Valerie Rebecca Mahfood
February 2, 1974
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
|Other names||The Big Bad Wolfe|
|Weight(s)||Middleweight and light heavyweight|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Reach||1.70 m (67 in)|
|Wins by KO||9|
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. 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.
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. 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. Mahfood lost by TKO in six while trying to recover her world title. 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). 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.
Mahfood has a record of 19 wins, 14 losses and 1 draw, with nine knockout wins.
Professional boxing record
|37 fights||19 wins||14 losses|
|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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