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Valerie "The Wolfe" Mahfood (5'8", 170 lbs, b. February 1, 1974) lives in Groves, Texas and is trained in nearby Orange, Texas by Harry Murdock and Austin Green. She realized her boxing dream at age 25 when she won the IWBF and WIBF Light Heavyweight world titles in Panama City.

Valerie was born and raised in Tyler, Texas, and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1992. She then attended Kilgore Correctional Officer Academy where she was the youngest student ever admitted and one of only two women selected from 300 prospective applications. After graduating from the Academy, she worked at Stiles Prison, an all-male maximum security institution,  for 6 years, then was promoted to Grievance Lieutenant at the LeBlanc Unit.

Valerie first had a desire to box when she heard a commercial for a Toughwoman contest. She told me that "she thought this would be neat" and talked about it to a co-worker whose two sons boxed at the gym in Orange. "He said he would talk to the trainers there and see if they would let me come there. One week later, there I was in a real boxing gym". After Harry Murdock and manager Austin Green explained the dedication that it would take to become a boxer, and she saw people working out in their gym, Valerie Mahfood knew that she would love it.

Like many female boxers, Valerie says it took a while for everyone to be sure that she was serious, as she was the only female in the gym. But three months after she began training, "they were really starting to spend time with me" and she was making progress that four years later would lead her to a world title.

In early 1996, Valerie won an amateur bout in Beaumont, Texas, then notched four wins without a loss at a local Toughwoman show. She fought outside Texas for the first time six months later, winning one fight and losing one in the National Toughwoman competition in Detroit. By the end of 1996, Valerie sported an amateur record of 6-1 with 4 KO's, and she and her trainers became serious about a pro career.

On July 28, 1997 in New Orleans, she won her pro debut by knocking out Jeanne Martinez of Slidell, Louisiana in the first round. (Martinez, who was also making her pro debut, subsequently became the IBA Lightweight champion and fought Belinda Laracuente to a draw).

On April 2, 1998 in Houston, Texas, Valerie won a four-round decision over Brenda Cooper of Hosuton, another debut fighter.

On June 24, 1998 at the Boomtown Riverboat Casino in Harvey, Louisiana, Valerie (168 lbs) won by a fourth-round TKO over debut fighter Thistle Colleps (171 lbs) of Lumberton, Texas.

On July 19, 1998 at the Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she stepped up to six rounds and stiffer competition, but lost by unanimous decision to Mitzi Jeter from Dalton, Georgia. Jeter moved her own pro record to 4-1 (2 KO) with the win, which was seen on ESPN2. "Darn, she was a good boxer, and a nice lady after the bout", says Valerie!

On December 2, 1998 in New Orleans, Louisiana, she was knocked out in the third round by 6'1" Kendra Lenhart of Lenoir City, Tennessee. Valerie learned a lesson from this loss ... "I was probably the most unprepared (mentally) for a fight I have ever been, and it showed", she says. Lenhart improved to 1-3 with the win.

It was time to go home and regroup as the two tough losses had dropped her to a 3-2 record.

On May 8, 1999 in Philadephia, Mississippi, Valerie bounced back with a TKO of Genevia Buckhalter (174½ lbs) of Columbus, Mississippi at 1:25 in the third round. Buckhalter fell to 1-1-1 with this loss.

On May 27, 1999 at the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, Valerie lost a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision to 6'0" Kathy Rivers of Hollywood, Florida. Valerie describes Rivers as "Godzilla sized" and says "my trainers/managers were getting dirty looks from me at the weigh-in. This girl was huge." The win moved Rivers's record to 6-1 but once again, Valerie Mahfood she says that she learned a lot from a bout that she lost ... as she would show later in Panama!

On July 15, 1999 in Houston, Texas, Valerie weighed in at 164 lbs and won a unanimous decision in a rematch with Brenda Cooper (158½ lbs), who fell to 2-2 (2 KO).

With her record now 5-3, as Valerie describes it ... "we got serious for the fight of all fights for me and my career. You see, when I first walked into the gym in Orange, Texas and smelled that air and seen all of the sweat, I wanted to be a champion. I was too scared to say that to the trainers ... but I thought it." They contracted with Dee Lee promotions for a rematch with Kathy Rivers in Panama City, Panama, for the WIBF and IWBF Light Heavyweight world titles!

