Now Claressa, 21 – nicknamed T-Rex with a fierce attitude to match – has inspired a documentary revealing her rags to riches life story.
And she’s not the only feisty female proving to be a knockout in and out of the ring.
Meet the world’s fearless fighters with the brains, beauty and brawn to whip their supporters into a serious frenzy.
“Meet the world’s fearless fighters with the brains, beauty and brawn to whip their supporters into a serious frenzy”
Five time world champion Christina, 26, divides her time between the ring, modelling and as a brand ambassador.
Known as “Lady Hammer”, the undefeated German middleweight – and youngest WBO winner ever – flaunts her jaw-dropping figure as the face of Anita Active Underwear.
The sexy motorcycle-enthusiast’s snaps have racked up thousands of likes on Instagram.
NICOLA ADAMS MBE
Britain’s own Nicola is officially our most successful female boxer of all time.
She became the first UK fighter in almost a century to retain her Olympic title in Rio, after winning gold in the flyweight division at London 2012.
And gorgeous Nic was immortalised in sporting history as the only woman to scoop every major boxing title including being crowned World Champion this year.
The record-breaking role model, 34, is also an aspiring actress with stints in Emmerdale and Corrie.
MIA ST JOHN
Playboy cover girl Mia earned global acclaim after claiming victory in the WBC super welterweight division.
The Mexican-American model and businesswoman was dubbed “The Knockout” after flooring her rival in her first pro bout in just 54 seconds.
The sexy senorita and titan of taekwondo is now 49 but boasts stunning curves to rival women half her age.
She launched her own Knockout workout DVD and is also also a passionate mental health campaigner after her son, Julian, tragically died in a psychiatric facility.
“Hot Stuff” Hollie is as renowned for being a four-time world champ as she is for her racy snaps in men’s mag Penthouse.
The boxing babe and glamour model – regularly named as one of the world’s sexiest athletes – is a favourite pin-up of US army troops.
With no amateur boxing experience,
Arkansas-born Hollie, 32, admits her pro success was entirely by accident.
She described her journey to world champ glory as a “fast, crazy, fun and exciting adventure all of the way.”
Norway’s “First Lady” of boxing has reigned as the undisputed female welterweight champ since 2014 and is the first woman in the world to hold WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF titles at the same time.
The former pro kick-boxer, 35, battled to pursue her dreams after the sport was banned in her native homeland.
Undeterred, she relocated to Germany
but returned after the ban was lifted and was welcomed as a national hero.
The striking brunette has also starred in a campaign for high-end jewellery and accessories designer Georg Jensen.
Dutch pro Lucia has been dubbed the “Most Dangerous Woman In The World” and not without good reason after she was crowned world champ no less than six times.
She carved out a successful second career on the silver screen, notably appearaing in Oscar-winning boxing flick Million Dollar Baby as Billie “The Blue Bear” Osterman, who brutally sucker-punched Maggie Fitzgerald causing her to snap her neck.
The incredibly youthful-looking 48-year-old – also an accomplished kick-boxer – later returned to the ring before taking protégés under her wing and becoming a motivational speaker.
The daughter of boxing icon Muhammad Ali followed in her father’s famous footsteps to become an undefeated four-time world champion.
Now retired from the ring, the 38-year-old has enjoyed successful stints as a television host, fitness expert, author and motivational speaker.
As if that wasn’t enough the hot MILF’s model looks and insane body have seen her grace dozens of magazine covers.
She is married to NFL American footie star Curtis Conway AND she can cook too – if anyone can have it all, it seems Laila can.
One of Europe’s best known fighters with an impressive 54 wins under her belt, Regina is widely credited with helping to boost the popularity of female boxing on the Continent.
The blonde beauty is in demand as a model and has appeared on the cover of Playboy as well as many other magazines and websites in her native Germany.
Since bowing out of the ring the ex-lawyers clerk has become a successful businesswoman, launching her own makeup range.