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Sumya Anani Boxing Highlights



Sumya Anani began her professional boxing career in August 1996.  In 1998 she caused a major upset by defeating a prime Christy Martin, who was under contract to Don King.  She went on to win four world championships in three different weight classes. (135, 140, and 147)  Anani’s boxing trainer & manager, Barry Becker, remained in that role her entire career. Her record is 25-3-1.

Sumya’s fights have been carried on international TV including ESPN, Pay Per View, and the undercard of HBO.

May 2003 issue – THE RING MAGAZINE, THE BIBLE OF BOXING 
#1 Pound for Pound Female Champion – Sumya Anani

Harold_LedermanMay 2004 issue – WORLD BOXING MAGAZINE 
#2 Pound for Pound Female Champion – Sumya Anani

 

4 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in 3 weight divisions
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Lightweight 135, Junior Welterweight 140, and Welterweight 147)

IBA Lightweight World Title

WIBA Junior Welterweight World Title

GBU Junior Welterweight World Title

IBA Welterweight World Title

 

WBAN  YEARLY  AWARDS – Women’s Boxing Archive Network

2005
Most Avoided Female Fighter

2004
Most Avoided Female Fighter

2003
Most Inspirational Female Fighter

2002
Most Outstanding Female Fighter
Honorable Mention Fighter of the Year
Biggest “Knockouts” of the Year –
Sumya Anani over Jane Couch, Sumya Anani over Lisa Holewyne

2001
Female Fighter of the Year
Top Televised Fight of the Year – Sumya Anani vs. Fredia Gibbs

1999
Female Fighter of the Year

Sumya Anani Wikipedia

Sumya Anani (born February 12, 1972) is one of the top fighters in the sport of women’s boxing. Anani, like many women’s boxers, came to the sport in a roundabout fashion. While living in Kansas City in the early 1990s and working as a massage therapist, she took a course in self-defense. When she impressed her instructor with her athletic ability and powerful punch, he encouraged Anani to give boxing a...

Anani to be featured on NBC Dateline

by WomenBoxing.com | April 21, 2005 As many of you may not know, I’ve had a lot of unsolicited press from the Million Dollar Baby movie. Stone Phillips came out to my house to interview me, and Paula Zahn from CNN is coming next...

Anani Retains WIBA Title

By Lori Steinhorst | December 4, 2004  Last night at the Municipal Auditorium, in Kansas City, Missouri, Sumya “The Island Girl” Anani, 140, of Kansas City, successfully defended her WIBA 140 lb., Junior welterweight title, when she won by a 10-round unanimous decision over Stephanie Jaramillo, 140, of Albuquerque, New...

What People Say

By Bernie McCoy | October 29, 2004 It’s not like Sanders and her manager are unaware of Anani. She (Anani) has been publicly challenging Sanders for almost six months, the latest, according to Anani, “a chance to fight me, in her hometown, on Showbox, on November...

Quote by Jack Dunne, Boxing Writer for Maxboxing.com

October 16, 2004 | “Sumya ‘The Island Girl’ Anani may well be the best kept secret within the sport of boxing – Men’s or Women’s. Sumya’s colorful personality and exceptional life outside the ring is every bit equal her prowess within boxing’s ‘squared circle’ a place where Anani has reigned supreme as the very best fighter pound-for-pound in woman’s boxing for several years now. A skilled and exciting offensive fighter who attacks from both sides, Anani is never in a dull fight. How good is the ‘Island Girl’ ? … Ask Christy Martin or Lucia Rijker for their latest excuse.” Read the full article...

