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5'7" lightweight "Merciless" Mary McGee was born on September 25, 1986 in Gary, Indiana, USA. Raised by a devoutly religious grandmother, the former high school cheerleader had to choose between a boxing career or an easier life with her family.

As an amateur she boxed out of John Taylor's Gary Police Athletic Gym in Gary, Indiana. Under Taylor's training, she won the 156-lb Novice Championship at the 2004 Chicago Golden Gloves and was  named captain of the PAL team in 2004 and 2005.

She made her pro debut on May 20, 2005 at the Radisson Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville, Indiana, weighing in at 144 lbs and winning a four-round unanimous (40-32,40-32,40-32) decision over pro debuter Jasmine Davis (144 lbs) of Madison, Wisconsin.

On July 8, 2005 at the Radisson Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville, Mary (142 lbs) TKO'd Willicia Moorehead (5'10", 137 lbs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 1:37 in the third round of a scheduled four-rounder. Moorehead fell to 2-17 with this loss.

On September 30, 2005  at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, Mary (140 lbs) knocked out Brandi Davis (5'5", 140 lbs) of Milwaukee, WIsconsin at 0:51 in the first round. Davis fell to 0-3 and has not fought professionally since.

On October 21, 2005 at Caesars Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana, Mary (138 lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Brandy Pope (138 lbs) of Olive Branch, Mississippi at 1:53 in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder.

On February 24, 2006 at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana, Mary (140 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-35,40-35,40-35) decision over Susan Winner (148 lbs) of Lawrence, Kansas, who fell to 0-1-1.

On April 14, 2006 at the Radisson Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville, Mary (143 lbs) won by a TKO over pro debuter Kelah Pollari (142 lbs) of Milwaukee at 0:57 in the first round of a scheduled  four-rounder (photo at left).

On May 26, 2006 at Resorts Casino in East Chicago, Indiana, Mary (141 lbs) won a six-round majority (58-56,59-55,58-58) decision over Leora Jackson (140 lbs) of Springdale, Arkansas, who fell to 2-7 (0 KO's).

On November 17, 2006 before a packed house at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Mary (137 lbs) faced unbeaten (9-0) rival Rita Figueroa (138) from Chicago, Illinois in a scheduled eight-rounder for the IN.B.A. Junior Welterweight title. The fight was stopped at 0:41 in the fourth round due to a clash of heads, and it was ruled a no contest. The scorecards for the first three rounds read 30-27 McGee, 29-28 McGee, 28-29 Figueroa.   


Mary McGee (L) vs Kim Colbert
Copyrighted Photo by Juan C. Allyon

On February 9, 2007 at the Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Indiana, Mary (134 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (39-37,38-37,38-37) decision over Kim Colbert (137 lbs) of Southfield, Michigan who fell to 2-12 (2 KO's) with the loss. McGee received a standing eight count in the first round, but came back to take the decision over the always-dangerous Colbert.  According to WBAN correspondent Juan C. Allyon, "In the first, Colbert nearly floored McGee. Knocking her off balance on the ropes, she unloaded with both fists. Covering up and pinned down on the lower ropes, McGee drew an eight count. Resuming, she knocked Colbert across the ring with a counter. Springing, she unloaded. The two battered each other back and forth until the bell. Colbert’s rushing tactics threw McGee off balance in the first half of the second round. Clearly uncomfortable, McGee slipped into a pattern of covering on the ropes while Colbert unloaded with winging, looping blows from odd angles. Coming off the ropes, she said, “F—you,” to Colbert’s corner when they said McGee was scared. That did it. She bulled forward and pounded Colbert against the ropes. The two took slugged hard until the bell. Changing gears in the third, McGee began moving more, spearing with two or three punch bursts, then circling out instead of waiting for the counter. Boxing better, she asserted herself. Her puzzle was solved. This tactic carried into the fourth and final round. McGee jabbed, crossed and circled out when Colbert pressured her to the ropes. The two slugged toe to toe for the last 30 seconds of the round."

