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Barbara “The Mighty Atom of the Ring” Buttrick is one of the most famous female boxers of all time. The Yorkshire, England native who has a career record of 30-1 began boxing at 15 years old standing 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 98 pounds. After coming across a story about prize fighter Polly Burns in 1900, she bought both boxing gloves and a self-defense book. She then found a trainer, spent many hours in the gym on the punching bag, skipping rope, and sparring with a coach that would later become her husband. Because British officials did not give much attention to female boxers, Buttrick would fight in portable rings and boxing booths. After her popularity grew, she traveled to America where she knocked out the U.S’s female bantamweight champion. Along with Phyllis Kugler she won Dallas’s first boxing licenses for women before a world title bout was held. She won the bout which made her the first Women’s World Boxing Champion. Buttrick retired in 1960 to raise her children and was later elected in to the International Boxing and Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 1993, she founded the Women’s International Boxing Federation.

Barbara “The Mighty Atom of the Ring” Buttrick is one of the most famous female boxers of all time. The Yorkshire, England native who has a career record of 30-1 began boxing at 15 years old standing 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 98 pounds. After coming across a story about prize fighter Polly Burns in 1900, she bought both boxing gloves and a self-defense book. She then found a trainer, spent many hours in the gym on the punching bag, skipping rope, and sparring with a coach that would later become her husband. Because British officials did not give much attention to female boxers, Buttrick would fight in portable rings and boxing booths. After her popularity grew, she traveled to America where she knocked out the U.S’s female bantamweight champion. Along with Phyllis Kugler she won Dallas’s first boxing licenses for women before a world title bout was held. She won the bout which made her the first Women’s World Boxing Champion. Buttrick retired in 1960 to raise her children and was later elected in to the International Boxing and Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 1993, she founded the Women’s International Boxing Federation.