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Frida Wallberg
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5'6" Frida Wallberg from Gøteborg, Sweden (born April 28 1983) had a very successful amateur boxing career, compiling a 48-5 record at the national and international levels before turning pro as a lightweight in February 2004.
 

Frida Wallberg as an amateurFrida was a two time winner of the Nordic Women's Championship and a six-time (1998 to 2003) Swedish National Champion, boxing out of the Åtvidaberg Boxing Club. She won the Swedish 63.5-kg title in December 1998 with a 5-2 victory over Annika Weman, and in December 1999 with a RSC-2 victory over F. Gjörstrup.

She fought Canadian national champion and current pro boxer Jaime Clampitt in the first leg of the Canada-Sweden Dual in Sudbury/Azilda, Ontario on March 24, 1999, losing by an 11-5 decision, but went on to defeat Canada's Tanya Robertson by a 15-9 score three days later in Toronto. On May 15, 1999 at the international Feenix Cup tournament in Turku, Finland, she avenged her loss to Jaime Clampitt by defeating her 10-6 in the tournament semifinal. She then went on to defeat Anna Gutierrez of the USA by a 12-6 score to win the tournament title.

She lost to Myriam Lamare of France in the 63.5 kg (139-lb) semifinal of the Feenix Box Cup in October 2001 but she avenged this loss in December by winning the 63.5-kg world title at the inaugural AIBA world championship in Scranton, Pennsylvania, edging out Lamare by a 12-10 score.   Wallberg had defeated Terhi Luka of Finland (16-1), Joy Liu of the USA (15-3) and  Cristina Cerpi of Italy (12-8) to reach the world title bout with Lamare.


Frida Wallberg in her pro debut vs. Maribel Santana
Photo courtesy Team Palle

Frida made her pro debut on February 6, 2004 at Falconer Centre in Copenhagen, Denmark. Weighing in at 131 lbs, she scored a second-round TKO over Maribel Santana (130¾ lbs) of the Dominican Republic when Santana retired after the first round, owing to blurred vision in her left eye. Santana fell to 1-1-1 with the loss.

On March 13, 2004 at Bröndby Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, Frida (133 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,40-36) decision over Viktoria Olenik (130 lbs) of Kiev, Ukraine. Wallberg said she wasn't fully satisfied with her victory, “I was too tense and nervous and I put too much effort into landing a single knockout punch”, she told Aftonbladet, adding that she had a minor cold and could not come up to her usual standard of performance. Olenik also had an awkward style that gave Wallberg some problems and she got more into the fight as Wallberg appeared to tire. Olenik fell to 0-4-1 with the loss.

On April 3, 2004 at SAS Radisson Hotel in Aarhus, Denmark, Frida (128½ lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision over Sharon Gaines (126½ lbs) of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, who fell to 2-1-0 (0 KO). WBAN's European Correspondent Torben L. reported that Wallberg won by using her extra height and reach very well.


Frida Wallberg vs. Stoyanka Krasteva
Photo courtesy Team Palle

On November 12, 2004 at Brøndby Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark
Frida (130 lbs) easily won a six-round unanimous (60-52,60-52,60-50) decision over Stoyanka Krasteva (132 lbs) of Bulgaria. Frida's  original opponent, Ilona Papp, had to call off the fight and Krasteva substituted for her at short notice. Krasteva, who took an eight count in both the second and the sixth rounds, fell to 1-2 with the loss.  The fight was shown on PPV.


Frida Wallberg vs. Angela Cannizzaro
Photo courtesy Team Palle

On April 15, 2005 at KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark, Frida
(132¼ lbs) won a hard-fought six-round unanimous (59-55,59-55,59-55) decision over Angela Cannizzaro (133½ lbs) of Reggio Calabria, Italy.  Wallberg improved to 5-0 (1 KO) while Cannizzaro fell to 2-1 (1 KO) with the loss.

On June 17, 2005 at the SAS Radisson in Aarhus, Denmark, Frida
(130 lbs) won the vacant WIBF Intercontinental Junior Lightweight title with a unanimous (99-92,99-91,99-91) decision over Zarika Njeri (5'5½", 125¼ lbs) of Kenya. According to a local report, it was reported that the fight was a "tough" fight, where Wallberg got the upper hand by using her left jab and right hook well, but Njeri remained dangerous and countered well. Njeri also bit Wallberg on the collarbone twice during the fight, leaving a red welt and inevitable comparisons with Mike Tyson!  Wallberg improved to 6-0-0 (1 KO) as a professional while Njeri fell to 5-1-1 (2 KOs). 

