Maureen Shea

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Maureen "Moe" Shea
Maureen Shea.jpg
Maureen Shea, 2014
Real name Maureen Carranza Shea
Nickname(s) The Real Million Dollar Baby
Weight(s) Lightweight
Super Featherweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality American
Born (1981-01-11) January 11, 1981 (age 37)
Bronx, New York
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 30
Wins 26
Wins by KO 12
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 1

Maureen Carranza Shea (born January 11, 1981) is an American female professional boxer of Irish and Mexican descent.[1] Maureen is the current IFBA Jr Featherweight World Champion, former NABA Featherweight Champion, former NABF and former Interim WBC Featherweight World Champion.[2] Shea is known as the "Real Million Dollar Baby" because of her work as the main sparring partner for Hilary Swank in her preparation for the 2005 movie, Million Dollar Baby.[3]

Early life[edit]

Some people call her "The Bronx Bombshell" Some call her "The Real Million Dollar Baby" others Just call her "Moe". With a record of 26-2 (12KO), Maureen was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Born in 1981, she was raised by a strict Irish father, a now retired NYPD Detective.[4] Maureen’s mother, of Mexican heritage, worked in the airline industry and this afforded ample travel to Maureen. Moe spent much of her youth growing up in the Bronx and in the Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. In the amateurs, Maureen was known and respected for her boxing. First training out of NYBG with Luigi Olcese, she was eventually brought to Gleasons to train with well respected trainer Hector Roca. It was a gradual process in Shea’s growth and preparation for the game of professional boxing.[5]

In 2004, when Hilary Swank came looking for Hector Roca to help her get ready for the movie Million Dollar Baby, Roca paired Swank with Maureen Shea. Maureen was Hilary’s main sparring partner in preparation for Swank’s award-winning role in the movie. When the international media found out that Swank attended all of Maureen’s amateur bouts, Maureen was thrust into the spotlight. It was Maureen’s boxing, however, that captured the attention.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Maureen Shea of the Bronx, New York, is the current IFBA Jr Featherweight World Champion, current NABA Featherweight Champion and former Interim WBC Featherweight Champion. Shea is one of the top professional female boxers in the world.[7]

WBA Super Featherweight Championship[edit]

In February 2009, Maureen lost her first world title attempt to Kina Malpartida. This bout was held at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.[8]

Interim WBC Featherweight Championship[edit]

On December 12, 2011 Shea beat Colombian Diana Ayala to win the Interim WBC Featherweight Champion.[9] This bout was held at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.[10]

NABA Featherweight Champion[edit]

On March 15, 2014 Shea beat Nohime Dennison of Albuquerque New Mexico as the Main Event on Top Players Promotions Ice Vs Fire 2 in Oxnard California to win the vacant NABA featherweight title

IFBA Jr Featherweight World Title[edit]

On July 11, 2014 Shea tko'd Angel Gladney of South Carolina to win the IFBA Jr Featherweight World Title. Fighting for the second time as the Main Event on Top Players Promotions Ice vs Fire 3, this was a historical fight being the FIRST ever World Title Fight in Ventura County.

Maureen defended her IFBA World Title as the co feature to the Shane Mosely Vs Ricardo Mayorga main event on August 29, 2015 on Pay Per View versus Youlihan Luna of Mexico. This bout resulted in a draw and was the first time a female fight was featured on PPV in over a decade.

Maureen has fought as a professional at Madison Square Garden three times, under such distinguished promoters such as Top Rank, Star Boxing, and was the first female to fight on Lou Dibella’s Broadway Boxing series. Her fights have been televised on Pay Per View, Azteca Television, Telemundo, Madison Square Garden Network, and SNY.[11]

Personal life[edit]

She has overcome many obstacles, including being the victim of abuse, to achieve her current success. Of Irish and Mexican descent, Maureen has a huge fan base of both ethnicities and is a crowd favorite.She currently lives in Oxnard California training out of The Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard CA, home of Vasyl Lomenchenko.[12]

Million Dollar Baby[edit]

Highly recognized for her work as Hilary Swank’s main sparring partner for her award-winning role in "Million Dollar Baby", Maureen has utilized her ring success and become successful in mainstream media.[13]

In 2008, Maureen was nominated by MTV as one of their "2008 Toughest Coaches", for her role in their hour long season opening episode of "Made". In that show, Maureen guided a young lady who had no boxing experience; and in six weeks, prepared her for her first competitive amateur bout with a decision win. Later that year she was also nominated by PETA for their Sexiest Vegetarian award.[14]

Maureen has successfully translated her ring experience to ringside, having worked as a boxing analyst alongside highly respected commentators Al Bernstein, and Rich Marotta, on Top Rank "Latin Fury" PPV. She has also guest commentated on the MSG Network during the 2006 NY Golden Gloves, and currently hosts her own live TV show, "Shea’s Corner" on Bronx Net Television. Shea is passionate and recognized for her work as President of Pandora Promotions, Motivational/Inspirational speaker, journalist (,TV/radio personality, Boxing Commentator.

Team Shea[edit]

  • Advisor : Luigi Olcese
  • Head Trainer : Joseph "Hoss" Janik
  • Cutman : Danny Milano/ Carlos Vargas
  • Strength/conditioning : Alex Jamora

Boxing Record[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "espnW". 2013-07-16. Archived from the original on 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Women's Boxing: Maureen Shea Biography". Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  3. ^ Little, Dave (2009-02-20). "Ziegel: Tyson brings out fight in her - NY Daily News". Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Maureen Shea Carranza Confía En Conquistasr El Cinto Pluma Del Cmb Ante Diana Ayala". BoxNoticias. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Boxing – Gutierrez Retains & Shea Gains Gold this Past Weekend in Mexico | Wombat Sports". 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Kina Malpartida Stops Maureen Shea in TKO Upset - Boxing News". Retrieved 2015-08-17. 
  9. ^ Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ [2] Archived March 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ [3]
  12. ^ Archived from the original on October 19, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ [4]
  14. ^ " // Veggie Testimonials // Maureen Shea // Print Ad". Retrieved 2015-08-17.  See also "Maureen Shea's Interview With PETA". Retrieved 2017-12-28. 

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