It seems when you mention Female boxing only a handful of names come up. Mostly Christy Martin or Laila Ali. In this writer’s opinion the two best were Lucia “Dutch Destroyer” Rijker and Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolf.
Today the best may be Norway’s Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus with the most promising being US Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields.
Vonda “All-American Girl” Ward was 23-1 (17) and was 6:06 from Cleveland, OH. She held the WIBA Heavyweight title. She fought from 2000-2008. Her only loss was to Ann Wolfe.
Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolfe was 24-1 (16) and one of the most feared female boxers in the world. She is now a trainer. Her only loss was to Valerie Manford in 2000 which was reversed in 2003. She held the WIBF, IBA WIBC and WIBA titles at Light Middleweight and Light Heavyweight. She was from Waco, TX, and boxed from 1998-2006.
Mia “The Knockout” St. John, 49-14-2 (19), was from L.A. and her nickname may have been pertaining to her good looks. She held the WBC World Female Super Welterweight title fighting from 1997 to 2016.
Mary Jo Sanders, 25-1 (8), from Auburn Hills, MI. She boxed from 2003-08 holding WBC Light Welter and Welter titles. WIBA Welt and Light Middle titles.
Anne Sophie Mathis, 27-4-1 (23), from Varangeville, France. She boxed from 1995-2016.
Christina Hammer, 22-0 (10), from KAZ, living in Dortmund, Germany. She is the current WBC and WBO Middleweight champion. The only non-win was a no contest with Mathis.
Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm, 33-2-3 (9), from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a southpaw and welterweight. She won the IBA and WBF champion. She split with Mathis. Her three opponents she drew with she defeated.
Jacqui “Sister Smoke” Frazier-Lyde, 13-1 (9), was UBA Heavyweight champ and boxed from 2000-2004. Her only loss was to Ali that this writer thought she won.
Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, 5-0 (2), of Flint, MI, was the 2016 Olympic Gold medalist. She is IBF and WBC champion. She turned professional November 2016.
Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, 32-0 (9), of Cartegena, COL, is now living in Norway. She holds the WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF welterweight titles. She has been fighting since 2007 to present.
Regina Halmich, 51-1-1 (16), of Karlsruhe, Germany. She won titles in the Light Fly, Fly and Super Fly divisions in the WIBF. She reversed her draw with Elena Reid. Her only loss was in the US to Yvonne Trevino. Both were down in first round. She lost due to a cut. Though having 43 title defenses they were against limited opponents. Seventeen opponents were making their debuts. She boxed from 1994-2007.
Christy “Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin, 49-7-3 (31), from Orlando, FL. She boxed from 1989-2002. She was IBA Super Middleweight and WBC Super Welterweight champ. She lost to Ali, Holm and split with St. John.
Laila “She Bee Stingin” Ali, 24-0 (21), of L.A, held the IWBF and WBC Super Middleweight titles. She boxed from 1999-2007.
Lucia “Dutch Destroyer” Rijker, 17-0 (14), of the Netherlands living in Van Nuys, CA. She boxed from 1996-2004.