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WOMAN HAS TO BOX ON JOB – SHE FILES LAWSUIT 6/17/94

A Cliffside Park Woman, Vivian Mondello,  went to work as a saleswoman at a Manhattan company.  She said that she was not advised that her job description included boxing.  She claimed that she was left  “disfigured for life”  by a match she alleged her bosses ordered.  The woman sued for $6 million.  In her lawsuit, first filed in state court and then moved to federal court in Manhattan.  Unknown about outcome of the case.

 

WOMAN BOXER GOES ON A MONTH LONG HUNGER STRIKE AGAINST DON KING…..1987!

Lady Tyger Trimiar, former World lightweight champion, made headlines in April of 1987, when she went on a “hunger strike” for over a month, losing 30 lbs., in protest to how women boxers were treated and paid. Her hunger strike was directed at infamous DON KING. Two other female fighters were also on a hunger strike along with Trimiar, but the other two backed out. TRIMIAR said that if women did not get more recognition, that they would continue to be regarded as a “Novelty” act, and that there would be no future for women boxers. The women picketed the RAY LEONARD-MARVIN HAGLER fight on April 6, 1987 in Las   Vegas, protesting promoter ROBERT ARUM’S refusal to work with female boxers.

 

LAILA ALI MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SPAR WITH HER FAMOUS DAD, BUT WOMAN BOXER, JACKIE TONAWANDA DID ON  SEPTEMBER 26, 1976

Jackie Tonawanda got the opportunity to work out in the gym and spar with MUHAMMAD ALI at his training camp at the Concord Hotel Kiamesha Lake, N.Y. TONAWANDA’S remarks about ALI: “Ali’s hands were faster than ever, I’m glad they weren’t touching me. His combinations were beautiful–a jet plane would do second to him.”

 

SO WHAT “DID” MUHAMMAD ALI AND JOE FRAZIER “REALLY” THINK OF WOMEN’S BOXING….. IN…. AH… 1978?

Source: Video tape of a documentary on Cathy “Cat” Davis—one of the most recognized and controversial women boxers of the 1970’s.  The documentary was about Cathy “Cat” Davis’ boxing career, and it also had many interviews of other persons.  Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were interviewed and asked their opinion about women’s boxing.  I was surprised to hear their responses, considering that they were given the opportunity to do what they loved to do— which was “box.” Joe Frazier was the first to comment on how he felt about the sport.  Frazier’s Comments: “Well, I would just “LOVE” to see the girls get into the ‘sports’ –maybe that would straighten out some of the situations that they have. Because women think that they can do being the things that “Men’s” can do, but I don’t really think so….”  Muhammad Ali’s Comments: “Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that… the bodies not made to be punched right here (Ali pats the breast area of his chest). Get “Hit” in the breast….. ‘hard’ ….and all that.” The commentator then asks Ali about in spite of what he had just said about women’s boxing, that what was his opinion of Cathy “Cat” Davis, a woman boxer who had 15 KO’s and who was “prettier” than him.   Muhammad Ali’s Comments: “She?…..Is it a “She”?….. It’s a she.. SURE it’s a she?……I don’t know her, not saying anything about her, I never heard of her. BUT, women who fight those type of physical sports, they do most everything like men….”    Yes…. that was my favorite male boxer, Muhammad Ali, saying that about women’s boxing when I was also struggling in the sport in 1978.  Written by: Sue TL Fox – June 8, 2001