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APRIL 2009

Fikus to fight on May 8th in Berlin
April 30, 2009

(APR 30) On May 8, 2009, in Berlin, Germany, Julia Fikus will be facing  Russian boxer Aljona Belevic.  The 24 year-old will be fighting at the royal event centre Berlin her second professional fight. Belevic, also 24 years old, will be coming into the fight with a 3 pro fights.  Full Story

Australian Mischa Mertz Looking to return to the ring
April 30, 2009

(APR 30) 'Australian author and amateur boxer Mischa Merz is poised to make her return to the ring after seven years but needs a female masters opponent in the 138lb division. There is no masters division in Australia and like so many women Mischa was a late starter and is keen to take...Full Story

Latest Update on Carlette Ewell
April 30, 2009

(APR 30) Newly crowned Light Heavyweight World Champion Carlette "The Truth" Ewell is continuing to train in anticipation for future title defenses and upcoming vacant titles. Carlette currently holds two championships in two different weight divisions and is currently...Full Story

Salinas to fight May 2 at Patriot Center
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
April 29, 2009

(APR 29)  On May 2nd, at the Patriot Center, Bolivian-American Jennifer Salinas (9-1, 3 KOs), a proud mother from Manassas, VA,  will fight for the first time at this venue against Philadelphia brawler Christina Leadbeater (2-2). Salinas returns from a two-year hiatus after welcoming her second child. The fight marks only the second ever female bout at the. Full Story

Amateur Boxing Action in Wuppertal
Photos/Story by
Torben L. of Denmark
April 28, 2009
Flash Photo Slideshow

(APR 28) BSU (Boxing Sport Union) in Wuppertal held it's 4th International Women's Boxing Tournament on April 25th and 26th. Approximately 85 boxers took part in the tournament, which is considered the biggest Women's Boxing Event in Germany, only matched with the German Championships as far as number of competitors is concerned.  Full Story

Results: Mary McGee vs. Kristy Follmar
Chris Guzman
Emil Kegebein
April 26, 2009

(APR 26) This fight is clearly the reason that the Hammond Civic Center was so full of hungry-eyed fans. “Merciless” Mary McGee (Gary, IN) took on Kristy “Rose” Follmar (Indianapolis, IN) for the vacant WBC International Female Light Welterweight Championship. The thunderous applause in the Hammond Civic Center let me know that these fans had waited long enough for this fight to take place.  Full Story

This was a World Title Fight?
by Sue TL Fox
April 27, 2009

(APR 27) On Sunday night Esther Phiri, from Zambia, won a fourth round TKO against an "unknown" boxer Ratree Kreakae, (not listed on Boxrec or WBAN), in a supposed "title" bout, no less. The fight took place at the Hood Restaurant in Nairobi, Kenya.  Full Story

Galassi Wins over Leonardi
April 26, 2009

(APR 26) Last night at the PalaVeneto, Ancona, in Marche, Italy, Flyweight Simona Galassi, 10-0-1 (3KO), of Italy won a six-round bout by points over Isabelle Leonardi, 4-4-1, of France.

Fonseca to fight on May 9th Card!
April 23, 2009

(APR 23) Philadelphia’s very own Brian ‘Bionic Bull’ Cohen (9-2) heads up an awesome 10 fight card when he faces Lafayette, Indiana’s Robbie ‘Taz Mexican Devil’ Tovar (15-4-1) for the WBC Americas Light Heavyweight title at the Donna Cohen promoted ‘Brawl On Broad Street’ event at South Philadelphia High School, Broad & Snyder, Philadelphia on the 9th May.  Full Story

Schwachhofer Wins by Decision
April 23, 2009

(APR 23) On April 18, 2009, in Bernissart, Hainaut, Belgium, Diane Schwachhofer, 138¼, of Belgium won a six-round unanimous decision over Verena Herrman, 141. Final Scores were 59-55, 59-56, and 59-54. Flash Photo Slideshow

