Barbara Buttrick

“Battling” Barbara Buttrick (born 1930) was a world champion in women’s boxing in the 1940s and 1950s.

Originally from England, Buttrick is considered a pioneer of women’s professional boxing.

Buttrick was born in Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1930.

Known as “The Mighty Atom of the Ring”, Buttrick, at 4′ 11″, fought from 98 lbs. to being the World’s unbeaten flyweight (112) and bantamweight (118) champion from 1950 to 1960.

Buttrick started her boxing career in 1948, touring Europe with carnivals as a bantamweight in the boxing booth. She went to the United States in the mid-1950s, joined the carnival circuit, but quit because the American carnivals were rougher than the European ones. She then fought professionally in Canada, Chicago, and southern Florida. One of the Canadian matches became the first women’s bout to be broadcast on radio.

Buttrick allegedly fought many exhibition bouts against male opposition.

Buttrick reportedly had one career loss, to Joann Hagen, in 31 pro bouts before retiring. After an absence of 15 years, she briefly returned to the ring in 1977.

She retired in 1960 at 30–1–1.


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