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APRIL 2013

Video:  Big Upset - Riyo Togo Stops Mariana Juarez in the first round
April 29, 2013

(APR 28) Last night at the Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico,  Riyo Togo, 112¾, of Tokyo, Japan, now 10-4-1  (9KO), stopped Mariana "La Barbie" Juarez, 114,  by TKO in the first round, in a WBC super flyweight eliminator in the first round. Photo: Pepe Rodriguez.  Video of fight

WBAN adds Leona Brown and Mia St. John to our special WBAN Patch Album!
April 29, 2013

(APR 29) WBAN has just received two great photo additions to our huge WBAN Patch/Belt Album on Facebook.  The photos were taken by Peter Frutkoff, who too the photos at the Ring 8's 2nd Annual NYS Boxing Hall of Fame inductions at Russo's on the Bay. Photo Gallery

Kuhn bests Woods at Fight Night X
by Mark Jones
April 26, 2013

(APR 26)  In a welterweight crossroads matchup, Sarah Kuhn, 145, Albany, moved to (6-3-1, 1 KO) with a split-decision victory over Nicole Woods (11-12-2, 3 KOs) 145, Atlanta, over a hard-fought six-round battle at the Empire State Plaza, in Albany, New York. Sarah Kuhn, during her nearly three years as a professional boxer, has transformed herself from a straight-line lead puncher to a boxer /puncher with the ability to fight from different ranges. Against the experienced Nicole Woods, a long-range stylist, Kuhn’s versatility was on display as she reverted to old form aggressively moving forward behind a stiff left jab that landed more than it missed. It was evident from the early stages of the fight that Nicole Woods had difficulties fighting while forced to move backwards by Kuhn’s effective aggression. ..Full Story

Kenia Enriquez Added to WBAN!
April 24, 2013

(APR 24) WBAN has just added professional female boxer Kenia Enriquez to our Boxers Profiles Segment.  With an unmatched charisma, evident talent and skills that keep improving fight after fight, ultra popular flyweight Kenia Enriquez has her eyes set on the prize as she takes the first step...Full Biography

Final Tribute: Bay Area Boxing Legend Luis Molina Passes Away
by Mario Serrano
April 23, 2013

(APR 23) Bay Area boxer legend Luis Molina, who was San Jose native recently passed away. Molina was the cousin of Bob Santos who manages Six-Time and Four-Division world champion Robert Guerrero. Molina was close to Guerrero and was the person who stamped the approval for Bob Santos to the young phenom in the amateurs.  Having competed many times in the South Bay as a professional, Molina is the only boxer from San Jose to have fought in the Olympics (1956).   Full Story

USA Boxing Holds a Mega Training Camp for the Junior and Elite Champions at the Olympic Training Center
by Julie Goldsticker
April 22, 2013

(APR 22) USA Boxing is holding its first multi-divisional training camp for both male and female boxers at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The elite male athletes arrived last week while all the junior boxers and elite females landing in the Pikes Peak region on Sunday. Thirty-nine athletes are participating in the major training camp under the tutelage of USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque and seven personal coaches assisting him in Colorado Springs. Following the camp, the different age and gender groups will travel to a variety of international competitions.  Full Story

"Hot Stuff" Hollie Dunaway First Female Inducted into the St. Louis Boxing Hall of Fame!
by Devon D'amo
April 21, 2013

(APR 21) "Hot Stuff" Hollie Dunaway will be the first female inducted into the St Louis Boxing Hall of Fame. After getting her start over 10 years ago in the professional ranks, she has fought some of the best opposition In the sport, winning multiple titles. Hollie Is one of 12 being inducted into the St Louis boxing Hall of Fame this year.  The Hall of Fame ceremony, banquet and fights will be held at the Gateway Classic Sports, complex In St. Louis.....Full Story

Ronica Jeffrey to fight Olivia Gerula on May 24th
April 21, 2013

(APR 21)  On May 24, 2013, at the West Chester County Center, in White Plains, New York, Ronica Jeffrey, will be fighting Olivia Gerula for the IWBF Interim Featherweight title in a 10-rounder. This will be Jeffrey's second title fight in two months.  She commented on her schedule." I have total and complete faith in my team. Full Story

The 86th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves: Final Day
By David Pambianchi
April 20, 2013
Photos:  C. Capilllino

