Shelley Watts, the pugilist pioneer for women

By Malcolm Knox
Updated August 31 2014 - 12:13am, first published August 2 2014 - 8:09pm
It was war: Shelley Watts lands a blow on Laishram Devi of India. Photo: James Brickwood

In time, Shelley Watts may become to Australian boxing what Annette Kellerman was to swimming and Phyllis O’Donnell was to surfing: an original whose name will forever be linked with her sport’s professional origins. There have been other Australian female boxers of note, but there will never be another first Australian female gold medallist. Watts has that for good.