5'3" Regina Halmich from
Karlsruhe, Germany is probably Europe's best-known female boxer.
Born on 22 November 1976 in Karlsruhe,
Halmich gave up her job as a lawyer's clerk to become a professional
boxer in 1993 and competed in the sport until announcing her retirement
in 2007. She was trained by Torsten Schmitz and managed by Klaus-Peter
Kohl. She held the WIBF world Junior Flyweight, Flyweight and
Junior Bantamweight titles as well as the European Junior Flyweight and
Regina maintained a typical pace of three
to five fights a year against a mixture of serious
contenders ncluding the best in the sport at her eight, and some "soft"
opponents. She was a technical boxer with an aggressive style
her fights exciting to watch and also made her the emblem of women's
boxing and a national celebrity in Germany.
On March 4, 1994, in Karlsruhe, she won
her debut with a 5-round unanimous decision over Holland's Fienie
On April 22, 1994 in Karlsruhe she knocked
out Birgit Veerle of Belgium in the third round of a scheduled
On June 17 1994 in Karlsruhe she won by
first-round KO over Sonja Silva of Portugal.
On June 5, 1994 in Bruchsal, Germany and
again on September 2 1994 in Karlsruhe she won six-round unanimous
decisions over French kickboxing champion Severine Grandsire, in
Grandsire's first two bouts as a pro boxer.
On November 25, 1994 she won the WIBF
European Flyweight title with a 10-round decision over
Britain's Cheryl Robertson.
Robertson was making her pro boxing debut but later went on
to become the WIBF world Bantamweight champion.
On March 11, 1995 in Köln, Germany Regina
won a six-round unanimous decision over Paula Moreira of Portugal.
On April 1 1995 in Aachen, Germany she won
a 10-round unanimous decision over Italy's Maria Rosa Tabbuso to defend
the WIBF European Flyweight title.
20, 1995 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas she lost to Yvonne Trevino of Peoria, Arizona by
4th round TKO in a scheduled 10-rounder for the WIBF world Super
Flyweight title. This bout was the Main Event on the WIBF all-female
Regina Halmich vs
Trevino down early in the fight,
she could not match the punching power of her American opponent.
to the canvas herself later in a fight in which she was
eventually badly bloodied by the hard-punching Trevino. Halmich showed
her toughness while standing up to a strong
opponent but the fight was stopped in the fourth round when Halmich,
unable to defend a stream of Trevino's powerful rights, was badly
battered around her left eye.
Trevino improved to 2-1 as a pro boxer.
On June 10,
1995 in Karslruhe she won a
10-round split (2-1) decision over
American kickboxing star Kim Messer to take
the WIBF Flyweight title. This was Messer's first fight as a
On August 5,
1995 in Berlin, Germany she
TKO'd Sónia Pereira
of Portugal in the seventh round defending the WIBF European Flyweight
Regina Halmich vs
23, 1995 in Aachen, Germany
she TKO'd Brigitte Scherzinour of France in the sixth round
defending the WIBF world Flyweight title (as far as I can tell, this
was Scherzinour's only pro fight!).
On November 4,
1995 in Köln she won a
ten-round unanimous decision over Petrina Phillips of Wales in defense
of the WIBF European Flyweight title.
On December 2,
1995 in Karlsruhe she won a
10-round unanimous decision over
Texan junior flyweight Anissa Zamarron for
WIBF world flyweight title. Zamarron fell to 4-2 (1 KO).
On February 10,
1996 in Cottbus, Germany
she TKO'd Dagmar Richardson of Holland in the fourth round in
defense of the WIBF world flyweight title. This was Richardson's
Regina Halmich vs
On April 13,
1996 at the Sporthalle in Wandsbek, Hamburg she TKO'd
Melinda Papp of Hungary in the fourth round
defending the WIBF world Flyweight title. Halmich showed that she was
quicker than Papp from the start of the fight but the referee called
numerous standing eights on Papp for no obvious reason after Halmich
landed punches. Papp was outboxed and was hit hard on several
occasions but she never looked hurt or at all wobbly. Nevertheless the
referee stopped the fight in the fourth. Papp fell to 9-3 with the loss
according to the record shown by German TV, but WBAN cannot confirm
On August 17
1996 in Frankfurt she won a
10-round decision over
Diane Berry of England defending the WIBF world flyweight title. This
was Berry's pro boxing debut.
