- United States
- WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
- October 17, 1981
Every star has a great time line to be become a shining star, it is normally considered that we watch a video or read newspaper regarding breakthrough performance and believe that it just happen but beyond success story people have a hard work, Holly holm is one of them.
She was born in Oct 17, 1981 in Albuquerque United State of America she was gifted to Mr.Roger and Ms.Tammy
She completed her education from University of New Maxico and Manzano High School. She is primarily belong to Irish background. In early ages she like to play soccer and involved in Gymnastics and swimming. Graduate from Manzano High School and one study from University of New Mexico in 2000.
When she was about to complete her graduation, Parents breakup and after this life was completely change and she moved to university for further studies.
Her father is very keen with holly fighting sports profession and always been with her in every fight especially last year fights, he closed with cage and advised at every moment that is very helpful, But tammy mother of holm rarely seen in during fights. Holly and her father runs real estate business. Holm and whole family is Christian and belong to church of Christ.
In 2012 she married Jeff Kirkpatrick same city link with her college and separated in early of 2019.
She start her Armature Kick Boxing career at age of 16 under the supervision of Mike Winkeljohn. In Professional boxing record she fights total 38 fights win 33 in which 9 knockout, there are total 2 losses by knockout and draw 3 fights
DURING THE 2005 TO 2012 SHE TITLED FOR FOLLOWING ACHIEVEMENTS .
- Fight of the Year vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on December
- Fighter of the Year
- Most Accomplished of the Year
- Highest Achievements of the Year
- Most Improved Boxer of the Year
- Fighter of the Year
- Biggest Comeback of the Year
- Most Improved Boxer of the Year
- Hottest Rising Star of the Year
- Upset of the Year
Jun 9, 2018 UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero Win
Dec 30, 2017 UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm Loss
Jun 17, 2017 UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia Win
Feb 11, 2017 UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie Loss
Jul 23, 2016 UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Shevchenko Loss
Mar 5, 2016 UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz Loss
Nov 14, 2015 UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm Win
Jul 15, 2015 UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee Win
Feb 28, 2015 UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano Win
Being a professional fighter she work in movie name Fight valley
Holly’s path to a boxing career began with aerobics. “I started aerobics to keep in shape, saw the (kickboxing) class, thought it looked pretty cool, so I thought I’d try it for one fight and see what it was like,” says Holm. Her aerobics instructor was Mike Winkeljohn, who also taught kickboxing. Winklejohn soon saw Holm’s potential. “She’s got that instinct,” he says, “When she gets hit, she knows it’s time to come back. I wish I could bottle (what she has) and sell it.”
“(Boxing) came easier to me than I thought it would,” says Holm. “When I first started, my punches seemed real clumsy, but Mr. Winkeljohn is a great instructor. He helped me with my technique, and he felt … he could work with me.”
Holly won a national amateur championship in Kansas City, MO in the Fall of 2001, her last kickboxing appearance before her pro debut. Her overall amateur kickboxing record stood at 6-0-2.
She made her professional kickboxing debut on June 1 2002 in an IKKC five-rounder against Valerie Anthonson of Grand Junction, Colorado at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, north of Albuquerque.
Her pro boxing debut came on January 25, 2002 at the Isleta Casino and Resort south of Albuquerque. Holly weighed in at 141 lbs and won by a TKO over debut fighter Martha Orozco (141¾ lbs) of Denver, Colorado at 1:38 in the third.
On June 21, 2002 at Sky City Casino in Acoma, New Mexico she won her second pro fight by a TKO over debut fighter Terrie Carillo at 0:24 in the first round.
Holly Holm vs. Martha Orozco in August 2002
On August 17, 2002 at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, New Mexico, Holly (144 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-35) decision in a rematch with Martha Orozco (142¾ lbs). Holm controlled this fight from the start, putting Orozco down for a six count with a barrage of punches in the opening round and staggering her again near the end of the stanza. Holm out-punched Orozco in the second but both looked tired at the bell. Orozco wilted with Holm working her over against the ropes in the third, but held on gamely. She survived a solid pounding in the fourth to end the fight on her feet. Holm advanced to 3-0-0 (2 KO) while Orozco fell to 0-2.
