Advertisement

Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Holly Holm Retires From Boxing For Full MMA Career

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Today at a Fresquez Productions media luncheon, 14-time, three-division world boxing champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (32-2-3, 9 KOs) shocked the combat sports world by announcing her retirement from boxing, effective after her May 11 fight with "Merciless" Mary McGee (20-1, 11 KOs), in order to pursue her mixed-martial-arts career (3-0-0).

"Since I first started fighting, it became my passion," Holly explained her decision. "I decided a long time ago, after quitting school to fight, that I would box as long as my heart was in it. One of my biggest and controversial fights was against Christy Martin. Then, it was Mary Jo Sanders. There's always a champion. This is my own journey. Every one of my fights have helped me to believe in myself.  

"When we were deciding which way to go with my future, my trainer, Mike Winkeljohn, said it best, 'You want to climb a new mountain.' This thing has created a new spark in me and I'm following my heart. I wish much success to Cecilia (Braekhus) but not fighting her does not, by any means, define my boxing career. I know there's a lot of talk about that but what does that say about all the women I've already fought?  I've never been a paper champion. I've grown so much every step of the way. I'm in this fight, on May 11,100 percent; I'm not distracted. This is obviously an emotional, spiritual and physical journey and I'm so grateful for the people who have supported me. I just want to fight where my passion is (MMA). I train in an MMA gym and always have."

"I love Holly's team - the chemistry, the fans, the loyalty," Holm's promoter Lenny Fresquez said.  "Regarding Cecilia - Holly doesn't need anybody! She is headed toward the boxing (International) Hall of Fame and is already named for the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. We will continue the Holly Holm saga. She's at the top of her game and we support her history-making decision." 

The 31-year-old Holm has defeated a Who's Who list of woman boxers from the 140 through 154-pound weight classes, including Christy Martin, Anne Sophie Mathis, Mary Jo Sanders, Mia St. John, Jane Couch, Duda Yankovich and Chevelle Hallback (twice).

Holm has an amazing 21-1-1 record in world championship fights, as well as a 14-1-1 mark against world champions.  

"We are going forward with Holly's MMA career and there's nobody better than Lenny Fresquez to take us to that next level," Holm's manager/trainer Mike Wonkeljohn added.  "I found it hard to bounce back and forth between MMA and boxing. Holly is focused. Expect the best Holly ever. Her future is bright."

Tickets for "Mayhem," ranging between $25.00 and $200.00, are on sale and available to purchase at the Route 66 box office, going online to www.rt66casino.com, or calling 505.884.7484.

Tags: Holly Holm image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by krimzon on 04-20-2013

i guess holly holm is gay for entering mmgay. real women box only. Tyson Fury ought to talk some sense into her. I thought henderson melendez was a draw

Comment by SkillspayBills on 04-20-2013

They are haveing a female "The Ultimate Fighter" right now at 135, if she decided this...........a month earlier she probably could have been in the competition.

Comment by Kakutogi-Gumi on 04-20-2013

[QUOTE=RyunosukeRonin;13272762]Holm switched sports in order to duck Braekhus:p[/QUOTE] Sure she did. That's totally the reason.

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-20-2013

Holm switched sports in order to duck Braekhus:p

Comment by Kakutogi-Gumi on 04-20-2013

[QUOTE=ИATAS;13257238]Braekhus is the reason she's going into MMA.[/QUOTE] Yeah. It's a shame. I was so looking forward to listening to the audio of their fight while all the cameras focused on three guys bs for 30 Mins.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (15)
Top Headlines Photos: Canelo vs. Chavez - Their Brothers Are Ready For War! Casey Ramos Will Aim To Impress Against Beltran in Burbank Klitschko Says The Spirit of Steward Will Be With Him at Wembley D'Mitrius Ballard vs. Ulises Sierra - Golden Boy on ESPN, May 18 Kubrat Pulev Defeats Kevin Johnson, Eyes Joshua-Klitschko Winner Tyson Fury: Back To Training, On a Mission To Set Record Straight Lennox Lewis: Joshua is Backed By Entire Country, I Never Was Wilder to Bellew Face-to-Face: You Ain't Dealt With This Power! Klitschko: I Never Seen Joshua Look So Big, He's Schwarzenegger Joshua Annoyed With Klitschko Saying Wembley Card is "His Event" Amir Khan: Joshua Seems Very Nervous, Hope He Doesn't Freeze Hearn: Fight This Tough Should've Come Much Later for Joshua Joe Cordina: To Have Hearn, Sky Backing Me Is Amazing Photos: Quigg-Simion, Campbell-Perez, Taylor-Meinke - Weigh-In Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko - Ready For Battle Hearn: Eubank Jr. Don't Want Golovkin, Father Holding Him Back! Anthony Joshua: I Think I Have To Fight in The U.S.; It's Important Joshua Weighs in at 250 Pounds; Klitschko Weighs 240¼ Pounds De La Hoya Expects To See Canelo vs. Golovkin in 2017 Frank Warren Has No Doubt Saunders Will Handle Khurtsidze Zolani Tete Targets Yamanaka, Zhakiyanov Title Unifications Frank Warren Reacts To Hughie Fury vs. Joseph Parker Situation Tony Bellew Can't Wait To 'Size Up' To Deontay Wilder at Ringside Warrington Aims To Use Martinez as Springboard To World Level Brook Plans To Chin-Check Spence: He Never Felt Power Like Mine! Klitschko Can't Be Reluctant Or Apathetic Against Joshua Walsh Feels He's Getting Gervonta Davis at The Perfect Time Tony Thompson: Given Chance, I'll Knock Povetkin the F*** Out! Malignaggi: Golovkin Was Not Exposed, Jacobs is The Goods Joshua: A Loss Won't End My Career, But it Could End Klitschko's Malignaggi Backs Canelo: Chavez Jr. Has a Name - Not World Class Juan Manuel Marquez May Fight on June 24 in Toluca, Says Nacho Pacquiao: I'd Love Mayweather Rematch, I Never Lost That Fight! Photos: Canelo vs. Chavez - Their Brothers in Heated Face To Face Luis Ortiz To Joshua: Your Money is No Good, No Step Aside Fee! Photos: Ramos-Beltran, Top Rank Solo Boxeo - Official Weigh-In David Haye: Klitschko is Finished, Strong Chance Joshua KO's Him Video: Scott Quigg, Freddie Roach Discusses Simion IBF Eliminator Klitschko: Can't Wait To Face Joshua, It's My Territory From The Start Ward vs. Kovalev Rematch: Luis Arias vs. Arif Magomedov Added
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement