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Female boxer throws down her gloves

Published Jul. 10, 1994|Updated Oct. 7, 2005

Once was enough.

Teenage boxer Dallas Malloy, who made history in October when she won the first sanctioned amateur boxing match between two women in the United States, announced her retirement after one bout.

"I did that and it's done," said Malloy, 17, who battled the U.S. Amateur Boxing Association in court for the right to fight. "I go through phases of things. There's so many things to do. I just get bored with things fast. I did that. It was a thrill. It was great. I got a lot out of it."

On Oct. 30, 1993, Malloy beat Heather Poyner, 21, in the culmination of a lawsuit aided by the American Civil Liberties Union that challenged the legality of a USA Boxing bylaw that prohibits women from boxing. A judge in Malloy's home state of Washington granted an injunction, ruling that the bylaw violated anti-discrimination laws.

About 1,200 spectators came to the Edmonds Community College gymnasium in Lynnwood, Wash., to see Malloy enter the ring draped in an American flag. They watched her hit Poyner for three two-minute rounds, a clear mismatch.

At the time _ Malloy was 16 then _ she said boxing was her future. She trained for 12 months for her single fight.

"I thought I'd fight again, but after that I kind of lost interest," she said. "There was so much build-up to the fight. I said, "What more can I do?' "

Waiting game: Here's a pop quiz. You're a first-time Olympic sport itching to announce your newly selected head coach, but you learn at the last minute that your news conference is being upstaged by an impromptu 30-minute, now-or-never session with one of the world's greatest athletes.

What do you do? Reschedule.

To avoid making its announcement to empty chairs, U.S.A. Softball adjusted to the curve thrown them by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who finally responded to a flood of interview requests at the U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Louis, but at the same time as the softball press conference, 10 blocks away.

Eventually, U.S.A. Softball introduced Ralph Reynolds, who will guide the United States into the first Olympic softball tournament in 1996 in Atlanta.

Reynolds, 70, is in the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame with a 51-0 record in ISF games. His Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Conn., have been national champions 17 times and runners-up eight times since he took over in 1968. He has been in the title game all but once in 26 years.

Raymond has coached Pan Am games, World Games and Challenge Cups and won tournaments in Australia, Holland and China. His overall record is 1,629-142.

Homecoming: Joyner-Kersee turned down several more lucrative offers to compete at the Olympic Festival track and field competition, which concludes today at the state-of-the art facility at Southern Illinois University.

The event is only minutes from the East St. Louis, Ill., neighborhood where Joyner began her career at age 9. It is her first meet appearance in the St. Louis area since 1980.

"The memories will stay with me forever," Joyner-Kersee said Thursday. "I still go out to the park and see where we used to run on the cinder track."

Joyner-Kersee, who has set four world records and won two Olympic heptathlons, has her sites set on the Goodwill Games in Russia later this month. She plans to end her career at the 1996 Olympics.

_ Information from other news organizations was used in this report.


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