On September 6, 2002 at Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, New Mexico, Holly (149¼ lbs) won a lop-sided four-round unanimous (40-32,40-32,40-30) decision over Bonnie Mann (148¼ lbs) of Morrisville, North Carolina. Holm dominated the bout with pounding straight lefts and knocked Mann down twice in each of the second and third rounds. Mann, who fell to 0-2-0 as a pro boxer, had won the bronze medal at 147 lbs at the 1998 US Nationals and again at 156 lbs in 1999.
Holly was KO’d by Trisha Hill in this Muay Thai bout
On April 5, 2003 at Cowboy’s Bar and Grill, in Albuquerque, Trisha “TNT” Hill of Kennesaw, Georgia knocked Holly out in the fourth round of a five-round 139-lb Muay Thai bout. Hill, a featherweight who had moved up two weight classes to face Holly, gave up the weight advantage believing that she could KO Holly to get the victory. Trisha picked her shots carefully and when Holly started to tire in the third round, she went for the KO in the fourth, tagging . Holly with a couple of jabs and then stepping in with a right that knocked Holly out cold. As reported by Chris Cozzone of New Mexico Boxing, “Keeping the shorter Hill at bay, Holly managed to take the first two rounds with her kicks. Hill won the exchanges at close quarters but Holm scored the damaging blows with her feet. The tide changed in the second part of Round Three when Hill landed a bomb of a right hook that had Holm staggering. After tying up and then using kicks to fight back, Holm showed a big heart trying to win back the round. Hill was relentless in closing the distance and suckering Holm into brawling. Early into the fourth, she landed a picture perfect right hand that flattened Holm to the canvas. While Holly continued to throw a half-hearted left right while horizontal, the ref jumped in and immediately stopped the contest after seeing Holm’s eyes roll dangerously back.”
On August 9, 2003 in Baraboo, Wisconsin Holly TKO’d Alisa Cantwell at 1:30 in the first round of a kickboxing bout.
Holly Holm vs. Stephanie Jaramillo in August 2003
On August 26, 2003 at Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, in a much-anticipated cross-town showdown between two unbeaten fighters, Holly (141 lbs) won a four-round majority (40-37, 39-37,38-38) decision over Stephanie Jaramillo (142 lbs) from Albuquerque’s South Valley. Holm was the early aggressor, landing solid straight lefts to Jaramillo’s face. Jaramillo stormed back in the second but Holm out-boxed her and landed more good right hooks, straight lefts and combinations. Jaramillo landed some power shots cleanly in a good third round. Holm didn’t seem fazed and closed the fight out well in the fourth, again landing with hard straight lefts to Jaramillo’s face. Holm outworked the shorter but determined Jaramillo and is now reportedly being considered as an opponent for Mia St. John. Holm was now 5-0-0 (2 KO) while Jaramillo slipped to 3-1-0 (2 KO).
Holly Holm rematch vs. Stephanie Jaramillo in October 2003
On October 3, 2003 at Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, Holly (142 lbs) and Stephanie Jaramillo (139 lbs) battled to a six-round (58-56 Holm, 58-56 Jaramillo, 57-57) draw in a rematch of their August four-rounder. Holm dominated the opening round but Jaramillo turned it around in the second, coming back with hard counter left hooks and straight rights to keep herself in the bout. Holm used her jab well and out-landed Jaramillo in most rounds, bloodying her mouth, but Jaramillo landed the hardest shots of the fight and wobbled Holm in the fifth round to keep the bout a tossup on the scorecards. Holm remained unbeaten as a pro boxer at 5-0-1 (2 KO) while former US national amateur team member Jaramillo was 3-1-1 (2 KO)
Holly Holm vs. Angel Martinez in December 2003
On December 12, 2003 at Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, Holly (144 lbs) won a six-round unanimous (59-54,59-55,59-55) decision over Angel Martinez (142 lbs) of Dallas, Texas, who fell to 2-1-0 (1 KO).
