Ann Wolfe

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Ann Wolfe
Statistics
Nickname(s)Brown Sugar
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1971-01-17) January 17, 1971 (age 50)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights26
Wins24
Wins by KO16
Losses1
No contests1

Ann Wolfe (born January 17, 1971) is an American former boxer who held world titles in three different weight classes simultaneously.[ citation needed ] Wolfe is regarded by many within the sport as one of the greatest female boxers of all time. [1] She's also a personal trainer and coach of several professional boxers, including former light middleweight contender James Kirkland. [2] She appears in the 2017 film Wonder Woman in the supporting role of the Amazon Artemis.

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Personal life

Wolfe was born in Austin, Texas and moved Oberlin, Louisiana where she spent most of her childhood while spending a short time in Los Angeles. She moved from Oberlin to Austin Texas in 1996 with her two daughters. After being homeless and working construction, she met her original trainer 'Pops' Billingsley. [3] She fought her amateur fights under Billingsley's tutelage and started fighting as a professional for RPM Promotions. Wolfe has mentored many children through her gyms, now lives in Austin and is a business-owner. [4]

Amateur career

Ann had a record of 3-1 as an amateur boxer and fought at the 1998 U.S. National Championships. She won a decision over Tami Hendrickson of Seattle in the quarter-final by 50–39, then went on to stop Shanie Keelean of Chicago within 46 seconds of the first round. In the semifinal Wolfe lost to La'Kiea Coffen by a disqualification at 1:23 of the third round. [5]

Professional career

Wolfe made her professional debut by beating Brenda Lee Bell by a four-round decision. Her first and only career loss came four fights later, when she was knocked out in three rounds by veteran and future world champion Valerie Mahfood. [6]

Wolfe beat Vienna Williams by a ten-round decision to win her first world title, the IFBA Jr. Middleweight title. [7] She beat Gina Nicholas by knockout in three to win the vacant WIBA Light Middleweight title. She then proceeded to beat Shirvelle Williams by knockout in one round on a non-title bout. [8]

Next was the vacant IFBA world Super Middleweight title, which she picked up by knocking out Marsha Valley in six rounds. She and Valley fought again, this time with the vacant WIBC's version of the title, and Wolfe won by knockout in round ten. [9]

She avenged her defeat against Mahfood by taking the NABA World Super Middleweight Championship from her with a ten-round decision. [10]

Wolfe vs. Ward

On May 8, 2004, [11] she emulated Henry Armstrong's record of three world titles at the same time in different weight classes, by gaining the IBA world Light Heavyweight championship, knocking out undefeated champion and former NCAA basketball star Vonda Ward at one minute and eight seconds of Round One. [12] [13] Ward had a neck concussion because she hit the canvas with her neck when she fell. Ward was taken to the hospital in serious condition due to damage to her neck and head, but she recuperated. This bout was nationally televised from Biloxi, Mississippi and television commentators called it "the best knockout punch in a women’s boxing history". [14]

Later career

Wolfe retained her title in a rematch with Valley, by a sixth-round knockout. [15]

On July 19, 2005, Wolfe defeated Monica Nunez by a seventh-round knockout in Lula, Mississippi. [16]

On August 20, 2005, she fought and defeated Valerie Mahfood for the second time, by a ten-round decision. [17]

Retirement

Wolfe last fought in 2006, knocking out Cassandra Giger and decisioning Lisa Ested. [18] Since then, she has indicated that she is finished with her own boxing, preferring to work as a trainer. [19] [20]

In 2015, Wolfe was inducted into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The IWBHF was created and founded by Sue TL Fox. [21]

Training career

Wolfe has trained many amateur and professional boxers, including her oldest daughter, Jennifer Fenn, and light-middleweight contender, James Kirkland. [22]

Film career

Wolfe was cast by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins in the supporting role of the Amazon warrior Artemis. [23]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
26 fights24 wins1 loss
By knockout161
By decision80
No contests1
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
26Win24–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Lisa EstedUD6Jun 4, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
25Win23–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Cassandra GigerKO2 (4), 0:53Apr 29, 2006 Flag of the United States.svg Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, U.S.
24Win22–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Valerie Mahfood UD10Aug 20, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.Retained WIBA and IBA female light heavyweight titles
23Win21–1 (1) Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Mónica Núñez TKO7 (8), 3:00Jul 19, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
22Win20–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Marsha ValleyTKO6 (10), 1:17Jun 18, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.Retained IBA female light heavyweight title
21Win19–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Genevia BuckhalterTKO1 (6), 1:09Mar 5, 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
20Win18–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Cassandra GigerUD6Nov 5, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi, U.S.
19Win17–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Vonda Ward KO1 (10), 1:08May 8, 2004 Flag of the United States.svg Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.Won WIBA and vacant IBA female light heavyweight titles
18Win16–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Deborah FettketherUD8Oct 11, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, Louisiana, U.S.
17Win15–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Valerie Mahfood UD10Aug 23, 2003 Flag of the United States.svg Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.Won vacant WBA-NABA super middleweight title
16Win14–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Marsha ValleyTKO10 (10), 0:48Dec 21, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.Won vacant WIBC super middleweight title
15Win13–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Genevia BuckhalterTKO2 (4), 0:39Sep 25, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
14Win12–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Marsha ValleyTKO6 (10), 1:06Jun 21, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Waco, Texas, U.S.Won vacant IFBA super middleweight title
13Win11–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Shirvelle WilliamsTKO1 (4), 1:40Apr 25, 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
12Win10–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Gina NicholasTKO3 (10), 0:47Nov 16, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.Retained IFBA light middleweight title;
Won WIBA light middleweight title
11Win9–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Diane ClarkeRTD4 (6), 2:00Jul 14, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
10Win8–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Vienna WilliamsUD10May 15, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.Won vacant IFBA light middleweight title
9Win7–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Patricia LintonTKO1 (6), 0:36Apr 19, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
8Win6–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Kelly WhaleyTKO5 (6), 1:19Feb 2, 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Hilton Hotel, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
7Loss5–1 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Valerie Mahfood TKO3 (6), 1:17Nov 30, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
6NC5–0 (1) Flag of the United States.svg Christine RobinsonNC1 (6)May 24, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Kenner, Louisiana, U.S.Fight stopped after Robinson was cut from an accidental head clash
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Gina NicholasKO2 (6), 0:17Apr 26, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
4Win4–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mary Ann Almager TKO1 (6), 0:41Feb 11, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Kenner, Louisiana, U.S.
3Win3–0 Flag of the United States.svg Demetra JonesTKO1 (4)Jan 20, 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.
2Win2–0 Flag of the United States.svg Dakota StoneUD4Oct 9, 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Mercer Arena, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
1Win1–0 Flag of the United States.svg Brenda DrexelSD4Oct 17, 1998 Flag of the United States.svg Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort, Canyonville, Oregon, U.S.

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Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WIBA Light Middleweight Champion
16 November 20011 March 2002
Vacated
Succeeded by
Mary Jo Sanders
Preceded by
Trina Ortegon
IFBA Middleweight Champion
21 February 200221 December 2002
Vacated
Succeeded by
Vacated
Preceded by
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde
WIBA Light Heavyweight Champion
8 May 200429 May 2004
Vacated
Succeeded by
Gwendolyn O'Neil