Ann Wolfe

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Ann Wolfe
Real name Ann Wolfe
Nickname(s) Brown Sugar
Rated at Light Heavyweight
Super Middleweight
Light Middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 71 in (181 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1971-01-17) January 17, 1971 (age 44)
Austin, Texas
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 24
Wins by KO 16
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 1

Ann Wolfe (born January 17, 1971) is an American female boxer who held world titles in four different weight classes simultaneously.[1] Wolfe is regarded by many within the sport as the hardest puncher and best fighter in the history of women's boxing.[2] She's also a personal trainer and coach of several professional boxers and currently high-ranking junior middleweight contender James Kirkland.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Ann had a record of 3-1 as an amateur boxer and fought at the 1998 U.S. National Championships. She won a decision over Tami Hendrickson of Seattle in the quarter-final by 50-39, then went on to stop Shanie Keelean of Chicago within 46 seconds of the first round. In the semifinal Wolfe lost to LeKiea Coffen by a disqualification at 1:23 of the third round.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Wolfe made her professional debut by beating Brenda Lee Bell by a four round decision. Her first and only career loss came four fights later, when she was knocked out in three rounds by veteran and future world champion Valerie Mahfood.[5]

IFBA Light Middleweight Championship[edit]

Wolfe beat Vienna Williams by a ten round decision to win her first world title, the IFBA Jr. Middleweight title.[6] She beat Gina Nicholas by knockout in three to win the vacant WIBA Light Middleweight title. She then proceeded to beat Shirvelle Williams by knockout in one round on a non title bout.[7]

IFBA Super Middleweight Championship[edit]

Next was the vacant IFBA world Super Middleweight title, which she picked up by knocking out Marsha Valley in six rounds. She and Valley fought again, this time with the vacant WIBC's version of the title, and Wolfe won by knockout in round ten.[8]

She avenged her defeat against Mahfood by taking the NABA World Super Middleweight Championship from her with a ten round decision.[9]

Wolfe Knocks Out Vonda Ward[edit]

On May 8, 2004,[10] she surpassed Henry Armstrong's record of three world titles at the same time in different weight classes, by gaining the IBA world Light Heavyweight championship, knocking out the up to that point undefeated champion, former NCAA basketball star Vonda Ward, at one minute and eight seconds of round one.[11][12] Ward had a neck concussion because she hit the canvas with her neck when she fell. Ward was taken to the hospital in serious condition due to damage to her neck and head. She recuperated. This bout was nationally televised from Biloxi, Mississippi and television commentators called it "the best knockout punch ... in a women boxing match".[13] See the KO here

Wolfe retained her title in a rematch with Valley, by a sixth round knockout.[14]

On July 19, 2005, Wolfe defeated Monica Nunez by a seventh round knockout in Lula, Mississippi.[15]

On August 20, 2005, she fought and defeated Valerie Mahfood for the second time, by a ten round decision.[16]


Wolfe last fought in 2006, knocking out Cassandra Giger and decisioning Lisa Ested.[17] Since then, she has indicated that she is finished with her own boxing, preferring to work as a trainer.[18][19]

Training career[edit]

For the past several years, Wolfe has been training many amateur and professional boxers, including her oldest daughter Jennifer Fenn and rising Middleweight prospect James Kirkland.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Montoya, Gabriel (2011-06-23). "Ann Wolfe and James Kirkland: The Next Chapter Begins". MaxBoxing. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Women's Boxing: Ann Wolfe Biography". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  3. ^ Montoya, Gabriel (2011-07-23). "Wolfe takes Kirkland to the Proving Ground". MaxBoxing. Retrieved 2011-07-23. 
  4. ^ "Wolfe's for real in ring and has compassion outside it - boxing - ESPN". 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Guess Who is not afraid of Ann Wolf? Interview with Laila Ali". 2004-11-15. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Is Laila Ali Running Scared From Ann Wolfe? You Decide!". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Ann Wolfe revisited on Tonight’s Real Sports". 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  8. ^ Christ, Scott. "James Kirkland Reunites With Ann Wolfe, Fight with Mayorga Being Discussed". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ Michael David Smith %BloggerTitle% (2007-05-28). "Women's Boxing: Ann Wolf Knocks Out Vonda Ward". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  11. ^ "Ann Wolfe vs. Vonda Ward - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Anne Wolfe Interview: "Ali’s legacy didn’t live on through his daughter!"". 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  13. ^ VinRoKK (2011-06-23). "Ann Wolf: Inventor of Torture Devices and Spirited Boxing Trainer". Fightjerk.Com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  14. ^ "Brian Vera, James Kirkland highlight boxing card for Oscar De La Hoya's fight night at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark - ESPN Dallas". 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Friday's ESPN boxing event will put Austin in sport's center ring". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  16. ^ "The Boxing Tribune’s Fights of the Week |". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  17. ^ "Kirkland plans comeback fight, future without Austin's Wolfe". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  18. ^ "Benefit for Ann's Wolfe Pack - Sports". The Austin Chronicle. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  19. ^ "Ann Wolfe Discusses James Kirkland’s Knockout Loss - Boxing News". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  20. ^ Gerald Rice. "Exclusive Boxing Interview : James Kirkland and Anne Wolf". Saddo Boxing. Retrieved 5 September 2008. 

Ann Wolfe on James Kirkland and her growing army of fighters Part 1

James Kirkland and her growing army of fighters Part 2

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Preceded by
Inagrual Champion
WIBA Light Middleweight Champion
16 November 2001–1 March 2002
Succeeded by
Mary Jo Sanders
Preceded by
Trina Ortegon
IFBA Middleweight Champion
21 February 2002–21 December 2002
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde
WIBA Light Heavyweight Champion
8 May 2004–29 May 2004
Succeeded by
Gwendolyn O'Neil