After the fight, Martinez said she thought it was close, then added the kind of remark that I never understand when you’ve just lost … “I don’t think she’s much of a fighter. She’s a wild boxer. Anybody can throw wild punches and overwhelm you. She’s overrated.” Excuse me, but if you’ve lost a fight, don’t say the girl who just beat you “isn’t much of a fighter”, as that makes you even less of one!
On April 10, 2004 at the Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a near sellout crowd of 2220 saw Holly (140 lbs) TKO Janae Romero Archuleta at 1:09 in the first round of a scheduled six rounder that was the card’s co-main event. Holm came out like a whirlwind to score an explosive victory over the usually rugged Archuleta, who fell to 3-4 (2 KO). Holm snapped Archuletas head back with a stiff jab in the opening moments of the bout, then pounded Archuleta around the ring before the referee intervened to stop the carnage.
She should’ve taken the money yesterday. said Holm, referring to the weigh-in when Holm had come in a pound over the contract weight. Archuletas camp refused to take extra money and forced an already-drained Holm to spend the next two hours sweating off the excess pound. She got me mad, said Holm. She made it so easy for me, she came out with that slow jab and wed been working on throwing hooks over a jab and timing it. When I had her up against the ropes, I knew she was hurting so I pushed for the end.
Holly Holm fought Angel Martinez to a draw in May 2004
On May 15, 2004 at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado, Holly Holm and Angel Martinez (2-1-1, 2 KOs) of Dallas, Texas fought to a six-round majority draw (59-55 for Holm, but two 57-57 scorecards). Holm appeared to control and outland Martinez but Martinez’s crisp rights connected enough to win her several rounds on the judges’ scorecards. Holm moved to 7-0-2 (3 KOs) while Martinez progressed to 2-1-1, (2 KOs) Martinez started slowly while the southpaw Holm peppered her with jabs and an occasional straight left. At the end of the round, they started to mix it up and Martinez landed a good right inside. Martinez took over in the second round, walking Holm into a solid short right whenever Holly tried to throw something at close quarters. Holm adjusted in the third and out-hustled a less-busy Martinez. In the fourth, they went toe-to-toe with Holm, now bleeding from her nose, giving more than she was getting. Holly landed well with uppercuts and right hooks while Martinez focused on her highly effective right. The final two rounds saw Holm trying to outbox Martinez, throwing more often and out- flurrying on their many close exchanges, but Martinez landing the cleanest, hardest shots. Both camps thought they won the fight. Martinez’s trainer, Pete Rojas, thought that Angel’s cleaner shots should have given her the win while Holm’s trainer, Mike Winkeljohn, felt that Holly had won by controlling the action better.
On June 27, 2004 at Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, Italian Rita Turrisi (140 lbs), fighting out of Las Vegas, won by TKO over Holly (140 lbs) in the fourth round. Holm’s corner threw in the towel due to a deep three-inch cut under Holm’s eye. Holm was the aggressor in the first, landing big lefts as well as an elbow or two at close quarters. In the second, Turrisi started to time her shots better while Holm tried to work on the outside. After one messy exchange, a mouse appeared under Holm’s left eye. Turrisi won the third while Holm, now bleeding from an open gash under her eye as well as from her nose, dominated the fourth with her big lefts. Holm might have won the bout but the cut caused her corner to stop the fight between the fourth and fifth rounds. The fight was then automatically awarded to Turrisi by TKO instead of going to the scorecards pending the referee’s decision on what had caused the cut. Turrisi improved her record to 3-4 while Holm dropped to 7-1-2 (3 KO).
