The allure of boxing for women often starts with a commitment to get in the best physical condition ever. Muscle mass increases, fat percent decreases, and the body transforms into a strong, lean, powerful athletic structure. Boxing is a total physical fitness program. The training helps to build agility, power, and endurance and has a crossover effect that benefits involvement in other sports. It builds self-confidence, self-discipline, self-discovery, and is a great avenue to get rid of the frustrations of the day. Boxing training combines both physical and mental demands. You have to develop an inner toughness and commitment to keep going. It is more the actual training, than the contact that keeps many women involved in boxing. You continually learn something new and it is not boring because there is so much variety in the training.
Boxing gives empowerment to an individual and a sense of equality. Boxing as a fitness workout is highly regarded and making it through a workout gives you a tremendous feeling of success. Women are attracted to this sport because of the skill and the thrill of an incredible physical and mental discipline. Every muscle is worked. Female boxers realize that size does not matter. It is the learning and the perfecting of technique and knowing what to do with the body that will result in victory and they embrace this challenge of boxing.
Female fights move at a fast pace with two minute rounds, instead of three minute rounds. There is a lot of action and plenty of punches. As interest grows in the female matches, more money is invested into the fights. Female fights get good coverage on Pay-Per-View fight specials and all female cards are part of the entertainment scene today. Women have the focus and with commitment develop solid boxing skills.
Female boxing became the phenomenon of the nineties, but it was in the seventy's that women really broke into boxing. There was resistance in the sport to allow women in the boxing ring and most female fights were considered to be nothing more than a novelty act. It was believed that women simply were not built for boxing, but the women trained hard, learned the skill, and opened up many opportunities for the female boxers of today.
The first sanctioned fight in North America, (by The Canadian Amateur Boxing Association), was an Amateur fight, held in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1991, between Jenny Reid and Therese Robitaille. Canada became known as the place where women could fight in sanctioned fights and it was not long before The US Boxing Association also sanctioned female fights. This opened the door for a new era in boxing, Female Boxing.
The female boxer is articulate, dedicated, disciplined, and highly motivated. These athletes are interested in learning the sport and realizing the highest level of boxing ability and expertise. There is a high skill level, commitment, and focus. Female boxers fight with intensity.
As the amateur base and clubs continues to grow, more women will have aspirations to experience the Professional Boxing World.