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DECEMBER 2008

Looking for Promoter
December 31, 2008

(DEC 31) Team Hallback is on the lookout for a promoter to feature Chevelle Hallback vs. Terri Blair in a rematch.  There first fight was voted "Fight of the Year" on WBAN in 2007,  if interested, mgr. Steve Cross.

Update on Darwish Brothers Boxing Show
December 31, 2008

(DEC 31) East Rutherford, NJ- The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions card is quickly taking shape, enhanced by the additions of featherweight Carlos Zambrano of Paterson, light-welterweight Rashad Bogar of Newark and heavyweight Tyyab Beale of Jersey City.  Full Story

Okoye Wins her pro debut in Canada
December 30, 2008
Photo: Vancouver Sun

(DEC 30) On Friday night at the Red Robinson Show Theatre, in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, on the card, "Rumble in the Red", on the undercard, featherweight Rochelle Okoye, making her pro debut, of New Westminster, B.C, won a four-round unanimous decision over Priscilla Trompowsky, Toronto, Canada. Final judges scores, 39-37, 39-37, 39-35.  Full Story

Acuna named WBAN’s January 2009 Fighter of the Month!
December 28, 2008

(DEC 28) WBAN would like to say congratulations to Marcel Acuna, our WBAN’s January 2009 Fighter of the Month. Acuna had an impressive win this month when she defeated Alejandra Oliveras.

Dunaway to fight Park for IFBA title
Source: Press Release
December 27, 2008

 

(DEC 27) Hollie "HotStuff" Dunaway, four-times World Champion heads to South Korea to challenge Ji Hyun Park for her IFBA Strawweight World Title on March 1, 2009. Voted as one of the top 10 rising stars by a WBAN poll, Dunaway will bring a depth of experience and world wide fan base to support..Full Story

Two Women's Bouts in Switzerland
December 25, 2008

(DEC 25) Tomorrow night, on December 26, 2008, in Kursaal, Berne, Switzerland,  Aniya Seki will be fighting Kristina Rozhkova in a flyweight four rounder. In another match, Nicole Boss will face Maria Dimitrova, 4 rounds, lightweight.

It’s a Rap for 2008
By Sue TL Fox
December 24, 2008
Photo: Fox/Hallback

(DEC 24) This has been a bittersweet year for WBAN, and for me personally.  To begin with, I would like to thank the USA Boxing Women’s Task Force for giving recognition to the efforts of WBAN this month, in regards to the amateur female athletes.  It was a pleasant surprise to receive this accolade..Full Story

Special Christmas Wish to WBAN Readers!
December 24, 2008

(DEC 24) WBAN posted a special Christmas photo gallery of Krisztina Belinszky of Hungary!  Team Belinszky wanted to wish the WBAN readers a Merry Christmas! Photo Gallery

Late Result from Trinidad and Tobago
December 24, 2008

(DEC 24) WBAN has just received a late result, that occurred on December 13, 2008, at the Cosmic Gym, in Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago. Iva Weston, 178, won a six-round unanimous decision over Margaret “Chico” Walcott..Full Story

Team Olszewski Statement on the Olszewski-Raoui WIBA Title Bout
December 24, 2008

(DEC 24) Team Olszewski would like to comment on remarks made about the December 20th fight that took place in Zurich, Switzerland. Some members of the Boxing press have called the decision controversial.   Full Story

Response to Jackie Kallen's Open Letter
By Ryan Wissow/WIBA
December 22, 2008

(DEC 22) Ms. Kallen, With all due respect, you were not at the fight, you didn't see the fight (and as far as I know you haven't seen a video of the fight) so you don't know what the crowds, TV announcers or fighters reaction were. So you are in no position to say what did ...Full Story

Open Letter: To all boxing fans, supporters, writers and officials
By Jackie Kallen
December 22, 2008
Photo: Marty Gervais

(DEC 22) Last Wednesday in Bosnia, Jeannine Garside fought Irma Balijagic - Adler. After training very hard and traveling many, many hours--Jeannine fought a solid fight and clearly won. She did not get the decision.  Full Story

Zarika wins outrageous title decision
by Edward Sande
December 21, 2008

(DEC 21) The busy Kenyan season culminated with yet another outrageous title decision at the packed Charter Hall on Sunday with close to 2,000 fans trudging home crestfallen. In what appeared a one-sided affair, Kenyan Fatuma Zarika was shockingly announced as the winner by a...Full Story

Latest Update on Vaia Zaganas!
December 21, 2008

(DEC 21) WBAN has been in contact this week with Vaia Zaganas, and received a latest update on what she has been doing since not boxing professionally since 2004.  [Zaganas is a former strawweight IFBA World Champion, who also had an extremely successful amateur boxing career]  Full Story

