Susianna Levonovna Kentikian is an Armenian-German former professional boxer. She is a two-time flyweight world champion, having held the World Boxing Association female title from 2007 to 2012, and from 2013 to 2017. She was born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, but left the country at the age of five because of the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
About Susi Kentikian in brief
Susianna Levonovna Kentikian is an Armenian-German former professional boxer. She is a two-time flyweight world champion, having held the World Boxing Association female title from 2007 to 2012, and from 2013 to 2017. She was born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, but left the country with her family at the age of five because of the First Nagorno-Karabakh War. She has gained minor celebrity status in Germany and she hopes to reach a popularity similar to that of the retired German female boxing star Regina Halmich. She won the Hamburg Championships for juniors from 2001 to 2004, and the Northern German Championships forjuniors in 2003 and 2004. In October 2004, she had her biggest amateur success by winning the International German Women’s Amateur Championships in the featherweight division. In January 2005, she signed a three-year contract with the Hamburg boxing promoter Spotlight Boxing, a joint venture of Universum Box Promotion and the Hamburg-based Spotlight Boxing promotion. She turned professional in 2005 and remained undefeated as a professional, winning 16 of her first 30 fights by knockout or stoppage. Her aggressive style has earned her the nickname ‘Killer Queen’ from the English-named rock band Queen. She currently lives in Hamburg and works as a cleaner in a local fitness center to help her family financially. Her family received a permanent residence permit in 2005 when they signed a professional boxing contract that established a stable income.
She also won the Women’s International Boxing Federation title from2007 to 2012 and 2015 to 2017, and was named the first ever WBA female Super Champion at the 2009 WBA convention in Colombia. Her final amateur record stood at 24 wins and one loss. She later blamed her single loss, having fought despite health problems at the time, for her aggressive style. She often uses the song Queen Queen by Queen as her entrance music as she has often used the song as a entrance to her boxing matches. Her father is a veterinary doctor and she is the daughter of veterinary doctor LevonKentikian and his wife Makruhi. Her brother Mikael is a nine-year-old boy who lives with her in Hamburg. She and her family left Armenia with her parents and her brother, Mikael, because her father was called up to serve in the military during the First NKK War. The family returned to Germany in 1996 and relocated in Hamburg, again living in government facilities for asylum seekers. She eventually became a German citizen in June 2008, and applied for dispensation to be allowed to retain her Armenian citizenship. She had previously headlined fight cards for the television station ProSieben from 2007-2009. Her last fight was in July 2009, and she has been a guest on German television station ZDF since July 2009. She lost her first fight by a unanimous decision over Ilar Schabrow on January 15, 2010. She went on to win her professional career with a unanimous win over Schomedu Ilar.