Former ISKA World Champion Fredia “The Cheetah” Gibbs will be honored with a statue in her hometown of Chester, Pennsylvania, according to an article on Philly.com. The statue will be seven feet in height, and “is to be unveiled in front of the Boys and Girls Club of Chester”.
Gibbs was an accomplished athlete long before she became a fighter. She played college basketball at Temple University, and then played professionally in Europe.
Gibbs had trained in the martial arts while young, and started kickboxing after she moved back to the United States. She went undefeated, and got the opportunity to challenge for the ISKA Full-Contact Title in 1994 against Valerie Wiet-Henin of France.
Gibbs stopped the French fighter in three rounds, and successfully defended the title before moving on to professional boxing. She never lost as a kickboxer-and is credited with a record of over 20 wins and no losses in kickboxing and Muay Thai competition. Gibbs is also the first African-American woman to win an ISKA Title.
Gibbs also excelled as a boxer. According to record-keeping website Boxrec, she won 9 of 12 professional bouts and fought to a draw against Sumya Anani in a world title fight.
The former champion is a “motivational speaker and trainer these days”, and also teaches kids self defense.