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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."

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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.

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