Lucia Frederica Rijker is a former professional boxer and kickboxer from the Netherlands. She has also appeared in several movies and works as a TV show host. During the time she was active, the press liked to call her “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World”. Her other nicknames are, “The Dutch Destroyer” and “Lady Tyson”. She is an undefeated boxer and kickboxer.
Rijker is widely recognized as the greatest female boxer of all time.
Player Bio and Early Career
Rijker was born Lucia Federica Rijker on December 6, 1967, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her father is from Suriname and her mother was born in the Netherlands. Rijker stands 5 feet 6 inches or 1.68 meters tall. She plays in the super lightweight division. She speaks four languages and identifies herself as a Buddhist.
She started taking interest in martial arts at a young age and began training in judo when she was just 6 years old. She also played other sports and was once a part of the Dutch National Softball Team. Rijker also enjoyed fencing and at fourteen years old, she became the Netherlands Junior Champion in fencing.
When she was 15, she began training in kickboxing and was able to knockout Lily Rodriguez in a bout.
After significant success in boxing and kickboxing, Rijker decided to step away from the ring and pursue a career in Hollywood.
In 2004’s Million Dollar Baby, Rijker appeared as Billie “The Blue Bear” Osterman. She was also featured in the documentary Shadow Boxers. Rijker also appeared in Rollerball and Season 2 and Season 5 of The L Word.
She also appeared in the 2009 Star Trek film as a Romulan communications officer.
Return to the Ring
In February 2002, she returned to the ring and beat Jane Couch. Between 2002 and 2004, she had several bouts, including her win over “Sun-Shine” Fettkether.
She was scheduled to face Christy Martin on July 30, 2005, in a match dubbed – The Million Dollar Lady by the US Promoter, Bob Arum. The match was eventually canceled when Rijker ruptured her Achilles tendon while training for the match.
Rijker is not officially retired from boxing and she has stated that she would consider stepping into the ring one more time if it was against Laila Ali.
At present, she continues to be present in the boxing world and was hired as a striking coach for Ronda Rousey in 2012. She also appeared on the corner of Diana Prazak at her WBC Title Bout against Frida Walberg in June 2013.
In 2014, she was inaugurated into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale.
From 2017 to 2020, she was also the presenter for the Dutch adaptation of Jamie’s Dream School.
Professional boxing record
Wins by Knockout: 14
By knockout: 25