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Hollie Dunaway

5'0½" Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway from Van Buren, Arkansas was born on October 18, 1984. She fights out of St. Louis, Missouri at strawweight, junior flyweight or flyweight and her trainer is Harold Petty.

Dunaway had no amateur background before she turned pro.  She told WBAN that she became interested in boxing by watching other female boxers training at the World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas and thinking that it "looked like fun."

She made her debut at 105 lbs on February 4, 2003 at New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, losing to Melissa Shaffer (100 lbs) also of Fort Smith, by a TKO in the second round. Dunaway began the bout aggressively but Shaffer wore her down by working the body and forced a standing eight count on the newcomer in the second round. The bout was stopped just before the end of the round when Shaffer landed a hard left hook to the body that hurt Dunaway. Shaffer improved her record to 4-0 (2 KO) with this win.

On March 22, 2003 at Wild Wings Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (107 lbs) evened her pro record at 1-1 (1 KO) with a first-round TKO over Jayde Chafardon (100 lbs), who fell to 0-2.

Hollie battles Via Zaganas in Las Vegas
Copyrighted photo by Mary Ann Owen

On April 26, 2003 at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Vaia Zaganas (106 lbs) of Burnaby, BC, Canada TKO'd Hollie (107 lbs) at 1:24 in the second round. The Las Vegas-based Zaganas, who was the reigning IFBA Strawweight champion, improved her record to 9-1-0 (4 KO) with this win over Dunaway 

On June 14, 2003 at World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (112 lbs) evened her record at 2-2 with a second-round TKO over debut fighter Shelen Rayford (119 lbs). 

On June 28, 2003 at Farmer's Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, Hollie (113 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision over Alejandra Lopez (114 lbs) of Fort Smith, who fell to 0-2.

On July 12, 2003 at Caesar's Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, Stephanie Dobbs (107 lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma won a four-round majority (38-38,39-38,39-38) decision over Hollie (107 lbs). Dobbs evened her record at 8-8-2 (5 KO) while Dunaway fell to 3-3 (2 KO). Dunaway told WBAN "I was really surprised by the decision, I thought that I had done enough to win."

On October 4, 2003 at World Class Fitness in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (109 lbs) TKO'd debut fighter Jacqueline Carlton (113 lbs) in the first round.

On October 25, 2003 at Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, Hollie (115 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Shannon Birmingham (120 lbs) of Hamilton, Alabama, who was a late replacement for Tonya Harding. Birmingham fell to 2-2-0 (1 KO).

On November 14, 2003 at Farmer's Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Hollie (115 lbs) won a fourth-round TKO over Kathy Garman (122 lbs) of Fort Smith, Arkansas who was making her pro debut. Dunaway was now 6-3-0 (4 KO) and was named "Busiest Rookie of the Year" by WBAN for 2003.

On January 24, 2004 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA, in a battle of two regional rivals, Hollie (now back down to 108 lbs) won a six-round majority (57-57,59-55,59-55) decision over Stephanie Dobbs (109 lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma.  A ringside correspondent said: "The rematch between Hollie Dunaway and Stephanie Dobbs was an excellent fight. Hollie won on decision in an obviously close contest. I had a chance to speak with Stephanie after the fight and this little woman has heart. She is a great competitor and a scrappy little fighter. Every punch has her whole body behind it and she doesn't give up. Hollie Dunaway looked to be in better condition and the final tally bore that out."  Dobbs fell to 8-13-2 (5 KO) with the loss.

On February 6, 2004 at Farmers Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Hollie won a four-round unanimous decision over Nikki Verbeck of Paris, Arkansas, who fell to 0-9.

On April 3,  2004 at Austin-Shain Youth Center in Clarksville, Arkansas, Hollie (107 lbs) TKO'd Alejandra Lopez (114 lbs) of Fort Smith who fell to 0-3.

On June 19, 2004 at World Class Fitness in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hollie (105 lbs) TKO'd Angel Shipps (5'1", 114 lbs) of St. Joseph, Missouri at 0:44 in the first round of a scheduled six-rounder. Dunaway caught Shipps with a straight right early in the fight and finished her off with a pair of uppercuts. The win gave Dunaway her eighth straight win and the vacant Midwest Junior Flyweight title. Shipps fell to 1-2.

On October 9, 2004 at World Wide Muay Thai In Fort Smith, Arkansas Hollie (112 lbs) stopped Tammy McGuire (128 lbs) in the second round.  McGuire went toe-to-toe with Dunaway for the first round before Dunaway started the second with a series of punches near the ropes. After being knocked down, McGuire waved her hands at the referee to signal the end of the fight.

