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5'5" bantamweight Anita Christensen from Randers, Denmark was born on October 29, 1971.  She posted a 19-2-0 record as an amateur boxer and was the 1998 Nordic 57-kg Women's Champion.

On February 16, 2000 in Give, Denmark, Anita (121¼ lbs) won her pro debut with a TKO at 1:13 of the first round over Veronica Szucz (121¼ lbs) of Hungary in a scheduled four-rounder. Szucz had also boxed as an amateur, compiling a 10-5-0 record. The loss dropped Szucz's pro record to 1-4-0.

On March 25, 2000, in Aarhus, Denmark, Anita (123¾ lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,40-36) decision over Piroska Beki (124 lbs) of Hungary, who fell to 1-1.

April 29, 2000 in Varde, Denmark, Anita (119¾ lbs) won by a third-round TKO of Italy's Chiara Benedettini (121¼ lbs), who fell to 2-2. Benedettini took "a steady beating" throughout the fight, but was never knocked down, according to the Women's Boxing Page correspondent. WBAN's European correspondent said that Benedettini never seemed to get into the fight, and that Christensen was better both physically and technically. In the first round, Christensen controlled the fight with left jabs to the head, and also worked the body with combinations. Christensen dominated the second round and the he referee stopped the bout in the third when Benedettini began to turn away from Christensen's attack. She hasn't fought professionally since. Christensen  prepared for the fight by going to Poland to spar with Polish welterweight Iwona Guzowska, according to WBAN's European reporter.

May 25, 2000 in Frederiksvaerk, Denmark, Anita won by a second-round TKO over Sónia Pereira of Portugal in a scheduled four-rounder. Pereira took a standing eight count in the second and the fight was stopped as Christensen continued to land. Periera had previously lost to Regina Halmich (TKO 7) in August 1995, to Krisztina Krek (six-round decision) in September 1999 and to Daisy Lang (UD 10) in October 1999. She had been a world ranked Muay Thai kickboxer.

August 19, 2000 at Sport-hallerne in Silkeborg, Denmark, a crowd estimated at 500 saw Anita (119½ lbs) win by a TKO at 1:30 of the first round over Romy Heine (110¼ lbs) of Germany. Heine, a southpaw, was knocked backwards by a right cross and referee Per Malmberg stepped in to give her a standing eight count. Heine later crouched on the canvas after a flurry from Christensen and the fight was stopped. A Women's Boxing Page correspondent described Heine as "small, inept and overmatched". Heine's record was given as 7-2-1, but this may include bouts other than pro boxing and she hasn't fought professionally since.

On October 13, 2000 at Stadionhal in Aarhus, Denmark, Anita (116¾ lbs) won a scheduled eight-rounder by TKO when Gizella Papp (117¼ lbs) of Hungary did not come out for the fourth round after going to the canvas twice in the third. WBAN's European reporter said that the fight was "somewhat disappointing, and that Papp never had a clear chance against the likes of Christensen" He said that while Papp had some nice footwork, she turned her side whenever punches were thrown at her. In the third round, Papp was knocked down twice, but got up both times. Papp then decided that she had Had enough, and didn't answer the bell for the fourth round. The Women's Boxing Page correspondent said "Papp ran for two rounds, was caught in the next and quit." Papp, who had been fighting since 1995, fell to a reported 8-2 (and hasn't fought professionally since).

On November 24, 2000 at Randers-hallen in her home town of Randers, Denmark, an estimated crowd of 600 saw Anita (115¾ lbs) win the WIBF European Bantamweight title with a ten-round (99-94,99-92,99-92) decision over Krisztina Krek (116¼ lbs) of Austria. Christensen seemed nervous in the early rounds which saw little, but she landed the stronger punches and had little trouble with the light-punching Austrian when she found her rhythm later in the fight. Krek fell to 10-4 with the loss, then went on to record three wins in Austria in 2001 before retiring.

On January 19, 2001 in Hadsund, Denmark, Anita moved to 8-0 (5 KO's) with a unanimous six-round decision over Valérie Rangeard of France, who fell to 0-5 in bouts that I can verify as pro boxing.

On September 7, 2001 in Lemvig, Jutland, Denmark, she won a six-round (60-54,60-54,60-53) decision over Damaris Muthoni of Nairobi, Kenya, who fell to 2-1-2 in her first contest outside Kenya. There were no knockdowns, but Muthoni took a standing eight count in the final round.