On November 2,
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany she TKO'd Michelle
Sutcliffe of England
in the second round defending the WIBF world Flyweight title. This was
Sutcliffe's pro boxing debut.
On December 12,
1996 in Frankfurt she won
another 10-round unanimous decision over Cheryl
Robertson of England for
the WIBF world flyweight title, dropping Robertson to 0-2 as a pro
On March 8th,
1997 in Köln she won a
10-round unanimous (97-94,98-94,96-95) 10-round decision
over Miyoki Nojima of Japan for the WIBF world Flyweight title.
Nojima (a.k.a. "Sugar Miyuki") was 1-1 as a pro boxer.
On June 27,
1997 in Offenburg, Germany she
won a 10-round unanimous decision over Lisa
Houghton of Leeds, England
for the WIBF world Flyweight
title. This was Houghton's pro boxing debut.
20, 1997 in Aachen she won a 10-round
decision over Viktoria Pataki
of Hungary, who fell to 13-1-0.
On November 29,
1997 in Karlsruhe she
weighed in at 112 lbs and won a clear 10-round unanimous
decision over Franchesca Lupo (107 lbs) of Italy for the WIBF
Halmich held Lupo at a
distance with her jab and landed telling right hooks at every
opportunity. However, even right-left combinations didn't stop
Francesca Lupo from coming forward, but landed few solid shots punches
herself. Two of the three judges had her winning all ten rounds. "Everything
worked out perfectly. Regina held to our fighting tactics all to the
end" said Regina's trainer Torsten Schmitz.
On March 7,
1998 in Köln, she retained the
WIBF Flyweight title by again defeating Lisa Houghton on points over 10
rounds; Houghton was a late replacement for the USA's Pam Barker, and
fell to 0-3 as a pro boxer with this loss.
On April 18,
1998 in Aachen, Germany ,
Regina moved her record to 25-1
with 8 KO's by TKO'ing Italy's Maria Rosa Tabbuso in the 6th round to
take the WIBF Super Flyweight title. Regina
worked Tabbuso's body early in this fight and a standing eight was
on Tabbuso midway through Round Three.
Regina Halmich vs Stefania Bianchini
On July 10,
1998 in Munich, she weighed in
at 111 lbs and defended her WIBF
world Flyweight title with a close (96-95,96-95,97-95) ten round
decision over world champion kickboxer Stefania
Bianchini (110 lbs) from Milan, Italy.
Regina started well, catching the southpaw challenger with some heavy
but Bianchini kept coming forward and still looked strong at the end of
the fight. Despite always being behind on points, Bianchini never
stopped pressing and hurt Halmich with a couple of strong lefts in
the last two rounds, causing the champion to backpedal to stay out of
trouble. Regina was heavily marked across her nose and around both eyes
when the bout was over.
On October 3,
1998 at the
Prinz-Garden-Halle in Augsburg, Germany, she
again defeated Anissa Zamarron of Austin,
Texas, this time
by 10-round unanimous (96-95,97-92,98-96)
decision to retain the WIBF world Flyweight title.
On December 5, 1998 in Kiev,
Ukraine, a crowd estimated at
saw Regina (107 lbs) outpoint Hungary's Viktoria Pataki (108 lbs) for
the second time in her
career, over 10 rounds in defense of the WIBF world flyweight title.
Regina knocked the Hungarian down in the opening minutes and dominated
the rest of the fight. Pataki slipped to 17-2 (both losses coming to
On March 27,
1999 at Sartory Säle in Köln,
Regina scored a devastating first-minute KO of Lourdes Gonzalez de
Argentina. Gonzales went to the canvas after a left hook followed by a
to the solar plexus and another right to the
head. She remained down for several minutes and was taken to a hospital
for examination. Halmich said afterwards that she was shocked when
Gonzalez stayed on the canvas so long. She also reaffirmed her wish to
fight again in the United States. Gonzalez's record fell to a claimed
10-3 with this loss; she had won 5 of her fights by KO.
On July 10,
1999 at the Sporthalle in
Augsburg, Germany, in her 20th world title bout,
Regina weighed in at 108 lbs and defended the WIBF world Junior
Flyweight (renamed from Flyweight)
title before a near capacity crowd of 2800 with a TKO
of Hungarian Erzsébet Borosi (105½ lbs)
at 1:25 of the eighth round. Halmich
dominated the whole fight and landed clear shots to the head before
referee Daniel van de Wiele called a halt to it.
