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06-24-2010, 12:43 AM
Name: Lucia Rijker
AKA: The Dutch Destroyer
Birth Date: December 06, 1967
Birth Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Living Place: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Height: 5'6"
Kickboxing Record: 36(25) - 0(0) - 0
Boxing Record (http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=18459&cat=boxer): 17(14) - 0(0) - 0
WIBF Super Lightweight Champion
WIBO Super Lightweight Champion


Last Bout: 2004-05-20 (Age 36)

5'6" junior welterweight Lucia Rijker of Holland, now living in Los Angeles, California, may be the world's most dangerous female fighter on a pound-for-pound basis. She has been referred to as "The Most Dangerous Woman in the World," "Queen of Lightning," "Lady Ali," and "The Dutch Destroyer."

In Amsterdam on June 19, 1988, she had knocked out Vivien Gonzalez of the USA in the third round of a scheduled 12-round boxing match. After that however she decided to focus on a kickboxing career.

Her pro boxing career resumed on March 21, 1996 at Los Angeles' Grand Olympic Auditorium, where she made her US boxing debut by knocking out Melinda Robinson of Austin, Texas at 1:37 in the first round. ... Robinson, who fought (and lost) to Christy Martin twice, has been quoted as saying that Christy Martin's hardest punches don't even compare to Rijker's softest blows!

Lucia TKO'd Kelly Jacobs of Kansas City in the first round in Reno, Nevada on December 6, 1996.

Rijker then decided to go back to Holland and test her boxing skills further. She defeated Zsuzsanna Szuknai of Hungary by a first round TKO in Rotterdam on December 17, 1996 (Szuknai has since fought in amateur competitions in Europe!) and captured the WIBF European Championship from Irma Verhoef of Holland with a fourth round TKO in Rotterdam on February 4, 1997.

Now confident in her abilities as a pro boxer, Rijker was hungry for a championship fight in the United States.

On a March 22, 1997 pay-per-view event at Meorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas, Rijker knocked out then-novice (1-0) Chevelle Hallback of Tampa, Florida in the fifth round. (Fight report). Chevelle later told me that she had no idea that she would be fighting someone of Rijker's background and experience when she accepted this fight contract.

On May 14, 1997, Rijker fought gritty Dora Webber of Paterson, NJ in Ledyard Connecticut and won a sixth-round unanimous (60-54 x 3) decision. Webber, a veteran of tough bouts in the mid-1980's, was heavier and strong, but gave away ten years, basic skills, speed and power to Rijker.

After this first points win of her pro boxing career, Lucia said it was a new experience being in the ring with a heavier woman who liked to fight inside. She also stated her interest in fighting Christy Martin.

On June 14, 1997 at Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, Rijker did away with a very game but outclassed Gwen Smith by a TKO with 1:10 left in the fourth round.

Lucia then defeated Andrea DeShong by a third-round TKO in Las Vegas on September 13.

Lucia (136 lbs) won the WIBF Super Lightweight title in her ninth pro fight when she easily defeated Germany's Jeanette Witte (135 1/2 lbs) by third-round TKO in Los Angeles on November 20, 1997. The fight was stopped by the referee at 1:25 in the third after a bloodied Witte was knocked down.

Rijker's undefeated record and clearly superior skills and abilities made her the subject of television specials by ABC's Wide World of Sports and HBO's Boxing Series, and more talk of a superfight with Christy Martin, who was then the icon of women's boxing to the sports media in the USA.

Lucia Rijker's next fight was the first women's bout to be seen on prime time network TV in the USA (albeit in a "death slot" opposite the Academy Awards). Weighing in at 139 1/2 lbs, she TKO'd former WIBF super welterweight champion Mary Ann Almager (140 lbs) at 1:03 of the first round on March 23, 1998 at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, CT.

On June 25, 1998, again at Foxwoods Casino, Lucia (137 lbs) won a fourth-round TKO over Lisa Ested (141 lbs) of Virginia.

Lucia (137 1/2 lbs) won the IBO Women's (WIBO) Junior Welterweight title when she TKO'd Marcela Acuna (135 1/4 lbs) of Argentina in the fifth round at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on September 25, 1998. Acuna fell to 0-2, her other pro fight being a loss to Christy Martin. (She has since fought more successfully as a featherweight!).

