Fredia Gibbs, commonly referred to as “The Cheetah,” made an impressive transformation from star basketball player at Chester High and track athlete at Temple to world champion kick boxer in just over three years. Her remarkable 16-0 record with 15 KOs surprised the world when she knocked out French superstar Valerie Henin on an ISKA pay-per-view show!
Early Life and Education
Gibbs was raised on the rough streets of Chester, Pennsylvania, using boxing skills to overcome daily bullying. She excelled at both track and basketball at Chester High School before attending Temple University on a basketball scholarship before ultimately moving onto Cabrini College where she graduated with a marketing degree.
She made history when she became the first African-American female kickboxing world champion with the International Sports Karate Association. Known for her balanced attack as both boxer and kickboxer with a powerful left hook and lightning quick feet, she won an overwhelming championship win at her inaugural attempt.
Gibbs was also an accomplished amateur boxer. She twice won the IFBA junior welterweight championship – first against Leah Mellinger of Pennsylvania for that belt, then against Leah Mellinger again via unanimous four-round decision for her second title win.
Gibbs has collaborated with artists from around the globe throughout his career, garnering praise for its authenticity and willingness to address social issues with its music. Furthermore, his lyrics are known for being personal yet gritty at once.
Gibbs earned two championship titles during her time as a professional boxer: ISKA world in 1994 and WCK Muay Thai title in 1995. Additionally, she amassed 9-2-1 record.
Gibbs began her fight career by dominating 42-year-old veteran Gail Grandchamp of Louisiana, stopping her with overhand rights early in the first round for a unanimous decision win. Subsequently, she defeated Olivia Gerula of Winnipeg by six-round unanimous decision; during this fight she opened a cut over her left eye that she eventually healed during surgery.
Achievement and Honors
Fredia Gibbs became the first woman ever to win the ISKA world kickboxing championship after growing up in Chester’s Fairgrounds housing project and being bullied. To defend herself, she turned to martial arts training – ultimately becoming world champions in both kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do. Nicknamed “The Cheetah”, Fredia has won over 16 bouts with 15 knockouts under her belt!
Gibbs was an outstanding female basketball player at Cabrini University and one of its most accomplished graduates, winning two Kodak All-American awards and setting multiple single-season records during her time there. She holds multiple single season marks.
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Gibbs is the mother to Honey, whom she refers to as her future track star. Her dedication and willingness to openly address issues within her community have won her critical acclaim.
Gibbs won the ISKA World Championship for a second time in 1994 by successfully defending her title against France’s Valerie Wiet-Henin at “Battle of the Masters”, earning an incredible 16-0-1 record with 15 knockouts en route to becoming one of history’s most revered female fighters.
Gibbs is also an avid supporter of martial arts education and empowering children with confidence so they can achieve anything. On Monday she made an appearance at Olivet Boys & Girls Club in Reading to speak to its students.
Freddie Gibbs has long been a force in hip-hop music. His dedication and willingness to push boundaries have garnered him both critical acclaim as well as a dedicated fanbase. He has collaborated with various artists while simultaneously exploring new sounds and styles as a musician; moreover, he recently established his own record label ESGN which now houses several up-and-coming artists signed under its banner.
He describes himself as being “fighter first” and credits his success to this mentality. He has received praise for being honest and genuine in his music and doesn’t hesitate to address personal struggles directly in it.
Fredia Gibbs grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania’s projects. Bullied by older girls and younger children alike, she took up martial arts as a form of self-defense against bullying from both older children and younger ones. Later she would go on to win three ISKA World Champion kickboxing titles earning herself the nickname of The Cheetah after defeating France’s champion at an ISKA pay-per-view event.