Angie Simons

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Angie Simons

Angie and Lena pause during a sparring session
Born about 1956
Bavaria
Nationality German
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 121 lb (54.9 kg; 8.6 st)
Wrestles for LGIS (Old)
Years active 1976 - 1979
Assumed Competitive Female Wrestling Record
Wins 18
Losses 6
Assumed Competitive Mixed Wrestling Record
Other information

Angie Simons was a founding member of the original incarnation of the Liberal Girls International SportClub - otherwise known as LGIS (Old) - a female boxing and wrestling organisation founded in Munich, Germany in 1976. It promoted a ground-breaking vision - that girls who were enthusiastic about female combat, and who wanted to fight semi-professionally in public settings, could do so topless in properly arranged events and tournaments.

The company was formed in 1976 by Fred Strothmann and Erich Klinger together with Angie who was the nominated club captain and one of the core membership of ten or so who were regular performers throughout the lifetime of the club. The initial group of fighters began several months of wrestling and boxing training in 1976, and on January 31st 1977 eight active members of the group entered the ring in the centre of the "Donauhalle" of Ingolstadt (about 60km north of Munich) in front of 700 spectators to take part in the inaugural event which launched the organisation. The main group divided into two groups of four, each of which staged a mini-tournament - wrestling and boxing. Angie won the boxing competition while Heidi Ranke, later to become a fearsome boxer, won the wrestling.

Concerning her boxing career, and her intense rivalry with Heidi, Angie had this to say :-

"Even many years later I take big pride in being the very first woman in the world who put on a serious topless boxing-fight in a public ring. I still remember the fantastic applause and I never shall forget for the rest of my life the great admiration from thousands of cheering men watching me fighting, close at the ringside, especially when I was facing my arch-rival Heidi Ranke. We met 5 times - always under the condition that the winner gets the entire purse - so we agreed that there should be a clear decision (KO. or retirement). I shall never forget the thrilling atmosphere in the crowded halls when I entered the ring as well after the fight - a lot of fans "rushed" at me, offering gifts, flowers or sweets no matter if I had won or lost. And one more thing I kept in my mind; it really did me extremely good to get so much sympathy when I sometimes was on the receiving end, suffering a beating or probably a bloody knock-out - my "boxing-years" truly made me the self-confident woman I am now!"

Throughout the duration of the clubs existence Angie is reckoned to have boxed in around twenty-five contests with a high ratio of wins. However she suffered punishing defeats in her final two fights - in London she was given a bloody mouth and then knocked out by Karin Heck while in the 1979 Munich event she suffered a relentless beating by Tina Chiari who rained punches on her and scored a KO win. This together with the failing health of Fred Strothmann signalled the end of the LGIS organisation and Angie retired from boxing at this point, taking up a sports journalist job.


Gallery


Competitive female boxing record

A list of Angie Simons's competitive F/F boxing matches. This list is not complete.

Date Producer Video Title Opponent Result Rules Clothes Comments Links Pic
1978 LGIS (Old) via ASFilm BX1017-4-1 Karin Heck KO Boxing Topless Angie was floored twice in this bout, but after almost falling through the ropes on the second knockdown she sprang up and caught Karin unawares with a KO punch Link to match Angie-KarinH21.jpg
1979 LGIS (Old) via ASFilm BX1017-4-2 Karin Heck KO Boxing Topless Angie took a beating in this match in London - Karin floored her twice with the second knockdown resulting in a KO, and Angie was also left with a bloody mouth Link to match Angie-KarinH01.jpg

Acknowledgements

This page was constructed with assistance from Arbie (Count Herout), Merlin and Fred Dobbs