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2017:  News From Gleason's Gym, Amateur Boxing, A Master's Clinic and Adult Group Classes
December 29, 2016

 Our Next Amateur Boxing Show is Saturday January 21, 2017:  If You Want To Box in our Next Amateur Boxing Show on Saturday January 21st, contact New York's number one matchmaker, Jieun Lee.   The show is open to any currently licensed amateur boxer. We are looking...Full Story

AIBA Confirm 3 x 3 minute rounds re-introduced for women in 2017
by Michael O'Neill
December 29, 2016

(DEC 29) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has published details of its revised rules following the recent Executive Conference in Switzerland and among the changes now confirmed, women’s bouts will consist of 3 x 3 minute rounds as with their male counterparts. New rule now reads:...Full Story

Bernard O'Neill, Ireland's' leading boxing writer' speaks to WBAN
by Michael O'Neill
December 23, 2016

(DEC 23)  As a freelance sports journalist, one often takes for granted the various Press Releases received from Sporting organisations throughout the world, and indeed we often analyse them to see if they are just promoting a particular product or personality, be they amateur or professional.   Full Story

AIBA celebrates 70-year anniversary with Gala Dinner in the company of Boxing Legends
December 21, 2016

(DEC 21)   AIBA celebrated its 70th anniversary on Tuesday evening with a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in the Swiss city of Montreux sponsored by TaiShan. This year’s awards saw the launch of the AIBA Legends programme, honouring the personalities and talents that have blessed the sport over AIBA’s seven decades as world boxing’s governing body. Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko, India’s MC Mary Kom, Cuba’s Felix Savon and France’s Brahim Asloum were recognised for their achievements, and the great Muhammed Ali’s life and legacy were affectionately remembered with the first AIBA Greats award.  Full Story

New allegations against AIBA and the AIBA's Response
by Michael O'Neill
December 18, 2016

(DEC 18) AIBA’s former Chief Executive Ho Kim from Korea who was ‘sacked’ by the AIBA in 2015 has today sent a detailed response in which he, in turn, insists that all actions taken by him were on the instruction of AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. The Korean not only justifies his own actions but makes further ones against the AIBA President from..Full Story

Mexico:  Tonight there are Two Female Bouts Featured on Card
Photo Credits:  Pepe Rodriguez
December 17, 2016

Tonight at the Gran Oasis Arena, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, there are two female bouts featured on the card.  In one bout,  former WBC flyweight world champion, Mariana "La Barby" Juárez, will face Irma "Torbellino" Garcia in a ten-rounder for the WBC  International Bantamweight Title.  In a second bout, Maricela Cornejo will be fighting Martha Lara in a six-rounder.  Photographs

Irish boxing reveals new Strategic Plan 2017- 2020 'Boxing Clever'
by Michael O'Neill
December 17, 2016

(DEC 17) Following the disappointments of Rio and the subsequent switch to the Pros of Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Katie Taylor, so far and others likely to follow, Ireland's National Federation has been reviewing its plans for the next four years ending with the Tokyo..Full Story

Golden Boy Promotions Signs Olympic Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza - Second female boxer to sign with them!
Source:  Golden Boy Promotions
December 16, 2016

(DEC 16)  LOS ANGELES- 2012 Olympic Flyweight Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza of Houston, Texas has signed a multiyear deal with top boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions, company CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya..Full Story

Meet Gillian Binns:  One of the Past Boxers One of many who Paved the Road For women boxers today....
by Sue TL Fox
December 15, 2016

(DEC 15)  When WBAN first came into existence on the net in May of 1998, I said, " each and every female boxer who played a part in the sport, whether they had one fight or 50 fights, is the very reason why the sport is where it is today." Earlier this month, I had the pleasure.  Full Story

Japan:  Seven Female Bouts on Card with three bouts fighting for Titles!
Results/Photos by Samart
December 15, 2016

(DEC 15)  WBAN has received fight results from a December 13th Card that took place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, where there were seven female bouts on the card, with three of them being fought for titles.  Results:  WBO Female Atomweight title 102lb -Nao Ikeyama, 101, of Kyoto, Japan, won a [0:36 seconds) six-round TKO over Ayaka MIyao, 101¼, of Chikuma, Nagano, Japan. This was the fifth title defense for Ikeyama.   Full Story

No trash talk from Katie Taylor - "I won't change who I am"
by Michael O'Neill
December 13, 2016

(DEC 13)  Ireland’s Olympic champion from London 2012 Katie Taylor took another small step in her quest for a World Professional title in 2017, by defeating gallant Brazilian Viviane Obenauf on Saturday at Manchester Arena.  She gained a unanimous (60:53) points decision over the Swiss-based woman from Rio who suffered a bad cut over the eye in the process. The bout had been scheduled for 8.30pm but it was 10.30pm before they entered the ring as promoter Hearn wanted to ensure that Taylor’s bout like that of World IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would also be on Showtime’s PPV in United States. Full Story

