Following on Alastair Segerdal's article on
"The Acceptable Face of Women's Boxing" in A. W 6, we have now
received the following report from our special correspondent in the
Women's boxing activity continues at its greatest on
the West Coast, in particular in California. However, the first
'official' women's match has now taken place in New York State and City,
on 16th July 1979. The boxers were named Toni Tucker and Gladys
Smith, weighing around 155 lbs. The novelty brought a packed house -
three times the usual crowd - and reports with photos. in the "New
York Post" and "Daily News". In a not particularly exciting
bout over six 3-minute rounds, Smith won by a decision.
An upset occurred last,
spring, when on 12 April at Lake Tahoe,
Julie Mullen, the Nevada welterweight who K.O'd Lavonne
Ludian, was herself K.O'd by a newcomer named Britt
Britt weighs about 149 lbs. and is managed by the
well-known Ms. Dee Knuckles, who recently has been branching into
kickboxing in Japan.
On the same day, Shirley
"Zebra Girl" Tucker won another bout by a K.O. in
Oakland, Cal., Her opponent was Ginate Troy,
from Los Angeles.
Cathy "Cat" Davis,
perhaps the most widely publicised women boxer yet, had a long lay-off
after her disastrous bout in Atlanta against Connie
Smith alias Ernestine Jones last June. A lot of allegations have
been flying about, few of them complimentary to Sal Algieri,
"Cat's" husband /manager, and Cat's claim to any form of
championship is now ignored by most.
Cat did return to the ring
at last on 2nd July, at Portland, ME., when she scored a sixth-round
technical knockout over Uschi Doering of Augsburg, Germany, in what
was billed as a battle for the world women's lightweight boxing
Davis, who enjoyed a vast height and reach
advantage, discouraged Doering from emerging from her crouch throughout
the bout. There were no knock-downs. Referee Willie Pep halted the fight
less than a minute into the sixth round as Davis peppered Doering while
she remained hunched in her shell. Much the most important
event in the women's boxing field occurred on Friday 13th July
(obviously the promoter wasn't superstitious) at the Sports Arena at
Los Angeles. Billed as the
First California State Triple Crown Women's Boxing Championships it
featured an all-women's bill of six bouts.
|First on the bill was a bout between Karen Bennett,
"No. 1 Bantamweight" and scheduled ' tonght for that title in
September, and a newcomer, Graciela Casillas.
is a graduate of S.C., Santa Barbara in pre-law, with interests in
martial arts and dancing. It was her first pro. fight, and a
confident Karen, certainly the prettiest girl around in pro. boxing
and a great crowd pleaser, let it
she meant to finish
Grace in the first round. However, Grace seemed to know just what to do to
handle Karen's style - very likely she was coached by people who had seen
Karen in action - and after going the full six rounds the decision went
unanimously to her.
(130 lbs), described as "Hell in the Boxing Ring" and a boxer
with more versatility than most male fighters, undefeated in eleven
fights, met a last-minute substitute Ginate Troy.
Toni Bryant, her announced opponent, could not make the weight. Troy last fought as a
bantamweight and was very probably very underweight as well as
untrained for this match. In any event, Squeaky had little trouble
with her, and scored the only knock-out of the night in the fifth
In the Californian championships, Lili
Rodriguez, No. 5 in the 126 lb. class, and mother of four, was
matched for the Featherweight title against namesake (but no relation) Toni
Toni already held the WWBA version of this weight
championship and is a veteran of some 25 bouts, but Lili got the upset
verdict. For the Super Featherweight title, Carlotta
Lee, who had lost a close decision recently to Trimiar,
met Cora Webber. Cora has five years
experience of kick boxing but only two previous pro. boxing bouts - she
won her first fight over WWBA champion Rodriguez, whilst in her second she
met the highly rated "Squeaky" Bayardo. This brief experience
stood her in good stead to win a unanimous decision over Carlotta Lee.
For the Welterweight title, Dulce
Lucas (147) met Britt van Buskirk (147). Lucas,
described as "Miss Perpetual Motion" and a Holy Terror wherever
the action is Rollerskating, Basketball, or Boxing had lost once only, to Gwen
Gemini. Britt van Buskirk, whose short haircut gives her a mannish
look, was undefeated in her four fights to date, including the highly
regarded Julie Mullens whose K.O. is mentioned above. She is 5' 10"
tall and her long arms are her best asset. They proved too much for Dulce,
who could not answer the bell for the sixth round.
|The feature fight of the
night - between Miriam "Lady Tyger" Trimiar, the
No. 1 ranked lightweight in the world, and Ernestine Jones,
billed as a special elimination bout for the world title turned out
to be perhaps the least important bout of the promotion.
Trimiar, shaved skull, black mouthpiece and
tiger-striped trunks in evidence, won on a TKO in the second round after
Jones, knocked to the canvas but seemingly unhurt, declared she was unable
FIRST ALL-FEMALE WORLD
BOXING CARD IN THE WORLD
(If you know of a all-female card with pro
boxers that occurred before this date, please notify Sue TL Fox! There
was an All-women elimination event February 11, 1979, check it out!