Angelique (Angel) Bovee began her competitive martial arts career in high school but it wasn’t until she
picked up the gloves after college that she became enamored with the power, speed, and grace of boxing.
Taking her newly found love on the road, she set her sights on competing in the 2004 Olympic
Games, which were widely expected to be the first Olympic Games to include women’s boxing. She carefully
crafted a road map on how to get to point A to the Olympic podium. . . she quit her job as a television producer
at a Fox affiliate in Albany, NY, took out a personal loan, moved out of her apartment and into her car where she
lived for 6 months so she could train full-time at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY. To fund her dream, she
navigated a variety of jobs around her full-time training schedule including working as a personal trainer,
graphic artist, certified pool operator, real estate assistant, delivering magazines, boxing coach and National
In 2000, Angel won her first national title at the U.S. National Golden Gloves in Augusta, GA. In 2001,
she was crowned the U.S. Light-middleweight Champion and in 2002, the Light-welterweight Champion.
Angel was one of only six athletes in the country to represent Team USA at the first two World
Championships ever contested for female boxers. In addition, she served as Captain of Team USA at the
second World Championships held in Antalya, Turkey. Angel went on to win multiple national titles and
was ranked #1 in the US and #8 in the world, showcasing her talent from Istanbul to Madison Square
Three -time U.S. Boxing Champion, Motivational Speaker, Career Coach
Female boxers around the globe were heartbroken to learn that the International Olympic Committee rejected the inclusion of women’s boxing in 2004 and again in the 2008, giving boxing the dubious distinction of being the only summer Olympic sport that did not include women in its program. Despite all her success, in 2008 on the day of her 35th birthday, due to upper age limits established in boxing, instead of blowing out her candles, Angel's Olympic dream was extinguished. Refusing to hang up her gloves, Angel decided to take her fight outside the ring. Her new mission was to work to ensure that no other female boxer would be denied their dream simply because of gender.
In 2006, she was elected as the only female member on the USA Boxing Board of Directors, also serving as the Chair of the USAB Athlete Advisory Council where she tirelessly advocated for athletes until 2013. She worked hard towards gaining equal respect, training resources, media exposure, and Olympic inclusion for female boxers. Through the hard work of many pioneering advocates, women’s boxing made its debut at the London 2012 Olympic Games, making London the first Olympic Games in history to have men and women represented in all sports! Angel was ringside to complete a personal journey and witness the first U.S. female boxer, 17 year-old Clarissa Shields take home the gold, thus fulfilling one of Angel's dreams as well. Olympic boxing for females is not only a sport but a social movement changing attitudes around the world about the abilities of women. India, China, Syria and even Afghanistan now have recognized women’s boxing programs.
In August of 2011, Adecco Group NA hired Angel to work with the USOC's Athlete Career and Education Program, a program that supports Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls by providing career services and job placement assistance during and after their athletic careers to help athletes transition from the field of play to their next professional undertaking.
Angel recently received a Master's Degree in Recreation Management completing a thesis on the constraints and facilitators facing U.S. elite female boxers. She has been invited by various community groups to share her message of creating your personal reality through crafting a road map, risk-taking, resiliency, and redefinition; life lessons she continutes to learn throughout her fight, both in and out of the ring .