According to a press release by Fabian Weber,
Regina stated "I took the fight very seriously, because it's my
aim to fight in the US this year, I want a big fight against Jane
Mathews (presumably Jill Matthews ... Dee),
Jolene Blackshear or Yvonne Trevino". Halmich also stated that she
wanted more money from promoter Universum when her
contract expired at the end of the year. Borosi suffered her first loss
in 15 fights, dropping to 14-1 (3 KO´s) according to Universum ...
however Borosi had competed in the Feenix Box Cup amateur
tournament as recently as May 1999 so it is likely that the quoted
record was her amateur record. Neither the promoter's representatives
nor a WIBF official gave clear responses to questions about Borosi's
record, and modern sources (including WBAN) list tis bout with
Halmich as Borosi's only pro fight.
18, 1999 at the Alte Reithalle
in Stuttgart, Germany:
Regina weighed in at 108 lbs and retained the WIBF Junior Flyweight
a hard-fought 10-round unanimous decision
over former IWBF and IFBA Junior Flyweight champion Jill Matthews (108 lbs) of New York City.
The judges' scorecards were 98-95, 97-93 and 99-92 in favor
of Halmich, but this was a tough fight for the German
star. Matthews fell to 7-4-1 with the loss.
On February 19,
2000 at the Estrel
Convention Centre in Berlin, Germany,
Regina moved her pro record to 31-1 and defended her WIBF Junior
title with a fifth-round TKO of Hungary's Viktoria Varga,
who fell to 9-1. The German champion hurt Varga with a series of body
the fourth and fifth rounds and Varga took two standing eight counts.
Referee Daniel van der Wiele stopped the fight when Varga turned away
from Halmich after taking more shots to the body, at 1:15 in the
May 13, 2000 at Sartory Säle in Cologne, Germany,
Regina weighed in at 111 lbs and moved her record to 32-1 in a
ten round battle with Delia Gonzalez (109
lbs) of Chamberino, New Mexico.
Halmich won by a majority (98-95,96-94,96-96) decision. Gonzalez was
aggressive and Halmich needed all her boxing skills and speed to keep
her at bay.
The fight turned into a war in the later rounds, and Gonzalez was cut
over her left
eye in round eight, but this did not stop her coming forward to
until the final bell of an excellent and hard-fought bout (read the
report from correspondent Jon Fox).
Gonzalez fell to 10-5-3 with the loss.
On October 7, 2000 at the Estrel
Convention Centre in Berlin, Germany,
Regina weighed in at 107½ lbs and retained her title by a ten-round
decision over WBF Women's Flyweight champion Michelle
Sutcliffe (108 lbs)
U.K. The scores were 98-95, 97-94, and 95-95.
Sutcliffe was cut by an accidental head butt but
beat Halmich to the punch repeatedly. Halmich kept going
forward for the whole bout but did not look her best in this fight
and took much more punishment than in her previous title defenses.
Halmich told German media: "This isn't meant as an excuse, but in
the course of
Hamburg to ... Berlin, my trainer, Torsten Schmitz, and I have
had a lot of extraneous matters to attend to in the last few weeks",
adding "I aim to be a lot more convincing in my
next fight". Sutcliffe fell to 4-4 with the loss.
(For more details, see the
fight report by John Wilson).
16, 2000 at Gruga-Halle, in
Essen, Germany, 8000 spectators saw Regina (106½ lbs)
retain the WIBF world Junior Flyweight title with a 10-round
strangely-split (100-90,98-94,93-97) decision
over European Junior Flyweight champion Alina
Shaternikova (108 lbs) of
the Ukraine, who fell to 12-1 (2 KO's).
On February 24,
2001 at Sporthalle Wandsbek
in Hamburg, Germany, Regina weighed in at 107 lbs and won by a TKO at
1:50 of the third round over Szilvia Csicsely (106 lbs) of Hungary in
defense of the WIBF Junior Flyweight title. Halmich pursued the
overmatched Hungarian fighter relentlessly
until referee Daniel van de Wiele stopped the lop-sided contest.
