Although women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed, female fights have been effectively outlawed for most of boxing's history, with athletic commissioners refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers, and most nations officially banning the sport. Women's boxing goes back at least to the early 18th century, when Elizabeth Wilkinson fought in London. Billing herself as the European Championess, she fought both men and women. In those days, the rules of boxing allowed kicking, gouging and other methods of attack not part of today's arsenal. In early , Shoreditch borough council banned an arranged exhibition match between boxers Annie Newton and Madge Baker, a student of Digger Stanley.
A ring girl is a woman who enters the ring between rounds of a combat sport , carrying a sign that displays the number of the upcoming round. Ring girls are often seen in boxing , kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Ring girls first appeared in a edition of Ring Magazine. The magazine published a photo of a Las Vegas model holding a sign at a boxing match. Boxing promotions adopted the concept of ring girls at their events. In professional wrestling, ring girls are attendants who remove the entrance gear such as jackets, robes, and other clothing and championship belts from the ring after a wrestler takes them off before his match.