(APR 20) For the first time, Brooklyn’s magnificent Barclays Center hosted the traditional Daily News Golden Gloves Finals. To a cheering New York crowd, determined amateur boxers tested their courage, skills and endurance. First the National Anthem, then the 10 Count, ten strikes of the bell in memorial of boxing greats in and out of the ring, and it was time for the action...Full Story

Be On the Lookout for Mia St. John on ESPN and More!
April 20, 2013

(APR 20)  For boxing fans....be on the lookout for "The Knockout" Mia St. John.  She will be on ESPN, next Friday (April 26).  The show will be live at 7:00 p.m. 
Also, on May 2nd, there will be an interview with St. John, in Spanish for the Viernes de Combates, that will air May 2nd....Full Story

Last Woman Standing Trailer Source/Raquel Ruiz
April 18, 2013

(APR 18) Last Woman Standing is a feature documentary film that follows world champion boxers and former friends, Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer, as they fight for an Olympic dream that can only belong to one. In 2012, the Olympic Games included women's boxing for the first time in history. But, only three weight categories would be admitted - 51kg..Video Trailer with more details

Team Sauerland statement on Holm retirement – “She knows she can´t beat Cecilia”
Press Release/
Sauerland Promotion
April 18, 2013

WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus and promoter Nisse Sauerland share their views on Holly Holm´s retirement.
CECILIA BRAEKHUS:  “I am very, very disappointed. A fight against Holly would have been the biggest thing in women´s boxing, the one fight every fan wants to see. It´s a shame that it will not happen Full Story

Holly Holm retiring from boxing after May 11 fight to pursue MMA career
Photos:  Will Fox
Source: Press Release
April 17, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (April 17, 2013, 2013) - Yesterday at a Fresquez Productions media luncheon, 14-time, three-division world boxing champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (32-2-3, 9 KOs) shocked the combat sports world by announcing her retirement from boxing, effective after her May 11 fight with "Merciless" Mary McGee (20-1, 11 KOs), in order to pursue her mixed-martial-arts career (3-0-0)...Full Story

Steve USS Cunningham Backs Protégé Marianne Marston To Win April 27th in London
April 16, 2013

(APR 16) Ahead of his upcoming IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator, against Tyson Fury, at Madison Square Gardens this coming Saturday, the 20th April, former two time Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve USS Cunningham took a little time off from his final preparations, to send a message of support across the Atlantic to former Team Cunningham boxer Marianne Marston, who will be fighting Latvian Aleksandra Jasjukevica at York Hall in London one week later on Saturday 27th April..Full Story

Just in: Braekhus Wins by Third Round TKO
April 13, 2013

 (APR 13) Today in at the  Arena Nord, in Frederikshavn, Denmark, Cecilia Braekhus, 144.6,  remained undefeated, with 22-0-0, when she stopped Mia "The Knockout" St. John, 140.2, now  47-13-2 (18KO),  in the third round by TKO. The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds.  Braekhus was defending her WBA, WBO, and WBC welterweight titles.

Diana Prazak to fight Frida Wallberg June 14th for WBC/WIBA and WBAN Belt!

(APR 12) Australian world champion super featherweight Diana Prazak will make her second attempt to unify the division when she faces Swedish champion Frida Wallberg on June 14.  Prazak was scheduled to fight Wallberg in November but the fight was cancelled at late notice due to the Swede being injured. Prazak was matched against Victoria Cisneros on the Fire and Ice undercard in December last year in New Mexico but again, injuries changed the course of her career. Myriam Lamare was to fight Holly Holm in the main event but also withdrew hurt. So Prazak stepped up to fight the Preacher’s Daughter herself....Full Story

Boxing: €1,000,000 funding for Irish Women's and Youth Boxing
by Michael O'Neill
April 11, 2013

(APR 11) A big boost for boxing in Ireland following the announcement on Wednesday, by Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Mr Michael Ring, of an allocation of €1 million (approx $ 1,306,165) in funding for boxing clubs, with particular emphasis on upgrading training facilities, particularly for women and youths.  As in other countries including neighbouring Great Britain, there has been a huge upsurge of interest in women’s boxing in Ireland since London 2012 staged the XXX Olympiad which showcased the women’s sport, officially, for the first time. ...Full Story

Mischa Merz Opens Boxing Gym in Australia - the ONLY female Owned and Operated  "Authentic" Boxing Gym in the Country!
April 11, 2013

(APR 11) Australian women’s boxing pioneer, former Australian national champion, USA masters champion and author Mischa Merz has opened her own boxing gym in Australia, making it the only female owned and operated authentic boxing gym in the country. Full Story

Vanessa Greco to fight May 4th!
April 10, 2013

(APR 10) On Saturday,  May 4, 2013, Vanessa Greco, will be having her sixth pro fight, when she is featured on a boxing card that will take place at the Resort World Casino in New York City, New York.  WBAN has no other details on her opponent or rounds on this card.  To purchase tickets, you can go to lilgladiator.com.