On April 20, 2007 at the Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Indiana, Mary (137 lbs) KO'd Christina Jones (139 lbs) of Cincinnati, Ohio at 1:07 in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder (photo at right). Jones fell to 0-3 with the loss.

On June 8, 2007 at , Mary (133 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36, 40-35,40-36) decision over Eva Lidia Silva (138 lbs) of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico who fell to 4-8 (0 KO's). Try as she might teeing-off on rugged, but ultimately outmatched Silva,  According to Juan C. Ayllon for CyberBoxingZone: "McGee was unable to stop her over four rounds. Their bout appeared on the cusp of a stoppage in the first and fourth rounds, but Silva was truculent enough in swinging back to stay in the bout. The decision was a mere formality."  (Fight photos here).

On September 21, 2007 at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Mary (135 lbs) TKO'd Willicia Moorehead (132 lbs) at 1:33 in the first round of a scheduled six-rounder. Moorehead fell to 2-18 with her second loss to McGee.


Tawnyah Freeman (L) vs Mary McGee

On October 19, 2007 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mary (139 lbs) TKO'd Tawnyah Freeman (137 lbs) of Fort Smith, Arkansas at 1:12 in the fifth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the NABC Lightweight title. Freeman fell to 8-5 (3 KO's) with the loss. According to a press release from One In A Million Boxing, "McGee dropped Freeman for the first time in round three and twice in the fourth. McGee, who got stronger and sharper as the fight went on, finished Freeman off at 1:12 of the fifth. 'At first, it was hard for me to settle down,' McGee said after the victory, 'but I looked to my corner and my trainer Carlos (Jones) told me to relax and do what we worked on in the gym. So that's what I did. When she threw her jab, I moved and then dropped her.'"

On December 14, 2007 at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana, Mary (140 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-54) decision over Leora Jackson (144 lbs) who fell to 2-11-0. According to a press release on EastSideBoxing.com"From the opening bell, McGee was clearly a more skilled boxer, stronger puncher and smarter fighter, but Jackson proved to have a chin of granite, taking power shot after power shot during every round and refusing to go away. After the bout, McGee said, "She's (Jackson) a tough girl. Tonight I beat her more convincingly than I did in 2006. Now I'm moving on and will be looking to win another title next year."

On April 19, 2008 at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana, Mary (135 lbs) TKO'd Renee Richardt Douglas (134 lbs) of Fenton, Missouri at 1:22 in the first round of a scheduled six-rounder. This was Richardt Douglas's second straight loss since a three-year layoff from pro competition, and dropped her pro record to 11-6-1 (4 KO's). "I worked very hard to make sure everyone understood how serious I was about defending my title tonight", McGee told NWI.com, adding "I hope everyone saw what they wanted to see."

On August 2, 2008 at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Indiana, Mary (134 lbs) TKO'd Tonya Gallegos (5'6", 132 lbs) of  Denver, Colorado at 1:52 in the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Gallegos fell to 4-9 (2 KO's) with the loss.


Jessica Mohs vs Mary McGee
Photo: One In A Million Boxing

On January 23, 2009 at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville, Mary (133 lbs) TKO'd Jessica Mohs (131 lbs) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 0:01 in the third round of a scheduled six-rounder. Mohs fell to 7-20-2 (2 KO's) with the loss.

McGee said that she entered her bout with Mohs carrying a heavy heart following the passing of another World Champion Giselle Salandy 17-0 (6 KOs). "I have the ultimate respect for her and I looked up to her," said McGee of Salandy. "This fight is for her and her family, this is one fighter that I had really respected and there are not many female fighters that I do respect the way I do Gisselle."

