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FEBRUARY 2014

At the Scales in Germany!
February 28, 2014

 

(FEB 28) Today in Germany the weigh-in took place for tomorrow night's boxing action at the GETEC Arena, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.  Christina Hammer, weighed in at 158.9, and her opponent, Jessica Balogun, 156.5.  The two will be fighting for the WBF and WBO middleweight title.  In another mainliner,  Robert Stieglitz, 168, Arthur Abraham, 168, for a WBO su middle title. TV: ESPN3

Cool Story of the Week: "Queens of the Ring" Coming soon!
by Sue TL Fox
February 27, 2014
Photos:  XEX

(FEB 27) In what is one of WBAN's "Cool" Stories of the week, we have learned that Amanda and Cindy Serrano from New York was recently featured in a 12-page spread for a high fashion magazine called XEX.
Some great news followed that featured photo shoot.  Amanda Serrano told WBAN,  "I have some great news, as you know or seen in our pictures we shot a 12-page spread for the high end fashion magazine called XEX.....Full Story   

Sulem Urbina Reflects on Winning Gold at the 2014 Independence Cup
Source/PR
February 27, 2014
Photo: Ron Valderrama

(FEB 27)MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – Twenty-three year old amateur boxer, Sulem Urbina, a Mexican born, U.S. resident, returned to her Team Mexico training camp in Mexico City after winning a gold medal in the 112 lb/51 kg division at the Independence Cup Amateur National Championships. The international competition tournament, which included participants from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, United States, Brazil, and Mexico, was held February 10-February 14, 2014, at the amphitheater located on the campus of the Universidad Technologica de Santiago (UTESA) in Santiago, Dominican Republic. ....Full Story

Latest Updates for WBAN in 2014 - Historical Database, IWBHF, Master Search, Free Records site..and More!
by Sue TL Fox
February 24, 2014
photo: Sue Fox

(FEB 24) WBAN has made more strides in 2014, than any other year in the sport.  Going on over 15 years on the net, and having the FIRST-EVER history of Women's Boxing on WBAN, first published in May of 1998, of events that happened that the public had no idea about---we have now made a complete HISTORICAL DATABASE on the history of women's boxing, that is worldwide, ever-changing, and will continue to grow as time goes on to any and everything that has happen in female boxing.  The site..Full Story

Two Female Bouts on Card in Georgia
Source/Bonnie Canino
February 24, 2014

(FEB 24) On March 1, 2014, on the "Atlanta Fight Night" card, at the North Atlanta Trade Center, in Norcross, Georgia, there will be two female bouts on the card.  In one bout, Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez, 18-5-3 (6KO), of Miami Beach, Florida, will jump up a tad bit in weight to fight Nicole Wood, 11-12-3 (3KO), of Stone Mountain, Georgia.  This will be a rematch for these two, when in 2012, Hernandez won a 10-round unanimous decision over Woods...Full Story

Fight Video on WBAN's Video Catalog: Mariana Juarez Won by a Decision
February 24, 2014
*Huge photo Gallery

(FEB 24) WBAN has just posted the video in our Video Catalog of hundreds of fights.  In Puebla,  Mexico, Mariana Juarez won a 10-round unanimous decision over Melissa McMorrow.  Juarez won the WBC International..videos  Huge photo Gallery

WBAN's Hot Prospects of the Year Step up to the plate to fight each other!
by Sue TL Fox
February 21, 2014

(FEB 21) WBAN is happy to report that we have a "hot" top matchup taking place on February 28, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in San Diego, California, when Noemi "La Rebelde" Bosques, 4-0-1 (1KO), of St. Petersburg, Florida, travels clear across the United States to fight Kenia Enriquez, 9-0-0 (5KO), of Tijuana, Mexico, in the co-main event in a six-rounder on this card. Promotion of event Bobby D Presents;   Tickets:  619-420-8866....Full Story

Final Press Conference in Mexico:  Juarez-McMorrow
Photos and story by
Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
February 21, 2014

(FEB 21) Super-flyweight champion Melissa McMorrow (9-3, 1 KOs) of Palo Alto, California, USA and former WBC world champion Mariana Juarez (38-7, 16 KOs) of Mexico City met Thursday afternoon at the Yak Casino of Plaza las Palmas in Puebla, Mexico for their final press conference. ...Full Story

Melissa McMorrow spars with Jamie Mitchell in preparation for Juarez battle
by Blanca Gutierrez
February 19, 2014

