“The Real Million Dollar Baby”
Maureen Shea, “The Real Million Dollar Baby”, is the current International Female Boxing Association (IFBA) Jr Featherweight World Champion, Current female North American Boxing Association (NABA) Featherweight Champion. She is a world ranked professional boxer who has fought numerous times on National and International television under such distinguished promoters as Top Rank, Dibella Entertainment and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. The former interim World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight World Champion, Maureen Shea has also held the North American Boxing Federation Featherweight (NABF) title. Maureen Shea’s current professional boxing record stands at 23-2 with 11 wins coming by way of knockout.
Maureen Shea has been nominated by MTV as one of Made’s Toughest Coaches and been featured on numerous news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times,, and USA Today. She has been the in studio guest on ESPN Deportes and was featured by ESPN Women (ESPNW.com) as part of their “Journeys and Victories” segments. In 2008, Maureen was on the cover of World Sports Magazine and named the female boxer of the year. Often sought out as a motivational speaker, Maureen often speaks to youths and shares her journey and struggles in an effort to motivate and encourage.
In 2011, Maureen Shea decided to set up camp in Ventura, California under the current guidance of Joseph “Hoss” Janik. Now training at Knuckleheadz Boxing & MMA, Maureen is expected to once again challenge for a world title. Maureen’s team is now primarily set in Ventura with Tessa Grant Randopoulus serving as strength and conditioning coach as well providing Maureen’s nutritional planning.
Maureen Shea has been a registered coach under USA Boxing and continues to mentor amateur boxers. Having started her competitive boxing career under the USA Boxing program, Maureen Shea encourages young men and women to give boxing a try.
Maureen Shea is one of the most accessible world class female boxers who actively maintains an athlete page on face book and twitter which she consistently updates.Born and bred in the Bronx, NY, Maureen Shea is of Irish and Mexican heritage. She has fought using her full family name of Maureen Shea Carranza and is also fluent in Spanish. In November 2006, while boxing underneath Evander Holyfield at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Maureen Shea was introduced on her way to the scale as “The Real Million Dollar Baby”, a name that has stuck since that time. In early 2005, Maureen received international attention as the world came to recognize that she was the female boxer that Hilary Swank studied and sparred with in preparation for her Academy Award winning performance on the movie Million Dollar Baby. It is a connection that has remained and Maureen always acknowledges, but Maureen’s own professional boxing career has made it clear that she will seek her own accomplishments.