Mia "The Knockout" St. John on her way to Denmark!
April 10, 2013

(APR 10) Mia St. John, 47-12-2 (18KO), of Oxnard, California,  is on her way to Frederikshavn, Denmark, in anticipation of her multi-world title bout (WBA, WBO, WBC) against Cecelia Braekhus, 21-0-0 (5KO), that will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Arena Nord.  Braekhus will be defending these three titles in the welterweight division.

Latest News on Ava Knight!
April 10, 2013

(APR 10) Ava Knight has taken a position of "honorary Chairwoman" for the Butte County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk for 2013. NAMI will be having 4th Annual NAMI Butte County Benefit Walk Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at the Downtown City Plaza, Chico, California. For more info on NAMI... Go Here 

Marston Dedicates 27th April Fight To Smokin' Joe
Photos by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Source/Press Release
April 9, 2013

(APR 9) British Featherweight Marianne Marston is to dedicate her upcoming fight, against Latvias Aleksandra Jasjukevica at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Saturday 27th April 2013, to the memory of her recently departed mentor, Legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World....Full Story

US Intercollegiate Boxing Association Holds First National Tournament
Source/Press Release
April 9, 2013

(APR 9)  New Association Welcomes Male and Female Amateur Boxers - The US Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) will hold its first national championship tournament April 11 - 13 at the University of San Francisco.
The three-day event will feature more than 100 fighters from 25 universities across the country. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Koret Health and Recreation Center on campus.  ...Full Story

One on One Interview with Tammy "TNT" Taylor
by Mark A. Jones
April 8, 2013
Photos: Courtesy

(APR 8) Tammy “TNT” Taylor, an aspiring professional boxer is set to make her professional debut as a middleweight on May 18 at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino, in Bradbeach, Queensland, Australia against Linda Eliason (0-1). She leaves behind an amateur career that witnessed her win various state and national titles and represent Australia internationally.....Full Story

The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships Culminate with 27 Final Round Bouts on Saturday
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
April 7, 2013

(APR 7) SPOKANE, WASH. – A full week of outstanding boxing action across five newly created divisions culminated with 27 final round contests on Saturday at Northern Quest’s Pend Oreille Pavilion on Saturday in Spokane, Wash. Saturday’s two sessions of Olympic-style boxing competition featured championship bouts in the elite men’s and women’s divisions as well as nine senior men’s contests....Full Story

The Accidental Head Clash that Ends the Fight!
April 7, 2013

(APR 7)  Last night at the Club Deportivo San Vicente, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a scheduled four-rounder, Yessika Munoz and Veronica Tesure, just barely got into the first round (1:01), when the two had an accidental "clash" of the heads that ended the fight in a "no contest" for the two!

Japan:  Takano Wins by first round TKO
by Samart of Japan
April 6, 2013

(APR 6) Tonight (Japan Time Zone) atthe U.S. Army camp Zama, in Kanagawa, Japan, there was a boxing event that featured a female bout on the card.  Both pro deubters, super flyweight, at 5'10" Tomomi Takano won her by a TKO in the first rounds over Hikaru Ozora.  Photographs

April 2013 WBAN World Rankings!
April 6, 2013

(JAN 5) Dee Williams has just posted our first world ratings for 2013! Check out the "just listed"  WBAN April 2013 world independent and computerized rankings.  This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings, and they are independent ratings. To check out the latest rankings, Go Here!