On April 18, 1999 at Miccosukee Indian Gaming in Miami, Florida, Lucia (141 lbs) a third-round TKO of veteran Britt Van Buskirk (145 lbs) of Carbondale, Illinois, who took the fight a two days' notice.

On August 28, 1999 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lucia (138 lbs) won by a TKO of former WIBF welterweight champion Diana Dutra (139 lbs) of Vancouver, Canada at 1:23 of the third round. Las Vegas photojournalist Mary Ann Owen, who was at ringside, told that "Rijker hit Dutra with tremendous power body shots. Lucia had a bloody nose and caught some of Dutra's punches ... they hugged after the fight and both were very good sports."

Lucia was slated to fight in the co-Main Event on an America Presents card in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi on December 5th, 1999. Numerous sources told me that Denise Moraetes, who had been seeking a match with Rijker for over a year, also signed a contract for the fight. But Moraetes was told on November 29 that the match was off, making it the third time that a Rijker-Moraetes bout had been shelved at short notice.

On February 16, 2002 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, Rijker finally returned to competition after a more than two-year absence with a fourth-round TKO of Shakurah Witherspoon of Williamsport, Pennsylvania in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout.

Rijker told Patrick Kelly of FightNews: "I had some good body work but she took some good body shots. Carla is a tough competitor and that is why we took the fight. We knew Carla would be a worthy opponent even at the last minute. I was anxious to make quick work of her. I was happy with my performance".

On June 21, 2003 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Lucia (138 lbs) reappeared again (after several more false alarms) to post a unanimous shut out (80-72,80-72,80-72) eight-round decision over a game Jane Couch (140 lbs) of Fleetwood, UK. Rijker looked confident and fought most of the bout with her hands down, while peppering Couch with strong rights, stiff jabs and vicious uppercuts. Couch stayed in front of Rijker the whole way and made her pay for her hands-low stance occasionally when she connected with hard shots of her own, some of which stunned Rijker.

Rijker landed two powerful rights to Couch's head with about 30 seconds left in the seventh round, and when the bell sounded Couch appeared to have trouble locating her own corner. According to Couch, "I have been in with tougher punchers, but she is definitely a great fighter, probably the greatest women's boxer in the world. She hit me with a right hand in the first round that busted my right eardrum and I couldn't hear a thing." Rijker complimented Couch after the fight, saying "It was a tough fight and Couch is an amazing opponent. She is a courageous woman. I tried to knock her out the whole time. I hit her with some great shots. I absolutely was trying to finish her the whole time." Rijker advanced to 16-0-0 (14 KO) while Couch dropped to 20-5-0 (8 KO).

On May 20, 2004 at the Arena in Amsterdam, Holland, Lucia (134 1/4 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over IFBA welterweight champion Sunshine Fettkether (138 1/2 lbs) of Mesa, Arizona.

At the peak of Lucia's boxing activity In the late 1990's, matching her with boxing's (then) most-publicized woman, Christy Martin, looked like the one "superfight" that might move the sport up to a new level in publicity.... However, the Martin camp apparently felt there was too much to lose in this matchup.

Both fighters missed the opportunity to clash while they were at their peak, bypassing the major payday that their fight might have produced. Only after Martin had been supplanted by Laila Ali as the sport's media icon, and after a period of prolonged inactivity (and repeated fight cancellations) by Rijker, did the promotional stars align in favor of the Martin vs. Rijker matchup. The key was Rijker's role as an advisor and as an on-screen villain in 2005's Oscar-winning movie "Million Dollar Baby". This sparked more interest in women's boxing and brought some media attention back to Lucia. Bob Arum decided it was time to strike while the buzz was hot and parlayed the "winner take all" idea into "Million Dollar Lady", a deal whereby both fighters would be guaranteed $250,000 but the winner would earn an extra $750,000 to make the first infividual million dollar payout in women's sport history. While close to the deal that had failed to turn into a Martin-Rijker fight in 1997, it brought Rijker and Martin to sign a contract for a bout in Las Vegas on July 30, 2005.

