It is with deep regret that we announce the untimely passing of Elizabeth “Liz” Sherman, whose final day came on the morning of October 27, 2015 in South Carolina. The official cause of death was not specified by family members.
Liz leaves behind many friends and family who all took to social media to share great memories of the woman who bared a tattoo of “Warrior” on her shoulder.
I had only one opportunity to meet Liz in person. It was a cold winter evening in 2010 at the now closed Club 222 North bar on South Street in Philly. I immediately liked her. Big smile, quick-witted and was willing to talk some boxing! What a gal…
Our meet up was during a press conference for an upcoming KEA boxing show to be held later that week. Liz was set to make her long-awaited Philadelphia debut. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the ferocity of this young featherweight when she stepped inside of the ring. This soft spoken lady didn’t stop throwing punches! It seemed like she had energy for days.
Over the years, we would infrequently keep in touch through social media. I always hoped to catch another one of her fights.
During her time competing as a professional fighter – she was trained by Joey Eye, briefly owned a gym on Passyunk Avenue and was considered like family at the Marion Anderson Boxing gym on south 17th street.
The 5′ 5″ firecracker turned pro in 2009, scoring a 1st round knockout win in her debut which took place in Anderson, Indiana.
After that night, Liz went on to compile a 4-3 record which included 2 knock-out victories. Over the course of her four-year career, Liz traveled to Detroit, North Bergen New Jersey, the PA Pocono Mountains and Dover Delaware to compete as one of the last full-time female contestants in the sport she loved.
If my facts are correct – Liz participated in Philadelphia’s last sanctioned female boxing match on February 26, 2010 when she earned a four round unanimous decision victory over Karen Dulin of Mystic, Connecticut.
Due to the lack of boxing shows in the area, Liz never received another opportunity to compete in Philadelphia and I never had a chance to chat with her in person again.
RIP Liz, gone too soon. I’ll miss seeing you in my MapMyFitness feed. Thanks for always “liking” my written work and workouts! My next long run is for you…
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