Open main menu

Becky Zerlentes (July 8, 1970 – April 3, 2005) was a professor of geography, amateur boxer, and martial artist.

Becky Zerlentes
Real nameBecky Zerlentes
Born(1970-07-08)July 8, 1970
Denver, Colorado, United States
DiedApril 3, 2005(2005-04-03) (aged 34)
Denver, Colorado, United States

Personal lifeEdit

Zerlentes was a professor of geography and economics at Front Range Community College's Larimer County campus. Zerlentes earned her master's and PhD in geography at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [1] She had a wide variety of interests, including martial arts, boxing, synchronized swimming, ice skating, and academic pursuits. She was married to fellow economics professor, Dr. Stephan Weiler.[2]

Martial arts accomplishmentsEdit

Zerlentes was a black belt in Goshin Jitsu, which she earned in 1996. She often told her students that started training with Goshin Jitsu after coming to one of the club parties. She later became the chief instructor of the club from 1998 to 1999. Zerlentes also earned a black belt in Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and was certified in Okazaki restorative massage. Zerlentes enjoyed teaching, particularly self-defense, something she believed was critical for women to learn.[3]

Amateur boxing careerEdit

Zerlentes had a record of 6 wins and 4 losses. She won a regional Golden Gloves in 2002. [1]


On April 2, 2005 Zerlentes was participating in the Colorado State Boxing Senior Female Championships at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado. She was knocked out in the third round by her opponent, Heather Schmitz, fell unconscious, and never regained consciousness. Zerlentes is the first woman known to have died of injuries sustained during a sanctioned boxing match in the United States. According to the Denver County coroner the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.[4]

Boxing RecordEdit

Zerlentes competed in triathlons, swimming, did martial arts and had an amateur boxing record of 6-4.[4]


  1. ^ a b "WOMEN'S BOXING - News Story on WBAN!". Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Comeback Bout Leads To Female Boxer's Death". The New York Times. 6 April 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Alumni Instructors - Goshin Jitsu". Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Punch kills woman boxer". The Guardian. 6 April 2005.