(FEB 19) Last Saturday at the B Street Gym in San Mateo, California, world champion "Mighty" Melissa McMorrow had her last sparring session before she left for Puebla,  Mexico, in her anticipation to fight Mariana "Barbie" Juarez on February 22, 2014. Top heavyweight pro boxer Martha Salazar and I met PAL and Beautiful Brawlers champion Jamie Mitchell to work her corner against the tough McMorrow...Full Story

July 7 - 12:  2014 Women's National Golden Gloves in Florida
by Bonnie Canino
February 19, 2014

(FEB 19)  There will be Open and Novice division at this tournament. Get the boxing experience you need or just come watch this 4 days box off and see who is the Women's Golden Gloves Champion. Ages division 15 to master. We will have the Golden Girls Championship, ages 9 to 14 years old at the same venue. ..Full Details

Ava Knight and Brandy Badry Spar Together at the Mayweather Gym
Photos and story
by Mary Ann Owen
February 19, 2014

(FEB 19) Yesterday at the famous Floyd Mayweather gym in Las Vegas, WBC Champ Ava Knight sparred with Brandy Badry, 1,5-0, in a workout session.  Badry is in preparation for an upcoming fight against pro debuter Laura McPhee at the Loins Arena, in Spyfield, Nova Scotia, Canada.  The fight will take place on March 8th.  ...Full Story with Photos

Women's World Championships Set for November 13-25th in Jeju Island, KOREA
by Michael O'Neill
February 18, 2014

(FEB 18) As we predicted earlier this year , the 8th Edition of the AIBA Womens World Championships is set for Korea. The brief announcement from AIBA Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland read: "The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pleased to announce that the 2014 AIBA Women's World Championships will be organised in the city of Jeju, Korea between November 13 and November 25,in conjunction with the AIBA Congress.  Full Story

Muñoz vs. Graf was officially announced -Report and Photos
by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
February 17, 2014

 (FEB 17) This afternoon was the press conference for Saturday March 1th "SANGRE MEXIQUENSE" card at the World Trade Center of Naucalpan, State of Mexico, Mexico. The headliner of this event will feature a rematch between Alesia Graf vs. Zulina "Loba" Muñoz.  The two will be battling WBC super-flyweight..Full Story

Full Fight Video: Benavidez vs. Alejandra Maria Rios
February 17, 2014

(FEB 17) WBAN has just posted the latest fight video. On Saturday at the Club Jacobo Urso, Buenos Aires, Argentina, flyweight Paola Benavidez, making her pro debut after having a successful amateur career,  won a four-rounder by unanimous decision over Alejandra Maria de Lujan Rios. Video

Boxing: Five weights for Women at Inaugural European Games in Baku 2015
by Michael O'Neill
February 17, 2014

(FEB 17) Women boxers in Europe can look forward to FIVE weights at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2015.  Though no confirmation yet from the sport’s Governing body, AIBA, WBAN.com understands that for the first time in a major boxing tournament there will be five and not three weight classifications in Baku. ..Full Story

I'll mow down the gringa: Barbie Juarez
Report and photos by
Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
February 16, 2014

(FEB 16)  Before her travel to the City of Puebla, Mexico, World Boxing Council (WBC) international super-flyweight champion, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, did her last training at the Golden Boy Gym in Mexico City, where she also shared with the WBC International Silver heavyweight champion Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr, who is visiting Mexico on the occasion of the election of our president Mauricio Sulaiman....Full Story

Two Female Fights Featured on Card in Hungary
by JollyDee
Photos: Bilics "Bill" József
February 16, 2014

(FEB 16) On Saturday night the boxing gala held in Lurdy Shopping House, Budapest, Hungary two female bouts being staged. The former amateur World- and European championship medalist Csilla Némedi-Varga 112 1/4,  (2-0-0 1KO) is now the second professional super-flyweight bout won the unanimous decision against the former multiple world championship challenger Gabriella Insperger 110, (4-13-0 3KO). Insperger knocked down twice in the bout and judges scoring 40-34, 40-33, 40-33. ..Full Story

Sulem Urbina Soto Wins Gold at the Independent Cup in the Dominican Republic
February 15, 2014

(FEB 15) Yesterday WBAN learned that amateur boxer Sulem Urbina Soto won a Gold Medal at the Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  We would like to give a congratulations to this talented boxer who has been making great strides in the sport!  Sue TL Fox Photo: Facebook


