"Blondie" Pederson, 5'6", born June 9, 1975, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, 2
1/2 years ago to pursue her dream in boxing.
Lisa trained in Vegas for a year without any success in securing fights.
Lisa then walked into the Absoloot Boxing gym, which was owned at the time
to Johnny "Yahya" McClain, and it is where she met her present trainer Paddy
Fitzpatrick told WBAN, "We got to talking about her goals and what it is she
wanted out of boxing, and so I agreed to give her a tryout to see if
she was willing to work as hard as she said she would." Fitzpatrick
added, "She hasn't let me down since that day."
Lisa trains as hard as any of the male boxers that Fitzpatrick trains, and
that is what her trainer expects of her. Fitzpatrick said, "there's no
reason why she should be treated any differently."
made her pro debut on November 8, 2002, on the undercard of the Laila
Ali - Valerie Mahfood card, that took place at the Stratosphere Hotel,
in Las Vegas, Nevada. She fought to a hard-fought draw against
Crystal Hoy. WBAN was fortunate to be able to be ringside for
Lisa's pro debut.
then went up to Tacoma, Washington, at the Emerald Queen Casino, and fought
Carla Wilcox. Fitzgerald said, "Blondie dominated the pace and
action for four rounds only to have the judges
calling it a unanimous decision for Wilcox. Greg Haugen was in
attendance that night and let his feelings be known just as loudly as the
rest of the crowd about what everybody but the judges saw as a robbery."
Lisa had two fights after the Wilcox fight and has won both fights by a
Fitzgerald said, "She's
still training hard waiting for her next opportunity to fight but as of yet
there have been no calls for her at 122lb. It seems the girls tend to
fight between three and sometimes more weight divisions, which I'm not going
to allow her to do. If her best weight to fight is 122 lb., a fight at 126
lb., is understandable but why fight any higher than that when she'll
be giving away so much advantage."