Csicsely's record fell
to 11-1 according to Universum, but I suspect that this included
On April 7,
2001 at Universum Gym in
Hamburg, Germany, she moved her pro record to 36-1 (13 KO's) in a
defense of the WIBF Junior Flyweight title when she TKO'd Andrea
Blevins of Missouri at 1:35 in the fifth round. Blevins
fell to 4-2 (1 KO) fighting her second ten-rounder, and looked badly
overmatched according to the fight
report from Jon Fox. I was also told by a
European correspondent that Blevins's record was announced before this
fight as 9-1 ... which overstated Andrea's pro
boxing record (presumably by adding in her kickboxing record). While
this is not the first time this has happened in
trans-Atlantic bouts, it misleads fans and should be stopped.
21, 2001 at Tivoli Eissporthalle in Aachen, Germany, she again defended
the WIBF Junior Flyweight title and moved
to 37-1 (13 KO's) with a hard fought ten-round unanimous
(98-96,97-95,96-94) decision in a rematch with Ukrainian southpaw Alina Shaternikova.
Shaternikova, who fell to 9-2 (2 KO's), pressed Halmich hard
throughout an intensely competitive rematch of their December 2000
On November 24,
2001 at Universum Gym in
Hamburg, Germany, Regina (107 lbs) defended the WIBF Junior Flyweight
title with a 99-92,98-93,98-92 decision over Svetla Taskova (104 lbs)
of Bulgaria. Marcel Niessen told me "Southpaw Svetla started
the fight strong with a wild and rough style that seemed to surprise
Halmich and the first two rounds were for Svetla with
the second and third being very close, in my book even. After that
Svetla appeared to run run out of gas and the lack of a
jab turned the tide in Regina's favor. Regina picked up the pace in the
middle and later rounds and cruised to a 98-94
victory on my card." Halmich, who turned 25 two days before the
fight, advanced to is now 38-1 (13 KOs) with the win while
Taskova fell to 2-4 according to my records (but her two wins over
Emilia Iakimova in Bulgaria have been questioned by one
correspondent.) Marcel Niessen writes that Regina said it was a hard
fight and even though the media didn't write too
positively about the last minute replacement, she noted that you can
never underestimate an opponent, adding "that way you
might all of a sudden lose the title one day". She ended the
interview by saying that the opposition wouldn't be weaker in
On April 20,
2002 at Stoczniowiec Olivia,
Gdansk (Danzig), Poland, Halmich advanced to 39-1-0 (14 KO) with a
meaningless win over Ance Moise of Romania who fell to 0-4. This bout,
a bad mismatch by any measure, was
all the more absurd for being sanctioned by the WIBF as a defense of
Halmich's WIBF world Junior Flyweight title.
Regina Halmich vs
On August 17,
2002 at Estrel Convention
Center, in Berlin, Germany, Halmich (107½ lbs) defended her WIBF Junior
Flyweight world title with a controversial 10-round majority decision
over Yvonne Caples
(106¼ lbs) of Berkeley, California, ranked #3 in the division by Female
Boxing Results and Records. The scorecards
were 97-95 (incorrectly announced at the fight as 97-93) and 96-94 for
Halmich, with Humberto Furgoni scoring it a 95-95
draw. The result was greeted by boos and whistles as many at ringside
considered that Caples had done enough to hand
Halmich her second pro loss. Caples slipped to 6-4-1 (1 KO). Halmich
had trained for the bout by sparring with Puerto
Rican bantamweight Ada Velez.
On January 18,
2003 at Grugahalle in Essen,
Germany, Halmich (110 lbs) easily retained her WIBF Flyweight title
ten-round unanimous (98-92,100-90,99-91) decision over Nadja Loritz (108 lbs)
of Koblenz, Germany. Loritz was able to withstand a barrage from
Halmich, who became very aggressive in the later rounds,
but she lacked the skills and speed to test the veteran champion and
was outclassed by her. Loritz fell to 13-1-2 (9 KO). Nadja Loritz was
simply outclassed by Regina Halmich. (See also the
fight photos, video
after the fight (German) and the round
by round report by Peter Geudens).
