Russia’s glamorous female champion boxer Natalia Ragozina has landed a heavyweight belt in a spectacular knockout victory in her first fight in her home country.
The new belt adds to her impressive collection of seven super-middleweight straps, setting a new record in women’s professional boxing.
On Saturday night she collided with Pamela “Grenade” London from Georgetown, Guyana — an opponent who came into the ring more about 60 pounds heavier than she, to contest the vacant Women’s International Boxing Federation (WIBF) heavyweight title.
Dubbed “The Russian Tsarina”, the single mother — who has done photo shoots for magazines including Penthouse — improved her pro boxing record to 22 wins and no losses, with 13 knockouts.Ragozina dominated throughout most of the fight using her hand speed and intense footwork, sending her opponent to the canvas in round eight in front of a packed and cheerful crowd of more than 5,000 spectators in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s largest city in the Urals, some 1,100 miles east of Moscow.
In a short post-fight phone interview with CNN, a happy Ragozina said: “I am very glad I didn’t let down my fans who were rooting for me in my homeland, and finally knocked out that “Grenade”.
“I really felt the weight difference between us — I hit her hard many times but she wouldn’t go down. But now it’s over and I feel fantastic.”
Ragozina, 33 years old and nearly six feet tall, is the undisputed champion in the 168-pound weight class and the world’s most-decorated female boxer.
Over the past few years, she has been living and fighting out of Germany, where fans know her as Natascha Ragosina.
On top of her athletic talents, Ragozina was named winner of this year’s “Miss Sport Russia” beauty contest.
Ragozina’s shot at the heavyweight throne was a one-off deal. She moved up into the most prestigious boxing division only in an attempt to lift a vacant title, but will stay in her natural weight class.