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Simona Galassi

5'5" southpaw flyweight/junior bantamweight Simona Galassi was born on June 27, 1972 in Forli, Emilia Romagna, Italy. She began training in kickboxing and Thai boxing in 1994 and accumulated a 24-3-3 record in Thai boxing.  In 1997 she  won the WAKO PRO Italian kickboxing title against Sonia De Biase. In 1998, she won the WKA European Full-contact title.  In 1999 and 2000, she won and defended her WPKC European Kickboxing title three times, and in 2001, she became the WPKC Thai boxing World Champion. 

In 2001 she decided to focus on amateur boxing and went to the inaugural AIBA World Women's Amateur Championhips in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA in December. WIth only four months of training and one prior fight under amateur boxing rules she won the world 112-lb (51-kg) championship defeating Natalia Petrakova of Russia 16-2 in the preliminary, Maarit Teuronen of Finland 14-2 in the quarterfinal, Katrin Enoksson of Sweden 11-10 in the semifinal and Tammy DelaForest of Canada 20-3 in the final. She was also named as “Outstanding Boxer” of the tournament.

The Italian Boxing Federation continued to support Simona's participation in the AIBA tournaments, and she won gold medals in all that she attended in 2002, including those in Debrecem (Hungary); Torneo Italia (Italy); Ahmet Comert (Turkey); Witch Cup (Pecs, Hungary in August 2002 defeating Marie-Louise Moller of Denmark 5-0 in the 51-kg final ); Second World Championship (Antalya, Turkey in October 2002, defeating   Kum-Son Kim of North Korea in the final); dual meets Italy vs Greece and Italy vs Poland. 

In March 2002, Simona earned her university degree in Sport Sciences. 

Simona was awarded WBAN’s April 2003 Fighter of the month----and was added to FANMAIL!

At the European Women's Championships in Pecs, Hungary in May 2003, Simona won the 50-kg division by defeating Hasibe Ozer of Turkey. 

At the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey in May, 2004 she won the 51-kg division by defeating Hasibe Ozer of Turkey 15-8 in the final. At the Italian Women's Championship in Sassoferato in July she defeated Sara De Angelis by RSCO-2 in the 50-kg final. At the "Witch Cup" tournament in Pecs, Hungary in September 2004, she defeated Karatzyna Czuba of Poland by RSCO-2 in the 50-kg semifinal, then Signe Kirse Ellegaard of Denmark by RSCO-2 in the final.  At the European Women's Championships in Riccione, Italy in October 2004, she won the 50-kg division by defeating Viktoria Ousachenko of Russia. 

At the International Women's Tournament held in St Peterburg, Russia in March 2005 she defeated Viktoria Ousachenko of Russia 16-9 in the quarterfinal, Antonia Paputaski of Greece 18-1 in the semifinal and Kumari Meena of India 22-13 in the final.  At the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul Turkey in April 2005 she lost to Hasibe Ozer of Turkey by 15-6 in the final. 

The loss to Ozer in Istanbul, which dropped Galassi's amateur record to 84-1, was excoriated by the Italian Federation, who said: “It was one of the biggest scandals of female boxing history. The match looked like a fix from the beginning, when the jury is made of the same people who robbed another Italian boxer. This impression is confirmed at the end of the first round when Galassi dominates, but the judges score 3-2 for Ozer. In the second round Simona keeps being the aggressor while the Turk just tries to survive, but the judges score 9-5 for Ozer. The final round is very exciting, Galassi puts her opponent under siege and Ozer holds her many times waiting for the final bell. The judges score 15-6 for the local girl. This sounded even more ridiculous when Simona was given the award of best fighter of the event.”

At the European Championships in Tonsberg, Norway in May 2005 Galassi defeated DIana Ungureanu of Romonia by RSCO-1 in the 50-kg quarterfinal, Nelly Onishchenko of Ukraine by 17-4 in the semifinal, then again defeated Hasibe Ozer of Turkey by 13-12 in the final. 

At the World Championships in Podolsk, Russia in September 2005, she defeated Hasibe Ozer of Turkey by 13-10 in the 50-kg quarterfinal, Chowdhiry Kalpana of India 29-12 in the semifinal, and Hyang-Mi Ri of North Korea 31-19 in the final, for her third world championship gold medal. .

