Daisy Lang

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Daisy Lang
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Statistics
NationalityBulgarian
BornDessislava Kirova
(1972-04-04) April 4, 1972 (age 47)
Sofia, Bulgaria
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins19
Wins by KO7
Losses3
Draws1
No contests0

Dessislava Kirova (Bulgarian: Десислава Кирова) (born April 4, 1972 in Sofia, Bulgaria), better known as Daisy "The Lady" Lang, is a professional female boxer. She was GBU world champion in Super Bantamweight in 2003, WIBF world champion in Super Flyweight from 1999 to 2003, and is residing GBU world champion in Bantamweight.

Biography[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Before she started her boxing career, she was world champion in karate 1995, European champion in kickboxing 1994 and world champion in 1995. She is boxing professionally since February 1996.

Daisy Lang won the first three fights of her career in 1996, two of them by knockout. She began to study at the German Sport University, Cologne, where she was trained as a physiotherapist.

On November 29, 1997 she lost against Michele Aboro in six rounds, who remained unbeaten with 6 wins, but had won all previous fights by knockout. After winning another fight in February 1998 Daisy Lang won the vacant WIBF European Bantamweight title against Krisztina Horvai in ten rounds.

After winning another fight by knockout in round 2, she defended the WIBF European Bantamweight title on March 27, 1999 against Anastasia Toktaulova winning in ten rounds. On July 17, 1999 she became world champion against Gizella Papp in a fight for the vacant WIBF Super Flyweight title.

From 1999 to 2002, Daisy Lang successfully defended the title against Sonia Pereira, Kathy Williams, Oana Jurma, Brenda Burnside, Nadia Debras, Michelle Sutcliffe and Réka Krempf. On September 14, 2002 she won against Lisa Foster in a fight for the GBU world Bantamweight championship in ten rounds.

She drew against Silke Weickenmeier on January 18, 2003, in a fight for the GBU Super Bantamweight title, but won the rematch on May 10 with a majority decision in ten rounds. On November 15, 2003 she lost against Galina Ivanova in ten rounds, in a fight for the WIBF Super Flyweight title.

After another win in 8 rounds, on May 29, 2004 she lost against Regina Halmich in a fight for the vacant IWBF Super Flyweight title, in ten rounds by unanimous decision. In October 2004 she won another fight by knockout in early rounds.

Daisy Lang has a boxing record of 19 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, with 7 wins by knockout.

On May 21, 2016, Daisy Lang was given a lifetime achievement award from the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame: "Hall of Heroes".

On January 9, 2017, The International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) announced their 2017 IWBHF Inductees. Among those honored was Daisy Lang, including Aileen Eaton (posthumous); Holly Holm; Ria Ramnarine; Ana Marie Torres; and Ada Velez.

Movie career[edit]

Her success in sports made her a popular guest on many TV shows in various countries and a frequent subject of German and other international magazine articles. After a successful decade in the sport's world in Europe, Daisy relocated to Los Angeles to concentrate on her acting career and business. In 2007, she became a member of SAG-AFTRA and has been working in films and commercials, mostly in action roles.

Personal life[edit]

Daisy Lang was also a physical therapist who uses her experience as a world class athlete and her knowledge in the medical field to promote boxing as a way to stay in physical and mental shape. Since 2008 she has been a regular guest-speaker for the Rotary Club.

She currently resides in Los Angeles, United States.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
23 fights 19 wins 3 losses
By knockout 7 0
By decision 12 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Frogmen Operation Stormbringer Anya
2006 Undisputed II: Last Man Standing Svetlana
2007 Lords of the Underworld Boxing Trainer
Missionary Man Biker Girl
2009 The Gold & the Beautiful Reeza
2015 DELKA: Stand-Up Tall or Fall Nina post-production

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