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.

Daisy Lang
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Statistics
Nickname(s)The Lady
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
NationalityBulgarian
BornDessislava Kirova
(1972-04-04) 4 April 1972 (age 47)
Sofia, Bulgaria
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins19
Wins by KO7
Losses3
Draws1

BiographyEdit

BoxingEdit

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.

Movie careerEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

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
By knockout 7 0
By decision 12 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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

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