Martha Salazar

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Martha Salazar
Born (1970-02-02) February 2, 1970 (age 52)
Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
ResidenceSan Jose, California United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)
Reach70.0 in (178 cm)
Professional boxing record
By knockout3
Mixed martial arts record
By submission1
Other information
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;[1]).

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.[2][3][4]


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 rebounded with her first knockout win, however, when she beat Pesente in their third bout, held on May 24, in Vallejo, California. Salazar beat Pesente in the first round.

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.[5]

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.[6]

On March 14, 2017, Salazar announced her retirement from all combat fighting.[7]

Professional boxing titles[edit]

  • WBE female super heavyweight title (237 Ibs)
  • WIBF heavyweight title (240 Ibs)
  • WBE female heavyweight title (236½ Ibs)
  • WBC female heavyweight title (235 Ibs)

Combat record[edit]


18 fights 13 wins 5 losses
By knockout 3 0
By decision 10 5
Draws 0


No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
18 Lose 13–5 Mexico Alejandra Jimenez MD 10 18 Mar 2016 Mexico Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico Lost WBC World female heavyweight title
17 Win 13–4 Trinidad and Tobago Tanzee Daniel UD 10 8 Nov 2014 United States Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco, California, USA Won vacant WBC World female heavyweight title
16 Win 12–4 United States Sonya Lamonakis UD 6 13 Apr 2013 United States Lions Gate Convention Center, Sacramento, California, USA
15 Lose 11–4 United States Vonda Ward MD 10 10 Feb 2007 United States Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA vacant WIBA, vacant WBC World female & IBA female heavyweight titles
14 Win 11–3 Canada Marsha Valley UD 6 17 Nov 2005 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA
13 Win 10–3 Canada Marsha Valley TKO 4 (6)
21 Jul 2005 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA
12 Win 9–3 United States Kathy Rivers UD 8 2 Apr 2005 United States Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA WBE women's Heavyweight Title
11 Win 8–3 Guyana Pamela London TKO 9 (10)
28 Nov 2004 Guyana Splashmins Fun Park & Resort, Georgetown, Guyana vacant WIBF World heavyweight title
10 Win 7–3 Canada Marsha Valley UD 8 16 Oct 2004 United States Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, USA Vacant WBE Women's Super Heavyweight Title
9 Lose 6–3 Canada Marsha Valley SD 6 18 Mar 2004 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
8 Lose 6–2 United States Vonda Ward UD 10 11 Jul 2003 United States Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, USA IBA female & WIBA World heavyweight titles
7 Win 6–1 United States Carley Pesente TKO 1 (4)
24 May 2003 United States Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, California, USA
6 Lose 5–1 United States Vonda Ward SD 4 1 Mar 2003 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
5 Win 5–0 United States Kisha Snow UD 4 16 Nov 2002 United States Mare Island Sports Arena, Vallejo, California, USA
4 Win 4–0 United States Tanisha Dunn UD 4 20 Oct 2002 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA
3 Win 3–0 United States Carley Pesente UD 4 21 Sep 2002 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA
2 Win 2–0 United States Carley Pesente UD 4 22 Jun 2002 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA
1 Win 1–0 United States Denise Callahan UD 4 25 Mar 2001 United States Centennial Hall, Hayward, California, USA Professional debut

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 0 wins 1 loss
By submission 0 1


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Lose 0–1 United States 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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  7. ^ "Highly Regarded Veteran Boxer Martha Salazar announces Retirement". Women Boxing News. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
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