Born in 1930, Yorkshire-born Barbara Buttrick aka ‘The Mighty Atom of the Ring’ knew from an early age she wanted to box. Aged 18, she started touring with carnival boxing booths in the USA. 4ft 11ins tall, she boxed as a bantam weight and from 1950 to 1960 was the World’s unbeaten flyweight and bantamweight champion.
Fighting exhibition matches against male opponents, she retired at the age of 30, having fought 32 professional matches with only one loss and one draw. In 1989, Barbara helped found the Women's International Boxing Federation (WIBF), and is currently its president.
Curation: Amanda Uren