Michele Aboro

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Michele Aboro
Born (1967-07-17) 17 July 1967 (age 54)
London, England
Height5 ft 4+12 in (164 cm)
Reach67 in (170 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing
Professional boxing record
By knockout12
Kickboxing record
By knockout23
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By submission1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michele Aboro (born 17 July 1967) is a British former professional boxer of Nigerian descent who competed from 1995 to 2001. She retired an undefeated world champion, having held the WIBF super-bantamweight title from 2000 to 2001.

Michele Aboro, along with her countrywoman Michelle Sutcliffe and German Regina Halmich, became an important figure in European women's boxing, helping raise awareness about female participation in a traditionally male sport.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

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 28 November, 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 5 February 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.[3][4][5]

As of 2019, Aboro is a resident of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
21 fights 21 wins 0 losses
By knockout 12 0
By decision 9 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
21 Win 21–0 France Nadia Debras UD 10 24 Nov 2001 Germany Universum Gym, Berlin, Germany Retained WIBF super bantamweight title
20 Win 20–0 Hungary Krisztina Stefula TKO 3 (6) 16 Jun 2001 Hungary Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary
19 Win 19–0 United States Kelsey Jeffries UD 10 10 Feb 2001 Germany Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany Retained WIBF super bantamweight title
18 Win 18–0 Hungary Krisztina Horvai PTS 6 5 Dec 2000 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
17 Win 17–0 Ukraine Marina Kozerod RTD 2 (6) 1 Oct 2000 Germany Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
16 Win 16–0 United States Leona Brown UD 10 13 May 2000 Germany Sartory Saale, Cologne, Germany Retained WIBF super bantamweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Eva Jones UD 10 5 Feb 2000 Germany Rhein-Ruhr Halle, Duisburg, Germany Won vacant WIBF super bantamweight title
14 Win 14–0 France Nadia Debras PTS 6 27 Nov 1999 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
13 Win 13–0 Poland Dorota Kosatka KO 1 (6) 18 Sep 1999 Germany Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany
12 Win 12–0 Russia Anastasia Toktaulova PTS 6 22 May 1999 Hungary Sportpalace, Budapest, Hungary
11 Win 11–0 Czech Republic Renata Fuskova KO 1 (6) 13 Mar 1999 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
10 Win 10–0 Bulgaria Galina Gumliiska KO 8 (10) 28 Nov 1998 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany Retained WIBF European super bantamweight title
9 Win 9–0 France Brigitte Pastor KO 5 (10) 22 Aug 1998 Germany Sport und Erholungszentrum, Berlin, Germany Won vacant WIBF European super bantamweight title
8 Win 8–0 France Nadia Debras TKO 4 (6) 2 May 1998 Germany Hansehalle, Lübeck, Germany
7 Win 7–0 Hungary Krisztina Horvai PTS 6 7 Mar 1998 Germany Sartory-Saal, Cologne, Germany
6 Win 6–0 Bulgaria Daisy Lang PTS 6 29 Nov 1997 Germany Rheinstrandhalle, Karlsruhe, Germany
5 Win 5–0 Hungary Krisztina Krek KO 2 (4) 26 Apr 1997 Germany Leipzig, Germany
4 Win 4–0 France Severine Grandsire TKO 6 (6) 19 Oct 1996 Germany Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Hungary Szilvia Porteleki KO 1 (4) 9 Mar 1996 Hungary Budapest, Hungary
2 Win 2–0 Italy Donatella Todde KO 1 (4) 11 May 1995 Germany Germany
1 Win 1–0 Belgium Marleen Lambert KO 1 (4) 4 Mar 1995 Belgium Jabbeke, Belgium

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record (incomplete)

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 1 loss
By submission 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Svetlana Goundarenko Submission (can opener) LLPW - Ultimate L-1 Tournament 18 July 1995 1 0:56 Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ "An interview with pioneer Michele Aboro – Part One - Awakening Fighters". 1 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "An interview with pioneer Michele Aboro – Part Two - Awakening Fighters". 1 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ "A New Era of Boxing in China - Neocha – Culture & Creativity in Asia". Neocha.com. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Michele Aboro: Boxing world champ talks punches, prostitutes and poodles". Thatsmag.com. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Michele Aboro: From Peckham to Shanghai". 19 May 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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