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AUGUST 2005

Rodriguez Headlines a Ring of their Own's Return to Harrah's
August 30, 2005

(AUG 30) "A Ring of their Own," the all women’s boxing series promoted by Rock & Sock Productions returns to Harrah’s in Laughlin, Nevada on October 8. This is AROTO’S second visit to Harrah’s, following a very successful show in March of this year....Full Story 

McGee Named WBAN's September 2005 Fighter of the Month!
August 29, 2005

(AUG 29) WBAN would like to congratulation Valanna McGee who was chosen as WBAN's September 2005 Fighter of the month!  It is well-deserved. To read more on McGee, Go HereTo P Photography

McGee Beats Byrd in Entertaining bout!
 ©Photos and story by Jesus Sanchez
New Photo Gallery #280
 

(AUG 28) On Friday, August 26th, at the Radisson Hotel, in Sacramento, California, Valanna McGee, 134,  won a unanimous six round decision over Tracy Byrd, 132,  in an entertaining bout at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento, CA. Tracy went at Valanna the entire fight and established the pace but Valanna landed the more meaningful punches. There were no knockdowns. The judges scored the fight 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55. McGee improves her record to 11-2-1 while Byrd drops to 13-9-1. World champion Jessica Rakoczy was on hand to support Tracy Byrd.

Reis Wins by Majority Decision
Source: Bonnie Canino
August 27, 2005

(AUG 27) Last night in Tampa, Florida, Yvonne Reis, 150, of Tampa, won a six-round majority decision over Cim Harris, 154. The contracted weight was 154 lbs.  Judges Scores cards. 57-57, 58-54, and 58-54. Reis controlled the fight and outlanded Harris demonstrating better skills.  Yvonne records improves 6-7-1. More

A Boxing Mosaic
By Bernie McCoy
August 27, 2005

(AUG 27) The Friday night fight card at the Westchester County Center in White Plains N. Y. provided a time honored mosaic of boxers, a traditional presentation of fighters that probably dates back to the first boxing promotion. There was the "name" fighter, the "hometown favorite", the "future star" and the "opponent". The difference, as is becoming increasingly frequent in the sport, is that all four fighters were female. Additionally, the female fighters, who were part of a seven bout program put together by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, were competing in a venue that dates back to the days of "Sugar Ray", the "Sugar Ray."  Full Story

Rakoczy-Olson bout on Lemoore Card
Source: Press Release
August 27, 2005

(AUG 27) The Palace Indian Gaming Center in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions delivers another exciting night of live professional boxing on Friday, September 16th with nine bouts scheduled. The event titled “All In” features reigning NABF featherweight Champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero from nearby Gilroy, CA in a ten round title defense in the Main Event. Guerrero, who’s last fight was April 1st also at The Palace and featured in the SHOWTIME televised main event is considered one of the best...Full Story

Tonight: McGee to fight Byrd!
August 26, 2005

(AUG 26) Tonight Tracy Byrd, of Las Vegas, Nevada, will be fighting Valanna McGee, 10-2-1 (5KO), of Sacramento, at the Radisson Hotel, in Sacramento, California. The two will be fighting in the featherweight division in a six rounder. WBAN's Photographer Jesus Sanchez will be covering this fight ringside.

Tonight: Three title fights in Providence 
August 26, 2005

(PROVIDENCE (August 26, 2005) - "CES' Prime Time Fights" features three title fights tonight (Friday, August 26), headlined by World Boxing Council USNBC super middleweight champion Joey "KO Kid" Spina's (16-0, 11 KOs) first title defense against dangerous..Full Story

Wright and Lyell Fight at the Queen
August 26, 2005

(AUG 26) Tacoma, Washington - On September 17th, Seattle’s light middleweight prospect Walter Wright (8-1, 4 KO’s) will face the tenacious Billy Lyell (7-2, 2 KO’s) from Warren, Ohio Saturday night in Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino, I-5 showroom. “This fight will be sure to have you sitting on the edge of your seat.” said promoter, Brian Halquist...Full Story

Figuroa on "Viva Mexico" Chicago Show
August 26, 2005

(AUG 26) Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated in association with Miller Lite and TCF Bank are proud to announce further details of VIVA MEXICO, a Chicagoland celebration ..Full Story

