Ann Wolfe (born January 17, 1971) is an American former boxer who held world titles in three different weight classes simultaneously. Wolfe is regarded by many within the sport as the hardest puncher and best fighter in the history of women's boxing. She's also a personal trainer and coach of several professional boxers, including former light middleweight contender James Kirkland. She appears in the 2017 film Wonder Woman in the supporting role of the Amazon Artemis.
|Real name||Ann Wolfe|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||71 in (181 cm)|
|Born||January 17, 1971|
|Wins by KO||16|
Wolfe grew up in Oberlin, Louisiana and spent part of her childhood 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. 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.
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.
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.
Wolfe beat Vienna Williams by a ten round decision to win her first world title, the IFBA Jr. Middleweight title. 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.
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.
She avenged her defeat against Mahfood by taking the NABA World Super Middleweight Championship from her with a ten round decision.
On May 8, 2004, 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. 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 boxing match".
Wolfe retained her title in a rematch with Valley, by a sixth round knockout.
Wolfe last fought in 2006, knocking out Cassandra Giger and decisioning Lisa Ested. Since then, she has indicated that she is finished with her own boxing, preferring to work as a trainer.
|Professional record summary|
|26 fights||24 wins||1 loss|
|26||Win||24–1 (1)||Lisa Ested||UD||6||2006-06-04||FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee|
|25||Win||23–1 (1)||Cassandra Giger||KO||2 (4), 0:53||2006-04-29||Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana|
|24||Win||22–1 (1)||Valerie Mahfood||UD||10||2005-08-20||Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi||Retained WIBA Light Heavyweight title and IBA Female Light Heavyweight title.|
|23||Win||21–1 (1)||Mónica Núñez||TKO||7 (8), 3:00||2005-07-19||Isle of Capri Hotel & Casino, Lula, Mississippi|
|22||Win||20–1 (1)||Marsha Valley||TKO||6 (10, 1:17)||2005-06-18||FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee||Retained IBA Female Light Heavyweight title.|
|21||Win||19–1 (1)||Genevia Buckhalter||TKO||1 (6), 1:09||2005-03-05||Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|20||Win||18–1 (1)||Cassandra Giger||UD||6||2004-11-05||Fitzgerald's Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi|
|19||Win||17–1 (1)||Vonda Ward||KO||1 (10), 1:08||2004-05-08||Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi||Won WIBA Light Heavyweight title and vacant IBA Female Light Heavyweight title|
|18||Win||16–1 (1)||Deborah Fettkether||UD||8||2003-10-11||Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, Louisiana|
|17||Win||15–1 (1)||Valerie Mahfood||UD||10||2003-08-23||Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi||Won vacant WBA Super Middleweight title and NABA Super Middleweight title.|
|16||Win||14–1 (1)||Marsha Valley||TKO||10 (10), 0:48||2002-12-21||Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida||Won vacant WIBC Super Middleweight title.|
|15||Win||13–1 (1)||Genevia Buckhalter||TKO||2 (4), 0:39||2002-09-25||Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas|
|14||Win||12–1 (1)||Marsha Valley||TKO||6 (10), 1:06||2002-06-21||Convention Center, Waco, Texas||Won vacant IFBA Super Middleweight title.|
|13||Win||11–1 (1)||Shirvelle Williams||TKO||1 (4), 1:40||2002-04-25||Civic Center, Laredo, Texas|
|12||Win||10–1 (1)||Gina Nicholas||TKO||3 (10), 0:47||2001-11-16||Convention Center, Austin, Texas||Won WIBA Light Middleweight title |
Retained IFBA Jr. Middleweight title.
|11||Win||9–1 (1)||Diane Clarke||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||2001-07-14||Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado|
|10||Win||8–1 (1)||Vienna Williams||UD||10||2001-05-15||Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii||Won vacant IFBA Jr. Middleweight title.|
|9||Win||7–1 (1)||Patricia Linton||TKO||1 (6), 0:36||2001-04-19||Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas|
|8||Win||6–1 (1)||Kelly Whaley||TKO||5 (6), 1:19||2001-02-02||Hilton Hotel, Reno, Nevada|
|7||Loss||5–1 (1)||Valerie Mahfood||TKO||3 (6), 1:17||2000-11-30||Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas|
|6||NC||5–0 (1)||Christine Robinson||NC||1 (6)||2000-05-24||Kenner, Louisiana||No Contest due to Robinson cut caused by accidental head-butt.|
|5||Win||5–0||Gina Nicholas||KO||2 (6), 0:17||2000-04-26||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|4||Win||4–0||Mary Ann Almager||TKO||1 (6), 0:41||2000-02-11||Kenner, Louisiana|
|3||Win||3–0||Demetra Jones||TKO||1 (4)||2000-01-20||Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas|
|2||Win||2–0||Dakota Stone||UD||4||1999-10-09||Mercer Arena, Seattle, Washington|
|1||Win||1–0||Brenda Drexel||SD||4||1998-10-17||Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino Resort, Canyonville, Oregon||Professional debut.|
I wanted the real deal...I wanted someone walking around that you look them in the eye and you knew you didn’t want to mess with them.
| WIBA Light Middleweight Champion
16 November 2001–1 March 2002
Mary Jo Sanders
| IFBA Middleweight Champion
21 February 2002–21 December 2002
| WIBA Light Heavyweight Champion
8 May 2004–29 May 2004
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