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DECEMBER 2013

2014 AIBA Women's Worlds no longer set for Canada
By Michael O’Neill
December 31, 2013

(DEC 31)  An announcement is expected early in the New Year from AIBA HQ regarding a new venue for the 2014 AIBA Women's World Elite Championships following the recent news confirmed by Boxing Canada’s President, Pat Fiacco that the event will not now take place in Canada as originally scheduled.  Full Story

New in 2014:  WBAN Virtual Hall of Fame
December 30, 2013

(DEC 30)In 2014, I am excited to announce that WBAN will feature a Virtual Hall of Fame to honor the professional female boxers (retired), and men and women who work outside the ring that have significantly attributed to the promotion and development of the sport, and by their participation in the sport and/or contributors.  Full Story

It's a Wrap for 2013:  What is on the Horizon for WBAN in 2014!
by Sue TL Fox
December 30, 2013

(DEC 30) In 2013, it has been an amazing year for WBAN.  I went on the road quite a bit to covered amateur and pro boxing shows, and got an opportunity to meet many of you, that previously,  I had only spoken to by either phone, text message, Facebook, and emails.   I met up with more boxing folks in the year 2013, than I have any other year..Full Story

Boxing Action in New York January 18, 2014
December 27, 2012

(DEC 27) In 2014, we are opening up with a boxing card that will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Five Star Banquet, in Long Island City, Queens, New York, and promoted by Uprising promotions, there will be four female bouts on the card.  In the main event, Keisher "Fire" McLeod-Wells, 6-2-0 (1KO) will be fighting in a 10-round bout for the vacant WIBA Flyweight belt against Monica Flores, 3-1-0....Full Story

Tonight: Battle of the Heavyweight:  Shondell Parks vs. Shelly Gibson!
December 26, 2013

 Tonight at the Mackenzie Sports Club, in the Mining Town of Linden, Guyana there will be a boxing event featuring four professional bouts and a number of amateur fights. This has been reported as a "First ever" ....Full Story

Craziest World “Ratings” for Female Boxing in 2013!
by Sue TL Fox
December 26, 2013

(DEC 26)  Hmmmm...SOMEONE must have been good for Santa Claus this year! In the year 2013, we had some of the craziest and silliest published ratings on the net that we have seen in a long time! Yes folks, Christmas was MOST certainly good to some of these boxers when it came to being rated in the world without even having to WIN a bout!Full Story

In 2014: Move up the minute per round for females: This fight is one of many examples why women boxers could benefit by three-minute rounds
by Sue TL Fox
December 24, 2013

(DEC 24) WBAN has just published the six-round non-title bout between Crystal Morales vs. Celine Roman. The fight just took place on Saturday in Los Angeles, California. ..Full Story

2013 – A Year of Missed Opportunity for AIBA Olympic Style Boxing?
December 23, 2013

(DEC 23) After the huge success story that was ‘ London 2012’, one has to say that 2013 has been a ‘disappointing year’ for AIBA Olympic-style women’s boxing worldwide with only one major Senior Elite Championships taking place. The American Confederation (AMBC) event took place in Venezuela where the three Olympic weights brought success for the United States trio of Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Franchon Crews. ...Full Story

Nordic Fight Night postponed with New date of February 1st due to Braekhus picks up eye injury during training
December 23, 2013

(DEC 23)  The Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn has been postponed by two weeks due to an eye injury sustained by mult-world champion (WBC/WBA/WBO) Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs). Braekhus will now face Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) at the Arena Nord on February 1.  “When it comes down to a fighter´s health, we cannot take any risks,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “The doctors have ordered Cecilia to sit out practice for ten days, which made it impossible for her to be in top shape on January 18. At the highest level, losing two weeks in the middle of your preparation is a nightmare. ...Full Story

Sulem Urbina Persevers To Win in Mexico
Source/PR
December 21, 2013

(DEC 21) PHOENIX, ARIZONA, U.S.A. – Amateur boxer Sulem Urbina, a Mexican born, U.S. resident, returned to the Knockout Boxing Club in Phoenix, Arizona, after winning four straight fights in seven days. She won the gold medal in the flyweight division at the Mexican Amateur National Championships, held November 30-December 7, 2013, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Urbina proudly represented Sonora, Mexico.....Full Story

Sue TL Fox:  Video Bloopers conducting an  Interview!
December 17, 2013

(DEC 17) WBAN loves to see the humorous side of things with the sport and we at time publish segments of funny videos, Bust A Fighter photos...and more on female boxers---But with that said, some video footage was found in one interview with Sue TL Fox conducting an video Interview with Bill Paul.  [ We will be publishing the REAL Interview minus the Bloopers but thought we would share these humorous moments that happened in the process of interview Paul.]..Blooper Video