In the Italy-Poland Women's Dual held in Poland in 2006 she defeated Katarzyna Czuba in Grudziadz on March 31 and again in Torun on April 1, both times winning by 3-0 margins.tar

In June 2006 in Porto Torres, Sardinia, Galassi added a European Union 50-kg  title to her collection, defeating Marjut Salo of Finland by RSCO-1 in the quarterfinal, Ayse Yavuz of Turkey by retirement in the semifinal, and Delphine Mancini of France by RSCO-2 in the final. A firework show on June 11 celebrated Galassi's retirement from amateur boxing. CSimona’s ultimate goal had once been to be in the Olympics as an amateur boxer, but this was not possible as the International Olympic Committe did not allow women's boxing until 2012.  zuba

She made her pro boxing debut on October 8, 2006 at the PalaLido in Milan, Lombardia, Italy, winning by a second round TKO over Simona Pencakova of Medzev, Slovakia who fell to 0-7-1.  

On November 14, 2006 at Palasport Villa Romiti in her home town of Forli, Italy, Simona won an eight-round decision over Svetla Taskova of Sofia, Bulgaria who fell to 4-18-1.

On January 9, 2007 at Palazzetto dello Sport in Bergamo, Lombardia, Italy, Simona (111½ lbs) fought to a split (97-92.95-95,93-96) draw with Nadia Hokmi (111¾ lbs) of France in a ten-rounder for the vacant EBU Flyweight title. Galassi has said on her own web site this was her most disappointing fight as she was not physically or mentally ready for the bout.  Hokmi moved her record to 8-4-1 with the result.

On March 30, 2007 at Palestra Millennium, Como, Lombardia, Italy Simona TKO'd Petra Jachmanova of Komárno, Slovakia in the fifth round of a scheduled six-rounder.  Jachmanova fell to 2-14-1 with the loss.

On May 11, 2007 at Palasport in Bertinoro, Emilia Romagna, Italy, SImona TKO'd Bettina Völker of Germany in the final round of a ten-rounder for the vacant EBU Flyweight title.  Völker fell to 4-2-3 (1 KO) with the loss.

On July 31, 2007 at Centro Polivalente, San Genesio ed Uniti, Lombardia, Italy, Simona fought to a no decision after two rounds in a rematch with Svetla Taskova.

On Novermber 16, 2007 at the Palasport di Pisa in Pisa, Tuscany,  Italy, SImona won an eight-round decision over Isabelle Leonardi of Paris, France, dropping Leonardi's record to 2-1 (0 KO's). [Video clip]

On December 28, 2007 at the Palasport Villa Romiti in Forli, Simona (111 lbs) defended the EBU Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-90x3) decision over Floarea Lihet (112 lbs) of Bucharest, Romania who fell to 7-4 (3 KO's).

Galassi vs BianchiniOn March 29, 2008 at the Palasport Villa Romiti in Forli, Simona  won a ten-round unanimous decision over her chief Italian rival Stefania Bianchini of Milan, Italy for the WBC Flyweight title.  Bianchini, who had held the WBC title since August 2005 and had successfully defended it four times, fell to 16-3-3 (2 KO's) with a loss that marked a changing of the guard in Italian professional women's boxing.

On July 18, 2008 at Piazza XX Settembre in Civitanova, Marche, Italy, Simona (111 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Eileen Olszewski (111½ lbs) of New York defending the WBC Flyweight title. Both boxers showed respect for the other's technical skills in a matchup that was mosty fought at long range with good movement and defense. Galassi's reach and greater accuracy with her right over Olszewski's jabs were the difference as Olszewski fell to 5-2-1 (0 KO's). [Video]

Galassi vs Bianchini in MilanOn October 24, 2008 at the Palalido in Milan, Lombardia, Italy, Simona (111¼ lbs) won another ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-91) decision over Stefania Bianchini (5′ 2½″, 111¼ lbs) of Milan, defending the WBC Flyweight title.  BIanchini fell to 17-4-3 (2 KO's) in what would be her last fight as a pro boxer.

On April 25, 2009 at PalaVeneto, Ancona, Marche, Italy, Simona won a rematch with Isabelle Leonardi of Paris, France by a six-round points decision.  Leonardi fell to 4-4-1 with the loss.

On June 13, 2009 at Piazza Saffi in Forli, Simona won a six-round decision over Eva Ott of Budapest, Hungary, who fell to 0-7.