Kathy Rivers and Valerie Mahfood battle in Panama
Valerie vs. Kathy Rivers in Panama City, 1999

Valerie's boxing dream came true on September 17, 1999 as she weighed in at 171 lbs and avenged her previous loss and won the two titles by TKO'ing Kathy Rivers (177 lbs) at 0:32 in the tenth round. She had knocked Rivers down once and was ahead by 88-83, 88-84, 89-84 on the scorecards when the bout was stopped. Valerie had prepared for Panama's heat and humidity by using space heaters in her gym while she was working out. Rivers was bothered by the heat and faded early in the bout.

"It was the perfect night for me", says Mahfood. "My people had me as prepared as any fighter could have been. I give the credit to them. They kept everything in focus for me and WE did it ... stopped the great Kathy Rivers." Rivers slipped to 8-2 with the loss.

On November 18, 1999 at the Radisson Astrodome in Houston, Texas, a sellout crowd of 3000 saw Valerie win with a four-round unanimous (40-36, 40-36, 39-37) decision in a rematch with Genevia Buckhalter of Columbus, Mississippi, who dropped to 1-4-1. Mahfood dominated the fight, establishing herself as the aggressor right away with a stiff jab and left hook to the body. Buckhalter attempted to counter with a right hook, which was effective for a while. Buckhalter held Mahfood off with her jab, but did not win the round on any score card. In the second, Mahfood used her jab as Buckhalter retreated throwing looping hooks. Near the end of the round Buckhalter dropped her left to defend a hook to the body and was knocked into the ropes, but Mahfood was unable to finish her off. Buckhalter rallied in the third with a flurry of punches including a solid left hook that produced a mouse under Mahfood's right eye. Mahfood came back with shots to the body and Buckhalter again began to drop her hands. The fourth saw both throw leather from bell to bell, going for a KO in action that brought the crowd to its feet.

Trainer Murdock told me after this that Mahfood wouldn't take any more four-round fights, as "we are in shape for 6 or 8 all the time".

Valerie Mahfood with Monica McGowanOn April 20, 2000 at the Civic Center in Beaumont, Texas, Valerie (180 lbs) stopped Monica McGowan (182 lbs) of Jackonville, Texas at 1:47 in the third round. Trainer Harry Murdock told me that "Monica was by far the strongest girl we have fought. She just lacks some skill." McGowan fell to 1-1-0.

On June 16, 2000 at at Casino Magic in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, Valerie (164 lbs) moved her pro record to 9-3 with a four-round unanimous (40-35,40-35,0-36) decision over Genevia Buckhalter (171 lbs) of Columbus. Mississippi, who is now 1-6-1.

Trainer Murdock told me about this fight: "Genevia Buckhalter is improving. The bad part is Valerie is a much improved boxer also. I said several months back we would not fight anymore four rounders and we did and I am saying for the last time no more 4 rounders. We will stay home first. You do not get to challenge yourself nor practice what we are working on in the gym nor do you get to work for the ten round fight to come. We would rather spar for the public than go fight for pennies in a four round fight. Valerie and I were very disappointed when Vonda Ward backed out of the June 29th fight for Cedric Kushner in New York. We were looking forward to the exposure with Kushner. We had been training for four weeks when she backed out for no apparent reason. We were struggling to keep on the weight during the hot Texas summer. So when the Casino Magic fight talks started they wanted to know if we could make 168 lbs. We took a contract weight of 168 lbs and began our seven day diet. We came in at 164 and Genevia weighed 171 (over the contract weight they asked for!). Now we have this behind us our plans are to fight for the 168 lb Super Middleweight and stay at 168 for a while. We will fight for these titles as soon as possible. We are ready and have three promoters talking about several different fighters. We owe several a whooping and Ms. Ali is another story. I am pleading and begging the states commissioners to stop the slaughter of women's boxing by letting her pick these opponents. I not saying to force her into fighting something she is not ready for (Valerie) but she needs to fight the Genevia Buckhalters, and rematch Karen Bill with a state such as Texas that has unbiased Commission."

On August 10, 2000 at Astro Arena in Houston, Texas, Valerie weighed in at 165 lbs and defeated Mary Ann Almager (165 lbs) of Midland, Texas by TKO at 0:57 in the fifth round of a schedule ten-rounder to win the vacant IWBF Super Middleweight title. This was a hard-fought bout that was stopped when Almager injured her ankle and was unable to continue. Mahfood improved to 10-3 (6 KO's), and Almager fell to 11-4 (8 KO's). Valerie came down in weight from the Light Heavyweight division to participate in this bout, and as a result, vacated the IWBF Light Heavyweight title.

