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Ramona Kuehne
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5'7" junior lightweight Ramona "Wild Dragon" Kühne was born in Berlin, Germany on January 31, 1980.  The younger of two daughters of a truck driver, Kühne preferred to spend time with her father in his workshop than to play with girls her age, and played soccer with boys. Her childhood idol was action superstar Jackie Chan.  She tried to emulate Chan and at age 12 began in the martial art discipline yiu yutsu - against her parents' will.

Her decision paid off as her yiu yutsu career was crowned with success. She was the Berlin and German champion several times and in 2000 she claimed the bronze medal at the world championship in Sweden. Her success went almost un-noticed by a majority of martial arts fans because yiu yutsu is an exotic discipline,  but during that time she met kickboxing trainer Stephan Boestfleisch who suggested that she should try kickboxing. She quickly developed her skills and punching techniques and soon had success in kickboxing, winning many championships and the national title.  She won 46 of her 51 fights and was a key player on the national kickboxing team.

In 2005 her trainer/boyfriend convinced her to take up boxing because she was winning her kickboxing matches mainly because of her superior punching.  She agreed and started as an amateur boxer that year, scoring eleven wins in eleven fights and winning the German amateur boxing championship.  

Ramona turned professional in 2006 with manager Adel Ciftci, the son of Turkish immigrants who was an amateur boxer who left the sport with a shoulder injury and began to stage local boxing shows in Berlin. 

She made her pro debut on April 21, 2006 at the Mehrzweckhalle Grossziethen in Schoenefeld, Brandenburg, Germany.  She weighed in at 138¼ lbs and won a 40-36 four-round decision over a game Natalija Dolgova (5'7", 138¼ lbs) of Jurmala, Latvia who fell to 1-2 (0 KO's) with the loss. Kühne's debut headlined the sold-out card.  

On May 25, 2006 at Prestige Concertsaal in Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany, Ramona (137¾ lbs) won a four-round decision over Jarka Blahova (136 lbs) of Nitra, Slovakia, who fell to 4-2 (1 KO).  Blahova was a late replacement who had already gone the distance with future WIBF champion Ina Menzer, but Kühne was able to control the skilful and mobile opponent.

On July 14, 2006 at the Blue Box in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany, Ramona (138¾ lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Miroslava Durinova (5′ 9½", 143 lbs) of Piestany, Slovakia who fell to 1-2-1 (0 KO's).

On September 16, 2006 at Altes Funkwerk in Koepenick, Berlin, Germany, Ramona (137 lbs) TKO'd pro debuter Danielle Camerling (5'6", 131 lbs) of Meppel, Netherlands at the end of the first round of a scheduled six-rounder.  Camerling, who had been a late replacement for a Hungarian who had license problems, took hard punishment in the opening round and her corner did not let her come out for the second.

On October 28, 2006 at EWE Arena in Fuerstenwalde, Brandenburg, Germany, Ramona (137 lbs) TKO'd Olga Bojare (5′7½″, 137 lbs) of Riga, Latvia at 1:41 in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder.  Bojare, who had started fast but tired quickly, fell to 1-2-1 (0 KO's) when the referee halted the bout with Kühne punishing her in a corner.

Kosatka vs Kuehne
Kosatka vs 
Kühne in November 2006

On November 11, 2006 at Sportforum Oderstrasse in Neukoelln, Berlin, Germany, Ramona (137 lbs) TKO'd Dorota Kosatka (141 lbs) of Poland who fell to 1-6 (0 KO's).  Kosatka was coming off a three-year break because of pregnancy.

On February 24, 2007 at Mehrzweckhalle Grossziethen in Schoenefeld, Brandenburg, Germany, Ramona (135¼ lbs) won a six-round decision over Monica Herzilla (129 lbs) of Poland who fell to 2-4 (0 KO's).  It was reported to WBAN that Kühne won every round, landing the cleaner, harder shots.

On March 21, 2007 at the Box-Tempel in Weissensee, Berlin, Germany, Ramona (137 lbs) won a six-round 60-53 decision over Russian-born Angel McKenzie (5′7½″, 138 lbs) of Brixton, London, England who fell to 2-2 (0 KO's).   According to an insider, after a furious start by both,According to an insider, after a furious start by both, Kühne began to connect with the heavier blows, scoring a knockdown in the fourth round.  In the last round,  Kühne almost knocked out the unorthodox boxing southpaw with a series of hard blows. 

On August 18, 2007 at Altes Funkwerk in Koepenick, Berlin, Germany,
Ramona (136¾ lbs) won a hard-fought unanimous (59-58,60-56,59-57) six round decision over the experienced Daniela David (134½ lbs) of Bucharest, Romania who fell to 4-11 (1 KO).

Munoz Garcia vs KuehneOn October 13, 2007 at the Herrmann-Gieseler-Halle in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Ramona (136¾ lbs) won a unanimous (97-93,97-93,96-94) ten-round decision over Loli Muñoz Garcia (5′7½″, 135 lbs) of Barcelona, Spain for the interim WIBF Junior Welterweight title. Muñoz pursued Kühne with wild and looping punches throughout an action packed fight while Kühne used her boxing skills to secure her first professional title.

