Sue TL Fox, Creator of WBAN, the IWBHF and the
Special segment, "©Women
Cops Who Box", worked
in law enforcement as a police officer / detective from 1990 to 2008.
Fox retired in 2008, and while being an active law enforcement officer,
served as a Detective (both in investigations and on a multi-agency
narcotics task force) for close to nine years. She worked another
9 years in patrol.
She created this segment to pay
Special Tribute to past and present women boxers, who have dared
enter the ring to box and to also cross the barrier to work in law
enforcement. [Top photo of Fox with ride-along on patrol]
was a City of Flint, Michigan police officer, and is now working in
law enforcement in Las Vegas, Nevada. Byrd is a mother of one son, and
is the former IFBA lightweight champion from 1997.
BYRD who comes from a close-knit boxing family has been involved with
other family members to form Byrd Boxing, Inc. and the Joe Byrd Academy.
Byrd has fought the best and continues to be an outstanding role model for
other women boxers. Byrd is now living in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is
working for the school police.
Corinne fought as a
Featherweight to Junior Lightweight, and a former member of the Ottawa Police Force and
stuntwoman, first stepped into a boxing ring in January 1998 in
This is where her story begins. GOOSE began her professional
boxing career on July 25, 1998 with a 4th round decision against
Lisa Cuevas in Lake Worth, Fl. During the past three years, Goose
honing her boxing
skills and techniques by training
with some of the boxing world's bests, such as: Chris Johnston, Ronnie
Shields, Joe Goosen and Joel Judah.
On September 21, 2001, GOOSE won a unanimous six round decision over
Brenda Vickers (#8 ranked Featherweight IWBF) in Tampa, FL.
Vanrykdegroot participated in a reality show to compete in becoming the
top pick for an Action Hero. She is no longer boxing. As of 2006,
she has played a speaking part in the movie "The Guardian" that stars
Kevin Costner. She plays a bartender. Corrine may be coming
back into boxing this year (2007!).
mother of two, and a Cleveland Police Officer has been
boxing since 1998. Wherry is the second to the youngest of 13
children. Wherry grew up in Cleveland and loves working in the
Wherry told WBAN, "I have a passion for
boxing and hopefully the world will soon see that I am also talented in
the sport. My father always wanted one of the thirteen to box, (one of the
8 boys) but I am the one. My father passed away March 98 and never
had the chance to see me fight or become a Police officer. I know in my
heart he would be proud if he were here. The first belt that I win will be
|Jean E. Martin - Police
Sergeant in New York
Jean E. Martin, in her 30ís, is not only
one of the amateur women boxers in the world, but is a Sergeant with the
New York City Police Department, and has been for 14 years.
Martin is the only female to have won the New York Golden Gloves
tournament five (5) times. Three times at the 139 lbs. and twice in 145
lbs. weight class. She is also the first and only Female on the N.Y.P.D.
PBA Boxing Team. Boxing record 37 wins 5 losses...Full Story
Rawlings---Police Officer by day...Amateur Boxer by night
Nicelle Rawlings, 134 lbs., is a
police officer in Peel Region, Canada. She made her amateur debut at
the HUF Gym, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, last February 9, 2003.
Rawlings won her first fight with a unanimous decision. Rawlings had
two previous exhibitions before having her first amateur bout. Rawlings
is a stable mate of Olga Heron.
| Chris Kreuz...Upon
obtaining her bachelorís degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she became a Chicago police officer, which had
always been her desire.
Then, she was introduced to the world of boxing. Chicago's
Chris Kreuz at age 33
(55", 126 lbs.), recently made her comeback on April 10, 1998 in Chicago,
Illinois after a three-year layoff. With a convincing first round knockout, this Windy
City native looks like she never left the ring. Kreuz is retired from
5'5", fights as a junior bantamweight, and is a IBA World champion.
Williams is current a police officer
Ontario, Canada. Williams comes from the
amateurs and has an
impressive amateur boxing career before ever turning pro.
William began boxing at the tender age of
11. Williams is an all-around
athletics, that includes
track, gymnastics, volleyball,
and basketball. She is just as
talented with a volleyballs as she is with
5'1" Melissa (Missy) "The Fury"
Fiorentino from Cranston, Rhode Island was born on January 19, 1977.
She has successfully made the transition from amateur kick-boxer to
professional boxer. Her rapid firing, power-punching style has led
to her being described
as "the Rocky Marciano of womenís
boxing". Missy is a graduate of Roger Williams
College. As a Rhode Island Deputy Marshall, her responsibilities include
transporting prisoners from to the courthouse in Providence. "Some of
the prisoners have seen me fight on television," she says, "Once in a
while one will say to another ... better not mess with her or she'll
knock you out."
112 pounds, is currently a police officer in the state of Washington.Robin got inspired to get back into shape after
reading the book The Boxer's Workout. She integrated
the boxing training that she read about with a weight training
Eventually Robin joined a boxing gym
where she could spar and work on technique and form. Robin
said, "It wasn't too long after that I had decided that I wanted to actually compete.
I had just turned 32 and didn't feel I had a lot of good amateur time left.
I ended up taking a pro fight on four days notice. My opponent came into town
weighing 10 lbs. more than I did and I ended up losing on points."
Robin talked about her second professional bout, "The second pro fight that I took was unfortunately
'dejevou'. My opponent
weighed in 10 lbs. more than me, and again, I lost on points. This has
really been the most frustrating aspect for me, but regardless, it's been
good experience and I've sincerely enjoyed the opportunities that I've had."
Robin has an Associate of Science in Fisheries Technology.
One of her past times is playing the drums and she is an avid lover of American Indian Art.
Robin currently works in Vancouver, Washington as a police officer and
is not boxing professionally at this time.
a multi-World Champion attended the academy for Correctional
Officers directly from
High School. She was the
youngest to ever be admitted and of 300 applications, one of only
two women selected.
Upon graduation, she received her unit of
assignment. She had been assigned to a maximum
security, all male institution. It was destined to be the roughest
prison the state of Texas had ever built. Her family who were
concerned, tried to urge her to quit, go to college, but being of a
slightly stubborn nature---she refused. Mahfood's
Of Brooklyn, New York works in law Enforcement (Corrections) in NY.
Veronica began boxing in 1995. She has won four straight New York City
Golden gloves titles: the middleweight Division in 1996, the light
heavyweight division in 1997
the Heavyweight division in 1998 and the
light heavyweight division again in 1999.Simmons made boxing history twice
by becoming the first Women to win four straight golden gloves titles, and
winning at three different weight divisions. In 1997 when she won the
National 178 lb title she defeated current Pro Boxer Trina Ortega and
Suzette Taylor. In 1998 Veronica stopped Adriana Smith of San Bernardino
California at 1:56 of the first round and won her second National Gold
Medal. In 1999 Veronica won her gold medal by knocking out Diana Matty of
Plantation, Florida with one punch in the first round. This win made
Veronica the first three-time National Champion in the history of USA
Boxing event. Veronica was equally impression at the Feenix Box Cup
in Turku, Finland. She earned a gold medal and did not allow none of her
opponents go past the first round. Veronica Simmons is perhaps the most
decorated former female amateur boxer in the U. S. with her 4 New York
Golden Gloves, 3 National Championships, a Feenix Cup title, along with a
15-0 record with 11 knockouts. Veronica is now 3-0-0 as a pro. Simmons has
been inactive in women's boxing in the last few years.
Muhammad, is an undefeated
boxer who fights at light heavyweight. 35-year old Muhammad, is a
Detroit police officer by day---boxer by night. She also donates her
time working with battered women in shelters in her area.