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Ramona Gatto
(? - living) U.S.A.

Ramona Gatto

Champion kickboxer

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A nine-time champion, Gatto regularly spars with men heavier than she is. Gatto is very out and very proud, telling: "I'm so proud that I'm able to help change people's perspectives on gays and lesbians. I used to be unnerved and unsure about how [my sexuality] would come across. Now I don' think about it - it's just who I am." Gatto tells:

"I have a daughter, Marina, who I have raised myself. Marina and I are both very involved in the gay and lesbian community. Marina belongs to COLAGE (Children Of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) and lectures all over Northern California about the wonderful life she has had as a child of an alternative family. We march every year in the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade.

We have been featured on television specials on Sportschannel and ESPN among others. I have traveled to various countries to defend my world titles, including Moscow, where I defended and won another world title against the Russian national champion in front of 30,000 people at the Moscow Olympic Stadium. I am most often referred to by my ring name and professional reputation, "Kickboxing's Bad Girl."

Ramona GattoThe only other IKF Pro Woman's World Champion was Ramona Gatto. Gatto was the first fighter ever (Man or Woman) to win any IKF World Title when she KO'ed Debbie Page of Albq, New Mexico, USA in Honolulu Hawaii, USA on October 16th, 1992. She later successfully defended the title when she defeated Lapin Padilla of Albq. New Mexico, USA by TKO in the 9th round at Win-River Casino in Redding, CA, USA on February 18th, 1995. Gatto won a total of 3 IKF World Titles between 1992 and 1995, 9 World Titles overall if you count all the other organizations.

However after a controversial loss to Olga Vlasour of Russia on May 13th, 1995 in San Jose, California, USA, she never fought again. Although the IKF reversed the obvious fixed match (The IKF had no judges on the bout which was co-sanctioned. This bout established some firm rules about IKF world Titles and the co-sanctioning of any IKF Event.) she still was devastated from the public embarrassment of the terrible decision. In the end, Gatto made her retirement official in January of 2001.

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