Name: Barbara Buttrick
Alias: The Mighty Atom of the Ring
Birthplace: Cottingham, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Hometown: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 4′ 11″ / 150cm
Boxing Record: click
Barbara Buttrick started her boxing career in 1948, touring Europe with carnivals as a bantamweight in the boxing booth. She came to the United States in the mid-1950s, joined the carnival circuit, but quit because the American carnivals were rougher than the European ones. She then fought professionally in Canada, Chicago, and southern Florida.
In 1957 she received the first female boxing license in Texas--possibly the first issued in the United States of America. (The October 10, 1999 Seattle Times, p. D1, reported that she was the first female to have a fight broadcast on national TV, in 1954.)
In the December 1959 issue of Ring Magazine, a photo of Buttrick defeating Gloria Adams in North Miami, Florida was published in "The Month In Action" page.
She reportedly had only one career loss (to JoAnn Hagen) in 31 pro bouts and "thousands of exhibitions" before retiring. After an absence of 15 years, she briefly returned to the ring in 1977.
- Boxing Illustrated, August 1977, p. 32.
- The Ring magazine, December 1959, page 26: "The Month in Action."