Sunday, April 14

10 Best Female Boxers Of All Time

Highlights

  • Women’s boxing, once taboo, has evolved with talented athletes like Taylor and Serrano headlining sold-out events.
  • Champions like Holm and Braekhus paved the way for new stars like Shields and Wolfe, showcasing incredible skill and dedication.
  • Icons like Martin and Rijker helped raise the profile of women’s boxing, with Ali carrying on a legendary family legacy.



There was a time when women’s boxing was essentially taboo in sports circles. However, the talent, heart, and desire that these athletes show can only be overlooked for so long. The sport has continued to rise over the last half century.

The pioneers of women’s boxing passed the torch to a new generation of amazing talent. Recently, female boxers have become star attractions, such as Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano headlining Madison Square Garden to a sold out crowd. The fight was considered a classic matchup between two of the best female boxers in the sport.

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10 Holly Holm Is A Combat Sports Icon

Holm Was One Of The First Women Inducted Into The International Boxing Hall Of Fame

  • Holly Holm was a world champion in pro boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.


Holly Holm’s success as a boxer has been somewhat overlooked by her achievements in the more popular world of women’s MMA. However, Holm (33-2-3, 9 KOs) is one of the best welterweight boxers of all time. Holm also won titles at light middleweight and light welterweight while being named Ring Magazine’s Fighter Of The Year multiple times. Holm was a fast southpaw counterpuncher who relied on constant movement.

9 Katie Taylor Is One Of Europe’s Best Boxers

Taylor Won The WBA Lightweight Title In Her Seventh Pro Fight

  • Taylor is capable of highlight reel knockouts with her head and body attacks.


The Undisputed champion at lightweight and super lightweight, Katie Taylor is an Irish sports icon. Taylor turned pro after winning an Olympic Gold Medal and soon became champion. After defending the WBA title against top fighters like Jessica McCaskill, Taylor (23-1, 6 KOs) would become Undisputed champion with her win over Delfine Persoon. Taylor avenged an upset loss to Chantelle Cameron with a decision win to become Undisputed light welterweight champion. While Taylor can box, she’s become one of the sport’s biggest draws because of her lightning fast combinations.

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8 Cecilia Braekhus Is A History Maker

Braekhus Is The Longest Reigning World Champion In History

  • During her reign as the best boxer in the sport, Braekhus achieved mainstream notoriety, as the first woman to fight on an HBO boxing telecast.


Norwegian champion Cecilia Braekhus (37-2-1, 9 KOs) reigned as welterweight champion for 10 years, including a 6-year run as Undisputed champion. A long and rangy fighter, Braekhus works behind her great jab, but her straight right hand and uppercuts are dangerous weapons.

7 Amanda Serrano Is A Legend And Belt Collector

Serrano Has Been Champion In Seven Weight Classes

  • Serrano has fought on a few pay per view cards on Showtime and DAZN.

Amanda Serrano has won world titles from junior bantamweight to light welterweight. The current undisputed featherweight champion, Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) has helped rewrite the record books for women’s boxing. It’s a remarkable story considering Serrano wasn’t a fan of the sport growing up and only started training to grow closer to her family. An aggressive southpaw, Serrano is not only a big puncher, but an excellent finisher.


6 Claressa Shields Has Met Expectations

Shields Has Helped Women’s Boxing Generate More Mainstream Attention

  • Shields is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.

Claressa Shields was the most hyped women’s boxing prospect of all time. She’s lived up to the hype. Shields (14-0, 2 KOs) became undisputed middleweight champion in less than 10 fights into her professional career. Shields also won the undisputed light Middleweight title and was unified super middleweight champion before dropping in weight. Shields has tremendous stamina: constantly throwing power punches and explosive combinations.

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5 Ann Wolfe Brought The Intensity

Wolfe Was World Champion In Three Weight Classes Simultaneously


  • Wolfe was an underrated defensive fighter, who smartly used angles and footwork to avoid getting hit.

Ann Wolfe is perhaps the most intimidating figure in women’s boxing history. The Hall of Famer ruled as world champion at light middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight at the same time. Wolfe (24-1, 16 KOs) could use her height and reach to box on the outside at times, but she was always hunting a knockout. Wolfe’s overhand right was a finishing shot when it connected.

4 Christy Martin Was The Face Of Women’s Boxing

Martin Made People Take Women’s Boxing Seriously

  • The Hall of Famer was the first women’s boxer to appear on the front page of a major sports publication, when she made the cover of Sports Illustrated.


Christy Martin (49-7-3, 31 KOs) signed a promotional deal with Don King and appeared on the televised undercard for many top male fighters, including Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez. A brawler who could box, Martin faced several notable opponents, including Laila Ali and Holly Holm.

3 Regina Halmich Is A Pioneer For European Boxing

Halmich Was Inducted Into The Hall of Fame

  • Regina Halmich went 46-0-1 to end her career.

​​​​​​​Flyweight champion Regina Halmich retired as the reigning flyweight champion. Halmich (54-1-1, 16 KOs) also won the super flyweight and light flyweight titles. Halmich was an excellent counterpuncher and one of the first top women’s boxers to master the sweet science.

2 Lucia Rijker Was The Perfect Athlete

Rijker Is One Of The Few Dutch Fighters In The Hall Of Fame

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  • Rijker had a decorated kickboxing career as well.

​​​​​​​Lucia Rijker (17-0, 14 KOs) was a tremendous athlete: great speed and power. The welterweight champion drew comparisons to Mike Tyson for their all black boxing attire and entertaining knockout wins. It’s a shame Rijker tore her Achilles while training for her biggest fight against Christy Martin. Regardless, her legacy is secure.

1 Laila Ali Inherited Her Father’s Hand Speed

Laila Joins Her Father Muhammad Ali In GOAT Conversations


  • The Hall of Famer retired as super middleweight champion.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Laila Ali has mentioned how the pressure of following in her father’s footsteps overwhelmed her at times. However, it didn’t impact her athletic performance. While Ali, (24-0, 21 KOs) had similar hand speed to her father, she crafted her own legacy as a non-stop puncher. Ali’s incredible stamina allowed her to throw endless combinations, especially when she knew her opponent was hurt. Ali’s right hand is perhaps the most devastating single punch women’s boxing has ever seen.

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