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
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
(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
Christensen's attack. She hasn't fought professionally since.
prepared for the fight by going to Poland to spar with Polish
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
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
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
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
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.
On 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
(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
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).
On 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
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
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
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)
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).
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,
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
On March 26, 2010 at Arena Midt in Kjellerup,
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).
Christensen is promoted and managed by Bettina Palle and trained by Brian
Bettina Palle can be reached by email at email@example.com
or fax to +45 33 24 84 84.
Tuesday June 26, 2012