On December 6, 2004 at Garibaldi's La Pantera Rosa in Doraville, Georgia, Hollie (98 lbs) won the WIBA Minimumweight world title with a ten-round unanimous (98-92,98-92,97-95) decision over Terri Moss (102 lbs) of Atlanta, Georgia.  Both fighters came out tentatively in the first round as they both tried to dictate the pace behind solid jabs. The action picked up in round two as Dunaway started to land solid rights from the outside that seemed to bewilder Moss. Rounds 3-6 were very close as both fighters remained in the middle of the ring taking turns landing solid right hands Rounds 7-10 seemed to be where Dunaway was able to pull off the victory as Moss began to tire and became a little sluggish, allowing her to land more telling blows as the fight concluded.  Moss fell to 6-6 (2 KOs).

vs. Regina Halmich in April 2005

On April 16, 2005 at Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany, Regina Halmich  (111¼  lbs) of Karlsruhe, Germany won a comfortable (98-92,99-91,99-91) ten-round unanimous decision over Hollie  (110¾ lbs) defending her WIBF Flyweight Title.  Dunaway started aggressively and Halmich seemed wary of her punching power at first, but Halmich began to take over the fight in the third round and began to ook confident countering Dunaway's energetic but often inaccurate punching style.  Halmich scored repeatedly with her left hook in the fifth and knocked Dunaway's mouthpiece out. Halmich went on to dominate the later rounds as Dunaway tired, but the American tried to make a fight of it in the ninth and tenth, only to be frustrated by the more experienced German's skills and effective late-round punching. Halmich moved her record to 46-1-1 (15 KOs) while Dunaway fell to 13-4-0 (8 KO).

Hollie battles Melissa Shaffer in February 2006
© Copyrighted photo taken by Allan Messick

On February 16, 2006 at Harrah’s, in North Kansas City, Missouri,
in the main event, Hollie Dunaway (99 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Melissa Shaffer (98 lbs) defending the WIBA World Minimumweight title.  When the winner was announced, thering announcer declared that there was a “new WIBA World Minimumweight champion.” so Shaffer briefly celebrated while Dunaway and the ref looked puzzled.
 Dunaway improved her record to 15-4-0 (9 KOs) while avenging her first pro loss, while Shaffer fell to 8-3-0 (5 KOs) with her third straight loss in a world title fight. (For more of Allan Messick's photos of this fight, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #333 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On September 21, 2006 at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, Hollie (101½ lbs) won by retirement at the end of the seventh round over Dee Hamaguchi (102 lbs) of New York. According to Dee, "I touched canvas twice in the first round, and Hollie won every round. I got a cut on the bridge of my nose and my nose was bleeding pretty steadily (first time for everything). I couldn't get off effectively, so my corner stopped it. All I can say is Hollie hits harder than anyone I fought; about the same as someone weighing in the 120's I would say."  Dunaway was defending her WIBA Minimumweight World title. Hamaguchi fell to a deceptive 1-8-3.

Hollie Dunaway vs Krisztina Belinszky
© Copyrighted photo taken by JollyDee

On November 25, 2006 at the Wekerle Sándor Sport and Leisure Complex in Mór, Hungary Hollie (104 lbs) won by a ten-round split (99-94,97-95,94-96) decision over local favorite Krisztina Belinszky (102½ lbs) of Hungary for the WIBF-GBU and WIBC minimumweight titles. The later rounds of tis fight were action packed and spectacular, according to Belinszky's publicist JollyDee. Belinszky congratulated Dunaway for her win and said she would like to have a rematch with Hollie if given the opportunity. (For more photos of this fight by JollyDee, see Photo Gallery #399 on the WBAN Records Member Site).  Belinszky fell to 19-6-2 (9 KOs).

Hollie Dunaway vs Stephanie Dobbs in 2007
© Copyrighted photo by Alan Messick

On February 22, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, Hollie (109 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-54) decision over Stephanie Dobbs (107¾ lbs) of Moore, Oklahoma. Hollie improved to 18-4-0 (10 KO's) with the win while Dobbs fell to  22-25-4 (13 KO's). (For more photos of this fight by Alan Messick, see Photo Gallery #417 on the WBAN Records Member Site). 

Dunaway and Rodriguez in March 2007
© Copyrighted photo by Jim Compton

On March 15, 2007 at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, Hollie (107 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-72,80-72,79-73) decision over former IFBA Junior Flyweight champion Wendy Rodriguez (105½ lbs) of Los Angeles. (For more photos of this fight by Jim Compton, see Photo Gallery #417 on the WBAN Records Member Site).  The 22-year old Dunaway improved to 19-4-0 (10 KOs) with one of her most impressive wins, while dropping Rodriguez to 17-3-3 (2 KOs).

On June 30, 2007 at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, Turkish- born Hülya Şahin (107 lbs), now fighting out of Cologne, Germany, retained her WIBF Junior Flyweight title with a split decision in a very close ten-rounder with Hollie (107¾ lbs). According to WBAN correspondent Torben L., it took some time for Şahin to get used to the style of Dunaway who had the upper hand in the early rounds. Şahin got stronger as the fight progressed, but it remained very close to the last bell. The three judges split their scoring, with Şahin winning by 96-94 and 97-94 on two cards and Dunaway by 96-94 on the other. Şahin improved to 18-0-0 (2 KO's).

