The American boxing community will turn their eyes to Toledo, Ohio this summer for the first ever USA Boxing Women’s Championship. The event will take place July 22-29 at the Glass City Center and will host both native and international boxers of the highest class.
For the first time in history, the USA Boxing organization will host a Women’s Championship. The championship will be open to all ages, nationalities, and levels of skill including novices. The event is much anticipated on all levels, with an expected 7,000 visitors from around the world and over $2 million expected in economic impact from the event. The event will not only feature top class quality boxing, but also aims to encourage and support women in sports by providing lectures, coaching, and other related events throughout the championship.
The geographical placement of the championship is well-timed, as the buckeye state opened their legal betting market on January 1st this year as well. This means that the arrangers as well as sportsbooks such as betJACK.com will be able to bring extra attention to this inaugural event using the betting market. When fans have a financial stake in the outcome of a boxing match, they tend to pay closer attention to the sport and become more invested in the outcome. This can lead to increased excitement and anticipation for the event, which can be especially crucial for the event’s first ride on the rodeo.
The championship is an important moment in American sports history, as no boxing championship for women has existed previously in the nation. As the tournament will also include ranking opportunities for the boxers, this is sure to become one of the greatest boxing events of the year.
Global uprising for women’s boxing
The Toledo Championship builds on a new wave of international recognition for women’s boxing, which started to form a decade ago. The International Olympic Committee decided to host women’s boxing at the Olympic Games for the first time in 2012, and has since added various weight classes. For example, the welterweight division was added at the Tokyo games in 2020, in which none other than Toledo-born Oshae Jones brought home a bronze medal.
Since the inauguration of the Olympic boxing event, the American team has repeatedly brought home medals. Claressa Shields won medals both in London 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro 2016, while Marlen Esparza brought home a bronze in 2012 and Ashae Jones in Tokyo 2020 (2021). Team USA is also looking to send a full team to the Olympics in Paris 2024, where six weight classes will be available for the first time in Olympic history (only three were available in 2012).
A US history of women’s boxing
Women's boxing has a rich history in the United States, stretching back several decades. Some of the earliest recorded female boxing matches took place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, although the sport was not widely accepted or regulated at the time. It wasn't until the late 20th century that women's boxing began to gain more recognition and credibility as a legitimate sport. In the 1980s and 1990s, a small but dedicated group of female boxers began to emerge, and several women's boxing organizations were established to promote the sport and organize competitions.
One of the first major breakthroughs for women's boxing came in 1998, when the New York State Athletic Commission officially sanctioned women's boxing, making it the first state in the US to do so. This paved the way for other states to follow suit, and by the early 2000s, women's boxing was starting to gain more widespread recognition and support. In recent years, the sport has continued to grow in popularity, with many talented female boxers emerging and several major organizations hosting high-profile competitions and events. Some of the most successful female boxers in US history include Laila Ali, Ann Wolfe, and Christy Martin.
More information about the 2023 Women’s Championship will be released on the official Team USA Boxing events page closer to the tournament date.