Zulina Muñoz will seek revenge against Alesia Graf in 2014
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by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
December 17, 2013

(DEC 17) Mexican Zulina "Loba" Muñoz, the current WBC super-flyweight world champion, said yesterday that after having had an excellent year in 2013, she will continue her work in the gym, as hard as when she started in the sport of boxing, and promises to achieve her purpose of improving in every performance....Full Story

WBAN has Met up with One of the Top Female Boxers from the 1970s!
by Sue TL Fox
December 16, 2013

(DEC 16) WBAN has just published an updated biography with photos and more documentation of BABY BEAR JAMES who fought from 1976-1978.  She talks about her world title fight that she fought, becoming a boxing referee, and much, much more!  WBAN's Sue TL Fox even fought the same opponent that James fought in the 1970's! Biography

Persoon Stops Morelli by TKO
Source/WBF
December 14, 2013
Photo: Facebook

(DEC 14)  Last night at the Zaal Forum, Aalst, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon, now 28-1-0 (13KO), won a 10th round TKO over Lucia Morelli, now 18-3-0,  to win the WIBF, WIBA and WBF Lightweight titles. According to Boxrec, Morelli went down in the sixth and the ninth round, with Persoon being deducted a point for hitting Morelli on the way down in 9th. Full Story

Boxing Champions Christina Kwan and Kaliesha West Raise the Stakes In and Out of Ring
Source/PR-NPR
December 14, 2013

(DEC 14) INDIANAPOLIS, IN  - When it’s your turn to act at the poker table – it’s the moment for clarity, for wisdom, for experience and for logic to surface. It’s mind over matter. For every move there’s a counter. And for every action there’s a reaction. Poker takes us on a journey that makes us run scenarios over and over in our own minds – hoping that every decision, every move was the right one. Will we ever know if we got our opponent to fold the best hand? Maybe. Maybe not. But one thing’s for sure, they may never know what we held either...Full Story

WBAN has just Updated our Newest Listing of "Exclusive Matchup!  All Weight Classes for boxers looking for fights and more!!!
by Sue TL Fox
December 13, 2013

(DEC 13) WBAN has been busy this week updating our NEWEST Listing of Professional female boxers who are looking for fights, and/or can be contacted for news articles, television, stories and more!    Full Story

"Fight Like A Girl" at the Shadowbox Film Festival
by Bernie McCoy
December 13, 2013

(DEC 13) Athletes are, by definition, unique, a quality that applies to both their physical and psychic makeup. The sport of boxing takes "unique" to a further subset of physicality and a psychological strength, given that the primary purpose of that sport is to render physical harm to your opponent. And when gender is added to the equation, "unique" falls far short of an adequate label describing those female athletes who choose to pursue this most unforgiving of sports.  Full Story

Lucia Morelli to fight Delfine Persoon in Rematch
Source/PR/WBF
December 11, 2013

(DEC 11) On December 13, 2013, at the Zaal Forum, Aalst, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium,  WBF World Lightweight Champion Lucia Morelli (18-3, 8 KOs) of Italy is set for her first title defense against taking on perhaps the toughest challenger possible in Belgian Delfine Persoon (27-1, 12 KOs).  Full Story

Latest Update on Molly McConnell Who Recently Travelled to Asia!
December 10, 2013
Photos/courtesy

(DEC 10)  WBAN had an opportunity to talk with Molly McConnell who recently went to Asia, travelling to Hong Kong and Macau, China, along with three other members of the McConnell's Boxing Academy.  At this particular time of travel they attended the Manny Pacquaio - Brandon Rios fight, among other interesting points of interest that she visited in Asia.  WBAN asked McConnell about her recent trip...Full Story

Congratulations to Winner of Our Latest Free Give-a-Way Contest!
December 10, 2013

(DEC 10) Our latest winner of our WBAN's Free Give-a-way contest is  Enrique Vasquez of New Mexico. The glove that he won was autographed by WORLD CHAMPIONS Ann J Wolfe, Ada Velez, Kelsey Kelc Jeffries, Jane Couch Mbe, Bonnie Canino, Melissa Del-Valle, Patricia Acosta, Marsha Valley, Yolanda Gonzalez.

Voraberger Wins by a First Round Stoppage
December 9, 2013

(DEC 9) On Saturday night at the Speedfit Sporthalle in Vienna, Austria, in a WBF title fight, Eva Voraberger won the vacant Intercontinental Womens Flyweight championship, stopping Serbian Fleijs Djendji in the first round with a well-placed hook to the liver. Time of stoppage recorded as 1:13. Former World title-challenger Voraberger, now 17-3 (9), Djendji drops to 16-21-1 (10).