In August 2000 she was named WBAN's Fighter of the Month.


Valerie vs. Ann Wolfe in November 2000

On November 30, 2000 at the Radisson Astrodome in Houston, Valerie weighed in at a trim 161½ lbs and KO'd undefeated fellow Texan Ann Wolfe, (5'9", 162 lbs) from Waco, Texas at 1:17 in the third round of a long-awaited slugfest. Mahfood was knocked down in the opening round of this fight, but she came back with strong counters to Wolfe's head and body in the second and decked Wolfe for the full count with a right and a left in the third. Ann Wolfe had also been blitzing her other Texas competition ... with a first-round TKO over Mary Ann Almager and a second round TKO of rugged Gina Nicholas. But Mahfood pulled out a come- from-behind KO win to hand her almost-namesake her first loss in six pro fights. Mahfood told reporters "She hit me harder than I expected ... I knew she was a lot stronger than me, but my experience kept me in the fight. I know what it feels like to be knocked out. I was the better boxer, and it won me the fight." (For more photos see Photo Gallery #93 on the WBAN Records Member Site). Wolfe fell to 5-1 with the loss.

On April 19, 2001 at the Civic Center in Beaumont, Texas, 6'1" Kendra Lenhart (164½ lbs) of Lenoir City, Tennessee knocked out Valerie (168 lbs) in the second round of a scheduled 10-round bout, to earn her second KO win over Mahfood in her career and take the WIBF Super Middleweight (168-lb) title. Lenhart knocked Mahfood down three times for eight counts in the second round. Valerie Mahfood remains the WIBF 175-lb champion while Lenhart improved to 7-8-1 (7 KO's) with the win.


Valerie vs. Trina Ortegon in November 2001

On November 16, 2001 at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas, Valerie (161¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (96-94,96-94,98-92) decision over IFBA Super Middleweight champion Trina Ortegon (160 lbs) of Albuquerque, New Mexico for the WIBA 168-lb world title. Mahfood landed heavily with power shots in the earlier rounds but Ortegon rallied in the late going despite damage to her right eye which was closing up. Mahfood improved to 12-4 (7 KOs) while Ortegon fell to 9-5 (2 KOs) with the loss.

On June 14, 2002 at Civic Center in Beaumont, Texas, in a battle of world champions from Texas, Valerie (163½ lbs) won an eight-round non-title rematch with IBA Middleweight champion Mary Ann Almager (167 lbs) of Midland, Texas. Mahfood was able to outwork Almager against the ropes to win an eight- round 77-73,78-72,74-76 split decision that moved her own record to 13-4 (7 KO). Almager slipped to 13-5-0 (9 KO) with the loss.

On November 8, 2002 at the Stratosphere Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Valerie (161 lbs), the IWBF and WIBA Super Middleweight champion, took on IBA Super Middleweight champion Laila Ali (167 lbs) in a triple-title unification bout. This was a tough loss for Mahfood as Ali won by a TKO at 1:14 in the eighth round.after dominating the Texan. Both took some time to warm up in the first round but after this it was all Ali as she began to land hard left hooks to Mahfood's chin and bloodied Mahfood's nose with a straight right. Ali began to work Mahfood's body in the fourth and Laila's digging left hooks paid dividends by the sixth round as Mahfood's gloves began to come down. Ali began to unload as Valerie tired in the seventh and she started the eighth with a pounding right to the head that bloodied Mahfood some more. Ali later backed Mahfood to the ropes where she uncorked a fierce left-right-left combination that brought referee Joe Cortez in to save Valerie from further punishment. Ali took home all three super middleweight belts from this triple-unification bout, which was carried live on ESPN2. Ali said she was unhappy at the stoppage as she wanted to continue to pay Mahfood back for her pre-fight comments. This bout finally cleared the air in the Super Middleweight division and showed that Ali has grown to match her hype. Ali advanced to 13-0-0 (10 KO).

