5'0½" Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway from Van Buren, Arkansas
was born on October 18, 1984. She fights out of St. Louis, Missouri at
strawweight, junior flyweight or flyweight and her trainer
is Harold Petty.
Dunaway had no amateur background before she turned pro. She told WBAN
that she became interested in boxing by watching other female boxers training at the
World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas and thinking that it "looked like fun."
She made her debut at 105 lbs on
February 4, 2003 at New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, losing to
Melissa Shaffer (100 lbs) also of Fort
Smith, by a TKO in the second round.
Dunaway began the bout aggressively but Shaffer wore her down by working the body
and forced a standing eight count on the newcomer in the second round.
The bout was stopped just before the end of the round when Shaffer landed
a hard left hook to the body that hurt Dunaway.
Shaffer improved her record to 4-0 (2 KO) with this win.
March 22, 2003 at Wild Wings Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (107 lbs) evened her pro record at
1-1 (1 KO)
with a first-round TKO over Jayde Chafardon (100 lbs), who fell to 0-2.
Hollie battles Via Zaganas in Las Vegas
Copyrighted photo by Mary Ann Owen
April 26, 2003 at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada,
Vaia Zaganas (106 lbs) of Burnaby, BC, Canada
TKO'd Hollie (107 lbs) at 1:24 in the second round. The Las Vegas-based Zaganas, who
was the reigning IFBA Strawweight champion, improved her record to 9-1-0 (4 KO)
with this win over Dunaway
On June 14, 2003 at World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie
(112 lbs) evened her record at 2-2 with a second-round TKO over debut fighter Shelen Rayford
June 28, 2003 at Farmer's Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, Hollie (113 lbs)
won a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision
over Alejandra Lopez (114 lbs) of Fort Smith, who fell to 0-2.
July 12, 2003 at Caesar's Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, Stephanie Dobbs (107 lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma won a four-round
majority (38-38,39-38,39-38) decision over
Hollie (107 lbs). Dobbs evened her record at 8-8-2 (5 KO)
while Dunaway fell to 3-3 (2 KO). Dunaway told WBAN "I was really surprised
by the decision, I thought that I had done enough to win."
On October 4, 2003 at World Class Fitness in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (109
lbs) TKO'd debut fighter Jacqueline Carlton (113 lbs) in the first round.
October 25, 2003 at Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, Hollie (115 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision
over Shannon Birmingham (120 lbs) of Hamilton, Alabama, who was a late replacement for Tonya Harding.
Birmingham fell to 2-2-0 (1 KO).
November 14, 2003 at Farmer's Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Hollie (115
lbs) won a fourth-round TKO over Kathy Garman (122 lbs)
of Fort Smith, Arkansas who was making her pro debut.
Dunaway was now 6-3-0 (4 KO) and was named "Busiest Rookie of the Year" by WBAN
January 24, 2004 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA, in a battle of two regional rivals, Hollie (now back down to 108 lbs)
won a six-round majority
(57-57,59-55,59-55) decision over Stephanie Dobbs (109 lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma. A
ringside correspondent said: "The rematch between
Hollie Dunaway and Stephanie Dobbs was an excellent fight. Hollie won on decision in an obviously
close contest. I had a chance to speak with Stephanie after the fight and this little woman has heart. She is a great
competitor and a scrappy little fighter. Every punch has her whole body behind it and she doesn't give up. Hollie
Dunaway looked to be in better condition and the final tally bore that out."
Dobbs fell to 8-13-2 (5 KO) with the loss.
February 6, 2004 at Farmers Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
Hollie won a four-round unanimous decision over Nikki Verbeck of
Paris, Arkansas, who fell to 0-9.
On April 3, 2004
at Austin-Shain Youth Center in Clarksville, Arkansas, Hollie (107 lbs) TKO'd Alejandra Lopez
(114 lbs) of Fort Smith who fell to 0-3.
On June 19, 2004 at World Class Fitness in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (105
lbs) TKO'd Angel Shipps (5'1", 114 lbs) of St. Joseph, Missouri at 0:44
in the first round of a scheduled six-rounder. Dunaway caught Shipps with a straight right early in the
fight and finished her off with a pair of uppercuts.
The win gave Dunaway her eighth straight win and the vacant Midwest Junior Flyweight title.
Shipps fell to 1-2.
On October 9, 2004 at World Wide Muay Thai In Fort Smith, Arkansas Hollie
(112 lbs) stopped Tammy McGuire (128 lbs) in the second round.
McGuire went toe-to-toe with Dunaway for the first round before Dunaway started the second with a series of punches near the
ropes. After being knocked down, McGuire waved her hands at the referee to signal the end of the fight.
On December 6, 2004 at
Garibaldi's La Pantera Rosa in Doraville, Georgia, Hollie (98 lbs) won the WIBA
Minimumweight world title with a ten-round unanimous (98-92,98-92,97-95)
decision over Terri Moss (102 lbs) of Atlanta, Georgia.