In July 2007 WBAN reported that Frida was back in training after giving birth to a baby girl on March 30, 2007 and was hoping to return to boxing.  

Her actual return to the pro ring was delayed until September 17, 2010 at Pabellon Municipal Villa de Onda in Onda, Spain. Frida (134½ lbs) took on Irina Boldea (132¼ lbs) of Târgu Jiu, Romania, in a scheduled six-rounder.  Boldea retired at the start of the fourth round after being down in the second and third rounds. Boldea dropped to 1-2-1 (0 KO's) with the loss.

On September 24, 2010 at Sundsta Idrottshus in Karlstad, Sweden, Frida (134¼ lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Nicole Boss (134½ lbs) of Wohlen, Switzerland, who fell to 5-3-1 (4 KO's).

On November 27, 2010 at Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden, Frida (128½ lbs) took on Olivia Gerula (128 lbs) of Winnipeg, Canada for the WBC Junior Lightweight title.  There were several controversial aspects to this fight.  First, the WBC sanctioned an eight-round fight for its world title in deference to Swedish rules which for many years had banned professional boxing altogether and only recently allowed women's competition with limits to the lengths of the fights. (The last 8-round fight in Sweden had been in 1967). Second, the "historic" fight's unanimous (77-75,78-75,78-75) decision for the home-standing Frida was controversial.  Gerula, who had negotiated a 10-round rematch outside Sweden into her fight contract told WBAN "I believe I have just played a part in a much bigger picture and now the WBC will again make progressive history with the 10 round rematch clause that was put into contract. And it is my only conciliation that when the rematch takes place this decision will be put to rights!"  Gerula slipped to 13-11-2 (3 KO's).

On September 3, 2011 at Karlstad CCC in Karlstad, Sweden, Frida (129 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (99-91,98-92,98-92) decision over Olivia Gerula (130 lbs) in a rematch for the WBC Junior Lightweight title. The fight was scrappy and closely fought in most rounds but Wallberg clearly won several stanzas and also finished stronger with Gerula against the ropes. Gerula told WBAN: "The fight did not go as planned but not for lack of trying. I lost. The fight was still a mess but this time she deserved to win." Gerula’s record fell to 13-12-2 (3 KO) while Wallberg remained undefeated at 10-0 (2 KO's) and became the first Swedish professional boxer to defend a world title in her home country.

On April 27, 2012  at the Cloetta Center in Linkoping, Sweden, Frida Wallberg (129½ lbs) retained the WBC Junior Lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous (98-93,97-93,96-94) decision over Amanda Serrano (129¼ lbs) of New York City, NY. Serrano fought aggressively and took the action to Wallberg for the whole ten rounds, but still came up on the short end of the decision on the scorecards.  Wallberg advanced to 11-0-0 (2 KO's)  while Serrano suffered her first pro loss and dropped to 14-1-1 (9 KO's). [Video]

Frida with WBC belt
Frida Wallberg the winner with the WBC belt!
Photo provided by Team Wallberg

From 1969 to 2010, Sweden was one of five countries that banned professional boxing (the others are Cuba, North Korea, Iceland and Norway).  Paradoxically, the late-20th century revival of women's amateur boxing was pioneered by the Swedish Amateur Boxing Association, which first sanctioned women's events in 1988 and held its first women's national amateur championship in 1994. Frida Wallberg had the benefits of an extensive and highly competitive amateur career to prepare her to face the best in her weight class ... but she was forced to spend her early pro career fighting on foreign soil. 

Frida is trained and managed by Wally Munteanu of Gothenburg, Sweden.  We thank Frida's former promoter Bettina Palle for providing fight photos from 2004 to 2005 for this bio.

Check out the nine-minute interview video with Frida at Trans World Sport which shows her training regime and some highlights of her fight with Amanda Serrano.  In this interview Wallberg states that she would like eventually to go up in weight and face Norwegian world welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.

To check out fight reports, complete up-to-date boxing records, with huge digital photos you can go to the WBAN Records Member Site

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