First off--I would like to say "Thank You" to all of the
writers, photographers, and others who contributed 24-7 daily
news for WBAN throughout the year. I have said this before and
will say it again---WBAN would not be where it is today without
all of the contributions that we have received from the public
to keep the news going seven days a week.
For some of the exceptional things that happened for WBAN this
year, we had two world title fights for the WBAN Independent
World title belts. In one match, we had Melissa Hernandez
Lindsay Garbatt. In the other match on another card, we had Holly Holm vs. Ann
Marie Saccurato. We are proud of all four of these women boxers
for their accomplishments.
Holly Holm made boxing history for WBAN for the second time....In
the first history-making event, Holm was the first boxer,
along with Chevelle Hallback to win a WBAN Belt in 2008, and now
Holm is the first boxer to win a second WBAN world title belt in
In another tidbit of history---Holly Holm and Ann Marie Saccurato
are the first women boxers to fight for a WBAN Belt twice. For any female boxer to even
QUALIFY to fight for a WBAN belt----they are already considered THE
cream of the crop in the sport.
We also had strong support for our WBAN Patch program and we
have seen many women with the WBAN patches on their boxing gear.
I personally decided to become more actively involved
in being present at some of the boxing events and I did more traveling than usually during this year. It was a
rewarding experience by doing this, and it has made me realize
that I need to go to more of the fights, in person, to meet up with more of
the boxing community to network with them.
One of the most enjoyable times I had this year was in October,
when I went to New Mexico to cover the all-women's boxing card
that was promoted by former boxer Stephanie Jaramillo. The card
was to help benefit the Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast
Cancer. It was truly a wonderful time---and Lindsay Garbatt
and Melissa Hernandez was one of the best fights I had seen in a long time. Jaramillo donated a boxing robe
for the WBAN Archive. She had fought Holly Holm in this boxing
robe. I had to try the Robe on "of course" and while having it on me, Jaramillo autographed the
back of it. [I later took the robe to New Mexico where Holly
Holm also autographed it!]
Stephanie Jaramillo donated
boxing robe to WBAN
Holly Holm signs Robe at the
weigh-in in December
Another eye-opening experience this year was learning more about
the Retired Boxers Foundation (RBF). I met Founder and President of the RBF, Alex "The Bronx Bomber"
Ramos, and was able to learn more about this non-profit
I hope that the boxing entities
out there support the RBF as it provides an invaluable resource for the boxers who have retired and are in need.
On my "make a wish list" for 2011, I would like to see
more promoters consider supporting the RBF when putting on
boxing cards. Promoters are the very ones who use boxers
on their cards for entertainment---and it would be great to see
them consider helping boxers when they retire and may now be in
WBAN will have the Yearly 2010 Awards Posted Soon!