WBC approves Official Eliminator
Press Release
August 25, 2005

(AUG 25) WBAN received a press release from Team Jane Couch, and they said the following, " The W.B.C. have approved a contest between Jane Couch and the highest ranked contender available as an official eliminator for the Lightweight title won by Jessica Rakoczy.  There is a slot available in Bristol, England on October 22nd.  Jane being...More

Garside to fight Rita Serrano
August 25, 2005

(AUG 25) WBAN has been notified that Jeannine Garside, 1-0-0 (0KO), of Windsor, Canada,  will be fighting Rita Serrano, 3-1-0 (1 KO) in Forth Worth, Texas.  Either Serrano has dropped some weight, or Garside has moved up in a weight-class.  Garside is managed/trained by Josh Canty and retired world champion Margaret Sidoroff.

Dobbs to fight Caples in exhibition bout
August 25, 2005

 (AUG 25) on Friday, August 26, at the Thunderbird Wild West Casino, in Norman, Oklahoma, on an ESPN2 undercard feature, Stephanie Dobbs will be fighting Yvonne Caples  in an exhibition bout on the card.  Dobbs is getting ready for upcoming title bout against Kristina Belinzsky.

Saccurato and Shea on
New York Card

August 24, 2005

(AUG 24) On Friday August 26th at the Westchester County Center, Ann Marie Saccurato of White Plains, NY, is scheduled to fight a six round bout against Belinda Laracuente. The local and popular Saccurato has been featured on all three bouts North East Promotions has staged at the County Center.  Full Story

A New Team in Ali's Corner
Source: Press Release
August 23, 2005

(AUG 23) LOS ANGELES, CA- World recognized female boxing champion, author, motivational speaker, and Adidas spokesmodel star Laila Ali announced yesterday that she has hired Harlan J. Werner and Damon Bingham of the sports marketing and entertainment company of the boxing ring as well as her boxing career.  Full Story

Csabi's opponent named!
By JollyDee of Hungary 
August 24, 2005

 (AUG 23) On September 10, 2005, Dr. Bettina Csabi of Hungary, is going to defending her WIBF-GBU bantamweight world title in which is scheduled as the co-main event promoted by Felix-Promotion, in Fönix Sport Center, Debrecen, Hungary.  Dr. Bettina Csabi, 24-0-0 (10KO), will be facing...Full Story

Christy Martin Shows the Way.... Again
By Bernie McCoy
August 21, 2005
©Photo by Mary Ann Owen

(AUG 21) Trace the present day history of the sport of Women's boxing to its beginning and Christy Martin is the prominent name in the conversation. It was Martin who provided the nascent sport with it's first national recognition, culminating on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. It is not an overstatement that every fighter currently participating in the sport watched and learned from Christy Martin. Let's hope they still do.   Full Story

St. John and Brakache Win IBA Titles in Beijing, China
August 21, 2005
China Poster

(AUG 21) Last night at the Beijing Capital Gym, Beijing, The People's Republic of China, Mia “The Knockout” St. John, 133, of Los Angeles, California, now 42-5-2 (17KO),  won a 10-round unanimous decision over South Carolina’s Donna Biggers, 133, now 14-2-1 (13KO),  in a 10-round bout for the IBA continental lightweight title. Full Story

Zurita Wins by Decision over Princess of Pain' Shibata!
August 20, 2005

(AUG 20) Last night at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas, Maribel Zurita won a 10-round unanimous decision over Sachiyo Shibata of Japan,  and became the new WIBA Junior Flyweight World Champion.  Final judges scores were 99-91,  98-92, and  98-92. (Inset: Shibata)

Open Workouts Highlight Beginning Of Rumble On The River Pre-Fight Festivities
August 19, 2005

Evansville, IN (August 19, 2005) – Childers Promotions LLC is teaming up with former boxing champion Danny Thomas’ at Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Boxing and Kickboxing to present open sparring and workouts showcasing fighters appearing on Evansville’s first premier boxing event Saturday, September 10th at Casino Aztar. The fight card will feature six bouts including featherweight champ, Daniel Maldonado of Henderson, KY (18-1-0, 11 KO’s), lightweight women’s boxing champ Kristy Follmar (15-1-0, 9 KO’s) of Indianapolis. More

