From 5 to 50: Celebrating Boxing Women

by Lisa Creech Bledsoe · 8 comments

in Boxing

International Women's Day

It’s International Women’s Day, and two very interesting things are on my mind.

The first is this awesome video of a 5 year old girl working the pads with style and power.

I wish I had more information about her, but I know this: someone, somewhere, has exposed her to boxing and has allowed and encouraged her to build up formidable skill for one so young. You don’t get this good at pads by showing up at the gym a time or two; this is passion and practice, and no 5 year old gets here unless there are some adults supporting it.

It makes me feel incredible to think that very young women, and not just young men, are being shown the possibilities for their sport — and that those possibilities include boxing.

In the same way, I salute all the remarkable young women who will compete in the first-ever female division of boxing in the Olympics this year. Here are links to the first two sets of women in line for that honor: Olympic Trials Winners and National Championship Winners.

Congratulations on being such an incredible part of boxing history! Sorry it took so long.

The second thing on my mind is the upcoming match between two world-champion boxing icons, Christy Martin (49-6, 31 KOs) and Mia St. John (46-11, 18 KOs).

For Christy, age 43, this is a chance to secure not only the 50th win of her incredible career and the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Super Welterweight Belt, but also a chance to show the world that the violent stabbing and shooting attack of her ex-husband Jim in 2010 was not the final word the world would hear from Christy.

For Mia, age 44, this fight is a chance to claim the win that eluded her 10 years ago when she was 26-1-1, and battled Christy through a 10-round war for the WBC world championship. That fight finally secured the world’s attention for Mia, and definitively proved her power and worth in the boxing world. She expects to redeem that loss against Christy and secure the final win of her career.

On June 19th, 2012, in the highly-acclaimed and long-awaited Final Victory fight, Martin and St. John will box for the last time, and the winner will take home the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Super Welterweight Belt.

Here’s a video of rounds 2-5 of their last fight for you to enjoy…

Here’s to boxing girls and women, from 5 to 50 (and forgive me, Mia and Christy, for stretching the ages for the sake of a blog post title!).

Stay strong and keep swinging.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Hillari March 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

Thanks for the comments on my recent blog post, Lisa. I’m really hoping that Brandy can go all the way to the winner’s circle at this year’s Golden Gloves.

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

I know you’ll keep us updated on your site. (GO BRANDY!)

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workingtechmom March 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Loving this post…and your passion for the sport. How come I didn’t know it was International Women’s Day? Here’s to you, Lisa!

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hi, workingtechmom — great to have you visiting. I know we have at least one common friend in Margaret over at Conjuring My Muse. Like you, I have a 17 year old and a 15 year old, but I added an 11 year old, too :). All boys, which may have something to do with celebrating International Women’s Day and other cool blogs like your own. What I could *really* use, in this house full of dudes, is my own bathroom. It would have purple trim, I believe…

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Girlboxing March 18, 2012 at 11:05 am

One of the reason’s I love boxing at Gleason’s on Saturday mornings is that at 58 … I’m young!

And if last night is any indication — when Alicia “Slick” Ashley, lived up to her name “Slick” and took unanimous decision in Mexico City to defend her WBC Super Welterweight Title at 44 … there was no question about age. She just went to work!

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I *love* to watch Alicia work. Never seen anyone slip around the ring like Alicia.

And I know the facts, but looking at her there’s just NO way anyone could believe she’s 44. Just no way. :)

(Minor claim to fame: I saw her once, when she traveled down to DC to corner for some of her amateur girls at a fight I attended…)

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Travis Tilton March 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I know I’ve said this before, but you write and tell stories so very well. It’s always a treat to read your stuff!

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Lisa Creech Bledsoe March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Many thanks, Travis. My ego meter just got +10. It’s comments like yours that keep me posting…

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