Few boxing fans took matters seriously on that Sunday afternoon five
years ago in Virginia City when Carolyn Svendsen
met Jean Lange in the first recognized professional women's boxing
bout. However, more than a few eyebrows were raised when Svendsen scored a
spectacular one round knockout. She repeated her victory a couple of
months later up in Portland. Lange fared better in the return bout in as
much as she went the limit, losing a unanimous decision.
Although Svendsen did not stay in the game too long. Recognition must
be afforded her in giving female boxing the start it needed. She did a
great deal for the sport in a relatively short period of time.
Gradually, but consistently, women’s boxing has really made a name
for itself. The good thing about all this is that it still has but
scratched the surface of its potential. It is predicted that the next two
years will see a tremendous growth over its present status.
The reasons for this are numerous. Initially, more and more girls are
becoming interested; secondly, many male chauvinists who frowned at the
thought of two girls engaging in physical combat changed their minds
immediately after having witnessed their first bout; thirdly, the public
clamors for something new and when they receive something exciting and
interesting as well as new, the interest is generated; fourthly the press
and the sports magazines have finally commenced giving women’s boxing
the recognition it deserves; fifthly, under the guidance of the Women’s
Boxing Board, the sport will receive the support it requires; next and
most important of all are the participants themselves.
Very soon Karen Bennett will oppose Shirley
Tucker in a bout that is certain to go down in boxing history. The
winner will be crowned as the Women’s World’s Bantamweight Champion!
This will be a new milestone in lady fisticuffs.
These two young ladies are very exciting to watch and each has done far
more than her share in making women’s boxing the success that it has
become. Both girls have progressed consistently since entering the squared
Other colorful and enthusiastic lady performers who have done much to
enhance the sport include. Marian Trimiar, Lydia
Bayardo, Marion Bermudez, Dora
Webber, Cathy Davis, Grace
Casillas, Julie Mullen, Dulce
Lucas, LaVonne Ludian, Britt
Van Buskirk, Gwen Gemini, Valerie
Ganther, Carlotta Lee, and Toni
All of the above mentioned are true professionals and have their hearts
in their work. Fans can always count on an exciting evening when any of
the above are performing.
These journeywomen are largely responsible for having encouraged others
to join the ranks of female boxing. Hollywood’s Amy
Levit and San Francisco States Louise Loo
were extremely impressive in their respective debuts.
Other performers who are making names for themselves include: Rosi
Reed, Denise Coleman, Cheryl Laudd, Denise Moorehead, Paula Trichel,
And Nancy Thompson. Additional comment is afforded the last two
mentioned in the group.
Paula Trichel goes all out every time she enters the ring. She provides
much in the way of excitement whether it be win, lose, or draw.
Nancy Thompson, of San Diego, seems to incur trouble in as much as not
too many fighters are anxious to tangle with her. On more than one
occasion she has ventured to other cities to run into a situation where
her opponent has either not shown up or cancelled at the last moment.
Other exciting performers, who haven’t been heard from
lately include Betty Rodgers from Seattle, Laurie Ferris of
Sacramento, Nevada’s Judy James, Sue
Fox of San Pedro, Diane
Syverson, both of Los Angeles. We miss
Soon there will be more bouts where winners will receive world’s
championship recognition. The women’s boxing board is working very hard
to give the fans the very best that can be offered.
Potential title bouts could see the following. Rosi Reed vs Bonnie
Prestwood (Flyweight); Marion Bermudez vs Lydia (Squeaky) Bayardo
(Featherweight); Marian (Lady Tyger) Trimiar vs Britt Van Buskirk
(Welterweight); Cora Webber vs Cathy (Cat ) Davis (Lightweight); and the
new bantamweight champion, whether it be Shirley (Zebra Girl) Tucker or
Karen Bennett vs Grace Casillas.
The fans are eagerly awaiting the Tucker-Bennett contest. The Zebra
Girl has really put boxing back on its feet in her home town of Santa Rosa,
Incidentally, this is a rematch, the first engagement being won by
Tucker in an extremely close contest at Oakland in 1978. It was the
closest bout the undefeated Zebra Girl has had to date. Karen Bennett also
has an outstanding record and this one is going to be a thriller. Few
anticipate that it will go the distance.
The most important thing is that it is definitely going to elevate
female boxing to a new plateau. Very soon we’ll be seeing the girls on