On April 26,
Sport-und-Kongresshalle, Schwerin, Germany, Regina (110½ lbs) won a
(98-92,97-95,97-94) decision over Cathy Brown
(111 lbs) of Peckham, U.K. After a slow start by both
fighters in the opening round, Cathy Brown became more
aggressive and showed she was clearly the harder puncher. Brown was cut
on her forehead by an accidental head-butt midway
through the second round, but it did not appear to cause her much
caught Regina off balance and sent her to the
canvas with a straight right to the shoulder with 36 seconds left in
the third round, but Halmich was never in any
from this surprising trip to the canvas. Halmich's boxing skills,
conditioning and experience turned the fight her way in the second
half of the bout as she was able to keep her distance from Brown, who
evidently tired and swinging more wildly in the later
rounds. Halmich avoided Brown's rushes and landed some effective
counters in the
closing rounds, but both were exhausted and rarely landed much that was
the fight wound down. The scoring was 98-92 by Werner Kasimir of
Germany (perhaps unduly
favoring Halmich), a more realistic 97-95 by Guido Cavalleri of Italy
by Béla Florian of Hungary. Halmich progressed to 42-1-0 (14
KO) and retained her world title with this hard-earned win. (Read the round-by-round report
by Peter Geudens.)
On July 12,
2003 at Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle
in Leverkusen, Germany, Regina (108¼ lbs) won a sixth-round
TKO over unranked Svetla Taskova (102½ lbs) of Bulgaria. Taskova fell
to a reported 3-8-0 (1 KO) ... but the
authenticity of two of her wins is unclear. This was Halmich's second
win over the Bulgarian southpaw. A
Women's Boxing Page correspondent sent the following report: "The
Bulgarian, the shorter of the two women,
a 32-year-old southpaw with black curly hair drawn back into a pony
tail, broad shoulders and hard, white
muscular arms, came forward constantly in the first two rounds swinging
violently with both fists but more
powerfully with the left, clearly looking to knock the German woman
out. Halmich fended her off calmly
with the jab, countering occasionally with hard rights as the Bulgarian
tried to overcome her reach
disadvantage by lunging. Halmich caught her with a short left hook
coming out of the clinch towards the
end of the second and a wicked right cross full in the face at the
start of the third. After that the
Bulgarian seemed to lose heart. By the end of the fifth, she was
clearly out of gas; barely moving her
feet, flailing now feebly with her once formidable left; her slumped
shoulders as she argued with her
trainer in the corner said it all. Halmich caught her with a hard right
to the ribs thirteen seconds into
the sixth, a left to the face to straighten her up for a hard right to
the side of the jaw, and went for
the kill, driving her into the ropes, combining hard body shots with
hooks to the head. Taskova moved to
her right only to be caught on the ropes again and a left hook to the
chin as she tried to fight her way
back into the centre of the ring signalled the end. Now Halmich zeroed
in on the Bulgarian's midriff,
catching her with a nasty left hook to the liver, and as she tried
desperately to cover up, the coup-de-
grace: a right hook that had all the deliberation of a golf shot,
beginning at full extension behind her
back and landing with an audible crunch in the undefended lower rib
cage behind Taskova's left elbow. The
32-year-old slumped back onto the second rope, keeling to her right
under pressure from Halmich's left
forearm, and exposing the whole left side of her face. As Halmich drew
back her right hand for the
knockout, the referee stepped between them to end the slaughter."
See also the WBAN round-by-round
report by Peter Geudens.
January 17, 2004 at dm-Arena
in Karlsruhe, Germany, Regina (110¾ lbs) won a convincing 10-round
unanimous (98-92,99-91,99-94) decision over challenger Johanna Peña
(112 lbs) from the Dominican Republic for the WIBF world
Flyweight title. Women's Boxing Page correspondent Ewan Whyte wrote: "Halmich
won by a wide margin.
Peña seemed intimidated, if not by Halmich, then by the magnitude of
the occasion. Normally she´s quick on
her feet, she dances, but here she adopted a wide, stiff-legged stance,
backing away most of the time and
looking only to counter. It was Halmich that was doing all the dancing;
at one point, her trainer told her
off for wasting energy. Peña's a southpaw; she holds her right high;
tonight she moved awkwardly, but ...