Galassi vs OubaitaOn December 4, 2009 at the Freizeit Arena in Sölden, Austria, Simona (111 lbs) defended the WBC Flyweight title with  a ten-round unanimous (99-91,100-90,99-91) decision over Aziza Oubaita (109¼ lbs, at left in photo) of Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France.  Oubaita fell to 9-2-1 (4 KO's).

On March 12, 2010 at Palasport in Bertinoro, Emilia Romagna, Italy, Simona (111¼ lbs) defended the WBC Flyweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-89,100-90,99-90) decision over Esmeralda Moreno (111¼ lbs) of Mexico.  Both boxers worked from range in the early going, with southpaw Galassi's lead rights landing with better accuracy than Moreno's jab. Moreno pressed the action harder in the later rounds but Galassi's quick hands and superior technique kept her out of any serious trouble for the decision. Moreno was cut over her left eye in the fifth round and Galassi over her right eye in the sixth but both corners were able to contain the damage effectively. Most rounds were closer than the scorecards might suggest, but Galassi's more precise counter-punching frustrated most of Moreno's attempts to close the distance behind her own jab. Moreno fell to 13-6 (5 KO's) with the loss.

On September 3, 2010 at Piazza Saffi, Forli, Emilia Romagna, Italy, SImona won an eight-round decision over Fleis Djendji of Kanjiza, Serbia, who fell to 10-7-1 (5 KO's).

Simona Galassi vs Mariana Juarez
Simona Galassi vs Mariana Juarez in March 2011
© copyrighted photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

On March 11, 2011 at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Polanco, Distrito Federal, México, Mariana Juárez (111¾ lbs) of Mexico won a hard fought ten round unanimous (97-93,97-93,96-94) decision over Simona (111 lbs) for the WBC Flyweight title.  Juárez (at left in photo) overcame a shaky start to find her range and decipher Galassi's style in the later rounds, which were fought toe to toe with Galassi bleeding from her nose.  Galassi appeared to have won the early rounds with her rapier-like right and solid followups with her left but the action became more even when Juarez became more aggressive and was able to mix it up at tighter range.  Juarez was knocked off balance by Galassi's forearm and went to the canvas at the end of the fourth but the referee ruled the stumble a slip.  The 38-year-old Galassi fell to 14-1-1 (3 KO's).  WBC head José Sulaimán had described this bout as the "most important fight in women's boxing in the world".  [Video]

On July 23, 2011 at Piazza Saffi in Forli, Simona won a six-round decision in her third match with Svetla Taskova who fell to 4-32-1. 

On October 28, 2011 at PalaRockfeller in Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy, SImona (114 lbs) won the vacant IBF Junior Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-91,100-90,100-90) decision over Nadege Szikora (114 lbs) of Montpelier, France, who fell to 10-3-1 (4 KO's).  [Video]

On April 14, 2012 at Palasport in Vicenze, Italy, Simona Galassi (115 lbs) won a hard fought unanimous (96-94x3) decision over 18-year-old Renata Szebeledi (114¾ lbs) of Budapest, Hungary defending the IBF Junior Bantamweight title. Szebeledi was aggressive throughout the fight and frequently caught Galassi with clubbing lefts to the head, including some that drew warnings from the referee for holding and hitting. Szebeledi fell to 14-9-0 (8 KO's) with this narrow loss. [Video]

On October 27, 2012 at Palasport Arcella in Padua, Veneto, Italy, Renata Szebeledi (111 lbs) avenged her April loss to Simona Galassi (111 lbs) and stopped her in the third round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the interim WBC Flyweight title. three rounds. Szebeledi was the aggressor again using her jab to set up hard right hands. Galassi, a full 19 years older than her opponent, was not strong enough to keep Szebeledi at bay in the rematch. She as knncked down once after a left-right combination.  Galassi was saved from further punishment by referee Guido Cavalleri in the third round.  Galassi's record fell to 17-2-1 with the loss as Szebeledi improved hers to 16-9 (10 KO's).

When Simona is not boxing, she works as a trainer for Acqua Gym, Thai/Kickboxing, Fit boxing, and sometimes as a personal trainer. Her hobbies include oriental massages, alternative medicine, and eating good food!  Her favorite is chocolate cake, but she still manages to keep her very fit 112 lb. frame! 

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