Braekhus to Face Svensson defending her Multi-World Titles
December 13, 2016

(DEC 13) ”The First Lady” Cecilia Brækhus is returning to the ring on January  28th 2017 to a Scandinavian mega-fight against ”The Swedish Princess”,  Klara Svensson. The two rivals are ranked as number 1 and 2 in the welterweight division.  The five-time world champion Cecilia Brækhus (WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO) is putting all her five titles on stake as she takes on the strong and..Full Story

Cindy Serrano Wins by Majority Decision for WBO World Title
December 11, 2016
Photos: Facebook/Team Serrano

(DEC 11) Last night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia, in Cataño, Puerto Rico, Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano fought and won the vacant WBO featherweight World Title, when she defeated Calixsta Silgado by a ten-round majority decision.  Final judges scores were 95-95, 96-94 and 99-91 for Serrano.  Before the fight last night, Team Serrano had told WBAN, "Our..Full Story

Twenty Three Boxers Head Home with National Titles as the 2016 USA Boxing National Championships End on Saturday Evening
by Julie Goldsticker
December 11, 2016

(DEC 11) The 2016 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open came to a close on Saturday night with 23 champions crowned after an exciting week of competition. What began as 677 boxers looking for a shot at national titles ended with a rambunctious crowd of spectators cheering on the final two rings’ bouts at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The final four youth divisions took center stage to begin the evening session before the elite men and women stepped into the ring for their final bouts.   Full Story

Isabel Millan Retains WBF World Title By Disqualification
Source/WBF PR
December 11, 2016

(DEC 11)  Expectations were high at the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico on Friday night, December 9, as defending World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Flyweight Champion Isabel “La Estrella” Millan took on challenger, and compatriot..Full Story

Amanda Serrano Defends WBO Junior Featherweight World title--and WBAN makes a Mark in New York
by Bernie McCoy/Sue Fox
December 9, 2016

(DEC 9) The year 2017 for Women's boxing kicks off on January 14, in what appears to be shaping up as one of the more exciting years for the sport in quite some time, with a WBO Junior Featherweight title bout that has Amanda Serrano, 30-1-1 defending her WBO Crown against the talented veteran Mexican boxer Yazmin Rivas 35-9-1.  Full Story

Mexico:  Mariana "La Barby" Juarez to fight Irma "Torbellino" Garcia
Story and Photos
by Pepe Rodriguez
December 9, 2016

(DEC 9) The beautiful former WBC flyweight world champion, Mariana "La Barby" Juárez, can not lose the fight on Saturday, December 17th, when she faces WBC International bantamweight champion, Irma "Torbellino" Garcia, in a ..Full Story

AIBA agree on women Pros for Olympics and changes in scoring and judging systems
by Michael O'Neill
December 7, 2016

(DEC 7)  News just in from the AIBA (International Boxing Association) that several important changes have been made for 2017 and beyond. These changes are designed to improve and clarify aspects of in-competition procedures and scoring and have just been ratified by the AIBA Executive Committee....Full Story

Brenda Flores Wins Jr. Flyweight Baja State Championship
December 6, 2016

(DEC 6)  On Friday, December 2nd, Brenda "La Bonita" Flores won the Junior Flyweight Baja State Championship. She defeated Luz Rodriguez in a hard-fought eight round bout, that was featured in the main event at the Grand Hotel, in Tijuana, Mexico. It was reported to WBAN that the fight was a slugfest where both exchanged a barrage...Full Story

Zauri Antia appointed Irish Head Coach on 5 years contract
by Michael O'Neill
December 2, 2016

(DEC 2)  Great news for Irish boxing fans Friday with confirmation that interim Head Coach Zauri Antia has been appointed to the role on a full time basis until 2021 despite considerable offers from the National Boxing Associations of Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and Canada and MGM Gym in Marbella. He will thus be in place for the Tokyo Olympics of 2020.  Full Story

Maïva Hamadouche of France Named WBAN's December 2016 Fighter of the Month!
December 2, 2016

(DEC 2) WBAN is proud to announce our December 2016 Fighter of the month. Maiva "El Veneno" Hamadouche, 14-1-0 (11KO), of Clichy la Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine, France, was our top pick this month. She had an impressive win recently when she defeated another great fighter Jennifer Salinas winning the IBF Super Featherweight title.

Russian and Bulgaria dominate Europeans in Sofia
by Michael O'Neill
December 1, 2016

(DEC 1) The 2016 European Women’s Elite Championships took place earlier this month at the Sport Hall in Sofia and though there were some interesting newcomers who showed future promise, there were also some strange (by any standards) decisions by the Judges whilst above all the standard of boxing was not as good as expected though that could arguably have been foreseen due to the absence of such as World and Olympic champions like Estelle Mossely...Full Story

WBF Champ Nicole Wesner Ready For Undefeated Challenger
December 1, 2016

(DEC 1)  Undefeated World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Lightweight Champion Nicole Wesner, 11-0 (5), from Germany could be facing her biggest challenge on Sunday December 4, when she makes her second title-defense in Hamburg.  Full Story

Women's WBC super featherweight clash heats up – Eva Wahlström: "Sanchez is just a little girl"
December 1, 2016

(DEC 1) "We have studied her and we're working on a plan," says Sanchez. "I'd like to quote Mike Tyson on this one: Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face," responds Wahlström...Full Story






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