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WBC & WBF Featherweight Champion
Australia's only female World Boxing Champion, and
a very 'photogenic subject', Sharon is popular with
the media. She has made several appearance on television,
including notable appearances on the Sam & The
Fatman and The Panel, and has been the subject of
numerous articles published in national and local
newspapers, magazines and sporting journals. These
include - Who Weekly, The Australian, Courier Mail,
Gold Coast Bulletin, various Sporting Journals and
many more! Please click on an image to display the
has also recently made appearances on Today/Tonight
(Channel 7), In The First Person (Sky Channel) and
the Today Show (Channel 9) and is also on Inside Cover
of The Fist Magazine featuring a story written by
Tony Nobbs in relation to Sharon's World Title Bout.
The Wild Thing
When Sharon 'Wild Thing' Anyos stepped into the ring
on Friday September 22, she was fighting for more
than a win against her Dutch opponent.
featherweight champion Sharon, was not only defending
her world title. She was fighting to create a new
career beyond boxing.
the first and only women's WBC champion she finds
it almost impossible to find opponents in Australia.
Prejudice against her sport, legal hurdles and extremely
low financial rewards have pushed Sharon and her partner
Steve Boyce into promoting her own event at the Gold
up in a family of martial artists, where even her
mother is a black belt in karate, Sharon found that
the sport that brought her closer to her trainer-father
was also something she did extremely well. She got
to the top in karate, kick-boxing and muay thai, then
moved into traditional boxing. Her chance came when
family friend and heavyweight boxing champion Joe
Bugner agreed to put Sharon on an under-card fight
when he fought in his 1998 comeback fight.
a scene that could have come from the film Million
Dollar Baby, Sharon sought help from legendary fighter
and trainer Jeff Fenech. Fenech, a staunch opponent
of women's boxing, agreed to help her after she insisted
on training in his Sydney gym and impressed him.
career hit its peak last year when she won the coveted
WBC title, joining the likes of Muhammad Ali, Kostya
Tszyu and Fenech himself.
success has come only through stubborn refusal to
accept the limits of this male dominated sport. Against
the advice of everyone, including Joe Bugner, Sharon
and Steve, with the promise of support from family
and friends, will take a huge financial risk with
the ultimate challenge.
Story followed Sharon and Steve as she prepared for
her make or break mission. Along with the exhilaration
and determination there were tears and hurts as they
found out who their friends were and how much pressure
they could take. (Credit:
ABC Australian Story).
Wild Thing - Transcript
PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT: Monday, 25 September , 2006
JOE BUGNER, PRESENTER: Hello, I'm Joe Bugner, undefeated
world boxing heavyweight champion. Tonight Australian
Story is on a young woman who's one of the most determined
and one of the toughest ladies I've ever met. Sharon
'The Wild Thing' Anyos. She will be defending her
WBC championship belt whilst trying to carve out a
brand new career. And let me tell you something, she's
one tough cookie...so watch it. This is Sharon Anyos's
ANYOS: I would say I was a tomboy probably up until
I was about, probably 16, 17. And it wasn't probably
until my mid 20s that I really started to make a big
effort when it came to the feminine side. And I think
it's very special to feel like a princess and get
done up and preened and primped and made to look beautiful.
The feminine side dominates pretty much all of my
life. When I step into the ring, it's a completely
different story. Don't worry, I still worry about
how I look when I'm in the ring because I still want
to look really pretty and I still want to look really
feminine and I want to look like a lady, it doesn't
matter what I'm doing.
BUGNER, FRIEND: Anybody who deserves to make a few
quid out of this terribly tough sport, is Sharon Anyos.
And I think this country, this country Australia,
should in some ways recognise what she has achieved.
She's the first one to do it, to win a WBC title.
BOYCE, PARTNER: Starting the preparation for Sharon's
world title defence coming up on September the 22nd.
Sharon, she's the WBC world champion and we can't
get fights for her in Australia. So what we're going
to try to do is put on an event where Sharon is the
ANYOS: I guess when you look at promoting the event
as well as fighting on it, it does not feel like there
is enough hours in a day and enough days in a week.
So, yeah, the pressure's already started for us.
BOYCE, PARTNER: Winning a world title is a Mt Everest.
Defending a world title is a Mt Everest. Promoting
a show and defending your world title is like two
ANYOS: To win the WBC world title is a pretty big
step in anyone's life. To be able to defend it successfully,
is what really makes you a world champion. To lose
this fight could be very detrimental to me as a person
and what my goals and achievements are.