“Knockouts at Coushatta IX” Boxing Card - Sept. 17
August 18, 2005

(AUG 18) Kinder, LA—Three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy (35-4-1) takes on Will “Kid Fire” McIntyre (36-4-1) in a 10-round non-title main event at “Knockouts at Coushatta IX,” Coushatta’s latest professional boxing showdown. Special guest appearances at the press conference and weigh-in ..Full Story

Theobald to fight on Chicago card
August 18, 2005

(AUG 18) On August 27, “The Stone Park Showdown!” card, at the Casa Italia, in Stone Park, Chicago, Illinois, Lois Theobald will be fighting in a four-rounder on the card.  First fight starts at 6:00 p.m.  All tickets 630-787-6600. The main event will be Rudy Cisneros vs. Ed Gutierrez in an eight round bout.  Card promoted by Hitz Boxing.

Two Women's bouts
on China Card

August 20, 2005
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(AUG 18) On Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the Beijing Capital Gym, Beijing, The People's Republic of China, there will be a boxing event, that will feature men’s and women’s boxing on the card. IN AN UPDATE, The two women's bouts, that include Cristy "Code Red" Nickel vs.Mariem Brakache, and  Mia St. John vs. Donna Biggers will be... Full Story

Rakoczy Trains for upcoming bout against Olson
August 17, 2005

(AUG 17) Today, Mary Ann Owen of BILV paid a visit to Don House's Gym, in Las Vegas, to do some coverage on a male boxer, and she spotted IBA World Champion Jessica Rakoczy, training in the gym.  Owen took some great photos of her training. Rakoczy will be fighting Eliza Olson, another dynamite boxer, on Sept. 18, in Lemoore, California.  New Photo Gallery #278

Princess of Pain' goes mild...
John Whisler -Express-News Staff Writer
August 17, 2005
 

(AUG 17) In her first public workout since her arrival, Sachiyo Shibata of Japan displayed little of the fire and tenacity worthy of her fearsome nickname.  As the cameras rolled and the reporters' questions flew, Shibata thanked everyone for....Copyrighted Story on mysanantonio.com

Looking for a fight?
August 16, 2005

AUG 16) Promoters are looking for an opponent for Missy Fiorentino (12-1, 6 KO's) on Friday, August 26th at the R.I. Convention Center. The fight is scheduled for 4 rounds at 126-128 lbs. If anyone has an opponent interested they can contact Ted Panagiotis at  ted@cesboxing.com  or via cell phone at 401-524-6104.

New Segment on WBAN!
August 16, 2005

(AUG 16) WBAN has added a new segment, that will include some highlight photos of behind the scenes from all around the world! The Segment is called "WBAN's multi media"  Check out the first installment of photos!   Page 1  Page 2  Page 3

2005 Texas Female Championships
August 15, 2005

AUG 15) On September 2, 3, and 4, 2005, there will be the 2005 Texas Female Championship held at the R.D. Evans Community Center, at 3200 Lackland Road, Ft. Worth, Texas 76116.  The Host Hotel is Green Oaks Hotel, located at 6901 West Freeway Ft. Worth TX 76116, and is $55.00. Contact Ashley Trimble 817-377-5961.... Full Details

Ewell and Egbunine win by TKO
by Sue TL Fox
August 14, 2005

(AUG 14) Last night at the LJVM Annex in Winston Salem, North Carolina, WBE Light Heavyweight world champion Carlette “The Truth” Ewell,  now 10-3-0 (7KO),  fought newcomer Tristen Jones, who sported a 0-1-0 record going into the fight. Jones was stopped in the first round. Chalk up another “world champion” fighting a boxer they have no business fighting. Carlette needs to face “The Truth” that this was nothing more than a mismatch. Shame on whoever made this match.  Full Story

Final Tribute to Rod MaHaffey
August 13, 2005

(AUG 13) WBAN would like to make a final tribute to Rod MaHaffey, who passed away after a long-term illness,  in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Rod Mahaffey, was born October 30, 1933 in Milton, Pennsylvania.  He moved to Penns Grove, New Jersey and graduated in 1951 from Penns Grove High School. More