Figueroa Tells of her OWN experience from Germany Fight Offer!
By Rita Figueroa
April 23, 2009

(APR 23) In reading Nicole Woods experiences with Mario [Guedes] from Germany - thought you might be interested to know that Mario [Guedes] also contacted me. His first email came April 11th (Easter weekend) just asking if I would be interested in fighting Jessica [Balogun] May..Full Story

Melissa Hernandez
Speaks Out

By Melissa Hernandez
April 23, 2009

(APR 23) It looks like Nicole Woods is not alone on this issue that happened to her when trying to negotiate a fight in Germany.  WBAN has received this response from Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez, and we just got ANOTHER response from another boxer (we will not identify at this time) who also was contacted by Mario Guedes of Germany.  Full Story

What a Deal---fight offer in Germany: Thanks but, NO Thanks!
by Sue TL Fox
April 22, 2009

(APR 22) This week WBAN was contacted by Nicole Woods, of Georgia, USA, in regards to a fight offer she received in Germany for May 30, 2009. Woods shared some "Behind the Scenes" to negotiating a potential fight out of the United States. According to Woods, she was first contacted by email from Mario Guedes (trainer/manager of Jessica Balogun). Woods told WBAN that she received that first contact from Guedes..Full Story

Pucek-Nunez to fight at the Emerald Queen
April 22, 2009

(APR 22) On June 20, 2009, at the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, Washington, there will be a women's bout on the card. Sarah Pucek will be fighting Merced Nunez. Both Pucek and Nunez are coming off tough fights with both declared draws. Nunez fought back-to-back draws with Elizabeth Moreno with the last fight January 17 at the Silver Reef Casino.  Full Story

Hernandez to fight Sitzes
April 21, 2009

(APR 21) On May 9, 2009, on the undercard of the Dawson-Tarver mainliner, Melissa Hernandez will be fighting Jeri Sitzes in a six rounder.  This is definitely a fight to pay attention to, and without will be very entertaining!  Source: Team Bestfemboxers

Taylor Wins Gold - Ahmet Comert Cup
by Bernard O'Neill
April 20, 2009

(APR 20)  Katie Taylor and Carl Frampton both claimed gold medals at the men's and women's Ahmet Comert Cup in Istanbul, Turkey yesterday.  But Ireland's Olympic hero Paddy Barnes was withdrawn from his 48Kg final after picking up a viral infection.  Taylor also picked up the best female boxer of the tournament award and the best overall male and female boxer of the tournament award.  Full Story

2009 Ringside Augusta Summer Boxing Classic!
April 20, 2009

(APR 19) On June 25-27th the 2009 Ringside Augusta Summer Boxing Classic will take place in Augusta, Georgia.  Tom Moraetes said, "This is our seventh year and we are looking forward to another outstanding tournament. It is our plan to provide you with a great opportunity for competition."  Full Story

Open Letter to Bob Arum: Garden Variety
by Bernie McCoy
April 20, 2009

(APR 20)  Mr. Arum:  Congratulations on your upcoming promotion of the Miguel Cotto/Joshua Clottey WBO welterweight title bout in Madison Square Garden on June 13. It's a great followup event to your February 21 card, also in the Garden and also headlined by Miguel Cotto. One of the under-card highlights of the February program was Kina Malpartida's tenth round TKO of Maureen Shea to win the WBA super featherweight female crown.   Full Story

82nd Annual Daily News Golden Gloves: Slug Fest in the Garden
By David Pambianchi
April 18, 2009

(APR 18) On April 17, 2009, a packed WaMu theatre at Madison Square Garden witnessed a night of intense boxing finals. The oldest and largest amateur boxing tournament in the world gave the crowd 16 bouts to cheer away their voices. Full Story

