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Although the first female boxing match took place in 1876, women were prohibited from boxing by most major organizations and licensing bureaus until the late 1980s. In 1988, Sweden lifted its ban on women in amateur boxing, becoming the first country to do so. The U.S. and other countries followed suit and female boxers gained global respect and recognition, culminating in the debut of women's boxing at the 2012 Olympic Games. The relatively short history of women's boxing has produced a few who are destined to become fighting legends.