Holly won the IBA junior welter title vs. Terri Blair
On December 10, 2004 at Isleta Resort and Casino near Albuquerque, Holly (138 lbs) rebounded from her first pro boxing loss by winning the vacant IBA women’s junior welterweight title with a ten-round unanimous (99-91,99-91,96-94) decision over Terri Blair (138 lbs) of Louisville, Kentucky. Fighting her first ten-rounder, Holm made Blair chase her round the ring and then out-boxed her, but she also won the close-quarter battles. Blair had taken the fight on a weeks notice after Denvers Angie Poe got the flu, setting up a rare two-southpaw match-up between Holm and Blair.
According to Chris Cozzone, “Blair spent the night walking into jabs and straight left hands when she got close enough, yet she never gave up. After four rounds of trying to pressure Holm, eating that jab and left hand every time she closed the gap, Blair could do little but continually shake her head at Holm as if to say, I waint hurt.” Blair’s corner then tried to taunt Holm, calling out track star! Track star!, and urging their own fighter to use her overhand left. In the fifth round, Holm started to trade with Blair at close quarters, outworking her with three or four-punch combinations before slipping away. Blair finally got to Holm in the sixth and landing several overhand lefts that visibly hurt Holm. Blair could not repeat her success in the seventh as Holm out-hit her in some of the fight’s best action. Holm then went on to out-hustle Blair for the rest of the bout. Holm improved to 8-1-2 (3 KO) with the win while Blair fell to 5-7-1 (3 KO).
I feel awesome, Holm said in the ring after being declared the new champ. Blair had a lot of power and she rang my bell in the second round. But we watched and studied a tape of her last fight. We knew that footwork and technique was going to win.
On April 15, 2005 in Albuquerque, Holly (142 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,40-36,40-36) decision over veteran Gloria Ramirez (14 lbs) of El Paso, Texas, who took the fight at short notice. Ramirez fell to 9-14-5 (1 KO) with the loss.
Holly dominated late sub Lisa Lewis in June 2005
On June 24, 2005 at Isleta Casino in Isleta, New Mexico, Holly (140 lbs) defended her IBA Junior Welterweight title with a lop-sided eight-round TKO win over late replacement Lisa Lewis (136 lbs) of Fresno, California. According to Chris Cozzone’s report, Holm dazzled Lewis on the outside with jabs and straight rights then also obliged Lewis by fighting in close, battering Lewis with furious combinations to keep her on defense. “The biggest question was whether Holm’s hands could take the beating they were giving to Lewis.”according to Cozzone. “She was tough and I was getting tired hitting her,” Holm told Cozzone, adding “She hit me with a right in the sixth round that had me foggy, but I knew I was winning every round.” The shorter, lighter Lewis, who had substituted for the injured Layla McCarter on the card, couldn’t answer the bell for the ninth round. “I just didn’t have it tonight,” Lewis said, “My punches weren’t there.” Lewis fell to 7-12 (3 KOs) with her first loss by stoppage.
Holly vs. Christy Martin in September 2005
On September 16, 2005 at the Isleta Casino in Isleta, New Mexico, before a sellout crowd of 3000, Holly (142 lbs) won a clear 10-round unanimous (100-92,98-92,100-92) decision over 37-year-old Christy Martin (5’4″, 141 lbs) of Orlando, Florida in the Main Event.
According to Chris Cozzone of New Mexico Boxing, ‘Holm made it look easy; made the legendary Martin look amateurish.” Martin tried to close with Holm in the first two rounds but was unable to corral Holm who was using her jab and ring movement to control the action and stay out of trouble. Chris Cozzone reports that “Holm started to open in Round Three, not only firing her jab but taking the fight to Martin … Holm’s straight left found her mark while Martin, appearing clumsy, sailed her big rights and left hooks through empty air. In between rounds, Martin’s corner implored her to close the distance and keep her focus, but in Round Four, it only got worse for her. Holm put on a beautiful clinic, firing big hooks and straight rights and backing up Martin for the first time, then returning to her flawless stick-and-move game plan. Early in Round Five, Holm staggered Martin with a rapid combination, whipping the crowd to a frenzy. Martin could not get off; could not close the gap; could not land a solid punch, and her face was starting to show, both the frustration and the marks of Holm’s jabs and lefts. Martin had a slightly better round in the Sixth, landing hooks to Holm and forcing her to stay on the defensive–at least for the first minute. Then, it was all Holm again, using her footwork and picking her moments to fight. Holm and Martin exchanged rights as Round Seven began, but Holm out-muscled the veteran, forcing her to cover up and back away. By the end of the round, a mouse was swelling under Martin’s right eye –once again, another round for the home town girl. Despite the desperate insistence of her corner to get to work, Martin could not get on track. Holm’s rights and lefts connected with frequency in Round Eight, continuing to execute a perfect, dominating game plan. Martin came out aggressive and desperate in Round Nine, and made an argument to actually win a round. Despite landing her hardest shots on Holm–a left to the body, a straight right to the chin — Holm calmly took the punches and answered back with straight lefts. The final round saw the best exchange yet, but once again, it was Holm all the way, connecting with a left/right combination and winning the round on the outside, landing shot after shot.”