Ireland News: Ahmet Comert Cup
by Bernard O'Neill
April 18, 2009

(APR 18)  Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes and Eric Donovan joined Carl Frampton in the semi finals of the Ahmet Comert Cup and guaranteed Ireland at least four bronze medals following quarter finals in Istanbul, Turkey tonight. Full Story

Ontario Women Boxers in Turkey
April 17, 2009

(APR 17) 4 out of 7 of Ontario Elite Women amateur boxers have made it into the medal rounds at the Ahmet Comert Cup in Istanbul, Turkey. Today Mary Spencer of Windsor defeated Irina Sinetskaya of Russia...Full Story

Open Workout for Media and Public
April 17, 2009

(APR 17) (Merrillville, In) - On Saturday, April 18th, Octavius James' One In A Million, Inc. will be hosting an open workout that is open to the public for the sensational upcoming "Date With Destiny" card; including the NABC Lightweight champion of the world "Merciless" Mary McGee..Full Story

New Kid on the Block: 10-year old Holdsworth!
Source: Vaia Zaganas
April 16, 2009

(APR 16) 10-year old Shalynn Holdsworth has already taken a liking to amateur boxing, and she is on the lookout for some competition. Her father, Keith Holdworth has been training Shalynn at the Blue Corner Boxing Club in Abbotsford BC, Canada.  Full Story

McMorrow to fight at the HP Pavillion
April 15, 2009

(APR 15) On May 7, 2009, on the fight card "Fight Night at the Tank 2", at the HP Pavillion, in San Jose, California, Melissa McMorrow, 2-0-0, of San Carlos, CA,  will be fighting on the undercard. More info will be available soon...

Latest Update: Marianne "Golden Girl" Marston
April 14, 2009

(APR 14) Philadelphia trained, British Super Bantamweight Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston may still be reeling from the American authorities decision to refuse her a visa, so she can compete..Full Story

Ireland: Preliminary Results
By Bernard O'Neill
April 13, 2009

(APR 13) The 2009 National Boy & Girl 1, 2 and 3 Championships got underway at the National Stadium this afternoon with 21 preliminary round bouts decided at the home of Irish boxing. Over 300 young boxers have entered this years tournament.  The Championships run from Monday April 13th to Saturday April 18th inclusive. Boxing will resume tomorrow morning at 10am.  Full Story

Tada Wins WBATitle
April 12, 2009

(APR12) Last night in Osaka, Japan, Etsuko Tada, Japan, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Cho-Rong Son, of Korea. The two were fighting for the WBA minimumweight title. Final judges scores were 99-91, 98-92, 98-92 for Tada. Photo/Results: Samart

Pucek-Johnson Boxing Action
Story-Photos by
Mike Blair, Ringside
April 12, 2009

(APR 12) Last night the four round fight between Sarah Pucek and Tammie Johnson at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington was fought in a style more to the liking of Johnson, though she did not like the result. Johnson answered the opening bell showing the aggressive tendency she has in other fights.

Tonight: Johnson vs. Pucek
Photo and Story
by Mike Blair
April 11, 2009

(APR 11) Tammie Johnson and Sarah Pucek will face each other in a four round lightweight bout tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma Washington. Pucek is unbeaten in three fights, Johnson is 3-2-1. Johnson fought to a draw with Rita Figueroa just over two weeks ago. Full Story

Ramsey Forming New and Exciting Organization
April 11, 2009

(APR 11) Laura “Lady Ram” Ramsey, #2 ranked professional boxer in the world, in association with Polk County Boxing Team are proud to announce the forming of a new and exciting organization..Full Story

Britain’s ‘Golden Girl’ Knocked Out...By The American Embassy In London
April 10, 2009

(APR 10) English Super Bantamweight boxer, Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, who is due to be on the under card of Brian Cohen’s WBC Americas Title Fight in South Philadelphia on 9th May, suffered a further setback in her professional boxing career when the American Embassy in London refused her visa application. Full Story

