Christina Linardatou is a professional boxer from Greece who competes in the lightweight and super-lightweight divisions. She is the former WBO female super-lightweight champion and has also held the WBC Silver female lightweight title. She is known for her aggressive style and punching power, as well as her charisma and confidence outside the ring.
Linardatou was born in the Dominican Republic on April 7, 1988, to a Greek father and a Dominican mother. She moved to Greece with her family when she was six years old and started boxing at the age of 14. She had a successful amateur career, winning several national and international titles, before turning professional in 2016.
She made her pro debut on February 27, 2016, against Kremena Petkova in Athens, Greece, and won by unanimous decision. She then went on to win her next seven fights, all by knockout or technical knockout, capturing the WBC Silver female lightweight title along the way.
She faced her first major challenge on October 12, 2019, when she fought Katie Taylor for the undisputed female lightweight championship in Manchester, England. Linardatou put up a brave performance but lost by unanimous decision, suffering her second career defeat. She bounced back from the loss by moving up to super-lightweight and defeating Prisca Vicot by unanimous decision on February 15, 2020, to win the vacant WBO female super-lightweight title.
She defended her title once, against Kandi Wyatt on November 7, 2020, in Athens, Greece, winning by unanimous decision. However, she was stripped of her title in June 2021 for failing to comply with the WBO’s mandatory defense rules. She then decided to return to lightweight and challenge Chantelle Cameron for the WBC female lightweight title on October 30, 2021, in London, England. She lost by unanimous decision, dropping her record to 13-4.
Linardatou is currently ranked as the third-best active female lightweight by BoxRec and the fifth-best by The Ring magazine. She is also ranked as the seventh-best active female super-lightweight by BoxRec. She is trained by Tasos Berdesis and managed by Brian Cohen. She resides in Athens, Greece, and speaks fluent Greek, Spanish and English.