The profile of boxer Keisher McLeod-Wells in the New York Times today includes details about her persona as "the Boxing Diva" — she likes Gucci anything, pink Juicy Couture knee-socks, Prada platform heels, Tory Burch tops and Bulgari eyeglasses. But some of the facts from the piece are plain-old depressing:

"There are many talented female boxers, but a lot of times, you need to have a gimmick," says McLeod-Wells. Talent is not enough? Sad. And when it comes to getting paid for a championship, it's "Maybe $8,000, $10,000," Ms. McLeod-Wells says. "It's pennies compared to a man." Sad.

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Even sadder?

Last month, she traveled to Chiapas, Mexico, for six weeks to tape "Todas Contra México," a reality show for Mexican television about female boxers in the vein of NBC's recent show "The Contender."

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That's right! In Mexico, lady boxers have their own TV show. Americans have no such love for the females who fight — unless they're "real" housewives.

Smile When You Call Her a Diva [New York Times]
Related: Fire The Boxing Diva [Official Site]
FireTheBoxingDiva's Channel (Keisher McLeod-Wells videos) [YouTube]

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Not to say women's boxing doesn't have it's problems getting noticed but I'd challenge anyone to name even one person from men's Super-flyweight division (same as McLeod-Wells) off the top of their head. I looked through IBO's top 100 and haven't heard of anyone. I looked at the list of former champions and only recognize one name, Johnny Tapia. I guess what I'm asking is exactly how could you tell if women's boxing is making headway towards being as popular as men's boxing when I don't recognize anyone from an entire division of men's boxing, and I enjoy watching boxing.