February 16th, 2012
Women’s boxing first appeared in the Olympic Games at a demonstration bout in 1902. For most of the 20th century, however, it was banned in most nations. Its revival was pioneered by the Swedish Amateur Boxing Association, which sanctioned events for women in 1988. The British Amateur Boxing Association sanctioned its first boxing competition for women in 1997. The first event was to be between two thirteen-year-old, but one of the boxers withdrew because of hostile media attention. Compared to men boxing, however, it lacked popularity and exposure. This might be attributed to the fact that women’s boxing, at that period, confronted a society filled with stereotypes, which categorized professions as either ‘men work’ or ‘women’s work’, or because most people did not believe they would find the same caliber as in men boxing, or because there is a stigma regarding violence towards women. Take a look at these tough ladies. Enjoy.