Source (http://www.luciarijker.net/)

Unfortunately the Martin fight never came off because Lucia ruptured an Achilles tendon while training. Estimated recovery time was 4–7 months, but Martin used this as an opportunity to duck the fight yet again. Rijker is not likely to fight again unless it's against Martin or Laila Ali.

In her prime she was one of the most feared fighters to ever live, male or female. She was so dominant that not only was she accused of being on PEDs, she was accused of being a man! And when the women got scare to fight, she'd beat on a few guys from time to time, only one of which is known to have beaten her (a Muay Thai Kickboxing World Champion in an exhibition match).

06-24-2010, 08:36 AM
I like Holly a lot. I consider her a great female fighter. But Lucia still wrecks her. And she wrecks her pretty bad too. The limited Mary Jo Sanders exposed her weaknesses, twice. Prolly woulda wrecked her too if she was a KO puncher.

imported_Mr Burke
06-24-2010, 09:32 AM
I met Duda Yankovich before she emmigrated. She was into kickboxing and hanging out with "tough guys", but she was always smiling and restless. She trained like mad, but I think celebrity status in Brazil kind of softened her, she is much more into women's things of beauty and shit, and not so much in training.

It didn't bode well when she was in talkshows and doing photos for magazines, while every news I heard from Holm was from gym. She lost her second match after that, and I'm afraid it's Ana Kournikova scenario for her now.

Violent Demise
06-24-2010, 06:22 PM
I like Holly a lot. I consider her a great female fighter. But Lucia still wrecks her. And she wrecks her pretty bad too. The limited Mary Jo Sanders exposed her weaknesses, twice. Prolly woulda wrecked her too if she was a KO puncher.

Sanders is a good fighter. She was expected to be competitive against Holm and was. But I still think she should be 0-2 and not 0-1-1 against Holm. Sanders being the home fighter in there 2nd fight benefited from some favorable scoring. Either way I prefer Holm over Rijker for one reason and one reason only. She's hotter

07-21-2010, 02:43 AM
I'd say I have a soft spot for Rijker but I have to admit she has never really been tested. Almager, Couch and DeShong were B- at best. She had great balance and you can tell she had the skills but when the going got tough the few times that it did against limited comp I didn't like the feeling I got from her. I definitely would have questioned her heart especially against the elite. People want to knock St. John for the Andrews disaster but she went the distance with some decent quality opposition on numerous occasions. I think she'd go the distance with Rijker and probably even expose a few chinks in the armor along the way. Same goes for Martin you can't say she ducked anyone or would have I mean if I remember correctly the woman was ready to fight Ann Wolfe when the Rijker fight fell through. I would definitely say I'd be in Rijker's corner if that fight ever took place but I think Martin would show alot of heart and maybe even overcome the early onslaught of Rijker to either stop her late or earn a close MD.

07-21-2010, 02:47 AM
if I remember correctly the woman was ready to fight Ann Wolfe when the Rijker fight fell through

That's a damn lie. :)) I could give a fukk what she pretended she wanted to do. And how a past it Rijker looked in the ring is inconsequential. She was still elite. And a past it Martin quite frankly was not.

Speaking of Wolfe however, she deserves her own entry in this thread.

07-21-2010, 04:12 PM
i think christy martin was right up there if not the best,:):P

07-21-2010, 04:53 PM
i think christy martin was right up there if not the best,:):P

She's no ATG. She drew with a chick making her pro debut while she was a 23 fight vet in her prime. =))

Shit was sadder than Floyd Patterson getting dropped by Pete Rademacher.

07-21-2010, 04:56 PM
she had good hand co ordination and really hard power punches,that were thrown with well orchestrated combinations,that is why i think she is a female atg in the sport:):P

07-21-2010, 05:00 PM
she had good hand co ordination and really hard power punches,that were thrown with well orchestrated combinations,that is why i think she is a female atg in the sport:):P

That makes at least 1000 women ATGs. Kinda diminishes the glamor of it.

07-21-2010, 05:05 PM
are you kidding,there are only a handful of females in the history of female boxing that can throw a punch with the power and finesse that was possessed by martin:):P