Equality for Female Boxers in the Olympics
WBAN PETITION

Home Page
Search WBAN


IWBHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Event! 

Latest News-Women
Biography- Sue TL Fox
Latest Rankings
Boxer's Profiles
Fight Results
Upcoming Events
Knockouts!
Past/Present Ratings
Fight Photo Gallery
Boxing Trivia
Tiger Tales by Fox
Amateur Scene
Boxers Websites
Women Cops who Box
Exclusive Interviews
Bust a Fighter!  
Mixed Matches
Mismatches
About WBAN
Advertise on WBAN
Other Links


Titleboxing.com


Sue Fox Named  in the "Top Ten" Most -Significant Female Boxers of All Time - Ring Magazine - Feb. 2012

HISTORY OF
WOMEN'S BOXING

Historical -All links
Historical Events
History Firsts
Flash from the Past
Past Boxer Profiles
70'S/80'S Past Boxers
Pre-70'S Boxers
Past Amateur Boxers
About Sue TL Fox

TOP GALLERIES!

Video streaming, over
11, 500 photos, and more! 
   

Matchmaker's Hot List - Exclusive Matchup!
   

Hot Hot HOT Photo Galleries!Flash Photo Slideshows!
   

Boxing Records for women boxers..archived records!
To Join Go Here

FREE WORLDWIDE
CONTACT LISTING!
This is perfect for Promoters, Matchmakers, Managers, Matchmakers, Trainers, Boxers, etc.
To Sign Up!

 

Having Problems
 with the website?
Send an Email

Directly to WBAN!





 

 

 

 

                       
                                                                                                     
                                                                                               
   

 
 



  FLASH FROM THE PAST
WOMAN BOXER - HESSIE DONAHUE
     
   
   

 

   
   
   
HESSIE DONAHUE, a large and formidable American matron who once got so wild with a world heavyweight boxing champion that she knocked him out.  Quite how this unlikely lady and John L. Sullivan, the "Boston Strong Boy', found themselves together in the same ring does need a little explaining.  It came about through her marriage to Charles Converse, a man who ran a school for boxers in Worcester, Massachusetts.  

In 1892, Converse was invited to join Sullivan in an exhibition tour of theatres.   Hessie went along and, to pep up the proceedings, was asked to spar with Sullivan in a novelty item.  The idea was that towards the end of the performance, when the champion had dealt with all comers, he would announce that he had been challenged by a woman!

As the crowd buzzed with this astonishing news, Hessie would step into the ring in her full prize-fighting rig-out of blouse, skirt, bloomers, long stockings and boxing gloves.  She would then trade a few playful blows with Sullivan until the curtain cam down.  But one night this jolly tableaux got rather out of hand.  Sullivan threw a punch to Hessie's face that was far harder than he intended.

Riled by this departure from the script, the bruiser in bloomers let rip with a right to Sullivan's jaw and the champion dropped unconscious to the floor where he stayed for a disturbingly long time.  The crowd roared its appreciation and the punch with suitable theatrical touches, was kept as part of the act.

Written by unknown source, called "Great Sporting Eccentrics"  

     
 
Back to WBAN
     
         
         
         
         

 

in 2014 - Now Free to Public!  Huge Database of Boxing Records with Galleries, over 15,000 photos, Galleries connected with the boxing records, Videos. Mpegs, Matchmakers Hot List, Exclusive Matchup, and More!   Go Here!

 

 


         [
HOME [ADD YOUR SITE] [EMAIL TL FOX]  [DO YOU HAVE A TIP?  [WBAN'S MISSION]  [PRIVACY POLICY] 
AUX   
 
              GOOGLE NEWS  [WBAN DISCLAIMER]   [PROBLEMS WITH WEBSITE OR FORMS? EMAIL TL FOX]   
                                        WBAN (WOMEN BOXING ARCHIVE NETWORK) Copyrighted MAY 1998