Daisy Lang (born Dessislava Kirova (Bulgarian: Десислава Кирова) on 4 April 1972) is a former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2004. She is a former three-weight world champion and was the first Bulgarian woman to capture a world title, having held the WIBF super-flyweight title from 1999 to 2002; the WIBF bantamweight title in 2002; and the WIBF super-bantamweight title in 2003.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
4 April 1972
|Wins by KO||7|
Before her boxing career, Daisy Lang competed as a martial artist. She is a black belt and a European champion in taekwondo. She also was World Champion in karate 1995 in the U.S., European champion and World Champion in kickboxing. She began boxing professionally in February 1996 in Germany. Lang lived in Dusseldorf and trained in Hamburg, where Universum Box-Promotion was based.
Daisy Lang won the first three fights of her career in 1996, two of them by knockout. She earned physical therapy degrees at the National Sport Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and continued her education at the German Sport University, Cologne.
On 29 November 1997 she lost against Michele Aboro in six rounds, who remained unbeaten with 6 wins, but had won all previous fights by knockout. After winning another fight in February 1998 Daisy Lang won the vacant WIBF European Bantamweight title against Krisztina Horvai in ten rounds.
After winning another fight by knockout in round 2, she defended the WIBF European Bantamweight title on 27 March 1999 against Anastasia Toktaulova winning in ten rounds. On 17 July 1999 she became world champion against Gizella Papp in a fight for the vacant WIBF Super Flyweight title.
From 1999 to 2002, Daisy Lang successfully defended the title against Sonia Pereira, Kathy Williams, Oana Jurma, Brenda Burnside, Nadia Debras, Michelle Sutcliffe and Réka Krempf. On 14 September 2002 she won against Lisa Foster in a fight for the GBU world Bantamweight championship in ten rounds. She drew against Silke Weickenmeier on 18 January 2003, in a fight for the GBU Super Bantamweight title, but won the rematch on 10 May with a majority decision in ten rounds. On 15 November 2003 she lost against Galina Ivanova in ten rounds, in a fight for the WIBF Super Flyweight title.
After another win in 8 rounds, on 29 May 2004 she lost against Regina Halmich in a fight for the vacant IWBF Super Flyweight title, in ten rounds by unanimous decision. In October 2004 she won another fight by knockout in early rounds.
On 21 May 2016, Daisy Lang was given a lifetime achievement award from the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame: "Hall of Heroes".
On 9 January 2017, The International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) announced their 2017 IWBHF Inductees. Among those honored was Daisy Lang, including Aileen Eaton (posthumous); Holly Holm; Ria Ramnarine; Ana Marie Torres; and Ada Velez.
Her success in sports made her a popular guest on many TV shows in various countries and a frequent subject of German and other international magazine articles. After a successful decade in the sport's world in Europe, Daisy relocated to Los Angeles to concentrate on her acting career and business. In 2007, she became a member of SAG-AFTRA and has been working in films and commercials, mostly in action roles.
Daisy Lang was also a physical therapist who uses her experience as a world class athlete and her knowledge in the medical field to promote boxing as a way to stay in physical and mental shape. Since 2008 she has been a regular guest-speaker for the Rotary Club.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, United States.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|23 fights||19 wins||3 losses|
|23||Win||19–3–1||Simone Suciu||TKO||4 (8)||16 Oct 2004||Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany|
|22||Loss||18–3–1||Regina Halmich||UD||10||29 May 2004||Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany||For vacant IWBF super-flyweight title|
|21||Win||18–2–1||Mariann Pampuk||PTS||8||2 Mar 2004||Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany|
|20||Loss||17–2–1||Galina Koleva Ivanova||UD||10||15 Nov 2003||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany||For WIBF super-flyweight title|
|19||Win||17–1–1||Silke Weickenmeier||MD||10||10 May 2003||Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany||Won WIBF, and GBU super-bantamweight titles|
|18||Draw||16–1–1||Silke Weickenmeier||PTS||10||18 Jan 2003||Grugahalle, Essen, Germany||For WIBF, and GBU super-bantamweight titles|
|17||Win||16–1||Lisa Foster||UD||10||14 Sep 2002||Volkswagen Halle, Braunschweig, Germany||Won WIBF, and GBU bantamweight titles|
|16||Win||15–1||Reka Krempf||UD||10||6 Apr 2002||Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|15||Win||14–1||Michelle Sutcliffe||TD||7 (10)||29 Sep 2001||Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Nadia Debras||UD||10||27 Jan 2001||Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle, Munich, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|13||Win||12–1||Brenda Burnside||UD||10||14 Oct 2000||Kölnarena, Cologne, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|12||Win||11–1||Oana Jurma||TKO||3 (10)||13 May 2000||Sartory Saale, Cologne, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|11||Win||10–1||Kathy Williams||UD||10||5 Feb 2000||Rhein-Ruhr Halle, Duisburg, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|10||Win||9–1||Sonia Pereira||UD||10||23 Oct 1999||Ballsporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany||Retained WIBF super-flyweight title|
|9||Win||8–1||Gizella Papp||KO||8 (10)||17 Jul 1999||Philips Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany||Won vacant WIBF super-flyweight title|
|8||Win||7–1||Anastasia Toktaulova||UD||10||27 Mar 1999||Sartory-Saal, Cologne, Germany||Retained WIBF European bantamweight title|
|7||Win||6–1||Sandra Podence||KO||2 (6)||30 Jan 1999||Stadthalle, Cottbus, Germany|
|6||Win||5–1||Krisztina Horvai||UD||10||3 Oct 1998||Prinz-Garden Halle, Augsburg, Germany||Won vacant WIBF European bantamweight title|
|5||Win||4–1||Valerie Rangheard||KO||4||14 Feb 1998||Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany|
|4||Loss||3–1||Michele Aboro||PTS||6||29 Nov 1997||Rheinstrandhalle, Karlsruhe, Germany|
|3||Win||3–0||Bresda Movotna||KO||3 (6)||29 Aug 1996||Essen, Germany|
|2||Win||2–0||Nathalie Meiss||PTS||6||6 Jul 1996||Zoo-Gesellschaftshaus, Frankfurt, Germany|
|1||Win||1–0||Darina Chakolaeva||KO||3||27 Feb 1996||Neuwied, Germany|
|2002||Frogmen Operation Stormbringer||Anya|
|2006||Undisputed II: Last Man Standing||Svetlana|
|2007||Lords of the Underworld||Boxing Trainer|
|Missionary Man||Biker Girl|
|2009||The Gold & the Beautiful||Reeza|
|2015||DELKA: Stand-Up Tall or Fall||Nina||post-production|
|2017||Ashley and Red||Blue Drop||1 episode|
|2018||This is Our Christmas||Ntasha Hipsteiner|