The World’s Best Lights Up the Elite Women’s Semifinals at the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
April 5, 2013

(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Just over six months after the Olympic debut of women’s boxing, the elite women’s division claimed the spotlight on the fourth day of competition at the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash. With only three weight divisions being contested in Olympic action in London, several of the United States’ top female athletes were forced to move to different weight divisions following the Olympic Team Trials and many of them enjoyed success in their new weight divisions. While 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) competed for a finals berth against a former national team staple, reigning World Champion Tiara Brown (Hyattsville, Md.) and the top light welterweight in the world Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) faced off on the opposite side of the bracket....Full Story

AIBA Hold Referees and Judges Instructors Workshop in Assisi, Italy.
by Michael O'Neill
April 4, 2013

(APR 4) As we reported recently a new scoring system has been introduced - among many other changes - by the IABA - effective 11th March. To ensure that everyone involved is fully committed to - and understands - the new system Referees and Judges from many countries (including Ireland's Michael Gallagher, twice winner of the AIBA R+J annual award) are attending the International Boxing Association (AIBA) AOB/APB/WSB Referees & Judges Instructors Workshop which began in the city of Assisi, Italy on April 3rd...Full Story

Melissa McMorrow Travels to Mozambique!
Photos: Facebook
April 4, 2013

(APRIL 4) Recently Melissa McMorrow just defended her two world titles in Germany and successfully defeated Nadia Raoui in that defense.  She is now in Mozambique, in Southeast Africa! Blanca Gutierrez of BabyFace Beautiful Brawlers said, "Melissa Mc Morrow, B Street Boxing, San Mateo has been in Mozambique and has gone a tour of four boxing gyms . She has met with the Federal Boxing Commission and has completed a project with an orphanage outside of Maputo. She had a press conference this morning and has one more event on Saturday to celebrate women’s day in Mozambique which she will do another boxing demonstration."  .Full Story

One on One Interview with Sulem Urbina
by Mark A. Jones
April 4, 2013

(APR 4)  This week I had an opportunity to go one on one with Sulem Urbina, an amateur boxer, who currently resides and trains in Phoenix, Arizona.  Since childhood, Urbina has always been a very active female athlete, having competed for teams in basketball, cross country, and softball.  At the age of ten, Urbina discovered boxing when her two older brothers...Full Interview

Japan:  Eight Female Amateur bouts
by Samart
April 4, 2013

(APR 4) On Tuesday night, April 2, 2013, there were eight female amateur bouts on the card.  The amateur event took place at the  Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, Japan.  In the co-main event, middleweight Shizuyo Yamasaki won over Chun-Chiu Hsueh of Taiwan by a 25-15 score.  In another co-main, bantamweight Tomoko Kugimiya won over Chiu-Ching Ya of Taiwan by a 23-3 score. Photos

Day Three of the U.S. Nationals in Spokane
By Michael O’Neill
April 3, 2013

(APR 3) Day three of the U.S Nationals in Spokane has seen the first bouts in the Women’s Elite event. Among those in early action Wednesday were Tiara Brown, Queen Underwood, and AIBA world no.1 64kg Mikaela Mayer, who has entered the Lightweight 132lbs division this year.  With those experienced Internationals together with N’yteeyah Sherman in the Championships the Lightweight division will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most competitive of all divisions in Spokane....Full Story

Video Interview of Cindy and Amanda Serrano of New York!
Interview byDiva Madonna/
of GlamSenseDivas.com
Producer of Video: Ash Kalmar
April 3, 2013
Video Interview

(APR 3) This week at the boxing gym "Gym X" in Brooklyn,  New York, Diva Madonna conducted an interview with fighting sister duo Cindy and Amanda Serrano, also of Brooklyn.  The sisters are interviewed in the video, there is some footage of them doing boxing related training, and a portion of the video is spent in the ring with Diva Madonna, where she is given some boxing tips and lessons.
Video Interview

Meet Maricela Cornejo! 
April 2, 2013

(APR 2) WBAN has just added a pro boxer  middleweight Maricela Cornejo, 2-0-0 (1KO)to our Boxer Profile Segment.  She currently trains in Las Vegas, Nevada, under the tutelage of Floyd Mayweather Sr. She is not only a pro boxer, but is also a television and movie actress and a spokesmodel when she is not in the ring.To read about Maricela, go here!

Boxing Action-Switzerland: Nicole Bass Wins by points
April 1, 2013

(APR 1) Last night at the Restaurant Tell, in  Ostermundigen, Switzerland, Nicole Bass won an eight rounder by points over Loli Munoz.  WBAN has the video of this fight on the Fight Results Segment.  To view the VIDEO, Go Here!

Melissa McMorrow: WBAN's April 2013 Fighter of the Month!
April 1, 2013

(APR 1) ) WBAN would like to congratulate Melissa "Mighty" McMorrow as our TOP pick for Fighter of the month. Melissa had an very impressive win in March when she went to Magdeburg, Germany and won a 10-round split decision over Nadia Raoui, and successfully defended her WBO and WIBF Flyweight titles.







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