Saudi Arabia's first female boxer, Ramla Ali, beats Garca Nova.

Saudi Arabia's first female boxer, Ramla Ali, beats Garca Nova.

Saturday's Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk undercard included the first Saudi women's fight.

Somali-born British boxer Ramla Ali knocked out Dominican Republic's Crystal Garca Nova in 1 minute, 5 seconds.

It was a shocking victory for Ali, who forced Garca Nova back with a fast and aggressive start.

Garca Nova, shaken and terrified, collapsed to her knees and was quickly eliminated.

Ali's tale inspires. As a child, she fled war-torn Somalia and lived in England, where she boxed to reduce weight.

She became a successful amateur, winning the 2016 Great British Championship.

She became the first Somalian, man or woman, to box at the Olympics five years later.

Ali's defence of Saudi Arabia's human rights record in the buildup to the bout has sparked controversy.

The 32-year-old said "the media depicts Saudi Arabia inaccurately" and "women are free to do anything they want"

Felix Jakens noted that women in Saudi Arabia endure prejudice in marriage, divorce, inheritance, and child custody.

Ali has a shattered wrist and toe and plans to relax and heal.