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History First for Women's Boxing

Sue FoxContributor IOctober 9, 2008

This year, for the first time in the history of women’s boxing, professional women boxers have been awarded independent world title belts. The belts were previously only awarded to male boxers by Ring Magazine.

On June 13, 2008, at the Isleta Casino & Resort, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the televised Pay-Per-View event, “FINALLY”, the Women's Boxing Archive Network gave out two history-making belts.


One WBAN belt was awarded to Holly Holm, after she defeated Mary Jo Sanders in a 10-round fight by unanimous decision. In a second bout, Chevelle Hallback received a WBAN belt for defeating Jeannine Garside in a 10-round fight by unanimous decision, too. 


The WBAN belts were individualized with their names and the date of the fight on each belt, in addition to the venue, weight class, and the numeric order of when the belt was made.  For more information on women’s boxing, stop by, or

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