LEADING female boxer Eva Wahlstrom brings her magic to BoxNation on Friday August 2 when she makes the fifth defence of her WBC female super-featherweight title against Ronica Jeffrey in Las Vegas.
The Finnish ace suffered her only loss in 24 fights when she challenged world lightweight champion Katie Taylor last year.
She is a household name in her own country, but will be making her BoxNation debut this weekend.
Here is our fact-file on 38-year-old Wahlstrom.
1) She began boxing more than 23 years ago and boxed for Loviisan Riento sports club. She was aged 15 and took up the sport because of her former boyfriend who trained.
2) Eva won ten national amateur titles and in 2004 and 2005 landed a silver medal at the European Championships. In 2001 she won Euro bronze.
3) Her amateur career was lengthy, spanning around 14 years. She didn’t make her professional debut until she was 29-years-old in March 2010.
4) In her ninth fight she became European champion.
5) In 2012 her career was threatened by illness and she was out of action for 20 months. She was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism, a serious complaint sparked when a blood clot gets caught in a lung artery.
6) Just three years later she became the first ever Finn to win a world boxing title. That came in 2015 when she outpointed Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre to claim her treasured WBC belt.
7) Away from boxing she spent two years in 2006 and 2007 as a trainer to contestants in a big Finnish TV show. It was called Suurin pudottaja, a Finnish version of The Biggest Loser.
8) She is mum to ten-year-old son Leon and stepmother to Luda who is seven. She married her partner Niklas Rasanen in 2016 who is a professional light-heavyweight with a 14-2-1 record.
9) Her hobby away from the gym is being a pastry chef.
10) She admits losing to Taylor by gambling on the step up to 135lb was likely, but had to take a chance having lost several times against the Irish ace as an amateur.