See also "The Yahya sisterhood", in which Valerie's brother Sebastian Mahfood describes how "much of the fighting isn’t with Ali but with the environment that her manager and husband Johnnie “Yahya” McClain has created ... My advice for anyone planning to step into the ring against Laila ... is to know that she is not up against a woman but against the image of one, that she is not fighting in a ring but in a constructed environment that envelopes it, that she is no longer a fighter but an implement, a tool, brought into the ring for the purpose of being beaten.  As long as Yahya can control the environment in which Laila fights, then Laila will win.  To beat Laila, one need only beat the environment, and to do that, one must be aware that it exists without being affected by its existence." 

On June 21, 2003 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Laila Ali (168 lbs) of Miami Beach, Florida again stopped Valerie (168 lbs), this time at 1:17 in the sixth. Neither showed any reluctance to mix it up on the inside in this second matchup, but Ali found a home for a counter right hand that could shake Mahfood. Mahfood landed some solid leather in exchanges in the third and fifth rounds and opened a small cut near Ali's eye in the fifth. In the sixth, Ali shook up Mahfood with a right hand with Mahfood on the ropes, then continued to smash Mahfood's head back with hard rights, prompting referee David Mendoza to stop the bout. Ali improved to 15-0-0 (12 KO) while Mahfood fell to 13-6-0 (7 KO). (For photos see Photo Gallery #72 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On August 23, 2003 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi, Mississippi, Ann Wolfe of Waco, Texas (163 lbs) avenged her only defeat with a ten-round unanimous (97-93,99-91,97-93) decision over Valerie (164 lbs) for the vacant NABA super middleweight title. After some good early exchanges, Wolfe appeared to have the upper hand and bloodied Mahfood's nose but Mahfood fought back hard in the late going despite eating a steady stream of leather. Wolfe improved her record to 15-1-0 (11 KO). This bout was on the undercard of the showdown between Laila Ali and Christy Martin.


vs. Carley Pesente in October 2003
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mike Blair

On October 11, 2003 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Valerie (194½ lbs) won by TKO at 1:43 in the fourth round over Carley Pesente (212¾ lbs) of Bethel, Connecticut. Pesente fell to 3-7-1 (3 KO). Photojournalist Mike Blair of Boxing Prospects said the following about the fight, "Carley threw her jab a lot, and she appeared to have the reach advantage, but Mahfood slipped most of them and countered by staying low and landing shots to Carley's body. Mahfood established her position early with the jab, it seemed to keep Pesente off balance and unable to get close. The fight was stopped at 1:33 of the fourth and final round when Mahfood had Pesente against the ropes and was landing some serious blows to the body. Pesente was not happy about the stoppage, and might have been able to continue, though she probably would not have won the decision." (For more of Mike's photos see Photo Gallery #110 on the WBAN Records Member Site).


Valerie vs. Yolanda Swindell in Houston
© Copyrighted  photo taken by Patricia Butaud

On January 15, 2004 at Arena Theater in Houston, Texas, Valerie (164 lbs) eked out a four-round majority (38-38,39-37,39-37) decision over Yolanda Swindell (165 lbs) of Houston. Swindell suffered her first loss and slipped to 3-1-0 (2 KO). (For more photos see Photo Gallery #136 on the WBAN Records Member Site).


Valerie tests Carlette Ewell
© Copyrighted photo taken by Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry.

On February 20, 2004 at Ford Theater in Beaumont, Texas, Valerie (169 lbs) then the won an eight round split (78-74,78-74,75-77) decision over Carlette Ewell (175 lbs) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mahfood progressed to 16-7-0 (8 KO) while Ewell fell to 5-2-0 (4 KO). (For more photos see Photo Gallery #147 on the WBAN Records Member Site).


Rematch with Kathy Rivers in April 2004
© Copyrighted photo taken by Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry.

On April 16, 2004 at Stafford Center in Houston, Texas, Valerie (163 lbs) and Kathy Rivers (175 lbs) fought a six-round majority draw, with scores of 57-57 twice and one of 58-56. (See Photo/MPEG Gallery #163 on the WBAN Records Member Site).
 


Rematch with Carlette Ewell in August 2004
© Copyrighted photo taken by Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry.
 