One Fan’s List

by Anonymous | August 26, 2003 Sumya Anani is not just an amazing boxer.  She’s an inspiration to myself as well as others I’m sure.  Ofcourse what draws many to her is her ability to mix it up in the boxing ring and entertain us with her skill.  After having read her last two articles posted on WBAN I have come to the realization of two other reasons why I admire Sumya.  1) she is a gifted writer who speaks and writes with an eloquence that is equal to her punching power.  And 2) she is unabashed, uninhibited and willing to give credit where credit is due.  Following her list of Women Fighters that she admires I read her request that other fighters and fans extend their respect and thanks as she had just done.  Well as you can probably tell, that little bit hit the mark and so here follows one boxing fans list of the fighters that I admire. In alphabetical order: 1)Jennifer Alcorn~ Mia St. John was correct when she proclaimed that Jennifer was a perfect physical specimen.  For once I can agree with Mia as Jennifer is a poster girl for the desired result of anyone who works hard to maintain their physical lifestyle.  Furthermore she is a hard puncher and is willing to be the aggressor no matter what the toll on her body. 2)Sumya Anani~ It is very disheartening that more people do not know of this lady.  She is a truly genuine and kind person.  I have had the honour and privilege of corresponding with Sumya for sometime now and can honestly...

WBAN Awards for the Year 2002

by WomenBoxing.com | Jan 2002 Another year has gone by and it is time to have the “hot” picks and “not” picks for the year 2002! Sumya takes three awards. MOST OUTSTANDING OF THE YEAR Sumya “Island Girl” Anani BIGGEST “KNOCKOUT” OF THE YEAR Sumya Anani over Jane Couch TOP THREE TELEVISED FIGHTS OF THE YEAR CHRISTY MARTIN VS. KATHY COLLINS (PAY-PER-VIEW) SUMYA ANANI VS. FREDIA GIBBS (DIRECT TV) LAURA SERRANO VS. CHEVELLE HALLBACK (FOX SPORTS NET) WBAN asked boxing fans to vote for their most favorite boxing match that had happened in the year 2001. These were the three top fights that were chosen by WBAN and boxing...

WBAN Awards for the Year 2001

by WomenBoxing.com | Jan 2001 Another year has gone by and it is time to have the “hot” picks and “not” picks for the year 2001!  Sumya takes two Awards! FIGHTER (PRO BOXER ) OF THE YEAR SUMYA “THE ISLAND GIRL” ANANI Sumya Anani, 17-1-1 (6KO) had lost to only one boxer in her pro career – Britt VanBuskirk. Anani facedVanBuskirk in a 10-round WIBF title fight, with one weeks notice. One month later, Anani again stepped in the ring for another world title shot with another federation, and fought “Cheetah” Fredia Gibbs that ended in a draw. Anani also fought and defeated Liz Mueller for the IBA 135-lb World title, which brought her up to fighting three world championships, winning two, and tying with one in the year 2001. TOP THREE TELEVISED FIGHTS OF THE YEAR CHRISTY MARTIN VS. KATHY COLLINS (PAY-PER-VIEW) SUMYA ANANI VS. FREDIA GIBBS (DIRECT TV) LAURA SERRANO VS. CHEVELLE HALLBACK (FOX SPORTS NET) WBAN asked boxing fans to vote for their most favorite boxing match that had happened in the year 2001. These were the three top fights that were chosen by WBAN and boxing...

Women’s WBC/WBA Lightweight Champion Christy Martin Also to Defend Her Titles

Sumya Anani was supposed to originally fight Christy Martin on Showtime on November 13, 1998.  Christy Martin pulled out of the fight a few hours prior.  There was many rumors circulating as to why.  She was seen talking with Don King on the television screen.  The announcer on Showtime stated that maybe Christy had ‘yellow fever.’  When Sumya and her trainer Barry Becker went downstairs to see what happened, Barry walked up to Christy and asked her if she was still going to fight Sumya.  Christy said, “That’s like calling me a chicken.’  Then she reached up and grabbed Barry’s throat and tried to choke him.  Two security guards had to carry her out of the arena.  The announcers and other fighters who witnessed Christy’s behavior yelled, “Hey Christy, why don’t you fight in the ring?”  Anani/Martin was took place one month later in Fort Lauderdale.  Don King had to honor his contract by either paying Sumya or matching her against Christy.  On December 18, 1998 they fought on an obscure cable channel so the world didn’t’ get to witness Sumya’s win over Christy.  An accident?  It’s been reported that maybe Christy got wind of how good Sumya was and didn’t want to be defeated on a prime channel like Showtime. Read the full article here. See the Media page to see the Christy Martin Fight on...