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Hardest KO in women's boxing ever: Ann Wolfe vs Vonda Ward

When boxing fans think of the most spectacular knockout they have ever seen, the Vonda Ward vs. Ann Wolfe merits mention.
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Hardest KO in Women's Boxing Ever: Ann Wolfe vs. Vonda Ward.

When boxing fans consider the most spectacular knockout ever seen, Vonda " All-American Girl" Ward vs. Ann "Brown Sugar" Wolfe merits mention on the list. It occurred on May 8, 2004, in Biloxi, Miss. At stake were the vacant IBA female light heavyweight title and the Women’s International Boxing Association world light-heavyweight title.

At the 1:08 mark of the first round lightning struck, when Wolfe (16-1) knocked out Ward (18-0) with a devastating right to the chin. It was made even more destructive because Ward inadvertently jumped forward straight into the impact of the fully-leveraged punch. Devastation followed, as night follows day.


The Aftermath

This first-round knockout defeat caused Ward to lose both her title and her undefeated status. She also suffered a neck concussion because she hit the canvas with her neck when she fell; Ward was then hospitalized afterward.

Amazingly,Ward came back to win her final five fights, and finished her career with an outstanding 23-1 mark.

Women's Boxing And Vonda Ward 

Reports of women entering the ring go back to the 18th century, and the first reported American bout occurred in 1876 in New York. Unfortunately, although women have boxed for almost as long as the sport has existed, female bouts were effectively outlawed for much of boxing’s history, with athletic commissions historically refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers. Women’s boxing didn't become an official Olympic sport until the London 2012 Games

Female boxers have rarely achieved the same level of fame as their elite male counterparts. The comparison is even more pointed when compared to mixed martial arts, where, until eclipsed by Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey was the most famous figure in the entire sport, male or female.

That said, there have been a handful of women who have captured both championships and the public’s imagination, among them Laila Ali, Lucia Rijker, Christy Martin, and Austin's own Ann Wolfe.

A dogged fighter considered to be the hardest puncher in the history of women’s boxing, Wolfe has been retired since 2006. She has spent most of the past 15 years working as a trainer for professionals like James Kirkland, while also helping troubled youth find an outlet for their aggression in the ring. Having held world titles in three different weight classes simultaneously, Wolfe is unquestionably one of the greatest female boxers of all time.