Feed on

Archive for the 'Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes' Category

The amazing tale of Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, first known pro female fighter, 1722-1728

By Dennis Taylor

She lived in the days of Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Franklin, and Sir Isaac Newton. She may have stood six feet tall. She usually fought men -- both bare-knuckle and mixed martial arts -- and there's no indication that she ever lost.

Our inimitable boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, joins us on The Ringside Boxing Show to tell the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, who fought professionally in England in an era when rules were sparse and the level of mayhem was high.

She claimed to be the wife of a notorious London murderer, Robert Wilkinson (executed in 1722), and became famous as a pugilist throughout England. She foughts solo and sometimes as a team with Robert Stokes, an MMA and fistfighter in his own right. 

Join us for this colorful and rarely told tale of one of the most interesting figures in the history of combat sports, told by the preeminent boxing historian of our generation.


Read Full Post »

The Ringside Boxing Show has moved!

As of MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, The Ringside Boxing Show will broadcast worldwide from www.blogtalkradio.com/ringside-boxing-show beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, 8 Eastern.

"Follow" us to receive our alerts.

We alos will continue to post every broadcast at this Podbean location.

Please do us a solid: Help us grow by posting this notice on your social media sites!

Thanks, Ringside Nation!

Dennis Taylor (host), Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti (expert analysts), and Christopher James Shelton (boxing historian).

Email us at contact@ringsideboxingshow.com We want to hear from you.

Read Full Post »

At 25, Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) looms as one of the next elite fighters in the super middleweight division, where such stars as Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler are waiting.

But the story of this Dominican-born fighter, who now trains in Worcester, Mass., is much deeper. In 2006 he and his then-fiance Stephanie became parents of twins who were born after just 23 weeks in the womb and weighed a pound and a half. Rodriguez, a two-time national amateur champ and a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic Team, basically put those dreams on hold to focus on his family. The babies spent seven months in the hospital on oxygen, and are afflicted with cerebral palsey and autism.

Their struggle, and the challenges faced by Edwin and Stephanie, produced some of the most-compelling conversation we've ever had on The Ringside Boxing Show. Enjoy this unique interview from our March 20, 2011 show.

Read Full Post »