Video:  Susi Kentikian vs. Simona Galassi
December 8, 2013

 (DEC 8) WBAN just posted a couple of the last rounds of the Susi Kentikian vs. Simona Galassi world title fight that took place at the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Susi Kentikian, of Germany, won by a ten-round unanimous decision over Simona Galassi, of Forli, Emilia Romagna, Italy.  Excerpt of Video of Fight

Today Kuhne and Hammer Both Retain their WBF Titles
Source/WBF
December 6, 2013
Photos/Facebook

(DEC 6) Today (Time Zone in Germany), at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany and live on free web stream worldwide, and televised by SAT 1 in Germany, World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens' World Champions Ramona Kuehne and Christina Hammer successfully defended their Titles.    Full Story

Video Interview of IFBA World Champion Crystal Morales
December 6, 2013

(DEC 6) WBAN has just posted a video interview that was conducted by presscourier.org.  Morales talks aboutthe sport, her plans in the sport, general thoughts on the sport.  WBAN had the pleasure of covering the Morales vs. Luna fight when she won the IFBA world title this year.  Video interview, go here.

Lissette Medel Wins IFBA Super Featherweight Title!
Photos/IFBA
December 6, 2013

(DEC 6)  Last night at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, Lissette Medel, 129, 9-1-1, of Maywood, California, fought in her first world title bout, when she faced hard challenger Melisenda Perez, 133, 8-5-1, of Kansas City, Missouri, for the vacant super featherweight IFBA world title.   Full Story

Tonight: Free Live Stream Of WBF World Title Fights This Friday
Source/PR-WBF
December 6, 2013

Tonight when Christina Hammer and Ramona Keuhne defend their World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World titles at the Brandeburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany, the show will be available via Live Stream for free from 7:00 PM CET: ....Full Story

Georgia USA Boxing State Championships held at Buckhead Fight Club
December 3, 2013
Source/Twitter

(DEC 3) Buckhead Fight Club and Granite City Boxing are very excited to announce that we will be hosting the Georgia USA Boxing State Championships right at Buckhead Fight Club. The tournament dates are as follows: December 14 and 15, 2013. The championship tournament will be at 3293 Buford Hwy NE #500, Brookhaven, GA 30329...Full Story

Women's Olympic Boxing Star Marlen Esparza Releases First Fitness DVD -
Power Boxing Workout

by Julie Goldsticker
December 3, 2013
Photos: Acacia

(DEC 3)  (SILVER SPRING, MD.) - 2012 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist and reigning seven-time USA Boxing National Champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) will debut her first fitness DVD, Power Boxing Workout, on December 17, 2013 from Acacia, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand. Known across the globe for her dedication to the sweet science and historic run to the medal stand in London, the inspirational athlete is bringing her own patented workout to the masses...Full Story

Amanda Cooper: New Boxer on the scene Looking for Fights!
by Sue TL Fox
December 3, 2013

(DEC 3) Amanda “Bobby” Cooper, is a new pro on the scene who has fought twice this year. Amanda told WBAN, " I am currently 1-1 in professional boxing but am having a really hard time finding fights. Can someone point me in the right direction of finding a promotion. I live in Michigan and weigh 135."..Full Story

Two WBF Titles on the Line for Hammer and Kuehne when they defend their WBF Titles
Source/PR-WBF
December 3, 2012

(DEC 3) WBAN received a press release in regards to WBF world champions Christina Hammer (15-0, 7 KOs) and Ramona Kuehne (20-1, 6 KOs) defending their titles this Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany.  The card is promoted by SES Boxing, and the show will be televised live in..Full Story

USA Boxing’s Elite Athletes to Return to Spokane for the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships, January 20-25
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
December 2, 2013

(DEC 2) (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – For the third time in three years, top boxers from across the United States will showcase their skills in Spokane, Wash. In partnership with the Spokane Regional Sports Commission, Northern Quest Resort & Casino will once again play host to major Olympic-style boxing action as the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships are contested January 20-25. The 2014 edition of the event will feature male and female boxers in the elite division (19-40-years-old) battling for a highly coveted national championship. ... Full Story

Jolene Blackshear to fight Maggie Suarez at the Chumash!
December 2, 2013

(DEC 2) It has just been announced via press release, that on December 6, 2013, on a Gary Shaw Productions in another addition of the boxing series titled "Central Coast Championship Night" at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.  Jolene Blackshear will be fighting Maggie Suarez in a six-rounder. Full Story

Fight Results from Japan - Four Female Bouts on Card!
Photos/Results by Samart
December 1, 2013

(DEC 1) On November 28, 2013 at Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, Japan,
there were four women's bouts on the card.  WBA 102lb champion Ayaka Miyao won a unanimous decision over Gretchen Abaniel from Philippines. Mexico's Nancy Franco won over Kayoko Ebata by unanimous decision. Franco became new IBF 105lb champion....Full Story

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