Valerie Mahfood

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Valerie Mahfood
Valerie Rebecca Mahfood

(1974-02-02) February 2, 1974 (age 49)
Other namesThe Big Bad Wolfe
Weight(s)Middleweight and light heavyweight
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Reach1.70 m (67 in)
Boxing record
Total fights37
Wins by KO9
No contests0

Valerie Rebecca Mahfood (born February 1, 1974) is a female boxer who is a former world Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion. Known as "The Big Bad Wolfe", Mahfood is known in the boxing world by her brawling style of fighting, and by her traditional trademark purple mohawk.[1] She now resides in Groves, Texas.


Mahfood began boxing professionally on July 27, 1997, knocking out Jeanne Martinez in the first round, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On April 23, 1998, she beat Brenda Cooper by a four round decision in Houston, marking her Texas debut.

She lost two of her next three fights, but she rebounded to win five fights in a row, which earned her first title try: on September 17, 1999, she knocked out Kathy Rivers in ten rounds at Panama City, Panama, to conquer the WIBF's world Light Heavyweight title. This was also her first fight abroad.

She won three non-title bouts after that, and then, on August 10, 2000, she went down in weight to the Super Middleweight division, to fight Mary Ann Almager for the vacant IWBF title. She won her second title, with a fifth round knockout of Almager in Houston. On her next fight, she became the first boxer to defeat Ann Wolfe, knocking her out in three rounds. And till this day it stands as Ann Wolfe's only career loss.

On November 16, 2001, she won the WIBA title by outpointing Trina Ortegon over ten rounds at Austin, and, shortly after, she beat Almager again, by an eight round split decision.

Mahfood and Laila Ali met in a long-awaited bout on November 8, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada, It was ESPN 2 Friday night fights series most view telecast and it was the first time a female world title fight was the main event on ESPN. A bloodied Mahfood was stopped by Ali in eight rounds, in a fight that unified the IWBF and WIBA world titles.[2] On June 21, 2003, Mahfood and Ali had a rematch, this time in Los Angeles Staple Center on the undercard of the Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko World heavyweight Title.[3] Mahfood lost by TKO in six while trying to recover her world title.[4] Ali, however, suffered a serious cut (to her right eyelid) for the first (and to date, only) time in her boxing career (along with a bloodied nose).[5] Ali retains a permanent scar from the encounter.

She won four of her next six fights, the lone loss in that span being a unanimous decision in a rematch against Wolfe. She also had a draw (tie) against Kathy Rivers, in a rematch of their Panama bout which Mahfood had won.

On September 24, 2004, Mahfood, sporting her traditional trademark purple Mohawk hairstyle, was dropped twice in the final seconds as she dropped a ten round unanimous decision to Leatitia Robinson in Atlanta, Georgia.

On November 6, 2004, Mahfood TKOd Yolanda Swindell in the second round.

Mahfood then went to Germany, and lost a 10 round unanimous decision to Natasha Ragosina.

On August 20, 2005, Mahfood fought Ann Wolfe, losing a ten round decision to Wolfe. In 2007 Mahfood fought Mary Jo Sanders for a world title.[6]

Mahfood has a record of 19 wins, 14 losses and 1 draw, with nine knockout wins.

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 fights 19 wins 14 losses
By knockout 8 5
By decision 11 9
Draws 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
37 Draw 19-14-4 Christy Martin MD 8 2008-07-18 Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA vacant NABF female middleweight title
36 Loss 19-14-3 Yvonne Reis UD 2007-11-24 Paragon Casino & Resort, Marksville, Louisiana, USA
35 Loss 19-13-3 Mary Jo Sanders UD 10 2007-03-30 Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA International Boxing Association female middleweight title
34 Loss 19-12-3 Veronica Rucker UD 2006-11-04 Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, USA
33 Draw 19-11-3 Alexandra Maloy PTS 2006-07-08 Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, USA
32 Loss 19-11-2 Ijeoma Egbunine KO 2006-02-18 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA vacant Women's International Boxing Federation World light heavyweight title
31 Draw 19-10-2 Yolanda Swindell PTS 2005-09-17 Coushatta Casino Resort, Kinder, Louisiana, USA
30 Loss 19-10-1 Ann Wolfe UD 10 2005-08-20 Isle of Capri Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
29 Loss 19-9-1 Natascha Ragosina UD 10 2005-07-09 Life Sportpark Herrenkrug, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
28 Win 19-8-1 Borislava Goranova UD 2005-04-02 Ofen Stadthalle, Velten, Brandenburg, Germany
27 Win 18-8-1 Yolanda Swindell TKO 2004-11-06 Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, Louisiana, USA
26 Loss 17-8-1 Leatitia Robinson UD 10 2004-09-24 Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
25 Win 17-7-1 Carlette Ewell UD 10 2004-08-28 Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, Louisiana, USA
24 Draw 16-7-1 Kathy Rivers PTS 2004-04-16 Stafford Center, Houston, Texas, USA
23 Win 16-7 Carlette Ewell SD 8 2004-02-20 Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, USA
22 Win 15-7 Yolanda Swindell MD 2004-01-15 Arena Theatre, Houston, Texas, USA
21 Win 14-7 Carley Pesente TKO 2003-10-11 Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA
20 Loss 13-7 Ann Wolfe UD 10 2003-08-23 Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA vacant WBA-NABA female super middleweight title9-
19 Loss 13-6 Laila Ali TKO 6 (8), 1:17 2003-06-21 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
18 Loss 13-5 Laila Ali TKO 8 (10), 1:14 2002-11-08 Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Women's International Boxing Association World super middleweight title

International Women's Boxing Federation World super middleweight title International Boxing Association female super middleweight title

17 Win 13-4 Mary Ann Almager SD 8 2002-06-14 Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, USA
16 Win 12-4 Trina Ortegon UD 2001-11-16 Convention Center, Austin, Texas, USA Women's International Boxing Association World super middleweight title
15 Loss 11-4 Kendra Lenhart KO 2001-04-19 Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, USA
14 Win 11-3 Ann Wolfe TKO 3 (6), 1:17 2000-11-30 Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA
13 Win 10-3 Mary Ann Almager TKO 5(10) 2000-08-10 Astro Hall, Houston, Texas, USA vacant International Women's Boxing Federation World super middleweight title
12 Win 9-3 Genevia Buckhalter UD 2000-06-16 Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, USA
11 Win 8-3 Monica McGowan TKO 2000-04-20 Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, USA
10 Win 7-3 Genevia Buckhalter UD 1999-11-18 Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA
9 Win 6-3 Kathy Rivers TKO 1999-09-17 Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama International Women's Boxing Federation World light heavyweight title

Women's International Boxing Federation World light heavyweight title

8 Win 5-3 Thistle Colleps UD 1999-07-15 Radisson Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA
7 Loss 4-3 Kathy Rivers UD 1999-05-27 Gold Strike Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, USA
6 Win 4-2 Genevia Buckhalter TKO 1999-05-08 Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA
5 Loss 3-2 Kendra Lenhart KO 1998-12-02 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
4 Loss 3-1 Mitzi Jeter UD 1998-07-19 Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
3 Win 3-0 Thistle Colleps TKO 1998-06-24 Harvey, Louisiana, USA
2 Win 2-0 Brenda Cooper UD 1998-04-23 Sheraton Hotel, Houston, Texas, USA
1 Win 1-0 Jeanne Martinez TKO 1997-07-18 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


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