|Born||February 2, 1970|
Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
|Residence||San Jose, California United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Martha Salazar (born February 2, 1970, Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico) is a Mexican retired female boxer. Salazar, fights as a Heavyweight. She is former WBC world Heavyweight champion. Her nickname is "The Shadow". She hails from San Francisco, California. She was born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico (view the ESPN note at November 11;).
Salazar became the third Hispanic to become world Heavyweight champion in all of boxing's history, and the second one in women's boxing history. The first Hispanic to win a world Heavyweight championship in boxing was male boxer John Ruiz of Puerto Rico.
Salazar debuted as a professional boxer on March 25, 2001, defeating Denise Callahan by a four round decision in Hayward, California. She followed that victory with two back to back wins over Carley Pesente, defeating Pesente twice by four round unanimous decisions, both times in Tacoma, Washington.
Salazar won two more fights, including a six round decision win on November 16, 2002, over Kisha Snow, who had six wins and only one loss coming into their fight.
On March 1, 2003, Salazar made her Las Vegas debut. She suffered her first career defeat that night, being beaten on points over four rounds by former NCAA basketball star Vonda Ward, who ran her record to sixteen victories and no losses after beating Salazar.
Salazar received her first world title shot after that win, attempting to win the IBA world Heavyweight title on June 11, 2003, when she lost by a ten round decision to Ward in their rematch, held at Canton, Ohio.
On March 18, 2004, Salazar met Marsha Valley in California and she lost for the second time in a row, this time by a split six round decision.
On October 16, she and Valley met in a rematch, fighting in Oakland, for the World Boxing Empire's world super heavyweight title. The Super Heavyweight division is a division that is only recognized in amateur boxing and by a couple of women's boxing organizations. It is not recognized at all in men's boxing. Salazar avenged her earlier loss to Valley and, nevertheless, became a world champion for the first time, when she defeated Valley by an eight round unanimous decision.
Salazar went down in weight to compete for the world Heavyweight championship for the second time, when she was offered a chance to meet Pamela London for the WIBF's vacant world Heavyweight title.
On November 28, 2004, Salazar had her first fight abroad when she and London met in Guyana. With a weight of 240 pounds (109 kg) for that fight, Salazar became the WIBF world Heavyweight champion, by knocking London out in nine rounds.
On November 8, 2014, Salazar won the biggest title in her career, winning the WBC World Heavyweight Title. She won the title against Tanzee Daniel by Unanimous Decision. She lost the title in March 2016 against Alejandra Jimenez in Mexico.
On March 14, 2017, Salazar announced her retirement from all combat fighting.
Professional boxing titles
- WBE female super heavyweight title (237 Ibs)
- WIBF heavyweight title (240 Ibs)
- WBE female heavyweight title (236½ Ibs)
- WBC female heavyweight title (235 Ibs)
|18 fights||13 wins||5 losses|
|18||Lose||13–5||Alejandra Jimenez||MD||10||18 Mar 2016||Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico||Lost WBC World female heavyweight title|
|17||Win||13–4||Tanzee Daniel||UD||10||8 Nov 2014||Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, USA||Won vacant WBC World female heavyweight title|
|16||Win||12–4||Sonya Lamonakis||UD||6||13 Apr 2013||Lions Gate Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA|
|15||Lose||11–4||Vonda Ward||MD||10||10 Feb 2007||Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA||vacant WIBA, vacant WBC World female & IBA female heavyweight titles|
|14||Win||11–3||Marsha Valley||UD||6||17 Nov 2005||Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA|
|13||Win||10–3||Marsha Valley||TKO||4 (6)
|21 Jul 2005||Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA|
|12||Win||9–3||Kathy Rivers||UD||8||2 Apr 2005||Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA||WBE women's Heavyweight Title|
|11||Win||8–3||Pamela London||TKO||9 (10)
|28 Nov 2004||Splashmins Fun Park & Resort, Georgetown, Guyana||vacant WIBF World heavyweight title|
|10||Win||7–3||Marsha Valley||UD||8||16 Oct 2004||Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA||Vacant WBE Women's Super Heavyweight Title|
|9||Lose||6–3||Marsha Valley||SD||6||18 Mar 2004||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA|
|8||Lose||6–2||Vonda Ward||UD||10||11 Jul 2003||Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, USA||IBA female & WIBA World heavyweight titles|
|7||Win||6–1||Carley Pesente||TKO||1 (4)
|24 May 2003||Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California, USA|
|6||Lose||5–1||Vonda Ward||SD||4||1 Mar 2003||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|5||Win||5–0||Kisha Snow||UD||4||16 Nov 2002||Mare Island Sports Arena, Vallejo, California, USA|
|4||Win||4–0||Tanisha Dunn||UD||4||20 Oct 2002||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|3||Win||3–0||Carley Pesente||UD||4||21 Sep 2002||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|2||Win||2–0||Carley Pesente||UD||4||22 Jun 2002||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|1||Win||1–0||Denise Callahan||UD||4||25 Mar 2001||Centennial Hall, Hayward, California, USA||Professional debut|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Lose||0–1||Lana Stefanac||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Extreme Wars 3 - Bay Area Brawl||June 3, 2006||1||2:09||Oakland, California, United States|
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