Five United States Boxers Advance to the Championship Round at the 2014 Independence Cup
by Julie Goldsticker
February 14, 2014

Five American boxers will compete for gold today at the Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. For the second straight day, all of the American boxers competing in tournament action won their bouts, marking nine consecutive victories for the U.S. squad. Male ..Full Story

Christina Hammer to Defend her WBF Title
Source/Press Release
February 14, 2014

(FEB 14) WBF World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer is set to make her seventh title-defence on March 1, 2014,  at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany.  Still only 23 years old, Dortmund’s undefeated Hammer (16-0, 8 KOs) will take on another German in 24-year-old former world champion Jessica Balogun (23-2, 11 KOs) from Aachen, who curiously goes by the nickname “The Hammer”. ..Full Story

Hardy Split-Decisions Fuentes at Roseland
by Bernie McCoy
Photos by Christy Cappillino
February 13, 2014

(FEB 13) Heather Hardy won her eighth straight professional bout on Wednesday night, but it wasn't easy. The undefeated Brooklyn super bantamweight eked out a razor thin split decision over a game, aggressive Cristina Fuentes in the feature bout of a nine fight DiBella Entertainment card at the historic Roseland Ballroom, which will be razed in the Spring, in the name of progress, to make room for one more skyscraper to dot the skyline of mid town Manhattan. Boxing may be gone from Roseland and Roseland may soon be gone from 52nd St, but Hardy and Fuentes provided one final fistic memory for the sellout crowd that witnessed their eight round bout...Full Story

Three U.S. Boxers Advance in Independence Cup Competition in the Dominican Republic
by Julie Goldsticker
February 12, 2014

(FEB 12) (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three American boxers opened 2014 international action in victorious fashion at the 2014 Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Male lightweight Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.), female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), and male light welterweight Abraham Nova (Albany, N.Y.) all earned preliminary victories in the international event to advance in tournament action.  Full Story

The Shakers and the Movers in Women's Boxing! Check out the latest video on these two!
by Sue TL Fox
February 11, 2014

(FEB 11) Earlier today WBAN received news that a video that Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano and Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano were featured in a music video. Team Serrano told WBAN, "As everyone affiliated with women's boxing knows that because the lack of acceptance in our sport many get discouraged and then retire or quit." Full Story with video link

Full Fight Video: Mako Yamada becomes WBO World Champion
February 11, 2014

 (FEB 11) On Sunday at Chuncheon Gymnasium, in Chuncheon, South Korea, 19 year old Mako Yamada from Japan won a split decision over WBO minimumweight champion Su-Yon Hong. 97-93, 96-94, 96-97.  Mako Yamada was crowned Japan's first female WBO world champion. Samart

Video Catalog Added to Master Search!
By Sue TL Fox
February 10, 2014

(FEB 10) I am thrilled to announce that we have a big addition to Master Search, that will have a video catalog with fights that happen around the world and are on the net, Video Catalog. The videos on Master Search are also categorized into individual years. Dee Williams, the creator of Master Search, has also created this  excellent extension of the boxers records ..Full Story

Myriam Lamare Announces Retirement
by Bernie McCoy
February 7, 2014

(FEB 7) Myriam Lamare has announced her retirement from the boxing ring after more than ten years and twenty- six bouts in which the French welterweight fought every top boxer in her weight class, winning twenty-two times. Those are the statistics. But mere numbers don't begin scratch the surface of capturing just how skilled and compelling a fighter Lamare was over the entirety of her career. And that career was not distracted by collateral footnotes outside the ring, the type of notoriety that, sometimes today, seeks to provide a substitute for...Full Story

AIBA Confirm Qualification Process for Rio 2016
by Michael O'Neill
February 7, 2014

(FEB 7) The 'amateur' sport's governing body ,International Boxing Association (AIBA) has just announced the qualification process for the XXXI Olympiad in Rio 2016.  As we already know sadly there will only be the same three weights for women as in London 2012. That said be sure that the WBAN Campaign for Equality will continue apace. ...Full Story

Full Fight Video: Lindsay Garbatt vs. Xu Chun Yan
February 6, 2014
Photo: Boxenplus

(FEB 6)  WBAN has just posted the full fight video of the Lindsay Garbatt vs. Xu Chun bout that took place last night.   Yan won a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International Featherweight championship over Lindsay Garbatt.  A Special thanks to Raquel Ruiz who posted the link on Twitter.