On May 16, 2008 at Ballhaus Arena in Aschersleben, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Ramona (133 lbs) won a hard fought split (93-97,96-94,96-95) ten-round decision over Galina Koleva Ivanova (129¾ lbs) of Sofia, Bulgaria for the vacant WIBF Lightweight title. Kuehne vs Ivanova As reported by Thomas Wischnewski: "Kuehne started out her world championship fight at pressure. Bulgarian Galina Ivanova performed as a southpaw and technically good female boxer. Both boxers made a fight of outstanding technical level and high pace. In the fourth round, the girl from Bulgaria demonstrated her entire experience and technical skills through rapid combinations, which really troubled Ramona Kuehne. However, the boxer of Berlin proved to have a brave heart and kept setting counterattacks. In the sixth round Kuehne bloodied Ivanova’s nose but the Bulgarian kept pressing hard and accomplished the prophecy that she would be a pretty heavy opponent for the boxer of Berlin. Every minute of the fight was suspenseful. Both rivals stayed really hard with each other till the last minute exchanging heavy blows and performing a real ring battle, which was acknowledged by the grateful audience with rapturous applause."  Ivanova slipped to 8-6-2 (0 KO's).  

On November 28, 2008 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Ramona (133¼ lbs) defended the WIBF Lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous (97-93,100-92,97-93) decision over Dahiana Santana (129¼ lbs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic who fell to 14-5 (5 KO's).  

On March 28, 2009 at Mehrzweckhalle Grossziethen in Schoenefeld, Brandenburg, Germany, Ramona (128¼ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over Judy Waguthii (128 lbs) of Nairobi, Kenya for the vacant WIBF Junior Lightweight title.  Waguthii fell to 7-4-1 (0 KO's) with the loss.

Kuehne vs GumliiskaOn June 19, 2009 at Tabor Arena in Maribor, Slovenia, Ramona (129½ lbs) defended the WIBF Junior Lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Galina Gumliiska (129¾ lbs) of Sofia, Bulgaria who fell to 8-18 (1 KO).

On November 28, 2009 at Altes Funkwerk in Koepenick, Berlin, Germany, Ramona (125¼ lbs) TKO'd Zsófia Bedo (125½ lbs) of Szekesfehervar, Hungary at 1:30 in the final round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Bedo fell to  2-12-1 (0 KO's).  This was Kühne's first fight as a featherweight, preparing her for the far more difficult task ahead.

Ramona Kuehne cut against MenzerOn January 9, 2010 at Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany, Ina Menzer (125½ lbs) of Mönchengladbach, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany defended her WBC, WIBF and WBO Featherweight titles with a sixth round technical knockout over Ramona (125 lbs) when a straight right from Menzer opened a huge gash over Kühne’s left eye. This injury prematurely ended a much-anticipated battle between the two previously unbeaten Germans. Menzer started well pressing the action and scoring with a variety of shots to Kühne's body and head while Kühne relied on her left hand from the get-go and produced serious swelling around Menzer’s eye.  Kühne worked herself into the fight around the fourth round as she connected with good combinations, but Menzer turned the tide when she landed the big right that ended the fight after 57 seconds of the round.  “It was really hard today”, Menzer said. “Ramona did a great job. But it was my day today.”  Kühne fell to 15-1 (4 KOs) but retained her WIBF Junior Lightweight belt while Menzer improved to 26-0 (10 KO's).
[Video of fight] [Video post-fight]

Kuehne vs SantanaOn June 4, 2010 at Landesgartenschau in Aschersleben, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany Ramona (129¾ lbs) TKO'd Maribel "Vispa" Santana (5'4", 129¾ lbs) of La Romana, Dominican Republic at 1:50 in the fourth round of a scheduled ten-rounder.  Kühne was defending the WIBF Junior Lightweight title and won the vacant WBO and WBF Junior Lightweight titles. The light-hitting Santana, who went to the canvas in the second, third and fourth rounds, did little to test Kühne as she fell to 10-9-1 (all of her wins have been within the Dominican Republic, but she has never won outside her home base).  [Video

On November 20, 2010 at Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, Ramona (129¾ lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (100-90,97-94,100-90) decision over Irma Balijagic-Adler (127 lbs) of Bosnia-Herzegovina defending the WIBF, WBO and WBF Junior Lightweight titles.  Balijagic-Adler, who had been awarded a very controversial home decision over Canada's Jeannine Garside for the WIBA Featherweight title in December 2008, fell to 12-1 (5 KO's).

Kuehne vs KrausovaOn April 9, 2011 at the Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Ramona (129 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous decision over a game Arleta Krausova of the Czech Republic who fell to 4-1 (1 KO). Krausova was a late replacement for Michelle Bonassoli who had weighed in three kilograms over the limit for this bout, which was for the WIBF, WBO and WBF Junior Lightweight titles.  Kühne controlled the late rounds with Krausova battling hard while bleeding from her nose. 

Kühne vs Domsodi Jan 2012On January 14, 2012 at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Ramona (129¾ lbs) TKO'd Renata Dömsödi (126¾ lbs) of Budapest, Hungary at 1:24 in the eighth round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the WBF, WBO and WIBF Junior Lightweight titles. Kühne controlled the fight all the way with her boxing skills and combination punching. She was ahead by 70-63 on the scorecards when the bout was stopped with Dömsödi bleeding from a cut over her left eye caused by an accidental clash of heads. Dömsödi fell to 7-2 while Kühne progressed to 19-1 (6 KO's).

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