Holly Holm retiring from boxing after May 11 fight to pursue MMA career
(PRESS RELEASE) -- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (April 16, 2013, 2013) - Today
at a Fresquez Productions media luncheon, 14-time, three-division
world boxing champion Holly 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."
Holm defends her International Boxing Association and World Boxing
Federation (WBF) junior welterweight titles in the 10-round main
event on the "Mayhem" card, presented by Fresquez Productions, at
Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albququerque, New Mexico.
"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
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
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."
Tickets for "Mayhem," ranging between $25.00 and $200.00, are on
sale and available to purchase at the Route 66 box office, going
online to www.rt66casino.com, or calling 505.884.7484. Go on line
to www.FresquezProductions.com or www.rt66casino.com for more
information about "Mayhem"
(photo by Will Fox)
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