this wasn't at all her natural style. If this was some new strategy, it
was ill-considered. She did hit
quite hard, cutting Halmich under the left eye, but never really cut
loose until the last round, by which
time she was too tired to make it count. At the end, when she ran out
of steam mid-round, you had the
feeling that Halmich could have stopped her but hadn't the heart. The
crowd were 100% behind Halmich,
except at one point, when Peña counter-attacked bravely after taking a
few hard punches, and you could
hear a loud murmur of appreciation." Peña had dropped a few pounds
from her usual fighting weight to make this
bout possible. Peña Álvarez
fell to 14-2-1 (10 KO)
On May 29, 2004 at Ostseehalle in
Kiel, Germany, Regina comfortably won a ten-round unanimous
(96-94,97-93,96-94) decision over Daisy Lang
of Bulgaria for the vacant IWBF Junior Bantamweight title. Lang fell to
18-3-1 with the loss. Halmich dominated the taller Lang with a
more aggressive offense, and landed more solidly throughout the fight. Halmich apologized for the fact that
the fight was unexciting, and blamed Lang for not wanting to fight.
“I wanted to show more from my
boxing skills tonight”,
"but Daisy was just running away for ten rounds. You can’t win a world
title by moving backwards all the time.” Lang, who had boasted before the bout that she would 'end
Halmich's career', felt that she was robbed,
that she had won every round, and that Halmich hardly got any punches
through. Lang added that she was a counter boxer, and that anybody who
knew anything about boxing could see that she had won ... apparently no
such person was in the hall!
Halmich, who had
gone up two weight classes to make the match, progressed to 45-1-0 (15
KO) with this win.
correspondent Ewan Whyte summed up the
Lang fight: 'All in all, it was a
strange fight. From above, they must have looked like the second hand
of a clock: Lang, circling cautiously at the edge of the ring, moving
almost invariably to her left, and Halmich tracking her, two or three
metres closer to the centre but always at the same tempo, two
revolutions per round, a wheel within a wheel, the one as eager to hurt
as the other to avoid hurt. Even when Halmich got caught coming in once
or twice, as she often does, Lang hadn't the wherewithal or gumption to
exploit the opportunity and straightaway resumed her flight. How she
thought she was going to 'end Halmich's career' with a performance like
this is a mystery, unless she was hoping to make the German so dizzy
she'd just fall through the ropes."
DM Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany, Regina (111¾ lbs) battled Elena Reid (111¾ lbs) of
Phoenix, Arizona, USA to a draw over ten-rounds to retain her WIBF
Flyweight title. The scoring of this bout was highly
controversial, Judge Oliver Evers of Germany logging it as 98-94 for
Halmich, Judge Leszek Jankowiak of Poland assessing it as a 97-97 draw,
while Judge Roger Tillerman of Belgium had it 97-93 for Reid. More
observers of this fight appear to agree with the Belgian judge's
assessment than with either the draw or the tally by the German judge.
moved her record to 45-1-1 (15 KOs) with the draw, while Reid
progressed to 14-1-5 (4 KO).
[see full fight video]
Halmich lands a right to the face of
On January 15,
2005 at Bördelandhalle in
Magdeburg, Germany, Regina (111¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous
100-92, 100-92) decision
Marylín Hernández (111½ lbs) of the Dominican Republic defending
the WIBF Flyweight title in a fight that was broadcast live on
ZDF-TV. See the illustrated
fight report by WBAN's Ewan Whyte for details.
boxing record is a matter of some dispute, but her verified record with
FightFax after this bout was 3-4-0. Halmich, who was setting down on
her punches more than in her controversial draw with Elena Reid,
46-1-1 (15 KOs) with the win.
vs. Hollie Dunaway in April 2005
On April 16,
2005 at Bördelandhalle in
Magdeburg, Germany, Regina (111¼ lbs) won a comfortable
(98-92,99-91,99-91) ten-round unanimous decision over
WIBA Minimumweight champion Hollie
Dunaway (110¾ lbs) of Van Buren, Arkansas, USA defending her WIBF
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. Dunaway fell to
13-4-0 (8 KO) with the loss.
Regina as its Fighter of
the Month in May 2005.
10, 2005 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Regina (111 lbs) won a 10-round
split (94-96,98-92,96-94) decision over
María Jesús Rosa (111½ lbs) of Magarinos, Spain defending her WIBF
Flyweight Title. This was a hard fought,
entertaining battle with neither fighter focusing on defense that ended
in another a controversial result. "Rosa was very offensive
and powerful and she worked very explosive at close range", said
Halmich after the fight. "The people could see that there
were two great athletes in the ring who tried to find out who was the
better one. In the end my experience prevailed. But it was a tough
fight until the final bell. She kept me pretty busy. There are
opponents who suit me better. But on the other side there were nights
when I fought worse than tonight. I'm glad I was able to bring home my
50th fight with a decision victory."