WBAN Adds Amateur Boxer Kyla Barraza!
April 10, 2009

(APR 10) WBAN has added amateur boxer Kyla Barraza, 14 years old, to our Boxers profiles segment.  In her young boxing career to date, she has already had 16 amateur bouts, with a 11-5 record. More on Kyla

Be On the Lookout for Mia St. John on TV Show!
April 9, 2009

(APR 9) This Saturday, April 11th, Mia St. John tapes Bill Bellamy's show, "Who's Got Jokes."  She will be a celebrity judge along with boxing's heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.  Full Story

Check out What "Baby Doll" Reid is up to this week!
April 9, 2009

(APR 9) WBAN received an interesting update on Elena "Baby Doll" Reid.  To read about what she will be doing this week, visit HBN to read the Press Release!  Press Release

Women’s 2009 National Golden Gloves Championship Tournament
April 8, 2009

(APR 8) On July 8 through July 11, 2009, the Women’s 2009 National Golden Gloves Championship Tournament will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This Tournament is open to all USA Boxing Members, and has a 3- day elimination process. This is USA Boxing Ranking point tournament..Full Story

Pucek to fight Johnson at the Emerald Queen
April 7, 2009

(APR 7) On April 11 at the Emerald Queen Sarah Pucek and Merced Nunez were to fight in a six round fight to see who is the best Featherweight in the Pacific North West. Nunez had to pull out due to an injury and a tentative bout was made with Stephanie Eggink however Eggink pulled. The Pucek camp wanted to fight and agreed to move up two weight divisions and challenge Tammie Johnson.  Full story

Press Conference: Follmar vs. McGee
April 7, 2009

(APR 7) Indianapolis, In - On Friday, April 10th at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, NABC Lightweight Champion of the World "Merciless" Mary McGee (16-0, 10 KOs) and the WBF Light Welterweight Champion of the World Kristy "Rose" Follmar (16-1, 9 KOs) will invade Indianapolis, Indiana when the pair of champions sit down for a press conference at the Rock Steady Boxing Training Facility, 2002 Wellesley Blvd., just weeks before they step into the ring for "Date With Destiny" at the Hammond Civic Center, on Saturday, April 25th.  Full story

Ninety Minutes in Gleasons Gym
by Bernie McCoy
April 6, 2009

(APR 6) The location was a natural and one of the women I had come to talk with was busy "working the room" in Gleasons Gym, last week, when I walked up the stone steps from Front Street in Brooklyn. Melissa Hernandez was adorned in a T-shirt that proclaimed "I am womyns boxing" and...Full Story

One on One Interview with Karen Dulin
by Rick McLean
April 4, 2009

(APR 4) Recently I was able to interview Featherweight contender Karen Dulin of Rhode Island, who is a rising prospect in women’s boxing. Here is a candid one on one interview about her life and career thus far in boxing.   Full Story

WBAN Adds Mary McGee
April 3, 2009

(APR 3) Dee Williams of WBAN has just added Mary McGee to our Boxer Profiles Segment. McGee fights out of Indiana, and is set to have a highly anticipated fight against Kristy Follmar.   More on McGee

Malpartida to defend her title
April 2, 2009

(APR 2) In the Elcomercio.com website, they reported that Kina Malpartida will have a title defense on June 20th, at 10:00 pm. The fight will take place in the coliseo Eduardo Dibós in the San Borja district of the city of Lima, Peru.  The Dibós has capacity for 6,000 spectators, 500 of them on ringside seats. Because the demand for people wanting to see the...Full Story

Press Conference: "Date With Destiny" Card
April 1, 2009

(APR 1) Merrillville, In - Destiny has brought these two world champions together for their April 25th "Date With Destiny" at the Hammond Civic Center, but on April 4th the NABC Lightweight World Champion "Merciless" Mary McGee and WBF Light Welterweight Champion Kristy "Rose" Follmar ..Full Story

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