Mann Announces her retirement from Boxing!
August 13, 2005

(AUG 13) WBAN received a retirement letter yesterday from Bonnie Mann, and she states the following -  To Sue Fox and WBAN: Tomorrow night at the LJVM Coliseum in Winston Salem, North Carolina, I will be announcing my retirement from boxing as well as awarding the belt to the new WBE Middleweight Champion. I get emotional just thinking about it and don’t know how I will get through addressing...More

Belinszky "Baby" Krisztina training hard!
Story and photos by
JollyDee of Hungary
August 13, 2005

(AUG 13) After Krisztina Belinszky returned from her Tunisian vacation,  she is now at her training-camp and training hard.
Krisztina is training and sparring in Budapest, with her former opponent Gabriella Insperger, for her upcoming fight and defense of her WIBF-GBU Minimumweight Title. Full Story

Oh, No, the Sky is falling again!
By Sue TL Fox 
©Photo by Mary Ann Owen

(AUG 13) Oh, no folks…the sky must be falling…..again. A four-round bout, that failed to take place, with a female boxer, who would have fought the same opponent for the fifth time---and an open letter is made public to address that particular female boxer because she did not show up to that event…ah…according to their side of the story. Yes, Mia “The Knockout” St. John, was supposed to fight Janae Romero-Archuleta for the fifth time, in a four-round bout, on an ESPN2 “Tuesday Night Fights” card at Camp Pendleton, in Pendleton, California.  Full Story

Heather Donoho Takes Camp Pendleton by Storm
By David A. Avila
August 12, 2005

Heather Donoho Takes Camp Pendleton by Storm..By David A. Avila (AUG 12) In just her second professional bout, Heather Donoho adjusted just in time to pull out a majority decision victory over Marisol Miranda before more than 7,000 boisterous U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday. Full Story  

“Divas In the Desert" - Martin vs. Holm Press Conference
August 11, 2005
©Photo by Chris Cozzone

(AUG 11) The September 16th Holly Holm vs. Christy Martin showdown was officially launched today at Isleta Casino south of Albuquerque. The card will be billed as "Divas in the Desert." Full Story by Chris Cozzone

Lady Tyson on the dance floor
August 11, 2005

(AUG 11) Second edition of "Dancing with the Stars" kicks of in September. This time, among celebrities invited by TVN television, you will see Agnieszka Rylik, boxing world champion. Famous "Lady Tyson" has already started preparations with her dancing partner. Her fans will soon have a chance to admire her skills in...Full Story

“Salute To America’s Heroes” Boxing Card
©Photographs by Mary Ann Owen of BILV

(AUG 9) Tonight in Camp Pendleton, California, on the undercard, in a super flyweight bout, Heather Donoho, 113, of San Diego, will be fighting Mirasol Miranda, 110.5, of Hollywood, Florida.  Retired IFBA Featherweight World champion Bonnie Canino has come to the event with her fighter Miranda. Full Story

Gorges Wins Ringside World Championship Belt
by Margaret Sidoroff
August 8, 2005

(AUG 8) On August 2-6, 2005, the Border City Boxing Club had eight boxers compete at this year's Ringside World Championships in Kansas City this past week.  Andre Gorges (152 lb.) Senior Men's Open-Class) fought three times, first defeating the 2005 Canadian Silver Medalist, Janks Trotter of Alberta in the preliminaries, and going on to win a unanimous decision over Enver Halili of Weatherford, Texas in the final. Halili had defeated Border City's Lukas Welniak earlier in the competition.  Full Story

Sanders - Olson
August 8, 2005
Photo Gallery #276

(AUG 8) WBAN has just added a new photo gallery (#276), of the Mary Jo Sanders - Eliza Olson bout that took place on July 30th, in Detroit, Michigan.  WBAN's Senior Editor, Brian Ackley covered the fight ringside and also took photos of the two. To check out the latest gallery, go here!

