Margaret Sidoroff-Canty, a successful collegiate soccer player, won several amateur and professional boxing titles during a short but decorated career in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After retiring from the ring, she became an award-winning coach.
Sidoroff-Canty was born on May 17, 1973 in London, Ontario.
An outstanding soccer player for both Assumption College High School and the University of Windsor, Sidoroff-Canty was not introduced to boxing until after her varsity athletic career had ended.
As an amateur boxer, Sidoroff-Canty captured the Ontario Novice Championship in 1997. The following year, she won the Canadian National Championship and the Ontario Open Class Championship and was named the Best Female Prospect. Also in 1998, Sidoroff-Canty competed in Australia, where she won the Victoria State Championship.
Sidoroff-Canty turned professional in 1999. In what was a tremendously successful year, she earned the World Boxing Federation Bantamweight Championship and the World International Boxing Federation Intercontinental Junior Bantam World Title.
The following year, 2000, Sidoroff-Canty won the Flyweight World Championship of the International Female Boxing Association and the World Boxing Association. Later that year, she won the Women Boxing Archive Network’s Highest Award for Excellence
Although Sidoroff-Canty retired from fighting at a relatively young age, she continues to contribute to the Windsor-Essex and global boxing communities as a coach. In 2001, she coached at the inaugural World Women’s Boxing Championships in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Finland, and Budapest, Hungary.
Border City Boxing gave Sidoroff-Canty its Phenomenal Woman Award in 2001, during which year she was also named Windsor Woman of the Year. She has also won Boxing Canada’s National Coach Certification Program Developmental Coaching Award.