ANYOS, MOTHER: When Sharon was born, I promised that
baby that it wouldn't be a girl the world could walk
over. So we grew her up with strength. I did such
a good job of it that by the time Sharon was eight,
I was in the kitchen ripping my hair out saying, "My
goodness, what have I created?"
ANYOS: My father was a karate instructor. My mum was
his number one student. I had three elder brothers,
so I learnt pretty early on how to fight for what
I wanted. The biggest thing to me was to see my dad
proud and smile and give me that little bit of affection
because I'd done something really well. It was something
I really craved when I was young. I said, "Dad,
I just want to be a world champion." He's like,
"Well, what at?" "I don't care. I just
want to be a world champion." That's all I wanted.
ANYOS, FATHER: I always told all my kids that, you
know, "Stick with me, kid, I'll make you a star,"
and stuff like that, that was my saying. And, well,
I did. I made her one.
ANYOS: So I won titles in kickboxing and then got
involved in Muay Thai and then we stepped over into
BUGNER, FRIEND: That's when I first saw Sharon working
out on the bags and doing a bit of sparring with some
of the young fellows there. I thought to myself, "Jeez,
that's a little tearaway then." So I looked at
Les and Les said, "Joe, that's my daughter Sharon."
Les actually asked, "Do you think we could put
Sharon on the undercard "on the Joe Bugner world
title?" I said, "Yes, I can't see any problems."
ANYOS: That happened in 1998, was my first boxing
ANYOS, MOTHER: After that, she said, "Mum,"
she said, "I've got a dilemma. I'd love to be
a professional athlete, but I know the sensible thing
is to keep your pay coming in. You know, money coming
in every week." And I said, "Sharon, you've
got a choice, love." I said, "So, when you're
90, do you want to tell your grandchildren you were,
or you could've been?" And she said, "Mum,
she said you make things so easy." And
I said, "That's why they gave me the name Mum."
ANYOS, FATHER: All of a sudden, boxing was taking
over my life. And Sharon was taking over my life.
I went into hock with finance companies and stuff
like that. Sold whatever I had. And then I sold me
boxing ring which was my pride and joy.
ANYOS: If we wanted to make it in boxing, we had to
go where boxing was big. Everybody sort of chipped
in and before I knew it, Dad and I were heading off
to America and it became a three-month stint. Well
I won three titles in America against an American,
with all American judges. It was the hardest fight
I've ever had.
ANYOS, MOTHER: I have a lot of people that look down
at me because obviously I've done something wrong
as a mother by letting my daughter become a fighter.
I say to those people, you know, that I'd rather my
daughter do her fighting other than being a bored
kid that could've ended up dead in the gutter or on
the streets like so many others have. So I have no
qualms with my daughter fighting. I'm fully, 500%
BUGNER, FRIEND: People have often asked me, "Joe,
what do you think of women's boxing?" I personally
don't like it. I really, I find it uncomfortable,
watching a woman in the ring, punching another woman...
er, in areas that I treasure. Sharon and I became
friends. So when you become friends, you try and help
as much as you can.
ANYOS: I believe that when you're born, everyone's
born with a destiny. I was born into a family full
of fighters. That's why I believe I've taken on the
role that I have. It would be great to be able to
just dress up and have your make-up done every day
and put on some high heels and go into a fantastic
job, but that's not me.
BOYCE, PARTNER: Sharon became a WBC world champion
in October last year. If she was a male, she would
be a multi-millionaire now.
ANYOS: Financially it is really hard. There's weeks
where you just can't even scrape past on your bills,
you know. I'm lucky to earn, not even 10% of what
a man earns.
BOYCE, PARTNER: A sponsor has supplied Sharon with
a yellow Porsche to use because of the outstanding
athlete that she is. And also, I think, because of
the charitable work that she's done for different
organisations on the Gold Coast. Sharon actually hadn't
had a car of her own for, I think, maybe four or five
years. No, it's not hers to keep. We've only just
got $10 to be able to put in the car for petrol. But,
BUGNER, FRIEND: I think that it is so vitally important
for Sharon to go out of this business with a few quid
in her pocket because without that, she wouldve
achieved so much, and yet so little. Because you can't
live looking at your belt. But I do know one thing,
I would not put a red cent into a promotion of my
own. It is very, very easy to put on a show. But it's
terribly hard to get the money through the gate. They're
taking all the risks. They have to come up with the
up front money for the stadium. They have to come
up with the seating. They've going to have to come
up with the ring, blah-blah-blah. So suddenly a $50,000
bill, for a big promotion, blows into $75,000. Where
does the other $25,000 come from?