An Up-and-Close Story by Amateur Boxer!
By Michelle Pasch
February 5, 2014

(FEB 5)  I love the sport of boxing. Something I share alongside my Father. A sport I grew up watching with my Dad as a child. I was able to enjoy the sport mostly through the televised matches during the Olympics or on the odd occasion that "The Wide World of Sports" had matches playing on the weekends. Full Story

New Boxer on the Scene: Latontria Jones in Vegas!
Photos/Source
by Mary Ann Owen
February 5, 2014

(FEB 5) Yesterday at the Mayweather Boxing Gym, in Las Vegas, Nevada, photographer Mary Ann Owen took a visit to the gym and met up with Latondria "Ton" Jones, an undefeated amateur boxer on the scene. WBAN will be posting her biography soon. Full Story

Here is a tough one---Who do you think will win this fight?
February 3, 2014

 

(FEB 3) This Friday night, Gretchen Abaniel, 13-5-0 (4KO), fighting for a world title in a 10-rounder, will be fighting a boxer from Thailand that has two fights on her record, winning a pro debuter in her last fight, and winning a 0-1-0 boxer---in two six round bouts and she is already fighting for a title!  All the details on Boxrec

Gulyas with 27 fights as a pro fighting pro debuter?
February 3, 2014

(FEB 3) This Friday night,  Marianna Gulyas, 11-16-0 (2KO), of Hungary, is set to fight in Munich, Bayern, Germany, against a pro debuter Xenia Jorneau, of Munich, Germany.  The two will be fighting a four-rounder, and Gulyas will be fighting a hometowner by taking on Jorneau. If Gulyas cannot defeat a pro debuter, she may want to re-think what she is doing in the sport.

Updated Report: Oscar Gonzalez Condition after receiving a Brain Injury Last Night
Photo/Source by
Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
February 2,  2014
(Revised)

WBAN has just gotten an update on Oscar Gonzalez who received a severe brain injury last night at the Polanco Forum of Mexico City when he was stopped in the tenth round. In the local news they report the following (translated): "The Mexican boxer Oscar ....Full Story

Braekhus retains WBC, WBA & WBO titles
Source/PR
Photo/Wende
February 2, 2014

(FEB 2) Cecilia Braekus (24-0, 7 KOs) defeated Myriam Lamare (22-4, 10 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn, Denmark to retain her WBC, WBA & WBO Female Welterweight titles. The pound-for-pound number one put on a dominant performance to earn a unanimous decision victory over Lamare, who was floored in the seventh round but able to last the distance......Full Story

Maribel Ramirez Wins by a Close Split!
Photos/Story
by Pepe Rodriguez
February 2, 2014

(FEB 2) Mexican champion light flyweight Esmeralda "La Joya" Moreno, now 25-7-1 (9KO), of Mexico City,  lost by a close split decision in what was a bloody battle against Maribel "Pantera"  Ramirez this Saturday night at the Polanco Forum of Mexico City.  Full Story

Latest Update:  International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame!
February 2, 2014

(FEB 2) WBAN announced that in 2014, we were excited about creating a new organization the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S BOXING HALL OF FAME (IWBHF). We have just opened up a Facebook on the IWBHF, and invite you to visit it.  WBAN will have the website up for the IWBHF in the near future.   IWBHF on Facebook   ..Full Story

Exciting Night of Women's Boxing Action in Mexico!
February 2,  2014

(FEB 2) On Friday night, January 31, 2014, on the “Kings and Queens” live professional boxing card, at the Caliente Racetrack, in Tijuana, Mexico, there were three female bouts on the card. In the mainliner, 20-year old flyweight Kenia Enriquez, 111¼, of Tijuana, now 9-0 (5KO), remained undefeated when she won by a first round TKO [1:16] over the previously undefeated Selene Lopez, 111¼, 3-1-3 (1KO), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa. The fight was scheduled for six rounds. Enriquez was named WBAN’s top ten “Hot Prospects” of 2013....Full Story

Ana Laura Esteche: WBAN's February 2014 Fighter of the Month! 
February 2, 2014

 

(FEB 2) WBAN would like to congratulate Ana Laura Esteche, who was our top pick for the February 2014 Fighter of the month. Esteche delivered Monica Silva Acosta her first loss when she defeated Acosta on January 18th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The two fought a 10-rounder for the WBA world title belt.

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