Yorks Lisa Garland made history June 8 with an eighth-round technical knockout of Kerri Hill at EchoStage Lounge in Washington. The match was the first womens bout slated for 12 three-minute rounds.
Garland, 35, claimed a pair of world title belts from the Womens International Boxing Council (WIBC) and the World Boxing Union (WBU) for her win. Making history was more important, though.
It really meant everything, she said Monday. Its what Ive been working for the last year and a half, to get unilateral ring time it was worth the wait.
Womens fights have never been scheduled for longer than 10 two-minute rounds, but Garland and Hill broke through that barrier. According to Fightnews.com, Garland stopped Hill during the early moments of the eighth with a straight right hand that staggered her opponent. Referee Kenny Chevalier promptly waved the fight over. After the contest, Garland wrapped one of her title belts around Hill, who has been an ally in the effort to get women the same boxing ring time as their male counterparts.
It was really important that everyone was recognized, Garland said.
The boxer is studying sports management at Winthrop, which Garland said has helped strengthen her case for equal ring time for women. The nations capital happened to be the perfect environment to host Garlands ground-breaking fight.
Washington, D.C. was a place that was really open and accepting and excited about it, she said.
During February, Garland (11-6, six knockouts) was honored by the Champions of Dignity Association (CODA) for outstanding service to womens boxing.
Bret McCormick • 329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T
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