BOYCE, PARTNER: The preparation has not been 100%
with the different pressures that we've had. The opponent's
taken another fight, but it just jeopardises the match
that Sharon has got coming up with her. Today's been
a pretty rough day for us all round. I think anything
that could've gone wrong has gone wrong. I'm definitely
feeling the pressures and the stress of everything
over the last few days. I can't let Sharon know because
I don't want to let her spirits drop at all. But we've
gone and picked two huge mountains to climb and we're
definitely struggling at the base of the mountains
at the moment. Definitely.
ANYOS: I first met Steve at the start of 2003. Steve
trained out of the Nerang PCYC when Dad and I were
training out of there. And Steve come up and offered,
"If you need a sparring partner or a punching
bag, well I'm happy to come and help."
BOYCE, PARTNER: At first it was hard for me because
of her being a woman. Sharon's a very strong-willed
woman, especially in the ring and she honestly believes
in her mind that no-one can sort of knock her around.
So, I suppose, I had to apply a fair bit of pressure
on different occasions, and I must admit, I've had
to hit her a couple of times a little bit harder than
what I've planned to.
ANYOS: So Steve spent nearly three months helping
me prepare for the Japan fight, the defence of my
world title. When I went to Japan, um... ..I guess
I really missed him, yeah.
ANYOS, FATHER: We went to Japan for a world title
defence. Sharon won every round, by any man's standards.
The girl was a total mess, an absolute mess. Broken
cheekbones and everything and they declared her the
BOYCE, PARTNER: When Sharon came back from Japan,
they thought that she possibly might retire, but then
me and Sharon became an item, and then I think I reignited
the passion within Sharon and she realised that, like,
we did train really well together and she didn't have
to do it by herself.
ANYOS: So, that was probably where it led to the final
break-up with Dad and I. I guess it was me, at 33,
deciding I'm going to leave the family nest and find
somebody else to take over in Dad's position. It was
probably worse than a divorce, I guess, because we're
family, so it was something that hit pretty hard for
both of us. It ruined Dad, I believe. I think in his
heart he felt like he probably wasn't good enough,
or maybe he thought that he couldn't teach me any
more. I get emotional on this one - sorry.
ANYOS, FATHER: I can't see the tears. I can just see
good memories. It was fun. It was a ball, it was a
ball. Not many parents can boast of having done that
with one of their kids.
BOYCE, PARTNER: She was at the crossroads. And then
we said, "Well, what do you want to do?"
And she said, "Well, I'd like to really fight
for a world title in Australia."
ANYOS: And that's probably where we realised that
we were going to need somebody else in the likes of
BOYCE, PARTNER: So we rang Jeff, and that's when Jeff
invited us down to train with him and talk to him.
ANYOS: And we were, like, so excited because it's
another step. And good, bad or indifferent as a person,
Jeff Fenech's Jeff Fenech. He's done so much for boxing
JEFF FENECH: See, if it was up to me, she'd be at
home washing dishes and changing some nappies like
she should be, you know?
STEVE BOYCE, PARTNER: But she can fight, though -
you got to admit that. She can fight. So, you got
to let her do what she wants to do.
SHARON ANYOS: You've got to let me do what I want
JEFF FENECH: I'll never support ladies fighting.
BOYCE, PARTNER: Jeff wasn't one for women's boxing.
He'd say to me, he'd go, "How can you let her
do this?" Like, "How can you let her get
in the ring, mate," and stuff. And I said, "Jeff,
I can't stop Sharon, so the best thing I could possibly
do is help her as much as I can." And I said,
"And, Jeff, that's why I've come to you."
ANYOS: In my sport, the support that you do get from
the likes of Joe Bugner and Jeff Fenech, they're great.
They support you, they do what they can to help you,
but at the same time they have their own views on
what women should or shouldn't do. But at the same
time, they know what it is to be a champion. As hard
as it's been and it's long as it's taken, they're
all starting to give me recognition now. The injury
side of boxing is plenty. My hands would give me the
most amount of grief. There's days where I can't even,
you know, I can't even pick up my coffee cup. It's,
like, yeah, they're really sore. I guess some people
would stop and go, "Well, why would you do it?"
When you're who you are and you love what you do because
it's a passion in your heart, you just keep doing
it - you don't know any different. We're four and
a half weeks out from the fight. Everything seems
to be running pretty smooth. Training's going really,
really well. The hardest part now is, like, selling
the tables. We're up to 19 tables. We got to sell
BOYCE, PARTNER: The opponent that Sharon was going
to fight injured her hand, which we were concerned
about - she took a fight.
