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|Real name||Melissa Fiorentino|
|Born||January 19, 1977|
Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
|Wins by KO||6|
Melissa "Missy" Fiorentino (born January 19, 1977) is a female boxer from Cranston, Rhode Island, United States.Her global boxing ID is US-00-076087. Her fighting nickname is: "The Fury"
Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.
It could be said that Fiorentino is a rising star in women's boxing. Her only defeat to date has been in a world championship bout, and she has been active as a professional since 2001.
Although women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed, female fights have been effectively outlawed for most of boxing's history, with athletic commissioners refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers, and most nations officially banning the sport. Reports of women entering the ring go back to the 18th century.
She made her professional debut on November 16, 2001, knocking out Vanessa Pine in the first round in front of a hometown crowd. Fiorentino next beat Ragan Pudwill by knockout in round two on April 4, 2002.
A knockout is a fight-ending, winning criterion in several full-contact combat sports, such as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, mixed martial arts, karate, some forms of taekwondo and other sports involving striking, as well as fighting-based video games. A full knockout is considered any legal strike or combination thereof that renders an opponent unable to continue fighting.
Fiorentino won her first four fights by knockout. On October 4, 2002, she fought Trisha Hill at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, in Providence. Hill became the first fighter to last the scheduled distance with Fiorentino, but Fiorentino beat her by a four-round unanimous decision.
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Next was Brenda Drexel, a relatively experienced fighter of 24 previous fights, who also went on to lose by a four-round unanimous decision to Fiorentino, on May 2, 2003. This the bout was held at the Foxwood Casino in Connecticut.
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Two knockouts followed, one in three rounds over Liz Drew and the other, a second round victory over previously undefeated Talia Smith.
Next came what, perhaps, has been Fiorentino's most important victory to date: on May 14, 2004, she met the former and future world champion "Downtown Leona Brown" in Providence, with Fiorentino earning a six-round unanimous decision win.
Leona Brown is a female boxer who is the WIBC world Bantamweight champion. Because of her age, many consider her to be "the George Foreman of women's boxing". Brown's nickname, "Downtown", is both a homage to actress Downtown Julie Brown, and it also serves as name play, such as in the case of "Hannah The Vegas Fox".
With that win, Fiorentino got a chance to fight for the world title for the first time: In her first fight abroad, she battled Emiko Raika for the WIBA world Featherweight title on September 18 in Kyoto, Japan. Fiorentino lost her first world title fight by a ten-round unanimous decision.
Fiorentino has a record of twelve wins and one loss, with six wins by knockout.
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|Professional record summary|
|19 fights||17 wins||2 losses|
|17||Win||Cindy Serrano||UD||2007-07-07||Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Troy, New York||NABF female super featherweight title|
|16||Win||Belinda Laracuente||UD||2006-12-01||Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|15||Win||Jaime Clampitt||UD||2006-05-18||Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA||International Women's Boxing Federation World lightweight title|
|14||Win||Esther Schouten||UD||2005-11-23||Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA||vacant International Women's Boxing Federation World featherweight title|
|13||Win||Belinda Laracuente||UD||2005-07-08||Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, USA|
|12||Win||Lisa Lewis||UD||2005-06-17||Theatre at Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|11||Win||Kim Colbert||UD||2005-03-25||Dorchester Armory, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA|
|10||Loss||Emiko Raika||UD||2004-09-18||Kyoto, Japan||Women's International Boxing Association World featherweight title|
|9||Win||Leona Brown||UD||2004-05-14||Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|8||Win||Talia Smith||KO||2003-10-31||Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|7||Win||Liz Drew||TKO||2003-08-01||Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, USA|
|6||Win||Brenda Drexel||UD||2003-05-02||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA|
|5||Win||Trisha Hill||UD||2002-10-04||Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
|4||Win||Melissa Quashi||TKO||2002-07-26||Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA|
|3||Win||Vicky Clardy||KO||2002-05-24||Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA|
|2||Win||Ragan Pudwill||KO||2002-04-04||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA|
|1||Win||Vanessa Pine||TKO||2001-11-16||Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA|
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