I don't know, there's plenty of womens fights I'd watch over some of the lumbering heavyweight fights we've seen between blokes over the years.

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The history of women’s boxing dates back to its origins in London in the 1720s, when hi low prom dresses were popular. At the end of the 19th century, thanks to the efforts of Richard Fox and his Police Gazette, women’s boxing became widely known in the States of America and beyond. At the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis (USA), boxing became an Olympic sport. Nevertheless, women’s boxing did not gain a foothold in the Olympic program at that time and did not gain much experience.

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The development of women’s boxing is very difficult. While the mutilated faces and bodies of male boxers symbolized heroism and masculine prowess, the mutilated female faces were seen by society as the embodiment of a denial of the very essence of femininity and humanity. At the same time, on the part of men, women are perceived as debauchery, and girls involved in boxing were considered easily accessible and sexually uninhibited. Women’s boxing was something of an exotic entertainment in the eyes of men.

Women’s boxing of the early XX century
Note that women’s boxing at the beginning of the 20th century was most often a kind of light dance. Women came to boxing with their own style, quite feminine and even graceful. The beauty column of the New York Evening World on February 27, 1905 said, “It is good for girls to learn to box.” After all, “exercise improves body balance, grace and vigor of movement.” Exercises that were highly recommended for schoolgirls included head hooks and solar plexus strikes. According to The New York World, the young ladies who attended Madison Academy in New York trained in, among other things, wrestling and boxing. In the 1920s, boxing by women was quite common. Boxing was popular with wealthy American women. In particular, boxing was one of the components of physical education among young ladies in Boston (USA). It took many decades for women’s boxing to become like men’s boxing, with a focus on sophisticated technique, precision, sharpness and knockout punches. It was during the period of women’s boxing “masculinity” that he attracted negative public attention, as a result of which serious efforts were made to ban women’s boxing.

Real popularity. Women’s boxing began to acquire after the super-lightweight with the participation of Barbara was shown on American television in 1954. The seventies were marked by the receipt of the first official license for the right for a woman to box, the conduct of sanctioned women’s fights and the permission to fight longer than 4 rounds. Since 1975, women have become boxing rings, overcoming stubborn opposition from the authorities and the public. By the 1990s, women’s boxing had become so widespread that few were surprised. A truly massive interest in women’s professional boxing arose in 1996 after the famous fight between Martin and Daidre Gogarty. This fight was preceded by the main fight of the evening between heavyweights Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno. Surprisingly, the female duel turned out to be no less interesting. He had everything – sophisticated technique, heat of passion, knockdowns and even blood. Martial arts Martin with Gogarty was watched by 30 million viewers in more than a hundred countries around the world! This fight is widely regarded as the birthday of modern women’s boxing.

Women’s boxing attracted special attention when the daughters of three great boxers – Laila Ali, Jackie Fraser-Lyde and Frida Foreman came to it. Laila Ali entered the professional ring in December 1999 at the age of 21, Jackie Fraser in February 2000 at the age of 37. and Frida Foreman in July 2000 at the age of 23. The eight-round battle between Ali and Fraser took place already in the 21st century – June 8, 2001 and ended with Ali’s victory by the decision of the judges.

History of women’s mixed martial arts
The first girls came to the octagon in the early 2000s, when the women’s tournaments “Valkyrie” and “Pearl” appeared in Japan. In European countries and on the American continent, MMA has long remained a predominantly male prerogative, and promoters do not pay enough attention to even the most talented athletes, until such names as Gina Carano and Christian Santos entered the world arena in 2005-2006. Carano started playing in EliteXC, and after this organization ceased to exist, came under the auspices of Strikeforce.