Ion-Rood Makes Historic Female Bout A Short One

By Don Doxsie
Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Kristine Ion-Rood, a 47-year-old former Scott County sheriff’s deputy made her pro debut in the first women’s pro boxing match held in the Quad-Cities in 25 years.

Quad City Times, Davenport, Iowa

Kristine Ion-Rood summed it up pretty well.

“There’s no procrastinating when you’re fighting,” she said. “There’s no putting anything off to tomorrow.”

Ion-Rood demonstrated that by wasting no time in scoring a second-round technical knockout of Julie Guiste on the undercard of the Destiny Live pro boxing event Saturday night at Rhythm City Casino Events Center in Davenport.

The main event, scheduled for later in the evening, matched Rock Island’s Limberth Ponce against Davenport’s Stephen Edwards for the Iowa State Junior Middleweight championship.

Ion-Rood and Guiste both were making their pro debuts in the first women’s pro boxing match held in the Quad-Cities in 25 years.

Ion-Rood, a 47-year-old former Scott County sheriff’s deputy, landed several hard shots in the first round that staggered the taller Guiste, leading to a standing eight-count. She finished her off in the second round but admitted it wasn’t quite as easy as she made it look.

“Very challenging, just as I expected,” Ion-Rood said.

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