On April 25, 2009 at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana,
Mary won a 10-round majority (95-95,97-93,97-93) decision over in-state rival  Kristy Follmar of Cedar Lake, Indiana for the vacant WBC International Junior Welterweight title.
According to Jacob Chavez at FightNews.com, "As the ladies entered the ring, the shouting and applause from the audience was deafening as the action got started right away. Both fighters aggressively looked to establish a jab. Follmar displayed good footwork as she circled the ring and used her taller frame to keep the action at a good range. The crafty McGee demonstrated great skills in her aggression. She landed solid combinations while fighting on the inside which gave her the ability to cut-off the ring. McGee continued to press the action in the second while she displayed better accuracy in her punching. Follmar was very game when trading with her opponent but often ate more punches than she connected with. Follmar began to make adjustments in the third as she circled McGee more effectively and found a better rhythm with her punches. She also focused more on the jab, but McGee wisely stuck to her strategy. Midway into the round, she pounced on Follmar and lured her into trading power shots. Again, the fans went berserk as they came together for explosive exchanges.  McGee once more had a higher connect percentage as she shortened her punches, despite absorbing plenty of punishment herself. Follmar looked to step up the pace in the fourth by becoming more aggressive than in the previous rounds. She focused early on the body and scored with solid combinations. But McGee however did not back off as she successfully countered to the head of her opponent. Round five would go to Follmar due to her steady and relentless pressure. This seemed to be taking somewhat of a toll on McGee as she slowed slightly. Round six also saw terrific trading with Follmar once again landing and moving, however McGee connected with the more effective punches. Rounds eight and nine were extremely close. Follmar stuck to her guns with combinations on the outside. McGee continued to land with hard counters within close range. The tenth and final round showed what makes certain fights special and keeps people talking for years to come. The grueling and debilitating exchanges from both fatigued women had fans on their feet throughout the stanza. Both woman wanted the win and pushed for it. There was no more boxing or back peddling; it was all toe-to-toe trading. In the end McGee let out a cry and fell to her knees in tears when announced as the winner, and like a true sportsman, Follmar applauded and congratulated her."  Follmar fell to 16-2 (9 KO's).


Brooke Dierdorff (L) vs Mary McGee in February 2010

Copyrighted photo courtesy Team No Mercy

On February 26, 2010 at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana, Brooke Dierdorff  (133 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (58-56,58-56,58-56) decision over Mary McGee (136 lbs). According to NW Indiana Times correspondent Nate Ulrich, "Dierdorff controlled the first four rounds with several hard charges that repeatedly pinned McGee against the ropes. McGee, however, opened the fifth round with a relentless attack and ended the sixth by drawing blood from Dierdorff's nose. Still, McGee's late emergence wasn't enough in the end."  Dierdorff improved to 6-4-1 (3 KO's) with the win. 

On July 30, 2011 at the US Steel Yard in Gary, Indiana, Mary McGee returned to action at 138 lbs and won a six-round decision over Ashleigh Curry (138 lbs) of St.Joseph, Missouri who fell to 3-6-2 (1 KO). 

On September 8, 2012 at the Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana, Mary McGee (135 lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision in a rematch with Ashleigh Curry (135 lbs) of St. Joseph, Missouri. McGee improved her record to 19-1 (10 KO's) while Curry dropped to 4-8-2 (1 KO).

On December 7, 2012 at the Route 66 Casino near Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary McGee (138 lbs) defeated Victoria Cisneros (138 lbs) of Albuquerque by a TKO at 0:23 in the fourth round.  Cisneros fell to 8-14-2 (3 KO's) while McGee punched her ticket for a followup fight in New Mexico with local favorite Holly Holm.

On May 11, 2013 at the Route 66 Casino near Albuquerque, New Mexico, Holly Holm (139 lbs) of Albuquerque ended her boxing career defending her IBA and WBF junior welterweight titles with a unanimous decision over Mary McGee (137 lbs) with scores of 100-90 on all three judges' cards.  McGee fell to 20-2 (11 KO’s) while Holm retired from the sport with a 33-2-3 (9 KO) record.

"I am committed to my career and to training hard every day," said McGee, who regularly spars with more experienced male fighters. "I chose this sport because I know how to work hard, and the world will see the results of my work."

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