Did Baligjagic-Adler receive an early Christmas Present?
by Sue TL Fox
December 19, 2008

(DEC 19) On Wednesday night at the Olympic Arena,  Sarajevo, Bosnia,  Irma Balijagic-Adler, 125½, of Bosnia, won by a controversial 10-round split decision over Jeannine Garside, 125¾, of Canada. The two were fighting for the WIBA World Featherweight title.  Full Story

Weigh-in: Olzsewski vs. Nadia Raoul
December 19, 2008

(DEC 19) At today's weigh-in held in Zurich,  Switzerland, the women boxers made weight.  Eileen  Olzsewski, weighed in at  110 ¾ lbs., and her opponent, Nadia Raoul, came in at 111 ¼ lbs. The two will be fighting for the WIBA..Full Story

Belinda Laracuente
'I will win my 50th pro fight'

By Edward Sande
December 19, 2008

(DEC 19) FATUMA Zarika says she is unperturbed by American Belinda Laracuente’s vast experience and record when they square off for the WIBF Women's International Boxing Federation Featherweight title at Charter hall today. “I have what it takes to also show her what stuff I am made of. Otherwise I foresee a very volatile and entertaining fight,” Zarika said of her intended act when the two easily made weight..Full Story

Holm to fight Lamare for WIBA title!
December 19, 2008

(DEC 19) In what should be a highly entertaining bout, multi-world champion Holly Holm will be facing Miriam Lamare, 16-2 (9KO) of Marseille, Bouche-du Rhone, France, in the mainliner, for the WIBA Welterweight title. The bout will take place at the Isleta Casino...Full Story

Kariya to fight on New Jersey Card
December 18, 2008

(DEC 18) On January 22, 2009, at the Sheraton Hotel, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and promoted by Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions, Noriko Kariya will be fighting on the undercard.  No other info at this time.

WBAN Has just added Keisher McLeod-Wells!
December 18, 2008

(DEC 18) WBAN has just added Keisher to our Boxer Profiles Segment.  Keisher is a highly successful amateur, who is contemplating turning pro soon. To read about Keisher McLeod-Wells, go here!

Taylor and Egan Nominated
By Bernard O'Neill
December 17, 2008

(DEC 17) Katie Taylor and Ken Egan have been short-listed for the RTE Sportsperson of the year Award.  The award ceremony will be shown live on RTE next Sunday night from O'Reilly Hall, UCD, in association with the Irish Sports Council.  Amateur boxing is the only sport to have two nominees.  Full Story

Ana María Torres to defend title
December 16, 2008

(DEC 16) According to Esto, super flyweight Ana Maria Torres, 16-3-2 (10 KOs), of Mexico City, Mexico, will be defending her world title against Japanese Kasumi Izaki,  7-5-3 (2 KOs), on February 28, 2009. Izaki fought one time in 2008. In that fight that took place in August, Izaki won by a...Full Story

Matchmaker's Hotlist 
December 14, 2008

(DEC 14) WBAN is updating the Matchmaker's Hotlist this week on the WBAN Records Members site. This is the time to get your word in of what matches you would like to see take place.  We have removed inactive boxers, etc. Email Suggestions

Tonight: Alexander
vs. Siris
December 13, 2008

(DEC 13) Tonight in St. Martin, Guadeloupe, in a six-rounder, Claudette Alexander, 4-2-0 (1KO), of Phillipsburg, St. Martin, will be facing Monica Acosta Siris, 7-14-0 (2KO), of Aracataca, Colombia.

Christmas Comes Early for Team Bestfemboxers!
by Team Bestfemboxers
December 12, 2008

(DEC 12) WBAN received an open letter from Team Bestfemboxers. They said the following:  “During our adventures all over the world fighting and training fighters. We gotten an opportunity to train some of our current world champions and now to add to our list----we have the pride and...Full Story

An Open Letter From Team Saccurato
December 11, 2008

(DEC 11) Hi everyone. We're all still alive and well and hope everyone out there is the same. While Ann Marie will have a mandatory defense of her WBC lightweight belt later next year against Layla McCarter (assuming Layla will comply with the WBC rules, her promoter told us she won't fight two minute rounds) we are looking ..Full Story

Germany Card Brings in New Year with Menzer vs. Schouten
December 11, 2008

(DEC 11) There is an announcement on Universum, that on January 17, 2009, featherweight Ina Menzer, (22-0, 9 KOs), will be defending her WIBF-WBC title belts against Esther Schouten, (22-4-1, 11 KOs). The card will take place at the Burg-Waechter Castello, in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Full Story

McGee to bring in the New Year to fight on Jan. 23, 2009
December 10, 2008

(DEC 10) WBAN has received a press release today, on this event that will take place on January 23, 2009. It marks the return of Mary McGee, who will be featured in the co-main. No opponent has been named as of yet.  Full Story

Tonight: Santos on Card in Brazil
December 10, 2008

(DEC 10) Tonight at the Ginasio de Esportes Douglas Pereira, in Castro, Parana, Brazil, Rosillette Dos Santos will be fighting in an eight round bout.  There are no other details and we have no opponent information.