WBAN received a round-by-round
report from correspondent Peter Geudens, who summarized the fight
"It was a
close fight that was very difficult to score. Maria Jesus Rosa
definitely threw more punches (Halmich herself admitted as much after
the fight), but Regina’s were more effective and had more power. I tend
to agree with judge Van Grotenbruel’s verdict (96-94 for Rosa), but I
think a draw would also have been justifiable. What struck me about
this verdict, is that the (98-92) opinion of
is totally different from that of his
colleagues, he didn’t see it as a close fight.Without
wanting to take anything away from Halmich’s
excellent performance, I think that it’s totally unacceptable that one
of the judges is a compatriot of one of the fighters, especially if the
fight takes place in her hometown. If the
judges had all come from ‘neutral’
countries, the result may well have been different. Beside that,
it was great to watch such a fantastic fight.
The 31-year-old Rosa slipped to 18-1-0 (4 KOs).
On December 3,
2005 at the Bördelandhalle
in Magdeburg, Germany, Regina (111 lbs), won a 10-round unanimous
decision over Elena Reid (110½ lbs) of
Phoenix, Arizona to retain her WIBF Flyweight title. The outcome of
this rematch was not without controversy as the American team and some
ringside observers again claimed that they had been robbed by the
judges, but Halmich had clearly learned more from their previous drawn
bout which most observers felt she had lost. WBAN correspondent
Peter Guedens summarized the result saying "When seeing the fight for the first time, I thought it was
very close, but the more I’ve seen the highlights, the more I get
convinced that it was a clear win for Halmich. Using a very clever game
plan, she outboxed an overconfident Elena who seemed like she was
already celebrating before the fight had even started."
(See Peter's illustrated round-by-round
report and the full fight video).
Reid fell to 17-3-5 (5 KOs) with the loss..
Regina bloodied but victorious over Milo
On May 6, 2006
at Burg-Wächter-Castello in
Dusseldorf, Germany Regina (111¼ lbs) scored her 50th professional win
with a ten-round unanimous decision over Viktoria
5'6", 110¾ lbs) of Nyíregyháza, Hungary, defending her WIBF Flyweight
title. The judges' scorecards (
98-92,99-92,97-93) possibly did not do justice to a comeback
by Milo in the later rounds after a slow start, according to WBAN
correspondent Ewan Whyte, who wrote "With
a little more punching power, Viktoria Milo could do someone a real
mischief. This evening, it took her far too long to work out Regina
Halmich's complex and varied style, but once she did, she looked as
good as, if not better than, her far more experienced opponent. Showing
tremendous courage, after taking something of a pasting in the first
half of the fight (including a jarring overhand right in the fourth),
the willowy, almost elfin, Hungarian came back strongly in the sixth
and seventh, making quite a mess of Halmich's face in the process. By
the eighth, Milo had learned (at last!) how to use her superior reach
to keep Halmich at bay and begun landing combinations of her own that
left the German bleeding – at once stage quite freely – from a cut to
the corner of her left eye and with a swelling under the right; but
Halmich hung tough and managed to do enough in the later stages to hold
on to her crown and chalk up her fiftieth career victory by the wide
but – given that the Hungarian was getting stronger, and she herself
fading, in the latter stages – misleading margin of 98–92, 99–92, 97–93.
the GBU flyweight belt and was ranked #3 at flyweight by WBAN, fell to
15-6-0 (4 KOs)
, while Regina improved to 50-1-1 (15 KOs)
September 9, 2006 at
Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany, Regina (111½ lbs) TKO’d Ria Ramnarine (110½ lbs) of
Trinidad and Tobago at 0:54 seconds in the sixth round in a scheduled
10 Main Event for Halmich's WIBF Flyweight title. (See the full fight video).
Ramnarine fell to
10-5 (1 KO) with the loss.
