Undisputed Female World Champion, Who Defended Her Titles While on Period, Shares Strong Message on International Women’s Day: “It’s Another Battle in the War for Equality”

Published 03/09/2023, 4:45 PM EST

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Women have been a part of boxing for a long time despite the preconception that it is a male-dominated sport. The first-ever female boxing match was held in 1861 and was the gateway for many women to enter the sport and compete to become the best. This has led to female boxing being a prominent part of the sport itself and creating new stars equal to their male counterparts.

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One such star is undisputed female super-featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner who is turning out to become one of the best to ever do it. The 28-year-old recently became an undisputed champion after beating Elhem Mekhaled last month. Moreover, in the post-fight interview, she revealed that she was on her period during this bout and still managed to emerge victorious. This was not all as she shared a strong message on Women’s day to show her support.

Alycia Baumgardner shares a strong message on Women’s Day

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The undisputed champion shared a message to resonate with what it was like being a woman. She stated that women have to go through a plethora of biological and societal issues but still fight and overcome them. Moreover, she added that all her fights were not only for the belt but to uplift women as well.

Yes, we can do it all! Each day we face unimaginable challenges imposed by biology, misogyny, or simply the sexist institutions that plague the world, but we keep fighting. Every time I step in the ring, it’s not just my fight for my belt, it’s another battle in the war for equality for all women.” she wrote.

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Baumgardner is certainly an inspiration not just for young boxers but for all the women who have to battle a myriad of challenges. In addition, she is promoting a positive message that can go a long way in changing how women are perceived in society.

However, she is not the only champion who has been a role model for women. Former female middleweight champion Laila Ali has also been very vocal about the upliftment of women. Therefore it was not surprising that she was praised on Women’s day.

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The former middleweight champion shared a photo of her boxing in a gym. This was a tribute by Kronk’s Gym for all the women who have uplifted the sport of boxing. The list included Ali along with other greats like Mary Jo Sanders and Cecilia Braekhus.

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Women’s boxing might not be as popular as men’s. However, this is changing with stars like Baumgardner carrying the torch Ali has passed down. In addition from the looks of it, female boxing is only going in an upwards trajectory and has the potential to be at par with men’s boxing.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.
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