Holly was named Fighter of the Month for October 2005.
Holly vs. Mia St.John in December 2005
On December 8, 2005 at Isleta Casino near Albuquerque, New Mexico, Holly (139 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous shutout (100-90) decision over Mia St. John (5’6″, 139 lbs) of Oxnard, California defending her IBA 140-lb world title. According to Boxing Scene’s Andy Rivera, “Round one started with St. John dancing around Holm, avoiding any contact she could. Holm immediately answered with a series of combos that backed St. John into the ropes several times. For every impending jab, it looked as if St. John was just trying to avoid being dropped to the canvas as opposed to just being hit. With Holm dominating the round, the crowd was sent into a frenzy cheering on their local favorite. In round two, St. John was cautiously looking for some sort of hole in Holm’s offense, landing several shots, but unable to keep any sort of defense up as Holm would drop jab after jab on her. The second and third round had Holm landing countless solid jabs and body shots without giving St. John any chance to retaliate. Overpowered, St. John had yet to land a decent shot on Holm yet. In the fourth round, Holm had St. John on the ropes several times. Already dominating the fight, Holm was relentless and never slowed down a bit. The fifth and sixth round continued to have Holm control the fight by unleashing a volley of punches, forcing St. John into the corner, unable to counter or escape. The few times St. John was able to land solid jabs, Holm would answer with an onslaught of body shots and the occasional uppercut. In the eighth round, neither fighters were showing any significant fatigue, but it was clearly evident that St. John knew she was losing and there wasn’t anything she could do about it except smile. Once again St. John is ineffective in either landing any punches or holding Holm back. The ninth round finally showed some physical wear on St. John. Upon several clean straight jabs by Holm, St. John appeared to be stunned, but not out entirely all the while Holm was still floating around the ring unscathed. The tenth round started with St. John able to punch Holm into a corner, but that was short lived when Holm fired back, easing the pressure St. John was putting on her. Into the ten second warning, both fighters unleashed whatever fight they had left in them before the bell had finally rung.”
St. John slipped to 42-6-2 (17 KO’s).
“I wanted to end it early, but she’s been in 50 fights, and she’s been hit by the best, and she is conditioned to go all the way,” Holm told reporter Richard Stevens of the Albuquerque Tribune. “She can throw five punches before you can even blink,” St. John said of Holm after the bout . (For more coverage of the weigh-in, and fight photos by Mary Ann Owen and Butch Gottlieb,.
The Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame named Holly as its 2005 Female Athlete of the Year.
On February 24, 2006 at the Isleta Casino, Holly (139 lbs) TKO’d Shadina Pennybaker (5’5″,138 lbs) of Pittsburgh in the seventh round defending her IBA Junior Welterweight title. According to Chris Cozzone of New Mexico Boxing: “Holm won the first several rounds at a distance jabbing, but the fight started to heat up in the fourth with a questionable knockdown of Pennybaker. The challenger took the fight to Holm in the fifth, but Holm willingly traded and started to make the fight one-sided from the sixth on. After two cuts near Pennybaker’s eyes, opened by headbutts in the second and seventh, started to pour blood in the seventh, the fight was stopped at 0:57 and the TKO win awarded to Holm, who had a near-shutout tally on the scorecards.” Pennybaker slipped to 9-5-1 (2 KOs).
