Chevelle Hallback

Chevelle Lynvette Hallback (born September 3, 1971) is a female boxer from Plant City, Florida.[1] Hallback, nicknamed "Fist of Steel", has been featured on television many times, usually fighting the biggest names in the sport. Hallback is among the most recognized female boxers in the world.

Chevelle Lynvette Hallback
Real nameChevelle Lynvette Hallback
Nickname(s)Fist of Steel
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Born (1971-09-03) September 3, 1971 (age 48)
Plant City, Florida, United States
Boxing record
Total fights38
Wins by KO11
No contests1


Hallback began her professional boxing career on February 21, 1997, beating Connie Plosser by a first round knockout in Miami. In just her second fight, Hallback faced Lucia Rijker, who many considered the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world at the time. Hallback was defeated by Rijker on March 22, losing by a fifth round technical knockout. Although she lost the fight, Hallback gave Rijker some trouble before Rijker's experience and conditioning edge took over.

After two consecutive wins, she fought for her first world title, and, on February 6, 1998, she became the WIBF's world Featherweight champion by knocking out Bonnie Canino in seven rounds.

In 1999, she only had one fight, which resulted in a non-title defense win. She challenged for her second world title, the IFBA world Jr. Lightweight title, when she faced Doris Hackl on April 26, 2000 in Kenner, Louisiana. Hallback failed to win the title by dropping a ten round majority decision to Hackl. Many people who saw that fight, including the TV commentators, thought Hallback did enough to win the fight. Her next fight was also very important, as she faced Laura Serrano on July 8, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite having been out of the ring for fifteen months before this fight, Hallback lost a six round majority decision to the Mexican fighter.

Four months later, on November 16, she fought for the WIBA world Jr. Lightweight title, in Austin, Texas, against Snodene Blakeney but had to settle for a 2nd round technical draw when Blakeney was accidentally cut by a headbutt. This was followed by two back to back wins over Brenda Drexel.

After two more wins, including a fourth round knockout of Drexel in their third bout, she challenged Alicia Ashley for the IBA world Jr. Lightweight title, on August 27, 2002, at Savannah, Georgia. Hallback outpointed Ashley over ten rounds.

Her next three bouts were non title affairs, and Hallback won each of them in two rounds or less.

She would have defended her IBA world Jr. Lightweight title for the first time on December 28, 2002, against Layla McCarter in Savannah. McCarter, however, suffered an injury during training one week prior to the fight. The promoters could not find an opponent, and McCarter decided to go on with the fight as scheduled, but the IBA decided it would be another non-title fight. Hallback won by a ten round unanimous decision.

Next, Hallback faced the ex-welterweight champ Mitzi Jeter twice in a row, beating her each time by six round unanimous decisions. On May 31, 2003, she met Britt Van Buskirk, winning by a six round decision, and Brenda Drexel for a fourth time, defeating Drexel by a six round decision.

Her next fight, against Melissa Del Valle, was a long-awaited match-up. Hallback retained the IBA Jr. Lightweight title with a ten round unanimous decision on August 30, and she followed that victory with a first round knockout win over Michelle Ewing.

Her luck ran out, however, when she moved up 10 pounds and 2 weight classes to meet Mary Jo Sanders on May 20, 2004, for the IBA continental Jr. Welterweight title, when she lost a ten round decision to the much bigger Sanders.

Hallback returned to 130 pounds, and back to her winning ways June 4, when she was rematched with Canino, in Oregon. Hallback won by a fourth round knockout.

Her next fight was another rematch, as she was finally able to defend her IBA Jr. Lightweight title against McCarter, on July 2, at San Diego, California. Hallback retained the title by a ten round unanimous decision.

Hallback then travelled to Tokyo Japan, and on March 13, 2005, she beat Emiko Raika by 10 round unanimous decision to win the WIBA Super Featherweight World Title.

On November 18, 2005, in Edmonton Alberta Canada, Hallback won a 10-round unanimous decision over Belinda Laracuente, defending her WIBA title.

On 7 May 2011, she will face the undefeated Norwegian boxer, Cecilia Brækhus, in Copenhagen.

