Jackie Kallen

The First Lady of Boxing

Jackie Kallen

Jackie Kallen, known as “The First Lady of Boxing,” is the most accomplished female in the boxing industry. A former journalist, who has interviewed everyone from Elvis to Sinatra, from the Beatles to Michael Jackson–she made her mark in the late 70s as a sport writer focusing on boxing. She eventually went on to manage fighters, guiding the careers of over a half dozen champions. She owned and operated the Galaxy Boxing Gym in Detroit and was the inspiration for the Meg Ryan film “Against the Ropes.” She was a regular on the NBC show “The Contender” with Sylvester Stallone and Sugar Ray Leonard and is currently in development on a show called “Queen of the Ring.”

She has won countless awards, is in the World Boxing Hall of Fame, the California Boxing Hall of Fame, and has written two books “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Between the Ropes.” She has been featured on “The View,” ”The Today Show,” “The Jon Stewart Show” and many other local talk shows around the country. Kallen has been written about in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping Magazine among others.

Author Peter Mann has written a biography on her called “Against the Odds: The Jackie Kallen Story”, she was recently one of the producers of a Hollywood film called “The Ballad of Jack and Diane,” and had a featured role in the upcoming film “One’s Honesty.”

A successful motivational speaker, Kallen has crossed the country and Canada many times giving her inspirational and motivational speech about believing in yourself, taking the path less-traveled, being fearless, and making the most out of every day. She also addresses the issues of health. She has four heart stents, glaucoma, sleep apnea, and is a melanoma survivor. She is a mother, a grandmother, and an advocate for getting older without getting old.

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