Trainer Mike Winklejohn said of the Pennybaker fight: “Holly followed the game plan, we wanted to make the girl miss and eventually catch her and knock her out.”
On June 10, 2006 at the Isleta Casino, Holly (145 lbs) had her hands full in her third fight with tough Angel Martinez (147 lbs) of Dallas, Texaswho had substituted on about a day’s notice for Lisa Holewyne in a ren-round bout for the WBA Welterweight title. Holly started well but she had to survive a late-round charge from the aggressive Martinez in order to come away with a hard-earned unanimous (98-92) decision for the title.
According to a ringside report from Chris Cozzone, “Holm … went to work at the sound of the bell, keeping Martinez at the end of her jab and popping her with solid straight lefts while using her footwork. Martinez, admittedly unprepared for ten rounds with the short notice, paced herself, but timed big counter right hands that found their mark. Holm utilized rare right hooks in the second, and the bout heated up as Martinez had marginally better success with her counter rights. Still, Holm retained control of the ring for at least seven of ten rounds, it would turn out and her irksome jab and lashing left was enough to raise a mouse under Martinez’s left eye. At the end of the round, the two went toe-to-toe in the neutral corner, four seconds past the bell. Holm continued to put rounds in the bank in the third and fourth rounds, jabbing and landing lefts while Martinez had to settle for the occasional right. The Dallas fighter had better success in the fourth when she backed Holly into the ropes but by the end of the round, Martinez, sporting two mice now, one under each eye, was going to have to do something dramatic to turn the fight around. Martinez turned up the pressure in the fifth and had her best round so far in the sixth but neither round could be taken from Holm, whose big lefts scored repeatedly and whose footwork made her too elusive for the shorter Martinez, who had only an occasional but fleeting flurry to the body and those big right hand counters. Martinez tired in the seventh, but in the final moments, she landed a big right that stumbled Holm, who might’ve been off-balance. But in the eighth and ninth rounds, it was a different fight. Holm yielded to Martinez’s consistent pressure and took some big shots from Martinez, who finally appeared to be getting to the home-towner. Several times, Holm stood her ground and the two brawled, but it was Martinez who was giving better than getting. Holm went back to boxing in the last round but the steady pressure almost desperate now from Martinez made it a toss-up round.”
I knew she’d be tough, admitted Holm, “she was getting that counter-right in but there was nothing that made me go whew! or see stars. I was tired at the end, I dont know why, and shouldve finished strongerI knew she’d finish strong. Holm added that Martinez was much tougher than Christy Martin, who was easier to counter.” Martinez fell to 4-2-1 (1 KO).
On September 23, 2006 at the Isleta Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a near-capacity crowd of 2500 saw Holly (140 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous (100-90) decision over Jane Couch (139 lbs) of Bristol, England defending her IBA Junior Welterweight title. According to Chris Cozzone’s report, “The opening round was a tactical one, with both fighters feeling each other out until the final minute when Holm started to land a snappy left hand on Couch. The lefts continued to score in the second and third; her big power punches gave the impression that Holm was too big, too strong for Couch, who sought to counterpunch, sometimes successfully, but not often enough. In the fourth, the two mixed it up. While Holm continued to put rounds in the bank, Couch started to land a sneaky counter right hand. Success was short-lived for, Holm, willing to stand in front of her opponent, and trade, continued to land the bigger, hard shots and not just the straight left; Holm started to throw in uppercuts and hard right hooks that found their mark. Holm’s reign over the rebellious Couch took on a dominating edge in the sixth, but in the seventh, Couch had her best round yet might’ve even won a round, if it weren’t for late flurries by Holm. Couch landed nicely-timed rights for the first minute, but Holm, barely batting an eye at the assault, stood her ground and bombed back with heavier shots. Couch, too, took her punishment well, despite withstanding shots that snapped her head back on more than one occasion. At the end of the eighth, Couch retaliated with her best shots yet straight rights but Holm, again, on solid ground, showed little, or no, damage. Holm continued to not only outbox, but outslug Couch in the ninth, making it look easy, and in the final round, stepped up the pace yet again with the fights best action, closing the show by taking the fight to Couch, hammering her with big lefts while Couch sought to finish up with right hands of her own. Couch finished the fight bleeding from a deep cut over her left eye the result of an accidental clash of heads.” Couch fell to 28-9-0 (9 KO’s).
