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World Boxing Federation Champions Of The Past: Holly Holm

Posted on October 6 2015                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum



Since the World Boxing Federation was originally founded by American Larry Carrier in 1988, many of the sport’s biggest names have won a WBF title, and proudly defended the blue, red and gold belt all over the world.

In the Champions Of The Past Series we take a closer look at some of the boxers who held WBF titles in years gone by, from lesser known champions to world renowned fighters, legends of the sport and current or future Hall of Famers.


Former WBF Womens World Light Welterweight and Welterweight World Champion Holly Holm is considered by many to be among the best Pound-For-Pound female boxers of all time. Obviously such status will always be up for debate, but Holm´s magnificent accomplishments inside the ring are not!

The Preachers Daughter” was born on October 17 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and grew up in a small village called Bosque Farms. Very interested in sports, Holm played soccer and tried gymnastics, swimming and diving before eventually getting into kickboxing and boxing.

A local aerobics instructor who was also a kickboxing trainer saw Holm´s potential for combat sports, and got her interested. After eight amateur kickboxing bouts, winning six and drawing two, Holm amazingly decided to turn professional, not only as a kickboxer but also as a boxer.

She actually made her debut in pro boxing first, beating fellow debutant Martha Deitchman in three rounds, on January 25 2002 in Albuquerque, and then entered the paid kickboxing ranks on June 1 with a second round stoppage victory.

However, after about a year of switching between the two sports, Holm decided to concentrate on boxing. She went 7-1-2 in her first ten outings, and won her first world championship, the IBA Light Welterweight title, when she scored a wide unanimous decision over Terry Blair (5-6-1) in December 2004.

She quickly developed a large fan-base in New Mexico, and would fight outside her home state only once throughout her entire career. All but three of her fights were in Albuquerque, but she almost always took on the best available opponents.

After three successful title-defenses, and victories over the likes of Christy Martin (46-3-2) and Mia St. John (42-5-2), Holm was already among the best female competitors in the sport when she moved up in weight to capture the vacant WBA Welterweight title in June 2006.

But she soon returned to Light Welterweight where she defended her IBA crown with a unanimous decision over Jane Couch (28-8) from England, before making another big statement in December 2006 by going all the way up to Super Welterweight to add the IBA world title with a decision over Tricia Turton (8-1).

In March 2007 it was back to Welterweight, where Holm won (W10) the WBC, WBA, IFBA and WIBA World titles against Ann Saccurato (12-1-2). Two months later she beat future WBF world titlist Chevelle Hallback (25-4-1) on points in a non-title ten-rounder at Light Welterweight.

She finished that year by including the IBA World Welterweight title to her collection, outscoring Angelica Martinez (6-3-1) in September. Holm was at this point dominating world class opponents in three weight classes, and one would be hard pressed to find a foe between Lightweight and Middleweight she would not be favored against.

Holm racked up six successful Welterweight title-defenses, beating the likes of Mary Joe Sanders (25-0), Myriam Lamare (16-2) and Duda Yankovic (11-0), before returning to Light Welterweight in late 2009 with a wide unanimous win over Albuquerque-rival Victoria Cisneros (3-7-2).

In March 2010 she captured the vacant WIBA World Light Welterweight title with another points win over Chevelle Hallback (27-5-2), and five months later added the IBA title by stopping Jaime Clampitt (21-4-1) in the very first stanza. She finished 2010 with a defense of the IBA strap, stopping former foe Ann Saccurato (15-4-2) in eight.

2011 would be the first year since 2003 where Holm didn’t win a world title fight. In June she scored a lopsided decision over Victoria Cisneros (5-11-2) again, before a true Super Fight with WBF World Welterweight Champion Anne Sophie Mathis (25-1) from France showed that Holm was human after all.

Holm´s unbeaten streak of twenty-five fights, between 2004 and 2011, came to a dramatic end when Mathis over-powered her and brutally knocked her out on December 2 at the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque. It was the kind of defeat that could easily have ruined any fighter, but not Holly Holm.

A rematch was arranged for June 2012, and Holm put on a wonderful performance to redeem herself and win the WBF World Welterweight title with a unanimous decision.

She returned yet again to Light Welterweight the following December, and won the vacant WBF World title by out-scoring Diana Prazak (11-1) from Australia. After one successful defense of that title, against Mary McGee (20-1), Holm retired from boxing to focus on a career in Mixed Martial Arts.

In her professional boxing career she compiled a 33-2-3 (9) record, and won no less than fourteen world titles in three weight classes. At the time of writing she is 9-0 in MMA, and is lined up to fight the sports number-one name Ronda Rousey before the end of 2015.

Holm has to be the most accomplished female professional boxer the sport has ever produced, and her greatness was more than anything achieved by her eagerness to fight the best opponents possible!

  Part 21: Vinnie Curto
  Part 20: Robin Reid
  Part 19: Lionel Butler
  Part 18: Mads Larsen
  Part 17: Ken Sigurani
  Part 16: Orlando Fernandez
  Part 15: Roger Turner
  Part 14: Roy Jones Jr.
  Part 13: Fitz Vanderpool
  Part 12: Steve Roberts
  Part 11: Thulani "Sugarboy" Malinga
  Part 10: Junior Witter
  Part 9: Jimmy Thunder
  Part 8: Juan Lazcano
  Part 7: Jeff Malcolm
  Part 6: Ricky Parkey
  Part 5: Carl Daniels
  Part 4: Angel Manfredy
  Part 3: Samson Dutch Boy Gym
  Part 2: Greg Haugen
  Part 1: Johnny Nelson
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