|Real name||Michele Aboro|
|Rated at||Super Bantamweight|
17 July 1967 |
London, England, UK
|Wins by KO||12|
Michele Aboro (born 17 July 1967 in London, England) is a British female boxer of Nigerian descent who currently resides in Shanghai, China. Aboro was the WIBF world Super Bantamweight champion from her victory over Eva Jones Young on 5 February 2000, to her retirement following the successful defence against Nadia Debras on 24 November 2001.
Michele Aboro, along with her countrywoman Michelle Sutcliffe and with German Regina Halmich, has become an important figure in European women's boxing, helping raise awareness about female participation on this, traditionally male sport, in Europe.
On 4 March 1995 she debuted as a professional boxer, with a first round knockout win over Marleen Lambert in Belgium. As a matter of a fact, her first three professional fights were held in different European countries (Belgium, Italy and Hungary) and they were all first round knockout wins for Aboro. Her fourth fight, on 19 October 1996 against Severine Grandsire, was her first fight in Germany, and Aboro won by a sixth round technical knockout.
Aboro had one more win, and then, on 29 November 1997, she met future world champion Daisy Lang, defeating Lang by a six round decision.
On 22 August 1998 Aboro fought Brigitte Pastor for the vacant WIBF European Super Bantamweight title, knocking out Pastor in five rounds to win her first professional belt. She defended her title once, knocking out Galina Gumliiska in eight rounds on November 28, then followed that win with four more wins in a row, before obtaining her first world title opportunity. Aboro became a world champion when she fought Eva Jones, on February 5, 2000, knocking Jones out in round ten to become the WIBF's world Super Bantamweight champion.
Then came Downtown Leona Brown's challenge. Aboro met the future world champion on 13 June that year, defeating Brown by a ten round decision.
After two, non-title wins, she faced the highly touted contender Kelsey Jeffries, who had 10 wins and only 2 losses coming into their bout, for her second world championship defence. Aboro defended the title successfully against Jeffries on 10 February 2001, with a ten round decision win.
After one more non-title win, Aboro made what has been, to date, her last fight. On 24 November that year she beat Nadia Debras, who she had previously beaten, by a ten round decision, to retain her world title for the third time.
Aboro has not officially announced her retirement. However, should she decide to remain inactive and, ultimately, to retire from boxing, she would join Rocky Marciano and a handful of others in boxing's history to retire as an undefeated world champion.