Hamilton’s Rakoczy enters IWBHF
The International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2018. Amongst them is Jessica Rakoczy.
The Hamilton boxer is one of eight honorees heading to the hall of fame this year. The others fighters include Myriam Lamare, Belinda Laracuente, Mary Jo Sanders and Vonda Ward. Boxing judge Julie Lederman, referee Belle Martell and journalist Bernie McCoy also join her in this year’s class.
According to a press release, Rokoczy “followed the pattern of the other inductees in looking up the rankings for opponents.” She fought champions Laya McCarter, Jenifer Alcon and Jane Couch throughout her career and was always known for her competitive spirit.
She finished her career with a stellar record of 33-3, making her one of the most accomplished boxers of the past two decades.
Rakoczy won her first world title in 2004, taking the IBA female lightweight title from Lisa Lewis. From there, she captured the WBA-NABA female lightweight title, before taking a unanimous decision from Jane Couch in July of 2005 to capture the WBC world female lightweight title.
After capturing the NABF female lightweight title on a first round knockout of Tawnyah Freeman in December of 2004, Rakoczy recaptured the WBC world lightweight female title in February of 2007.
In her final boxing bout, 13 years into her professional career, Rakoczy won the WIBA world super bantamweight title from Ada Velez.
Rakoczy then took her talents to the world of mixed martial arts, where she struggled to a 1-5 record.
A press release from the IWBFH described her 2007 loss to Ann Marie Saccurato as one of the best fights ever.
“For Rakoczy, the bout was a text book example of the ring adage that even in defeat, the "good ones" often bring out the best in themselves and their sport,” the press release continued.