Bianchini Wins in Rematch over Brown
August 8, 2005

(AUG 8) Last night at the Pala Flaminio, in Rimini, Italy, and promoted by Boxe Loreni, in a rematch,  Stefania Bianchini, 110 ¼, won the vacant WBC Flyweight title over Britain’s Cathy Brown, 110 ¼,  in a 10 round bout.   Final judges scores were 94-96, 95-96, and 94-96.

Gaines to fight on
Whippany card
August 6, 2005

(AUG 6) Harrison, NJ — Top rated bantamweight contender Steve "The Canadian" Kid" Molitor will move up to the jr. featherweight division when he takes on the tough, durable and awkward Debind "The Nepal Tiger" Thapa on the 10-round main event of the upcoming August 19 show at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ.  Full Story

Reid and Lovato Train in Vegas
August 5, 2005
 ©Copyright photos and Mpegs:
By Mary Ann Owen

(AUG 5) Yesterday, at the UNLV Boxing Gym, on the UNLV Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada, photographer Mary Ann Owen paid a visit to see Elena "Baby Doll" Reid of Las Vegas, and Monica Lovato, of Albuquerque, New Mexico spar and work out with each other.  Check out the Mpegs and photos taken at the gym!  Check out the Mpegs/photos taken at the gym by Owen-(Gallery #275) 

Hot Match: Christy Martin
vs. Holly Holm

August 4, 2005
©Photo by Mary Ann Owen

(AUG 4) Christy Martin will be fighting IBA Super Lightweight Champion Holly Holm on Sept. 16 at the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After Lucia Rijker pulled out with an "injury" of the Million Dollar Lady bout, Christy wanted to get back in the ring as soon as possible. Full Story

Linden to fight on Florida card
Source: Press Release

August 4, 2005

(AUG 4) On August 27, 2005, at the Palm Beach Convention Center, Jeff Gibson's Elite Promotions in association with Hatian Sensation Promotion, Palm Beach Lincoln Mercury and youwager.com presents: "YOU WANNA BET" Professional Boxing Series at the Palm Beach Convention Center. Featured Fighters: Daniel "The Hatian Sensation" Edouard..More

Rouse fights Ortega in Missouri
August 3, 2005

(AUG 3) Last night at the Union Station, in Kansas City, Missouri, on the undercard, Brenda Rouse, 107.5, 13-4-1, of Bartleville, Oklahoma, fought a six-round exhibition against Mary Ortega, 110 lbs., of Kansas City.  Rouse enters the ring after not fighting since May of 2000.   The card was promoted by Titan Entertainment.

Childers coming out of retirement!
August 2, 2005

(AUG 2) WBAN has been notified that Jennifer Childers, 7-0-0 (4KO), a 6'2" boxer, will be fighting again.  Earlier this year she started her own promotion company ala Oscar De La Hoya and Roy Jones Jr. She is now wanting to return to the ring. More to follow on this story soon!

"Island Girl" needs to swim deeper!
August 1, 2005
By Flattop with
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(AUG 1) Sumya "The Island Girl" Anani will not be a "guest analyst" on this week's ESPN2 Tuesday Night Fights. Press Release According to ESPN, Anani "Lives in KC so we'll put her on between rounds at some point."  Teddy and "what-is-his-face" will be ringside calling the action. Anani will join the ESPN ringside analyst crew for a few rounds but not even for an entire fight (unless the fight ends suddenly). Full Story

Over Reaction by some of the Media…as usual
by Sue TL Fox
August 1, 2005

(AUG 1) You would think that someone just announced that the sky is falling, when you go to various online news sources who have written emotionally-charged articles about the Lucia Rijker vs. Christy Martin bout that was cancelled due to Rijker getting an “injury”, and the fact that ticket sales were slow.
Full Story

Looking for a fight?
August 1, 2005

(AUG 1) Promoters are looking for an opponent for Bantamweight Alesia Graf, 10-1-0 (4KO), for a bout on September 10th, in Germany.  The bout will be eight rounds.  If you are interested you can email Marcel at info@boxingmatchmaker.com.

Photos: Turton - King
Photos by Mike Blair
August 1, 2005

(AUG 1) WBAN has just added a new digital photo gallery (#274) of the Tricia Turton vs. Chris King bout, that took place on July 22, at the  Northern Lights Casino, in Anacortes, Washington.  To check out the latest gallery, go here!

     

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