Marian “Tyger” Trimiar

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Marian Trimiar
Nickname(s)Lady Tyger[1][2]
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Born (1953-08-15) August 15, 1953 (age 66)
Bronx, United States
Boxing record[3]
Wins by KO5

Marian “Lady Tyger” Trimiar (born August 15, 1953) is an American former professional boxer who competed between 1976 and 1985. Considered a pioneer in women's boxing, Trimiar became one of the first women to be granted a professional boxing license.

The 1979 women's lightweight world champion, Trimiar was a vocal supporter of making the sport more accessible to women.[4] She fought in many exhibition matches before it became legal for women to fight in sanctioned bouts. Trimiar was the first woman to apply for a boxing license in New York State.[5]

Trimiar started seriously training at 18, after graduating from Julia Richman High School in Manhattan. She said she has fought a total of 25 official fights, winning all but four with an "off and on" career over the past 12 years. In 1979, she won the women's world lightweight championship from Sue "KO" Carlson in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1987, Trimiar started a month-long hunger strike to advocate for more money and better workings conditions for professional female boxers.[6][7]

Trimiar was the first woman to apply for a boxing license in New York State.[8] After a long lawsuit, Trimiar, Jackie Tonawanda, and Cathy "Cat" Davis were the first women to be issued a boxing license.[9][10]

She fought exhibitions fights before it was legal to box in sanctioned bouts. She fought from 1973 until 1987, accumulating over 25 professional bouts.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Searcy, Jay (5 May 1974). "Lady Tyger,' 135 Pounds, Launches a Ring Career". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ Kirshenbaum, Edited by Jerry. "SCORECARD". Retrieved 5 May 2017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Boxing record for Marian Trimiar". BoxRec.
  4. ^ Darling, Lynn; Darling, Lynn (24 May 1979). "The Lady Is a Champ". Retrieved 5 May 2017 – via
  5. ^ Earned Stripes Vibe Mar 1999
  6. ^ "For These Women, a Heavy Right Is More Powerful Than Sisterhood". The New York Times. 21 April 1995. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  7. ^ "A former women's lightweight boxing champ said Sunday she... - UPI Archives". 1987-04-26. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  8. ^ " BOXING - Historical Events in Women's Boxing". Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  9. ^ She's a Knockout!: A History of Women in Fighting Sports. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  10. ^ "The Women Boxers Who Fought for Their Right to Be Pro". Retrieved 2016-06-14.