Who was the first U.K.female to box in the post war era?Many believe it to be Barbara Butterick from Humberside wh o moved to London took work as a £3.10 a week typist. On the 3rd of March 1949 she was booked to take part in a boxing exhibition at the Kilburn Empire Theater where apart from punching the bag and shadow boxing she would take on a nine stone male in a two times rounds bout. The General Secretary of the Variety Artists Federation one Lewis Lee called it"deplorably undignified and certainly not variety"and the British Boxing Board of Control announced it had not given Barbara a licence to box and did not recognise women boxers. At the time Barbara was 17 years old and weighed in at seven stone.
Wrestling be it male or female as over the years had some bad press,but some of the worst as come when the media as decided to prove how fixed it is and failed.
It is only the other day that a friend of mine was recalling possibly the worst show ITV ever broadcast.
Yes worse than the dreadful Big Brother which my paper informs me featured"stars"walking out after one of the girls left her nicks in the wash with shit stains,oh and shortly after cut her finger and was taken to hospital.
No the show in question was Celebrity Wrestling
in which the guys had been tutored in the tricks of the trade by Rowdy Roddie Piper and the girls by the Manchester duo Pippa and Shelby,it was so bad it only lasted four weeks in the prime time slot before being dropped to the grave yard Sunday Morning slot.There can be no doubt viewers can barely remember the show from 2005,but I bet the"stars"like Jenny Powell and Kate Lawler remember it with huge embarrassment.
I have noted before that Models Wrestling as re-appeared through a couple of different out lets.
I would be interested to hear from any fans who have had recent dealings with them.
I say this because their latest advertising
through I believe Twitter mentions a meeting a couple of days away on the 27th and a promise of videos from it.My worry is that the link takes you to the Models Wrestling site which hasn't updated for a couple of years.
I have to admit that this one beat me,I have lived and worked in Germany and have never come by this magazine.
My thanks to the fan who sent me these pics,though the only light he could shed on it was that he believed it was just one of a number which featured dominant women,a little like those put out by Swish Publications in the U.K.before they hit on the winning format of Amazons in Action.