Koseki and Togashi Win their bouts in Japan
December 10, 2008

(DEC 10) On Monday night, at the Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, Japan, strawweight Momo Koseki, 102, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Hye-Min Kim, 101½. The final scores: 99-92, 98-92, 97-93. The two were fighting for the WBC Atomweight title.   Full Story

Women Boxers: Turning Down Fights
by Sue TL Fox
December 9, 2008
Photo: Generic

(DEC 9) I am almost always amazed on how many fights that are turned down by professional female boxers in the sport. We will see promoters offer very reasonable purses, and yet, a boxer who may not have fought more than once or twice in the year---turns a fight down.  Full Story

Don't Miss The Last Show of 2008: Batey vs. Tangero
December 9, 2008
 

(DEC 9) Santa Ana's best two boxing prospects will be featured on the same show, when the Irvine Marriott's Battle In The Ballroom closes out their 24th season, Thursday, December 11th. 8-0 Luis Ramos, one of the country's top lightweight prospects, takes a step up in competition..Full Story

Belinda Laracuente: "It's What the Number Means"
By Bernie McCoy
December 8, 2008
Photo: Bob Silverman

(DEC 8) It's what is called a "tag" line and it was at the end of an article on the Anne Sophie Mathis/Belinda Laracuente fight last month in France; a ten round WBA light welterweight title bout won by Mathis on judges' scores of ..Full Story

Fiorentino Undergoes Surgery
by Bernie McCoy
December 7, 2008

(DEC 7)  Missy Fiorentino underwent successful surgery on Friday, December 5 to repair a torn cartilage in the meniscus of her right knee, an injury suffered while training for a November bout with Myriam Chomaz.  Full Story

Kentikian defends titles against Toktaulova
by Torben L. of Denmark
December 7, 2008

(DEC 7) The boxing fans in Halle and the viewers at ProSieben were treated to an excellent boxing match from world champion Susi Kentikan and challenger Anastasia Toktaulova. Both boxers are known as technically, well-rounded,  plenty of fighting heart, which was evident on Friday night in Halle.  The two knew each other from sparring, and had made good use of past experience in their game plans.  Full Story

Kentikian to fight Toktaulova December 5th
By Torben L/Denmark
December 3, 2008

(DEC 3) Susianna Kentikian (22-0-0) enters the ring for her 7th title defence at Prosieben Fightnight in Halle/Saale on Friday 5th December. The challenger is 31 year old Anastasia Toktaulova (13-9-0) of Russia. A simple comparison of the two fighters record lists would suggest a fairly easy ..Full Story

Volker Wins WIBF Title; Sahin draws with Amasheh
December 3, 2008
Flash Photo Slideshow by Claudius Schell

(DEC 3) On Saturday, in Karlsruhe, Germany,
Bettina Völker won a 10-round unanimous decision over Romanian Corina Carlescu. Volker won the WIBF super bantamweight European belt.  Final judges scores were 96-94, 97-93, and 97-92.
Also, Ozlem Sahin and Rama Amasheh fought to a draw.  Full Story

Good People Don’t Need Contracts
By Nicole Woods
December 3, 2008

(DEC 3) I was told “Good people don’t need contracts.”  I would like to thank Amaya & Vanrell Productions and the people of the beautiful country of Uruguay for their exceptional hospitality. In the moments leading up to the official press conference my team was briefed on the president’s “ KO to Drugs” program which has the full support of the government which centers around boxing where Chris is it’s star.  Full Story

WBAN's December 2008 Rankings! 
December 1, 2008

(DEC 1) Dee Williams has posted the latest WBAN December 2008 rankings.  This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings, and they are independent ratings. December Rankings

Juárez Successfully Defends Title
December 1, 2008
Photo: Esto

(DEC 1) Last night at the Arena Mexico, Mariana Juárez won by a unanimous decision over Esmeralda Moreno. Juárez was defending her WBC interim flyweight title.  Final judges scores were 100-90, 98-93, and 99-91.

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