WILD THING YOU MAKE OUR HEARTS SING – SHARON ANYOS A BOXING GREAT

Sharon Anyos - Boxing Hall of Fame. Photo - Tony Stretch

Boxing superstar Sharon ‘the Wild Thing’ Anyos breaks more new ground for women’s sport in Melbourne on Friday night.

The five-time world champion Gold Coast mother of four is being inducted in the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame, the first Australian woman to receive this massive honour.

Later this year in Las Vegas, Sharon will also be inducted in the the International women’s boxing Hall of Fame and has been recognised as among the greatest fighters

HALL OF FAMER Sharon Anyos in playful form at Paradise Point earlier this week Photo John Alexander

Sharon, a pioneer in this incredibly tough sport, smashed down barriers and opened up doors for women’s boxing in her heyday being the first Australian woman to win a world boxing title, taking out three titles in 2000. She then beat Argentinian Marcela Acuna in her home city of the Gold Coast in 2005 for the inaugural WBC Featherweight title.

She rates the fight the toughest of her career and during it she suffered a broken cheekbone from a head butt and a broken finger underpinning her toughness and skills. In total she won 14 of her 17 fights, five of those world titles, four by knockout.

Marcela Acuna - a tough nut to crack.

Later this year in Las Vegas, Sharon will also be inducted in the the International women’s boxing Hall of Fame and has been recognised as among the greatest fighters when she received a WBC Emeritus award. Among others to receive that are some of the greats, Kosta Tszyu, Lennox Lewis, Floyd Mayweather, Vitali Klitchco and Laila Ali.

Speaking earlier this week prior to heading to Melbourne to receive her award, Sharon got pretty emotional about what she has achieved and is glad the long wait to be recognised since she retired is finally over.

“It’s huge. I’ve watched the hall of fame for so many years and thought when is it going to happen, will I be dead by then. It’s been such a male dominated sport and to finally have them say, yes you are definitely up with the calibre  of the best fighters is beautiful.

“To be recognised, a woman, in such a tough sport, to have that recognition, to have your name on that banner when you walk up on stage, it’s just mind blowing.”

Les Anyos - 10th Dan Black Belt Sharon's trainer and father Photo - Tony Stretch

Sharon was quick to point out that her success was very much a team effort

Family Delight Photo Tony Stretch

Sharon was quick to point out that her success was very much a team effort and in particular praised the support of her family, mum and dad Les and Beryl, brothers Richard, Brian and Danny and her four boys, twins Jai and Cruz, 11 year-old Will and 10 year-old Tyler.

They’ll be in Melbourne for the big event on Friday and like Tony and myself at AbsolutelyFamous, we’ll all be bursting with pride.

“To be recognised, a woman, in such a tough sport, to have that recognition, to have your name on that banner when you walk up on stage, it’s just mind blowing.”

Float Like a Butterfly - Sting Like a Bee

Our original story on Sharon we posted earlier this year can be accessed on our AbsolutelyFamous website.

We’ll follow up Sharon’s Hall of Fame induction with pics from the ceremony.

Check out John’s interview with Sharon and her awesome/gutsy underdog performance against Laura Skinner 

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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