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July 10, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
She scares me. She's cuddled up against the wall of a quaint Fairfax bakery, eating chicken salad, staring up with eyes like chocolate croissants, and it's completely embarrassing but absolutely true. Lucia Rijker scares me. "I do what?" she says softly. Oh, but she knows. She has to know.
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July 21, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Lucia Rijker, who had been scheduled to fight Christy Martin on July 30 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center for a million-dollar purse, ruptured her left Achilles' tendon Tuesday while training in a Las Vegas gym. The 37-year-old Rijker is scheduled to undergo surgery today, and will be out at least four months. "Lucia is very, very down," said trainer Emanuel Steward, who has been working with the fighter, a native of the Netherlands.
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June 8, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER
Maria Nieves-Garcia failed to show for her scheduled women's bout against Lucia Rijker because of problems at the Mexican-U.S. border. Although promoters of the fight were assured Thursday night those problems would be cleared up, they didn't hear from Nieves-Garcia again. Nieves-Garcia, who is from Mexico City, had split her two professional decisions.
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July 10, 2005 | Bill Plaschke
She scares me. She's cuddled up against the wall of a quaint Fairfax bakery, eating chicken salad, staring up with eyes like chocolate croissants, and it's completely embarrassing but absolutely true. Lucia Rijker scares me. "I do what?" she says softly. Oh, but she knows. She has to know.
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June 18, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
The voice was soft, the mood serene, the manner reserved but friendly. There was no clue that the woman sitting in the restaurant of a Beverly Hills hotel Tuesday morning was the most feared female fighter in the world, a ferocious puncher who spars with men and searches for women willing to get into the ring with her. But a reporter interviewing Lucia Rijker stripped away that pleasant veneer with three words: Mia St. John. St.
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July 21, 2005 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Lucia Rijker, who had been scheduled to fight Christy Martin on July 30 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center for a million-dollar purse, ruptured her left Achilles' tendon Tuesday while training in a Las Vegas gym. The 37-year-old Rijker is scheduled to undergo surgery today, and will be out at least four months. "Lucia is very, very down," said trainer Emanuel Steward, who has been working with the fighter, a native of the Netherlands.
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February 27, 2005 | Dan Neil, Dan Neil's column on popular culture will appear weekly.
Lucia Rijker is a woman, and a beautiful one at that. Widely regarded as the best female boxer in the world, Rijker plays the evil Billie "The Blue Bear" in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby"--the dirty fighter upon whose gloves the movie turns. Her five on-screen minutes are some of the most vicious sequences in the cinematic fight game. And yet. I got it into my head that I would like to spar with Rijker.
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December 23, 2004 | Mark Sachs
As a fledgling actress, Dutch-born Lucia Rijker knows all about fighting for roles. As perhaps the world's premier female boxer with a 17-0 record, she knows a thing or two about just plain old fighting too. The two disciplines came together quite nicely for Rijker in Clint Eastwood's acclaimed, just-released "Million Dollar Baby," in which she mixes it up with Hilary Swank.
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December 6, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Katya Bankowsky's "Shadow Boxers," which screens tonight at 7:30 at the Egyptian in the American Cinematheque Alternative Screen series, is a winning portrait of a winner, the beautiful and buff boxer Lucia Rijker. The emergence of Rijker and other female boxers was made possible in 1995, when the Golden Gloves opened its 68-year-old amateur competition to women, at which time Bankowsky began chronicling Rijker's three-year climb to the top.
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May 20, 2003 | Steve Springer
Three of the most recognizable female boxers in the world will be in the Staples Center ring on June 21 on the undercard of the Lennox Lewis-Kirk Johnson heavyweight title fight. Lucia Rijker (15-0, 14 knockouts), considered the best of the female fighters, will face Mia St. John (27-3-1, 13), who is as well known for posing in Playboy as for her ring accomplishments. Rijker, originally from the Netherlands, lives in Van Nuys, St. John in Canoga Park.
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February 27, 2005 | Dan Neil, Dan Neil's column on popular culture will appear weekly.
Lucia Rijker is a woman, and a beautiful one at that. Widely regarded as the best female boxer in the world, Rijker plays the evil Billie "The Blue Bear" in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby"--the dirty fighter upon whose gloves the movie turns. Her five on-screen minutes are some of the most vicious sequences in the cinematic fight game. And yet. I got it into my head that I would like to spar with Rijker.
NEWS
December 23, 2004 | Mark Sachs
As a fledgling actress, Dutch-born Lucia Rijker knows all about fighting for roles. As perhaps the world's premier female boxer with a 17-0 record, she knows a thing or two about just plain old fighting too. The two disciplines came together quite nicely for Rijker in Clint Eastwood's acclaimed, just-released "Million Dollar Baby," in which she mixes it up with Hilary Swank.
SPORTS
June 18, 2003 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
The voice was soft, the mood serene, the manner reserved but friendly. There was no clue that the woman sitting in the restaurant of a Beverly Hills hotel Tuesday morning was the most feared female fighter in the world, a ferocious puncher who spars with men and searches for women willing to get into the ring with her. But a reporter interviewing Lucia Rijker stripped away that pleasant veneer with three words: Mia St. John. St.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Katya Bankowsky's "Shadow Boxers," which screens tonight at 7:30 at the Egyptian in the American Cinematheque Alternative Screen series, is a winning portrait of a winner, the beautiful and buff boxer Lucia Rijker. The emergence of Rijker and other female boxers was made possible in 1995, when the Golden Gloves opened its 68-year-old amateur competition to women, at which time Bankowsky began chronicling Rijker's three-year climb to the top.
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June 8, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER
Maria Nieves-Garcia failed to show for her scheduled women's bout against Lucia Rijker because of problems at the Mexican-U.S. border. Although promoters of the fight were assured Thursday night those problems would be cleared up, they didn't hear from Nieves-Garcia again. Nieves-Garcia, who is from Mexico City, had split her two professional decisions.
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November 21, 1997 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Genaro Hernandez and Carlos Hernandez have been sparring mates for years. But if they had sparred the way they fought Thursday night at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, neither might have survived long enough to get into an actual fight.
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September 14, 1997 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With blood pouring from a long cut over his left eye and his right eye puffy, junior-middleweight Raul Marquez retained his International Boxing Federation title in a disputed, loudly booed split-decision victory Saturday night over late replacement Keith Mullings. Mullings, a substitute late last month when original opponent Yory Boy Campas suffered a sternum injury, swarmed Marquez, opening the cut over the left eye in the middle rounds.
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