Christensen vs. BonevaOn October 12, 2001 at Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark, Anita moved to 10-0 (6 KOs) with a TKO at 0:23 of the sixth-round over an overmatched Iliana Boneva of Bulgaria. Christensen injured her right hand in the second round but still had little trouble with the inexperienced 19-year old Bulgarian, who had little defense but a strong chin and plenty of determination. Christensen took very few punches while landing almost at will and bloodying Boneva's face but she wasn't able to close the fight out quickly and was taken to a hospital for treatment of her hand. Boneva suffered her second loss in two weeks; she went on to lose to Diana Szilyagi and Cathy Brown in 2001.

On November 9, 2001 in Odense, Denmark, Anita defended her WIBF European bantamweight title with a 10-round unanimous (98-92,97-93,97-94) decision over Galina Giumliiska Ivanova of Sofia, Bulgaria. The hand injury suffered by Christensen in her previous bout did not visibly affect her performance as she counterpunched effectively to control the aggressive Giumliiska, who had upset Poland's Iwona Guzowska in her previous fight. Giumliiska fell to 5-6 (1 KO) with the loss; she went on to win the WIBF European featherweight title in 2003.

After the win over Giumliiska, Christensen was reported to have "dead tissue" in the index finger of her right hand which required surgery to allow her to continue boxing, and sidelined her for almost eighteen months.

On April 25, 2003 at Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Tyskland, Germany, Anita, returned to competition and won a six-round unanimous decision over unranked Renata Vesecka of the Czech Republic. Vesecka fell to 2-3-0 (1 KO).

Christensen in 2001On May 16, 2003 at Congres Centrum in Den Haag, The Netherlands, Anita won a six-round unanimous decision over unranked Daniela Graff of Karlsruhe, Germany, who fell to 3-3-1 (1 KO).

On October 24, 2003 at KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Anita (117¾ lbs) progressed to 14-0-0 (6 KO) with a six-round unanimous shutout (60-54) decision over Stephanie Dobbs of Moore, Oklahoma, USA (5'1", up to 114¾ lbs for this fight). Dobbs fell to 8-11-2 (5 KO) with the loss, her first bout outside the USA and her first at 114 lbs in over a year.

On December 13, 2003 at Falconer Centret, Copenhagen, Denmark, Anita Christensen (118½ lbs) fought a six-rounder with Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer (120 lbs) of Israel, but the bout was had to be ruled a no decision without scoring because the Israeli was only 19 years old, and too young to box professionally under Danish rules. 

On January 17, 2004 at Radisson SAS hotel in Aarhus, Denmark, Anita weighed in at 117¾ lbs and won a controversial split (93-97,97-94,96-95) decision over Florida-based Ada Velez (117½ lbs) of Puerto Rico for the WIBA and WIBF Bantamweight titles. Christensen was knocked down in the eighth round and Velez was the aggressor for much of the fight. Velez fell to 14-2-2 (6 KO).

On June 17, 2005 at SAS Radisson in Aarhus, Denmark, Anita (118 lbs) returned from a 18-month layoff to win a 60-54, 60-54 and 60-54 unanimous six-round decision over Oksana Romanova, (115¼ lbs) of the Ukraine.  Romanova fell to 3-5-1 (0 KOs).

On September 30, 2005 at Vesthallen in Slagelse, Denmark, Anita (118 lbs) won by a KO at 1:59 of the fifth round over Monika Petrova (119 lbs) of Sofia, Bulgaria in a scheduled six-rounder. Petrova fell to 1-8-0 (0 KOs).

On June 9, 2006 in Aarhus, Denmark, Anita (121¼ lbs) returned to the ring and won a six-round unanimous decision over Jane Kavulani (120¼ lbs) of Kenya, who fell to 1-4-1 (0 KO's) in her first pro bout outside Africa.

On October 14, 2006 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Anita (118 lbs) won the WBA/WBC/GBU belts in a very close ten-round unanimous (96-94, 96-94 and 97-94) decision over Nadia Hokmi (118 lbs) of France. According to WBAN correspondent Torben L., Nadia Hockmi came forward from the first bell, and it was obvious that Christensen was struggling to find a way to counter the very aggressive Hockmi, although she had a slight reach advantage. He adds that "Anita Christensen really got her straight punches working from round 7 and scored with plenty of left-right-left combinations in the last four rounds. The first 5-6 rounds were fought at a very high pace, possibly too high for Hockmi, who appeared to be running out of steam in the later rounds."  Hockmi was unhappy with the decision and took the microphone to air her frustration after the scores were announced, calling the decision a big problem for women's boxing. Hockmi fell to 7-4-0 (4 KOs) with the loss.