Both fighters came out tentatively in the first round as they both tried to
dictate the pace behind solid jabs. The action picked up in round two as Dunaway
started to land solid rights from the outside that seemed to bewilder Moss.
Rounds 3-6 were very close as both fighters remained in the middle of the ring
taking turns landing solid right hands Rounds 7-10 seemed to be where Dunaway
was able to pull off the victory as Moss began to tire and became a little
sluggish, allowing her to land more telling blows as the fight concluded. Moss fell to 6-6 (2 KOs).
vs. Regina Halmich in April 2005
On April 16, 2005 at Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany,
of Karlsruhe, Germany
won a comfortable (98-92,99-91,99-91)
ten-round unanimous decision over Hollie (110¾ lbs) defending her WIBF
Dunaway started aggressively and Halmich seemed wary
of her punching power at first, but Halmich began to take over the fight in the
third round and began to ook confident countering Dunaway's energetic but often
inaccurate punching style. Halmich scored repeatedly with her left hook in
the fifth and knocked Dunaway's mouthpiece out. Halmich went on to dominate the
later rounds as Dunaway tired, but the American tried to make a fight of it in
the ninth and tenth, only to be frustrated by the more experienced German's
skills and effective late-round punching. Halmich moved her record to 46-1-1 (15
KOs) while Dunaway fell to 13-4-0 (8 KO).
Hollie battles Melissa Shaffer in February 2006
© Copyrighted photo taken by Allan Messick
On February 16, 2006 at Harrah’s, in
North Kansas City, Missouri,
in the main event, Hollie Dunaway (99 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision
over Melissa Shaffer (98 lbs) defending the WIBA
World Minimumweight title. When the winner was announced, thering
announcer declared that there was a “new WIBA World Minimumweight champion.” so
Shaffer briefly celebrated while Dunaway and the ref looked puzzled.
improved her record to 15-4-0 (9 KOs)
while avenging her first pro loss,
while Shaffer fell to 8-3-0 (5 KOs)
with her third straight loss in a world
title fight. (For more of Allan Messick's photos of this
fight, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #333
on the WBAN Records Member Site).
On September 21, 2006 at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, Hollie
(101½ lbs) won by retirement at the end of the seventh round over
Dee Hamaguchi (102 lbs) of New York.
According to Dee, "I touched canvas twice in
the first round, and Hollie won every round. I got a cut on the bridge of my
nose and my nose was bleeding pretty steadily (first time for everything). I
couldn't get off effectively, so my corner stopped it. All I can say is Hollie
hits harder than anyone I fought; about the same as someone weighing in the
120's I would say.
defending her WIBA Minimumweight World title. Hamaguchi fell to a deceptive 1-8-3.
Hollie Dunaway vs Krisztina Belinszky
© Copyrighted photo taken by JollyDee
On November 25, 2006 at the Wekerle Sándor Sport and Leisure Complex in Mór,
Hungary Hollie (104 lbs) won by a ten-round split (99-94,97-95,94-96) decision
over local favorite Krisztina Belinszky (102½
lbs) of Hungary for the WIBF-GBU and WIBC minimumweight titles. The later
rounds of tis fight were action packed and spectacular, according to Belinszky's
publicist JollyDee. Belinszky congratulated Dunaway for her win and said she
would like to have a rematch with Hollie if given the opportunity. (For more photos of this
fight by JollyDee, see Photo Gallery #399
on the WBAN Records Member Site).
Belinszky fell to
19-6-2 (9 KOs)
Hollie Dunaway vs Stephanie Dobbs in 2007
© Copyrighted photo by Alan Messick
On February 22, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore,
(109 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-54) decision
over Stephanie Dobbs (107¾ lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma.
Hollie improved to 18-4-0 (10 KO's) with the win while Dobbs fell to
22-25-4 (13 KO's). (For
more photos of this
fight by Alan Messick, see Photo Gallery #417
on the WBAN Records Member Site).
Dunaway and Rodriguez in March 2007
© Copyrighted photo by Jim Compton
On March 15, 2007 at the Ameristar Casino in
St. Charles, Missouri, Hollie (107 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous ( The 22-year old Dunaway improved to 19-4-0 (10 KOs)
decision over former IFBA Junior Flyweight champion
Wendy Rodriguez (105½ lbs) of Los Angeles.
more photos of this fight by Jim Compton, see Photo Gallery #417
on the WBAN Records Member Site).
with one of her most impressive wins, while dropping Rodriguez to 17-3-3 (2 KOs)
On June 30, 2007 at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany,
Turkish- born Hülya Şahin (107 lbs), now fighting out of
retained her WIBF Junior Flyweight title with a split decision in a very close
ten-rounder with Hollie (107¾ lbs). According to WBAN correspondent Torben
L., it took some time for Şahin to get used to the style of
Dunaway who had the upper hand in the early rounds.
Şahin got stronger as the fight progressed, but it remained very close to the last bell.
The three judges split their scoring, with
Şahin winning by 96-94 and 97-94 on two cards and Dunaway by 96-94 on
the other. Şahin improved to 18-0-0 (2 KO's).