13, 2007 at the Brandberge Arena in Halle/Saale, Germany, Regina
(111½ lbs) won a convincing 10-round unanimous (99-92,98-93,99-91)
decision over WIBF Junior Bantamweight champion Reka Krempf (111¼ lbs)
of Esztergom, Hungary defending her
WIBF Flyweight title. Krempf was a relatively late substitute for
American Mary Ortega who had been placed on suspension in Nevada for
failing a banned substance test. According to the fight
report from WBAN correspondent Torben L., "Halmich came forward
in her usual style and used her superior ring craft to control the
fight throughout the 10 rounds. Although Krempf fought gallantly and
occasionally managed to deliver telling punches, she did not have the
tools to counter Halmich's persistent attacks." Halmich had
stated that she would fight twice more before she retires in 2007, and
that Terri Cruz is one fighter she would like to face before she hangs
up her gloves. Halmich improved to 52-1-1 (16 KOs) while Krempf fell to 13-8-3 (5 KOs).
On July 28,
2007 at Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany
Regina retained her WIBF Flyweight title
with a 10-round unanimous (98-93, 98 93, 96-95) decision over Wendy Rodriguez
of Los Angeles, California. Rodriguez fell to 18-4-3 (3 KOs).
Regina Halmich vs
Hagar Finer highlights
November 30, 2007 at the DM-Arena in Karlsruhe, the 31-year-old Halmich
claimed a final ten-round decision against Hagar
Shmoulefeld Finer of Israel to finish her
boxing career with a 54-1-1 (16 KOs) record after holding her world
title for a decade and making 45 title defenses. Halmich was tested
hard by Finer, the reigning WIBF Junior Bantamweight champion, and came
away with a hard won majority (97-94,95-95,96-94
) decision to a
standing ovation from the capacity crowd of 7500 who attended the
fight. Finer, who had fought well but angered some fans by raising her
hands in triumph after almost every round, dropped to 14-4-3.
"I have the right to step down now. It was a wonderful
career," said Halmich, who wants to pursue work as a television
In January 2008
Halmich's long career with its "Highest Achievement of the Year 2007"
award. Sue TL Fox wrote "Regina
Halmich has been chosen for the second year with WBAN as obtaining the
highest achievements that a female boxer has accomplished in 2007 in
the sport ... Regina has displayed grace, and pristine sportsmanship
throughout her career---and she has been a good business woman who has
been able to financially achieve something from the sport."
Many women's boxing
fans were eager to see Halmich compete in the USA again before she
retired. After her May 13, 2000 bout with Delia
Gonzalez, Women's Boxing Page correspondent Jon Fox asked
Regina whether she was willing to fight Kim
I'd like to
fight her in America. But the money has to
be right", replied Halmich.
Regina was said
to have turned down
$20,000 for a match in the USA with
former IFBA flyweight champion Jolene
Blackshear. After her November 24, 2001 bout, Regina also gave an
interview in which she was asked
if she still wanted bigger and better things in the USA by fighting
some big fights there. Halmich said it was not necessary since she
would be fighting for ZDF television channel in starting in 2002 and
they would have a bigger budget available to show her
fighting the better female boxers in Germany instead of in the USA.
of why Halmich never
fought outside Germany in her later years were made crystal clear her
final bout with Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer. According to the AP
report in the International Herald Tribune, the fight
watched on European television by eight million people, with an
audience share of nearly 40 percent, a ratings higher than all but the
biggest men's fights in Germany. Halmich also reportedly won
€500,000 (US$731,000) in prize money for the appearance, making her the
highest-paid performer in women's boxing history. She is said to
have made about €10 million over her boxing career,
thanks largely to the media popularity for women's boxing that she
herself had created in Germany. Only Laila Ali came close to
Halmich's success in capturing the attention, and financial rewards, of
a large boxing community for the female sport. Halmich has also paved
the way for a new generation of younger fighters to follow her
footsteps in Germany, obtaining good financial rewards for their
efforts. Halmich's career has been criticized for some friendly
(favorable) decisions, as in her first bout with Elena Reid, but she
leaves a legacy for the sport in Europe that can only be envied by
women boxers in other countries.
action as a pro kickboxer early
in her career. She suffered
a tough defeat in Tokyo, Japan against Naoko
in DESTINY-IX, an all-women's card on October 14, 1994. Regina was
knocked out in
an uneven match, Naoko punished Regina with lateral kicks to the
midsection before a powerful left hand
to the liver sent her to the canvas, where Halmich was counted out at
1:17 of the first round.