Despite some progress, women's boxing is still not as popular as men's. However, there are a few women whose professional boxing achievements are great. So let's take a look at nine of the best women boxing has ever seen. They are undoubtedly great champions and a source of inspiration for many people around the world.
1. Lucia Rijker.
Lucia Rijker is undoubtedly one of the most popular female fighters ever called "the most dangerous woman in the world." She entered boxing as a kickboxing champion with impressive results. And the Dutch woman's boxing career has brought her as much success as in the kickboxing world. An incredible 17-0 end to her career seems more mind-boggling when you consider her 14 knockout wins. So it's no surprise that the former lightweight and welterweight champion was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame alongside two other women.
2. Leila Ali.
Muhammad's daughter Ali turned out to be as great a fighter as her father. And she did have an impressive 24-0 career, with most of the fights ending in knockouts. Another highlight of her career is the light heavyweight and super middleweight title.
3. Claressa Shields.
Claressa Shields has made history as of late as she has dominated three weight classes so far. Undoubtedly the queen of middleweight, she has also added welterweight and super-middleweight titles. And she managed to do it faster than anyone else before. Her amazing career has been marked by consecutive medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
4. Katie Taylor.
Katie Taylor's glorious career has been marked by high performance in both amateur and professional terms. During her amateur career, she managed to win 5 world championships and an Olympic gold medal in 2012. Having become a pro, she managed to compete for the world titles in 2 weight categories, which allowed her to be considered the queen of lightweight.
5. Cecilia Brackhus.
A kickboxer from Norway, she won the world welterweight title in 2014. Since then, she does not want to lose him, like her other titles. Known as the "First Lady" of boxing, as she managed to keep all the titles, at the same time being the first female boxer to achieve such a result. Her other accomplishments, including being the longest-running female champion, earned her several nominations for the title of Best Fighter of the Year.
6. Amanda Serrano.
Amanda Serrano, originally from Puerto Rico, is best known for her accomplishments as the only woman to win more than 4 weight divisions (9 total in 7 weight divisions). She also received two awards for being the best female fighter of the year (2016 and 2018).
7. Regina Halmich.
Regina Halmich made every effort to make women's boxing popular on the European continent. She is undoubtedly one of the best female fighters of all time. The German won world welterweight, flyweight, and super light titles until she retired from the sport in 2007 with an incredible record of just one loss in 56 fights.
8. Christy Martin.
Christie is primarily a pioneer in women's boxing. Described by the experts as “America's Most Successful and Outstanding Female Boxer,” she became the first woman to be inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame for her magnificent 23-year career. Despite the fact that she won only 1 championship title (WBC super middleweight belt), she is one of the most recognizable boxers.
9. Mia St. John.
Mia St. John was named a "Knockout" after her lightning victory in just 54 seconds from the start of the first round. The former light and middleweight champion, she has had a truly distinguished and long-standing career: from 1997 to 2016, she fought 65 times in five divisions. Another knockout she brought with her decision to pose for the cover and 11 inside pages of Playboy in November 1999.