Ann Wolfe: The Hardest Puncher in Women’s Boxing

0 Posted by - June 26, 2020 - BLACK WOMEN, SPORTS

The charismatic Ann Wolfe was a force of nature in professional boxing as she devastated the women’s rankings in multiple weight divisions. Born in Austin, Texas on January 17, 1971. She was raised in Oberlin, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California. In 1996, she returned to Austin with her daughters where she was homeless for a period. It would be while working a construction job that she met boxing trainer Pops Billingsley who introduced her to boxing.


From Amateur to Pro

Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolfe had a very brief amateur career as she fought under Billingsley and went 3-1, her sole loss being via disqualification. These early bouts showed the potential of the young Wolfe: very sound ring awareness and vicious punching power. When she debuted in the professional ranks first in October 1998 with a win over Brenda Drexel. A year later she would defeat Dakota Stone in similar fashion–then the knockouts came.

In early 2000, she rolled through three competitors in four or six rounds. Her streak came to an end as she suffered her sole No Contest to Christine Robinson. In November 2000, she suffered the only defeat in her career to fellow Texan Valerie Mahfood, a loss she would avenge in 2003. The fight boosted Mahfood’s popularity as a fighter as she took on the nickname “The Big Bad Wolfe.” From here, “Brown Sugar” would rebound with a string of wins–mostly by knockout for the remainder of her career.

Along the way she picked up the World Super Middleweight and World Super Welterweight titles of the International Female Boxing Association. She also took the IBA’s Female Super Welterweight and Female Light Heavyweight belts. In addition to these titles, Ann Wolfe was also the Women’s International Boxing Association World Super Welterweight and World Light Heavyweight champion. This path of dominance in women’s boxing established Ann Wolfe as one of the sport’s most powerful punchers and most powerful female boxer of all time.


End of Career

Wolfe’s career was still in high gear by the time she started to near retirement. She would defeat Valerie Mahfood in a third and final confrontation in August 2005. In this match, her IBA and WIBA Light Heavyweight titles were on the line. Her final bout was a year later against Lisa Ested.

After hanging up the gloves, she took to training future boxers including her daughter Jennifer Fenn who is currently 8-0 with four knockouts in the super lightweight ranks. Most recently, she was in the film Wonder Woman as the Amazon Artemis. Her record stands at 24-1-0 with 16 knockouts.


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