On November 24, 2006 at Falconer Centret in Copenhagen, Anita (121¼ lbs) defeated Jessica Mohs (121¼ lbs) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-54) decision.  According to WBAN's correspondent this was "a typical boxer vs. slugger fight. Jessica Mohs was a very plucky opponent, who kept coming forward through all six rounds, despite being punished by crisp counter punching by Christensen throughout the fight. Occasionally Mohs managed to drag Christensen into fighting inside, which did make her [Christensen] lose momentum and style. After being reprimanded between rounds by her trainer Kjeld Krogh, Christensen went back to what she does best,  scoring with her left jab and crossing Mohs as she came forward. Christensen showed very good technical boxing, piling up points and her excellent footwork and speed prevented Mohs to get through with much."  Christensen improved to 20-0-0 (7 KOs) while Mohs fell to 6-13-1 (1 KO).

On September 14, 2007 at the Forum, in Horsens, Denmark, Anita (117¼ lbs) defeated Bettina Gabriela Garino (116 lbs) of Cordoba, Argentina by a 10-round unanimous decision. Christensen retained her WBA, WBC, and GBU Bantamweight belts. The judges scored the bout 100-90, 99-91 & 99-91. It is reported from the card that a very aggressive Garino made life difficult for Christensen in the early rounds, while the Danish world champion looked more convincing later in the fight.  The 30-year-old Garino fell to 8-3-1 (1 KOs).

On November 24, 2007 in Gilleleje, Denmark,
Anita TKO’d late replacement Micaela Calugareanu of Romania in the third round of a scheduled six rounder.
Calugareanu fell to 0-2-0.

On March 23, 2008 in Esbjerg, Denmark, Anita (117¾ lbs) defended her WBC Bantamweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Jane Kavulani (117½ lbs) of Vihiga, Kenya.  According to WBAN correspondent Torben L., "Kavulani was a late substitute for Galina Ivanova who had to call the fight off due to illness. Kavulani, who has already lost a previous fight against Christensen - was never a threat to the reigning champion, who was in control throughout the 10 rounds. The fight lacked the edge and tension that one expects from a world championship fight, and this was emphasized by the score 100-89 by all three judges. Kavulani took a count in the tenth round after a hard body shot."  Christensen improved her record to 24-0-0 (8 KO's) while Kavulani fell to 7-8-2 (1 KO).

On June 21, 2008 at Brondby Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Galina Koleva Ivanova (117½ lbs) of Bulgaria won the WBC, GBU and the vacant WBA Bantamweight titles by defeating Anita (117¼ lbs) by a convincing 98-91, 97-93 and 100-89 ten-round unanimous decision. Christensen, who was knocked down in the fourth round,  fell to 24-1 with the loss while Ivanova, who had previously held the WIBF Junior Bantamweight and EBU Featherweight titles, improved to 9-6-2 (0 KO's).

On March 26, 2010 at Arena Midt in Kjellerup, Denmark
22-year-old Kaliesha West (117¾ lbs) of Moreno Valley, California fought to a 10-round majority  (95-95,95-95,94-96) draw with Anita Christensen (116½ lbs) for the vacant World Professional Boxing Federation bantamweight belt.  West moved her pro record to
11-1-2 (2 KOs) while Christensen's went to 24-1-1 (8 KOs).

On May 26, 2012 at the Skyline Arena in Randers, Denmark, Anita Christensen (117½ lbs) made a successful return to the ring when she defeated Isabelle Leonardi (118½ lbs) of Paris, France by a six-round unanimous (58-56,59-56,58-56) decision. Christensen improved to 25-1-1 (8 KO's) while Leonardi fell to 8-10-2 (3 KO's).

Anita Christensen is promoted and managed by Bettina Palle and trained by Brian Mathiasen. Bettina Palle can be reached by email at teampalle@teampalle.dk or fax to +45 33 24 84 84.

Page last updated: Tuesday June 26, 2012


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