Professional boxing recordEdit

28 Wins (11 knockouts, 14 decisions), 7 Losses, 2 Draws[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 28–7–2   Cecilia Brækhus Decision (unanimous) 10 2011-05-07   Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark WBA, WBC & WBO Welterweight Title
Win 28–6–2   Victoria Cisneros Decision (split) 8 2010–12-03   Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Loss 27–6–2   Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) 10 2010-03–26   Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 27–5–2   Jeannine Garside Decision (split) 10 2008-06–13   Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico vacant WBAN World Lightweight & vacant IFBA World Lightweight Titles
Draw 26–5–2   Melissa Hernández Points 10 2008-02-07   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 26–5–1   Terri Blair Decision (unanimous) 8 2007-07-02   Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Loss 25–5–1   Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) 10 2007-05–23   Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 25–4–1   Belinda Laracuente Decision (unanimous) 10 2005–11–18   Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada WIBA Super Featherweight Title
NC 24–4–1   Melissa Del Valle No decision 3 2005-10–07   A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa, Florida
Win 24–4–1   Emiko Raika Decision (unanimous) 10 2005–03–13   Velfarre, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan WIBA Super Featherweight Title
Win 23–4–1   Kim Colbert TKO 2 2005-01–26   A La Carte Event Pavilion, Kansas City, Missouri
Win 22–4–1   Layla McCarter Decision (unanimous) 10 2004-07-02   Pala Casino, Pala, California WIBA Super Featherweight Title
Win 21–4–1   Bonnie Canino TKO 4 2004-06–04   Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon
Loss 20–4–1   Mary Jo Sanders Points 10 2004-05–20   Kewadin Casino, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
Win 20–3–1   Michelle Ewing TKO 1 2003-09–20   Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 19–3–1   Melissa Del Valle Decision (unanimous) 10 2003-08–30   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia IBA Super Featherweight Title
Win 18–3–1   Brenda Drexel Decision (unanimous) 6 2003-06–28   Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 17–3–1   Britt Van Buskirk Decision (unanimous) 6 2003-05–31   Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 16–3–1   Mitzi Jeter Decision (unanimous) 6 2003-04–26   Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 15–3–1   Mitzi Jeter Decision (unanimous) 6 2003-03–29   Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 14–3–1   Layla McCarter Decision (unanimous) 10 2002-12–28   Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, Georgia
Win 13–3–1   Willicia Moorehead KO 1 2002-11–22   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Win 12–3–1   Vicky Clardy KO 1 2002-10–20   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Win 11–3–1   Vanessa Pine KO 2 2002-09–27   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Win 10–3–1   Alicia Ashley Decision (unanimous) 10 2002-08–27   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia IBA Super Featherweight Title
Win 9–3–1   Brenda Drexel TKO 4 2002-06–29   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Win 8–3–1   Carla Witherspoon Decision (unanimous) 6 2002-06–04   Morrell Park, Savannah, Georgia
Win 7–3–1   Brenda Drexel Decision (unanimous) 6 2002-04–27   Jarrell's Gym, Savannah, Georgia
Win 6–3–1   Brenda Drexel Decision (unanimous) 6 2002-03–22   Civic Center, Savannah, Georgia
Draw 5–3–1   Snodene Blakeney Decision (technical) 3 2001-11–16   Convention Center, Austin, Texas WIBA Super Featherweight Title
Loss 5–3   Laura Serrano Decision (majority) 6 2001-07–08   Texas Station Casino, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 5–2   Doris Hackl Decision (majority) 10 2000-04–26   New Orleans, Louisiana IFBA Super Featherweight Title
Win 5–1   Hayde Nuñez Decision (unanimous) 4 1999-06–11   Bossier City, Louisiana
Win 4–1   Bonnie Canino TKO 7 1998-03–06   Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida WIBF Featherweight Title
Win 3–1   Bethany Payne TKO 1 1997-09–20   Round 1 Gym, Boca Raton, Florida
Win 2–1   Judy Mayrand TKO 1 1997-05–21   Tallahassee, Florida
Loss 1–1   Lucia Rijker TKO 5 1997-03–22   Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 1-0   Connie Plosser TKO 1 1997-02–21   Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 1 win 1 loss
By knockout 1 0
By submission 0 1
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Sarah Wilson Submission (triangle choke) XFC 7 February 20, 2009 1 3:03 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–0 Melissa Vasquez TKO (punches) XFC 6 December 5, 2008 1 0:41 Tampa, Florida, United States


  1. ^ "Chevelle Lynvette Hallback". WBAN. Archived from the original on 5 September 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Chevelle Hallback's career boxing record". Retrieved 2011-05-06.

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