DECEASED Trinidad and Tobago boxer Giselle “Magic” Salandy has missed out on a place in history as female fighters — Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker and Barbara Buttrick — will make history in Canastota next June as the first female boxers inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Also going in as part of the 31st class of Hall of Famers on June 14 next year will be multi-division champions Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel Marquez and “Sugar” Shane Mosely, all elected in their first year of eligibility in the men’s Modern category.
Salandy, 21, was unbeaten against multiple world champions when she died in a motor vehicle collision on the morning of January 4, 2009. During her brief career she won the WBC, WBA, WBE, WIBA, IWBF, WIBF, GBU and UBC world titles.
This is the first year that female fighters have been on the IBHOF ballot. Like Martin and Rijker, Salandy was balloted in the women’s Modern category, while Buttrick was elected in the women’s Trailblazer category.
Martin, known as the “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” was one of the early stars of women’s boxing and in 1996 became the first female boxer on the cover of Sports Illustrated. She held multiple titles and retired with a record of 49-7-3. The final victory of her career came in Syracuse, a decision win over Dakota Stone at the New York State Fairgrounds to win the WBC women’s junior middleweight title.
Martin had earlier lost to Stone, a fighter Salandy defeated by unanimous decision in the Caribbean.