Wahlström in 2006
|Real name||Eva Ulrika Birgitta Wahlström|
30 October 1980 |
|Wins by KO||3|
Eva Ulrika Birgitta Wahlström (born 30 October 1980) is a Finnish professional boxer. She has held the WBC female super-featherweight title since 2015, having previously held the European female super-featherweight title from 2012 to 2015. As an amateur she won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 and 2005 Women's European Championships, and represented Finland at the 2006 Women's World Championships. Wahlström is the most successful professional boxer from Finland to date, being the first Finn to have ever won a world title from one of the four major boxing sanctioning bodies.
Outside of boxing, she made an appearance as a personal trainer to contestants in the Finnish reality television series Suurin pudottaja (in the spring 2006 and autumn 2007 seasons), a Finnish version of The Biggest Loser, with swimmer Jani Sievinen.
Wahlström began boxing from around the age of 15–16, representing Loviisan Riento sports club. She went on to have a highly successful amateur career, winning ten consecutive gold medals at the Finnish national championships (1999–2008), gold four times at the Nordic Championships (2003–05, 2007) and silver twice at the European Championships (2004 and 2005).
After her lengthy amateur career, Wahlström made her professional debut on 26 March 2010, scoring a third-round stoppage over Irina Boldea. On 21 May 2011, Wahlström fought Milena Koleva to a six-round split draw. Wahlström won her first major regional championship—the vacant European female super-featherweight title—on 31 March 2012, defeating Agota Ilko via a ten-round unanimous decision (UD).
During the summer of 2012, Wahlström was struck with a pulmonary embolism, which required career-threatening medication. Having spent most of 2013 recovering, she returned to the ring on 7 December to face decorated former kickboxing, K-1 and Muay Thai medallist Anna Sikora, whom she defeated with ease in a six-round UD. Wahlström made one defence of her European title on 16 August 2014, winning a ten-round UD over Djemilla Gontaruk.
On 25 April 2015, Wahlström defeated Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre in a ten-round UD. In doing so, she won the vacant WBC female super-featherweight title and became the first Finnish boxer in history to win a major world title. Her first defence of the title was a successful one, as she won a ten-round UD over Dahiana Santana on 18 March 2016. Wahlström is next scheduled to fight in Savonlinna on 13 August 2016, against an as-of-yet unannounced opponent.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|21 fights||20 wins||0 losses|
|21||Win||20–0–1||Mayra Alejandra Gomez||UD||10||6 May 2017||Gatorade Center, Turku, Finland||Retained WBC female super-featherweight title|
|20||Win||19–0–1||Anahi Esther Sanchez||UD||10||17 Dec 2016||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland||Retained WBC female super-featherweight title|
|19||Win||18–0–1||Jasmina Nadj||UD||8||13 Aug 2016||Olavinlinna, Savonlinna, Finland|
|18||Win||17–0–1||Dahiana Santana||UD||10||18 Mar 2016||Barona Areena, Espoo, Finland||Retained WBC female super-featherweight title|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Gina Chamie||UD||8||21 Nov 2015||Töölö Sports Hall, Helsinki, Finland|
|16||Win||15–0–1||Everline Odero||UD||8||8 Aug 2015||Savonlinna, Finland|
|15||Win||14–0–1||Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre||UD||10||25 Apr 2015||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland||Won vacant WBC female super-featherweight title|
|14||Win||13–0–1||Fatuma Zarika||UD||8||15 Nov 2014||Steveco Areena, Kotka, Finland|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Halanna Dos Santos||UD||6||20 Sep 2014||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Djemilla Gontaruk||UD||10||16 Aug 2014||Olavinlinna, Savonlinna, Finland||Retained European female super-featherweight title|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Karina Kopinska||UD||6||9 May 2014||Urheilutalo, Helsinki, Finland|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Anna Sikora||UD||6||7 Dec 2013||Barona Areena, Espoo, Finland|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Agota Ilko||UD||10||31 Mar 2012||Barona Areena, Espoo, Finland||Won vacant European female super-featherweight title|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Zsofia Bedo||UD||8||21 Jan 2012||Seinäjoki Areena, Seinäjoki, Finland|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Marisol Reyes||TKO||7 (8), 0:25||23 Sep 2011||Ice Hall, Helsinki, Finland|
|6||Draw||5–0–1||Milena Koleva||SD||6||21 May 2011||Seinäjoki Areena, Seinäjoki, Finland|
|5||Win||5–0||Kristine Shergold||UD||6||4 Mar 2011||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland|
|4||Win||4–0||Nacera Baghdad||UD||6||27 Nov 2010||Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland|
|3||Win||3–0||Nadezhda Manakova||RTD||5 (6), 0:01||4 Sep 2010||Töölö Sports Hall, Helsinki, Finland|
|2||Win||2–0||Zsofia Bedo||UD||4||11 May 2010||Varuboden Areena, Kirkkonummi, Finland|
|1||Win||1–0||Irina Boldea||TKO||3 (4), 0:47||26 Mar 2010||Töölö Sports Hall, Helsinki, Finland||Professional debut|
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- "Tatli kieltäytyi jälleen Sauerlandin tarjouksista – palaa kehään Savonlinnassa" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. Sanoma. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byMyriam Chomaz
|European female super-featherweight champion
31 March 2012 – April 2015
Title next held byAngelique Duchemin
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byDiana Prazak
|WBC female super-featherweight champion
25 April 2015 – present