On August 3, 2007 at the Ameristar Casino in St.
Charles, Missouri, Hollie (111 lbs) won an eight round unanimous (
decision over Mary Elizabeth Ortega (5'1", 110 lbs) of
Kansas City, Missouri what was reported to WBAN as a very entertaining bout.
For photos of this fight by Jim Compton, see
Photo Gallery #436
WBAN Records Member Site).
Ortega, who was the WBAN #3 ranked flyweight, fell to
30-4-1 (7 KOs) with the loss.
On September 27, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and
Casino in Lemoore, California, Carina Moreno of
Watsonville, California won every round on all three judges' scorecards in a
ten-rounder with Hollie for her WBC Straw-weight [105-pound] world title.
Moreno went forward all night while Hollie tried to tie Moreno up in clinches
whenever the action got to close quarters. Moreno, who had a 36-2
record as an amateur, improved her pro record
to 14-1-0 (4 KOs) with the win.
On January 11, 2008 at the Viking Hotel and Conference Center in St.
Louis, Missouri, Hollie (108¾ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over
Gaines (111¼ lbs) of Las Vegas, Nevada. According to a WBAN report by Jim Compton "While Sharon Gaines was
continually on the attack, Hollie "Hotstuff" Dunaway patiently
picked her shots and was able to ... grab the NABF Flyweight Title."
Dunaway improved to 21-6-0 (10 KOs) while
dropping the scrappy Gaines's record to
11-9-0 (3 KO's)
lbs) of Los Angeles won a close and controversial ten-round split (96-94,98-92,94-96)
decision over Hollie (104 lbs) for the vacant IFBA and IBA Strawweight World
titles. Rodriguez improved to
9-4-3 (3 KOs).
On June 13, 2008 at the Isleta Casino and Resort in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Wendy Rodriguez (
On September 27, 2008 in a rematch at the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas,
Nevada, Hollie (107 lbs) and local favorite Sharon Gaines (112 lbs) fought
to a six-round 57-57,57-57,56-58 majority draw. Gaines's
record stayed even at 11-11-1 (3 KO's).
On February 28, 2009 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea,
Ji Hyun Park (102 lbs) of South Korea
successfully defended her IFBA Strawweight World title with a ten-round
unanimous (96-94,97-93,98-92) decision over Hollie (101½ lbs).
Park improved to 8-2 (4 KO's).
Hollie trained for more than a month in Las Vegas prior to this fight.
On August 22, 2009 at Chaifetz Arena in St.Louis, Missouri, Hollie (105
lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Mayela Perez (108 lbs) of Saltillo,
Mexico, who fell to 8-11-1 (7 KO's) with the loss.
“I was pleased with my last performance", Hollie later
told Dean Parr of BoxingScene.com,
"I had a
‘little Margarito’ in front of me, throwing lots of punches and applying
constant pressure which forced me to keep my hands busy and fight smart.”
On January 28, 2010 at the Coca-Cola Center in Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma, Hollie (107 lbs) won a six-round split (58-56,60-54,55-59) decision
over previously-unbeaten Chantel Cordova (107 lbs) of Pueblo, Colorado.
Dunaway improved to 23-8-1 (10 KOs) with the win while former two-time US
amateur champion Cordova slipped to 7-1-1 (3 KO's). There were no knockdowns but
Cordova's nose was bloodied. "From talking to people at ringside, they
told me they thought Hollie should have won a unanimous decision,"
Brand, Dunaway's manager who also worked her corner. "It was a rough and
tough fight. Hollie was landing solid shots. Chantel hadn't been in the ring for
a couple of years, but she was still an undefeated fighter. Hollie set up the
jab and right crosses. In clinches, Hollie caught her on breaks. They put on
quite a show."
On November 6, 2010 at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres
(114¾ lbs) of Mexico City, Mexico, TKO'd Hollie (110¼ lbs) at
1:13 in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Junior
Bantamweight title. Torres, whose aggressive fast-forward style had
kept Dunaway backing up for much of the earlier rounds, trapped
her in a corner and the fight was stopped by the referee after
a series of hard shots to the head. Dunaway fell
to 23-9-1 (10 KO's) with the loss while Torres improved to 23-4-2 (14
April 16, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio,
Veracruz, Mexico, Katia (Katty) Gutierrez (105 lbs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico won
an unanimous (99-91,98-92,97-93) decision over Hollie Dunaway (105 lbs) for the vacant IBF Straw-weight title.. Dunaway
was never able to neutralize the speed and power of Gutierrez who
controlled the action of an exciting fight with many intense exchanges. Dunaway fell to
23-10-1 with the
loss while Gutierrez improved to 12-3 (3 KO's).
Other Hollie Dunaway links
To check out fight reports, complete up-to-date boxing records, with huge digital photos you can go to
the WBAN Records Member Site,
which includes WBAN
Exclusive HOT Gallery #117 of Hollie Dunaway.
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