took another unanimous four-round decision over her crosstown rival Heidi Tibe (144 lbs).

On August 22, 1998 at the Tropicana, she weighed in at 139½ lbs and won a six-round unanimous decision over former WIBF welterweight world champion Diana Dutra (138½ lbs) of Vancouver, Canada.

On September 23, 1998 at the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Bingo and Casino in Worley, Idaho Hannah pounded out a six-round unanimous decision over a determined Dawne George of Lowell, Massachusetts. Fox sent George to the canvas with a left hook in the sixth and was never in danger as she moved her record to a solid 8-0. George fell to 2-2.

On November 27, 1998 at the Orleans in Las Vegas, Hannah weighed in at 144½ lbs and took a six-round unanimous decision over Glenda Watkins (152 lbs) of Lima, Ohio and move her record to 9-0. Fox was bloodied in this tough fight against a heavier-than usual opponent, but she used her trademark jab well to earn the decision and preserve her perfect record. [See Mary Ann Owen's fight photos]

Fredia puts Hannah Fox on the canvas
Fredia Gibbs puts Hannah on the canvas in Round 6
of their televised fight in January 1999

On January 15, 1999 at the Orleans in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hannah (139 lbs) lost a six-round unanimous (57-56, 58-55, 59-54) to veteran Fredia Gibbs (139½ lbs). Fredia used her reach advantage, speed and punching power to keep Fox rattled and negate her trademark jab throughout the fight. Fredia knocked Hannah down for a six count in the final round to put it beyond reach. The win, shown live on ESPN2, moved Gibbs's pro record to 6-1 with 2 KO's as it dropped Fox's to 9-1. For details and pictures of this exciting fight, see our full report.

On March 19, 1999, back at the Orleans in Las Vegas, Hannah (139 lbs) rebounded from the loss to Fredia Gibbs with a six-round unanimous decision over Diana Dutra (139 lbs) of Vancouver, BC. This was Fox's second six-rounder with the former WIBF world Welterweight champion, and produced the same result.

On April 16, 1999, again at the Orleans in Las Vegas, Hannah (140 lbs) took a six-round unanimous decision over Glenda Watkins (145 lbs) of Lima, Ohio who fell to 6-5. This was a rematch of their fight on November 27, 1998, with the same result.

Hannah Fox vs. Leah Mellinger
Hannah (right) vs. Leah Mellinger, June 1999
© Copyrighted photo taken by Sandy Goldberg

On June 11, 1999 at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, she took a convincing (99-91, 100-90, 98-92) ten-round unanimous decision over Leah Mellinger of Lancaster, Pennsylvania to win the IFBA Junior Welterweight Title.  Mellinger lacked spark on this night and her counterpunching style could not hold off the aggressive and busy Fox, who moved her own pro record to 12-1. Mellinger appeared to tire early and was cut and swollen-faced in the late rounds as she went down to her second straight title loss (and to a 9-5-1 record overall.)

In January of 2000, Hannah was offered a fight with Denise Moraetes.   She did not take the fight because she said that she needed a "tune up" fight after having an eight month layoff.

Hannah announced her retirement from boxing competition on March 6, 2000, saying in a press release: "I set a goal to become a World Champion and achieved that goal. In the next chapter of my life, my husband, son and our two Subway franchises will be my primary concern. I have been hosting a Women's Boxing television show in Las Vegas and hope to pursue color commentary positions in televised boxing events in the future". Hannah will continue her support of women's boxing and passes the torch to the upcoming generation of fighters. She has been in the corner of rising star Melinda Cooper at several of Melinda's Vegas fights.

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