(born August 27, 1964, Flint, Michigan
) is a female boxer
Byrd comes from a boxing family: her father, Joe Byrd
, is a former boxer who currently trains
Her brother Antoine
once lost to Roy Jones Jr.
in a bid to win the world's Middleweight title, and her other brother, Chris
, is a former heavyweight title holder.
Tracy Byrd enjoyed athletics since she was a young child. She excelled in high school
as a basketball
player. Her brothers Antoine and Chris, however, inspired her into trying out boxing
, so she began to attend the Byrd boxing gym, owned by her father.
On her first professional fight, August 6, 1996, the then 32 year old boxer beat Sue Chase
by a decision in four rounds in Flint. Her first three fights were held in Flint, and she earned first round knockouts
in professional fights number two and three.
Her fourth fight, a rematch with Chase on January 28, 1997, took place just outside of Flint, in Detroit
. Byrd again outpointed Chase over four rounds.
After beating Dee Dufoe
by decision in six in what turned out to be her first fight held outside Michigan
(the fight was held in Indio, California
), Byrd was given the opportunity to challenge for a world championship for the first time: On August 2, 1997, she defeated defending champion Nora Daigle
to become the IFBA
world Lightweight champion, in Biloxi, Mississippi
Byrd retained the title on October 24 with a fourth round knockout of Bethanny Payne
in New Jersey
. After this... Read More