Angelique Bovee

Angelique Bovee

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 Olympic 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 Olympics to include women’s boxing. In 2000, Angel won her first national title by winning the gold at the U.S. National Golden Gloves in Augusta, GA. In 2001, she won gold again and was crowned the U.S. light-middleweight Champion being ranked first in the US. In 2002, she was able to pull off another gold medal performance in a new weight class, being crowned the U.S. 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 first in the US and eighth in the world, showcasing her talent from Istanbul to Madison Square Garden. The focus of Angel’s competitive career drastically changed when she reached the mandatory retirement age for Olympic boxers without having realized her Olympic dream simply because she is female. Taking her fight outside the ring, Angel’s new mission was to work to ensure that no other female boxer would be denied their Olympic dream simply because of their 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 fought tirelessly for equal respect, training resources, media exposure, and Olympic inclusion for female boxers. Upon retirement, Angel received the Diversity scholarship from the SUNY system and completed a master’s degree in Recreation Management. Her thesis was on the constraints and facilitators facing U.S. elite female boxers in their quest for Olympic Gold. In August of 2011, she was hired by the Adecco Group and the U.S. Olympic Committee to be a Career Coach for the Athlete Career and Education (ACE) program, an initiative that supports Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls by providing career services and job placement assistance during and after their athletic careers to help athletes have a smoother transition from the field of play to their next professional endeavor.

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