Boxing is not new in Nigeria, but female boxers have only recently started commanding the respect they deserve in and out of the ring. However, they still earn less than their male counterparts do. For a long time, boxing was not accessible to Nigerian women because it is believed that a woman’s face should be adored, not punched and Women who box will beat up their husbands and will not make a good wife or mother. Young girls could engage only in certain gendered types of sport. Since women started boxing in Nigeria in the 1980s, attitudes towards women who engage in the sport have changed dramatically, outpacing the development of gender equality in the country.