Born on January 11, 1962 Bonnie Canino is a former world boxing featherweight champ in two divisions.
Known as ‘the Cobra’ Canino enjoyed a total of 16 years in boxing as a boxer and a kickboxer before putting on her gloves for the last time in 1999. Born in Miami, Canino grew up in Broward county and played basketball for Coral Springs in the late 1970s.
Her martial arts studies started in 1980, soon earning three black belts in three forms of martial art. She debuted as a pro boxer in 1996 opposite April Griffith whom she defeated with a KO on the first round. Later that year she faced Tina Speakman who she also knocked down in the second round before facing Sue Chase three days later and winning the bout after four rounds.
As for her significant losses, Canino lost the WIBF belt after ten rounds to Irish boxer Deirdre Gogarty. She also lost a kickboxing match against Bridgett “Baby Doll” Riley in a rematch. Canino later grabbed the IFBA title in 1997 from ‘Battling’ Beverly Szymanski, followed by another win over Cora Webber a few months later in October after six rounds in a split decision.
She announced her retirement in 1999 but returned to the ring in 2004 at the Chinook Winds Casino and Convention Center in Oregon where she lost to Chevelle Hallback, although she only went in the ring when no replacement for Hallback’s opponent could be found.