On August 28, 2004 at Grand Casino Coushatta Pavilion in Kinder, Louisiana, Valerie (169¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (97-93,97-93,97-94) decision over Carlette Ewell (169¼ lbs) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for the vacant IBA Continental Light Heavyweight Title.  The rematch bout was the card's co-main event. Valerie boxed early in the fight while Ewell preferred to go straight ahead and take the fight to her. It became more of a slugfest in the middle rounds when Mahfood began to trade with Ewell on the inside, a strategy that Valerie abandoned in the later going as Ewell began to land more punishing shots. Carlette Ewell fell to 6-3 (5 KO). (For more on this fight, see Photo/MPEG Galleries #197 and #198 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On September 24th, 2004 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, Leatitia Robinson (168¼ lbs) of Chicago won the IBA Continental title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Valerie (168¾ lbs). Leatitia Robinson advanced to 12-0-0 (8 KO) while Mahfood fell to 17-8 (8 KO) with the loss.

On November 6, 2004 at Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder, Louisiana, Valerie (161½ lbs) won by a TKO over Yolanda Swindell (163¾ lbs) of Houston at 37 seconds into the second round when Swindell was unable to continue owing to a dislocated shoulder. The two fighters got tangled in the ropes, and Yolanda fell awkwardly to the canvas, falling on her arm. Swindell told WBAN, "Up untill that point, it was a very exciting and entertaining fight although only one round had been scored, I was leading 10-9....on all judges' cards. I really want to thank Valerie for this opportunity and she has promised that we will do it again ...of this I am sure."  Swindell fell to 3-2 (2 KO). 

On April 2, 2005 at Stadthalle in Velten, Germany, Valerie won a four-round unanimous decision over Borislava Goranova of Bulgaria. The fight was originally supposed to be a 10-round contest with Natasha Ragosina for the WIBF Intercontinental title. Mahfood improved to 19-8-1 (9 KOs) with this win while Goranova fell to 3-11.


Valerie takes a right from Ragosina

On July 9, 2005 at the Life Sportpark Herrenkrug, in Magdeburg, Germany Natascha Ragosina defended her WIBF Super Middleweight Continental title with a 10-round unanimous (99-91,100-90,100-90) decision over Valerie. WBAN correspondent Jon Fox wrote “Natascha Ragosina has just performed a virtual shutout on Valerie Mahfood. I thought that this was going to be one helluva scrap - but it wasn't. In truth, I realised shortly into the fight that it was only ever going to be a helluva scrap if Mahfood turned it into a war. But she elected not to. As a result she just looked pedestrian and ponderous. For her part, Ragosina was content to keep her opponent on the end of her cultured (but non-lethal) jab. From time to time she woke us from our slumbers with impressive combinations. But these only served to demonstrate that the Russian could have achieved a stoppage at any time she had chosen to exert herself. Unfortunately, she chose not to.”  Ragosina, who was born in Khazakstan and now fights out of Germany, improved to 7-0-0 (5 KO) with this win. The fight was televised by DSF.


Valerie vs. Ann Wolfe in August 2005
© Copyrighted photo by
Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry
 
J&P Photographers

On August 20, 2005 the Isle of Capri Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi,  Ann Wolfe (167 lbs) defeated Valerie (165 lbs) with a 10-round unanimous (99-91,99-91,100-90) decision in the main event. Ann was defending her IBA Light Heavyweight title.  WBAN’s insider said that "in the first round, Mahfood pushed forward, pressing the action, but Wolfe controlled the action with a sharp jab and strong body shots from both sides.  In round two, Wolfe continued to land strong hooks to the head and body of Mahfood, who responded with quick flurries that won Valerie the round on two judge’s scores.  In rounds 3 through 7, Mahfood still moved forward looking to trade with Wolfe, but Wolfe counter-punched, with stronger ammo, and carried the rounds on all cards.  In round 8, Mahfood landed her best punch of the fight when she threw a hard right that had Wolfe backing off in the first time of the fight. Mahfood pushed forward with quick punches, but was met with a series of combinations from Wolfe, who knocked out the mouthpiece of Mahfood. This round ended with the two exchanging punches fiercely. Wolfe won the round on all cards. In round 9, Mahfood’s forward match ended, and it was Wolfe who was moving forward, landing hard and hurtful punches with both hands.  In round 10, Wolfe threw body and head shots, and Mahfood took some heavy shots."   Ann Wolfe improved her record to 22-1-0 (15 KOs).