ANYOS: We wrote to everyone that we had contact details
for. Esther Schouten was the first one to get back
to us. Our new opponent is very attractive, so media-wise
that's going to give us a lot better publicity. Australia
will love it because it's going to be two very attractive
girls, and we're going to be fighting like men, so
it's going to be unbelievable.
BOYCE, PARTNER: A lot of the fights that Sharon had
been in previous to us getting together, she tended
to just go in and just...not attack, but stand in
front of her opponent and just fight. If she wore
two or three, she'd give three or four back. So, I
tried to prepare Sharon to be boxing smart and to
step off the back feet and take a few different angles,
and sort of not charge in so much and stand in and
go to war with them.
ANYOS, FATHER: I think he's a very, very lucky boy
to be able to train alongside her and be her partner,
or whatever they, whatever they do. Sharon's had boyfriends
in the past, and normally if I like 'em she discards
'em, if I don't like 'em, she hangs on to 'em. So,
there's our problem.
ANYOS, MOTHER: Les is a dad. I don't think there's
a dad alive that accepts that any man's good enough
for his daughter. But I've got all the faith in the
world. It's Sharon's life, it's Sharon's choice, and
if Steve's the man she loves, Steve's the man she
should be with.
BOYCE, PARTNER: That fight with Marcello Acuna for
the WBC world title was the toughest womans
fight that I've ever seen.
ANYOS: Round 1 I had a broken finger, and all that
went through my mind was, "How cool am I going
to be to get through 10 rounds with a broken finger
and, like, still use my hand?"
ANYOS, MOTHER: By the third round, if I had have been
able to take Sharon out of the ring, I would have
gladly got in the ring to do the job for her.
ANYOS: I was still in the lead on the 7th round. So,
then I copped a really solid head butt to my face
which actually broke my cheekbone, and I felt my cheekbone
just cave in. I was saying, "OK, Lord, this is
between us." It was probably the most memorable
moment I have in my boxing career. There's always
been two sides to Sharon Anyos. There's been the exterior
that everybody sees and what I've probably portrayed
to everybody as being the Wild Thing and the party
animal and make everybody laugh...but then there was
the person that was inside me. I guess, out of pretty
much anyone I've ever been with, Steve could bring
that inner person out like that before I even knew
that that inner person was there. It actually took
Steve a while to tell me that he actually went to
church. 'Cause you wouldn't pick it with Steve, you
just wouldn't pick it. And then I was, like, "Oh,
cool! You go to church! Can I come?" So I've
gone from being someone that's turned up in, like,
miniskirts and singlets and scratching and fidgeting
and can't stay still to someone that's just... I guess,
progressed into a young lady that understands a lot.
ANYOS, MOTHER: Religion has tamed Sharon a bit. She's
not quite as outspoken as she was. She's a gentler
person. When, well, if you see her hit the bags or
the opponents, you won't think so.
ANYOS: We're three days out from the fight. I feel
fantastic. I feel pumped, fit, in shape. The last
week has just been absolutely horrendous for us. I've
spent I don't know how many times in tears. I've just
wanted to get in the car and drive off. People that
have guaranteed and promised they'd support us and
buy corporate tables, they haven't. Last night was,
like, buckle down with a lot of prayer and putting
a lot of faith into the Lord, and He's come through
today. Like, we ended up with a major sponsor today,
which has really saved us, and if we keep going the
way things have been going today then, God willing,
we'll at least break even. This is where it all counts
today. Lovemore's made it up here from Sydney, which
is just a blessing to us, to have someone like Lovemore
in our corner. Lovemore Ndou is very compassionate.
He's understanding. He's a fighter, so he knows what
you go through, and all he done was got me faster.
BOYCE, PARTNER: Lovemore Ndou comes up and finishes
off the training for her in the last parts of the
preparation, strapping her hands and different things
like that which I'm not qualified to do.
ANYOS: I never go in with the thought of hurting someone.
I step into the ring with the thought that I'm the
fittest athlete, I'm the fastest, I'm not going to
get hit. And I know that at the level that I'm at,
it'll never get to the point where someone's got to
be hurt that badly that it could substitute or end
up in death. That was awesome! Not only did I have
God on my side, I had Steve and Lovemore, and they
just kept my head just where it was meant to be. Mate,
I ranked her very good. She was strong, everything
she threw was nice and strong, and she was smart,
and she was a mover.
BOYCE, PARTNER: As far as the financial side of it,
I don't know how we went.
ANYOS: If we've cut even, we're happy.
BOYCE, PARTNER: Shaz had actually earned $400, but
we miscalculated and I had to give it to one of the
fighters just before, so maybe it's McDonald's for
The winner and still featherweight champion of the
world, Sharon Anyos!