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Margaret ïThe Tiger’ MacGregor Wins First Female-Male Boxing Bout

Margaret “The Tiger” MacGregor readily defeated male opponent Loi “The Earthman” Chow at Mercer Arena Saturday night in boxing’s first sanctioned mixed-gender match. MacGregor, a landscaper from Bermerton, Washington, has a record of 4-0, with one knockout. She stands 5-5-, weighed in at 129, has a black belt in karate and is a former women’s kickboxing champion. Dale Ashley, former state boxing commissioner appealed to the governor to ban the match. Men, he said, were supposed to open doors for women, not beat them up. MacGregor reports that one of the motivating reasons for her involvement in the boxing was that she had been a victim of domestic violence. Laura Vecsey, sports columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, countered, “Whether you’re appalled or intrigued, it would be wrong to deny her the right.” In a post-match session with reporters, MacGregor said Chow was not her toughest opponent to date. She named pro women’s boxer Layla McCarter as her stiffest challenge.

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Washington Post and Fox News - October 11, 1999