Holly vs Tricia Turton in December 2006
On December 1, 2006 at Isleta Casino Holly (151 lbs) became a three time World Champion as she captured the IFBA Junior Middleweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-91) decision over Tricia Turton (147 lbs) of Seattle, Washington. Holm was the quicker of the two and was able to dominate the game Turton, who was just too small, according to reporter Andy Rivera, who wrote: “Holm came out strong in round one landing lead left hands to the head of Turton, but to Turton’s credit she shook it off and landed a few left hands herself as both fighters being left-handed would use their left as their primary weapon. In the final: 30 of the round Holm turned it on and landed quick combinations to the head of Turton. Holm’s speed definitely paid off in the opening stanza. Much of the same in the second and third rounds as Holm’s speed was the difference. Turton would try to cut off the ring on Holm but Holm was able to move and land quick flurries. Turton’s nose started to bleed. Turton was unable land more then one punch at a time. Round four had Turton still coming forward with Holm picking her apart with quick flurries. Turton showed a lot of frustration as she was unable to land on Holm flush, but to Turton’s credit she kept coming forward and held nothing back. Turton kept the pressure on Holm in rounds five and six, but once again Holm countered well landing hard right hooks to the head of Turton, who had trouble getting inside Holm’s long arms and when she was able to get close didn’t have the power to do damage. Holm dominated rounds seven thru nine with constant right hands to the head of Turton with Turton being game but unable to land anything significant. Turton looked more and more flustered … unable to trap Holm; in fact Holm now had Turton going to the ropes more. Turton couldn’t get inside Holm’s long arms missing most of her shots while Holm continued to land. Holm looked to put more power shots in the tenth and final round as she trapped Turton early in the round landing hard left hands to the head of Turton but Turton would take it like a true Gladiator.” Holm improved to 16-1-2 (5 KOs) with the win while Turton fell to 8-2-0 (3 KOs).
Holly stares down Ann Marie Saccurato On March 22, 2007 at the Isleta Casino, Holly (143 lbs) won a hard-fought ten-round unanimous (98-91,97-92,97-92) decision over reigning WBC Lightweight champion Ann-Marie Saccurato (141 lbs) of White Plains, New York for six (IFBA, WIBA, GBU, WBC, IBA, WBA) welterweight world title belts. The scoring does not do justice to a strong effort by Saccurato, who pressured the highly mobile Holm aggressively throughout the entire fight and often corralled her against the ropes. Saccurato was deducted a point in the seventh for holding Holm behind the head while hitting. Saccurato was the aggressor throughout and often controlled the tempo of the fight while Holm landed fast and effective scoring shots when she stood her ground. Every round was closely contested, and the lop-sided score did not reflect the overall action.
“What’s helped me to improve is training,” says Holm, crediting Mike Winkeljohn for his tutoring skills.“Practice makes perfect. It’s a lot of dedication; you just have to put your heart into it.” She commits to about three hours daily of training. “It’s very time consuming to train,” Holm says, “but it’s exciting. It’s worth all the training.” Holly’shobbies are snowboarding and hiking. Her father, who was a preacher at Bosque Farms Church of Christ for 18 years, enjoys watching Holly but her mother is less happy about her daughter’s chosen sport.
Winkeljohn says that Holm could go to the top in both boxing and kickboxing. “It’s just a matter of getting her seen and getting her known. She’ll make more money than my guys (who box).”