On February 18, 2006 at the Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Nigerian-born Ijeoma Egbunine (173½ lbs) from Marietta, Georgia knocked out Valerie (170½ lbs) at 0:37 in the second round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WIBF Light Heavyweight title. Mahfood fell to 19-11-2 (9 KO's) with this loss while Egbunine improved to 9-1 (7 KO's).

On July 8, 2006 at the Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, Louisiana, Valerie (173 lbs) fought to a six-round draw with Alexandra Maloy (176 lbs) (60-54 Mahfood,58-56 Maloy,57-57). Maloy's record moved to 2-2-2. (For more on this fight, see Photo/MPEG Gallery #370 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On November 4, 2006 at at the Coushatta Casino and Resort in Kinder, Louisiana, Valerie (163½ lbs) lost a six-round unanimous (58-56,59-55,59-55) decision to Veronica Rucker (167½ lbs) of Cleveland, Ohio.  According to Byron Spurlock of FightNews, "Rucker used her quickness and steady jab to ward off Mahfood and win a decisive fight ... Rucker used a quick jab to disrupt any type of rhythm that Mahfood tried to gain. At times in the bout, Mahfood looked like she was aging, round by round until, in the later rounds, many ringsiders thought Rucker stood a chance to knock out the former champ. Mahfood did not convincingly win a single round in the six scheduled."

“I’m disappointed in the loss here, but one thing people have to not pay attention to so much is Rucker’s record — she is a good fighter,” said Mahfood. “I’ve lost to fighters with losing records before, because fights are so hard to get … at times the lady’s record doesn’t mean so much.  As for why I lost the fight, I think she was more of a boxer than me. I consider myself more of a brawler, and she was able to catch my punches, and I was not able to get off too much. I felt that she was the quicker, fighter tonight. I dropped down in weight and she came in a little heavier … I’m used to fighters standing right there and wanting to brawl, but that what’s she didn’t do tonight.”

Rucker improved to 4-6-1 (1 KO) with the win while Mahfood fell to 19-12-3 (19 KOs).

On March 30, 2007 at the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan in the Main Event on a live televised ESPN2 card, Mary Jo Sanders (159½ lbs) of Detroit won a clear 10-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision over Valerie (159 lbs) defending her IBA Middleweight title.  Sanders outboxed the game Mahfood with her superior hand speed and footwork for the entire fight, scoring with her jab and multi-punch combinations to the head. Mahfood tried to come forward throughout the one-sided contest but was too slow to win many exchanges and ate a steady diet of leather from Sanders for the entire contest. Mahfood never backed down and made Sanders work for her win right to the end. Sanders improved to 24-0 (7 KO's) with the win while Mahfood fell to 19-13-3 (9 KO's).

On November 24, 2007 at the Paragon Casino & Resort in Marksville, Louisiana,  Valerie (163 lbs) lost by a four-round unanimous (39-37,39-37,39-37) decision to Yvonne Reis (159½ lbs) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Reis improved to 7-12-1 (0 KO's) with the win.

On July 18, 2008 at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas
Christy Martin (
154¼ lbs) of Orlando, Florida and Valerie 160 lbs)  fought to an eight round majority (78-74 Martin, 75-75,75-75) draw. According to the Houston Chronicle, Martin displayed her boxing technique from the opening bell, connecting with combinations that caused Mahfood to stumble and the decision was booed. The result moved Martin's record to 47-5-3 (31 KO's) and Mahfood's to 19-14-4 (9 KO's).

When she's not boxing, Valerie is a correctional officer at a pre-release, minimum-security facility for substance abuse offenders. She likes to write, and loves music. She tells us that her nickname "The Wolfe" came about from a youngster who lived with her family who thought Valerie was mean! He started calling her "the big bad wolf" and it "just kind of got started from there".

She says that her workout basically stays the same until she contracts for a fight. She runs and does ab work in the morning, then goes to work. In the evening she's in the gym for about two hours. She mostly spars with men or with her trainer, but also does some sparring with females. She says she's working on her ring movement and reaction to opponents' actions, as well on defense drills. "They say I am offense minded enough!", she laughs. Her dietician is Jim Johnson.

Visit Valerie at her own web site! She can also be reached by email at thewolfebreed@aol.com.

Valerie's managers and trainers can be reached at the gym at 409-883-6666 (voice) or 409-882-0609 (Fax), and Harry Murdock is on email at hlm@pnx.com. The gym has several young female boxers who are training for amateur boxing, and welcomes all boys, girls, men or women.

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