On August 3, 2007 at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri, Hollie (111 lbs) won an eight round unanimous (80-72,79-73,78-74) decision over Mary Elizabeth Ortega (5'1", 110 lbs) of Kansas City, Missouri what was reported to WBAN as a very entertaining bout. For photos of this fight by Jim Compton, see Photo Gallery #436 on the WBAN Records Member Site). Ortega, who was the WBAN #3 ranked flyweight, fell to 30-4-1 (7 KOs) with the loss.

On September 27, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California, Carina Moreno of Watsonville, California won every round on all three judges' scorecards in a ten-rounder with  Hollie for her WBC Straw-weight [105-pound] world title. Moreno went forward all night while Hollie tried to tie Moreno up in clinches whenever the action got to close quarters.   Moreno, who had a 36-2 record as an amateur, improved her pro record to 14-1-0 (4 KOs) with the win.

On January 11, 2008 at the Viking Hotel and Conference Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Hollie (108¾ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Sharon Gaines (111¼ lbs) of Las Vegas, Nevada. According to a WBAN report by Jim Compton "While Sharon Gaines was continually on the attack, Hollie "Hotstuff" Dunaway patiently picked her shots and was able to ... grab the NABF Flyweight Title."  Dunaway improved to 21-6-0 (10 KOs) while dropping the scrappy Gaines's record  to 11-9-0 (3 KO's).

On June 13, 2008 at the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Wendy Rodriguez (101 lbs) of Los Angeles won a close and controversial ten-round split (96-94,98-92,94-96) decision over Hollie (104 lbs) for the vacant IFBA and IBA Strawweight World titles. Rodriguez improved to 9-4-3 (3 KOs).

On September 27, 2008 in a rematch at the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hollie (107 lbs)  and local favorite Sharon Gaines (112 lbs) fought to a six-round 57-57,57-57,56-58 majority draw. Gaines's record stayed even at 11-11-1 (3 KO's).

On February 28, 2009 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Ji Hyun Park (102 lbs) of South Korea successfully defended her IFBA Strawweight World title with a ten-round unanimous (96-94,97-93,98-92) decision over Hollie (101½ lbs). Park improved to 8-2 (4 KO's). Hollie trained for more than a month in Las Vegas prior to this fight.

On August 22, 2009 at Chaifetz Arena in St.Louis, Missouri, Hollie (105 lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Mayela Perez (108 lbs) of Saltillo, Mexico, who fell to 8-11-1 (7 KO's) with the loss. “I was pleased with my last performance", Hollie later told Dean Parr of BoxingScene.com, "I had a ‘little Margarito’ in front of me, throwing lots of punches and applying constant pressure which forced me to keep my hands busy and fight smart.”

On January 28, 2010 at the Coca-Cola Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Hollie (107 lbs) won a six-round split (58-56,60-54,55-59) decision over previously-unbeaten Chantel Cordova (107 lbs) of Pueblo, Colorado.  Dunaway improved to 23-8-1 (10 KOs) with the win while former two-time US amateur champion Cordova slipped to 7-1-1 (3 KO's). There were no knockdowns but Cordova's nose was bloodied.  "From talking to people at ringside, they told me they thought Hollie should have won a unanimous decision," said Ron Brand, Dunaway's manager who also worked her corner. "It was a rough and tough fight. Hollie was landing solid shots. Chantel hadn't been in the ring for a couple of years, but she was still an undefeated fighter. Hollie set up the jab and right crosses. In clinches, Hollie caught her on breaks. They put on quite a show."

On November 6, 2010 at Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico, Ana Maria Torres (114¾ lbs) of Mexico City, Mexico, TKO'd Hollie (110¼ lbs) at 1:13 in the sixth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBC Junior Bantamweight title. Torres, whose aggressive fast-forward style had kept Dunaway backing up for much of the earlier rounds, trapped her in a corner and the fight was stopped by the referee after Dunaway took a series of hard shots to the head. Dunaway fell to 23-9-1 (10 KO's) with the loss while Torres improved to 23-4-2 (14 KO's).

Hollie Dunaway vs Katia GutierrezOn April 16, 2011 at the World Trade Center in Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, Katia (Katty) Gutierrez (105 lbs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico won an unanimous (99-91,98-92,97-93) decision over Hollie Dunaway (105 lbs) for the vacant IBF Straw-weight title.. Dunaway was never able to neutralize the speed and power of Gutierrez who controlled the action of an exciting fight with many intense exchanges.  Dunaway fell to 23-10-1 with the loss while Gutierrez improved to 12-3 (3 KO's).

Other Hollie Dunaway links

To check out fight reports, complete up-to-date boxing records, with huge digital photos you can go to the WBAN Records Member Site, which includes WBAN Exclusive HOT Gallery #117 of Hollie Dunaway.   

Last updated: Saturday, 15 December 2012


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