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JANUARY 2004

Tonight:  Sjauw to fight in Germany!
January 31, 2004

(JAN 31) Tonight in Berlin, Germany, and promoted by Wiking Boxteam, Marischa Sjauw of Holland, will be fighting a six-rounder (147 lbs. division) against Laura Eleana Stefanescu of Roumania.  At weigh-in today, Sjauw made weight at 145.2.  Eleana will be weighing in later today!

Latest News on St. John! 
January 31, 2004

(JAN 31) Recently Mia St. John was invited as a celebrity to the LA Sports Fans’ Choice Awards, that was presented by Sports Profiles.  The event took place at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. WBAN was able to get some “hot photos” of St. John and Actress Enya Flack who was also a special guest.  (Slideshow #26 – members)

Weickenmeier Signs
with Universum!
January 31, 2004

(JAN 31) The latest news on German boxer Silke Weickenmeier is that she has just signed with Universum.  Weickenmeier will be on a Universum card February 14, 2004, where she will take on tough United States boxer, Trisha "TNT" Hill!  Both Weickenmeier and Hill are very talented boxers and this should make a good match---But Hill inevitably will have a hometown disadvantage.    

Sanders Makes it Short Night...
January 31, 2004

(JAN 31) Last night at the Palace, in Auburn Hills,  Michigan, Mary Jo Sanders made it a short night when she fought Jamie Whitcomb, of Grand Rapids, knocking Jamie down to the canvas three times in the first round, and the fight being stopped by the ref.  More on Latest Results

Opponents Named for Walberg - Matheus!
January 31, 2004

(JAN 31) The opponents of the two newly signed fighters with Palle, will be facing fighters from the Dominican Republic. Frida Walberg will be facing Scarlett Fulgenzio and Alexandra Matheus will be up against Maribel Santana. The event is set to take place on February 6, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Both Walberg and Matheus will be making their pro debut.

Be On The Lookout for Kerin!
Photo by Bob Marovitz
January 31, 2004

(JAN 31) Chicago Heavyweight contender Elizabeth Kerin is featured on the Style Channel's popular television program "The Look For Less" on Saturday, January 31st at 7pm and will repeat throughout the week. The Style Channel reaches 40 million American homes. Check your local listings.egina Saskatchewan. For more on Hook

Latest Updates on the WBAN Records Site
By Sue TL Fox
January 30, 2004

(JAN 30) WBAN would like to update members on some of the latest changes and plans for the WBAN Records Members site.  Over the past year, WBAN has housed over 2,500 plus digital photos, Online Mpegs, video streaming, and slide show galleries,  and now as of 2004, we are close to the 3,000 photo mark, with added video streaming.  WBAN is planning to archive and take off the server some of the past 2002-2003 PHOTOS, MPEGS, etc., to allow space for new photo galleries....More

Photo Gallery: St. John - Franchescha Alcanter fight!
January 29, 2004

(JAN 29) WBAN has just added a huge digital photo gallery of 70+ photos (Gallery #139)  of the Mia "The Knockout" St. John vs. Franchesca Alcanter bout that just took place on January 24th!  Photographer Mike Blair covered this event in Boise, Idaho.  Member's Login

Photo Gallery: Beth Westover vs. Betty Stephens!
January 29, 2004
 

(JAN 29) On the Boise, Idaho card that took place on January 24, there was a second women's match on the card that featured Beth Westover vs. Betty Stephens.  WBAN just added that fight photo gallery to the members site, that has 50+ photos, (in Gallery #140). Photos by Mike Blair!   Member's Login

 

Ann Wolfe Signs With Prize Fight Promotions; Ali Offered to Fight Wolfe
January 28, 2004

(JAN 28) WACO-TX- RPM Boxing has officially retained Prize Fight Promotions to promote Super Middleweight World Champion Ann "Brown Sugar" Wolfe. RPM Boxing says they are excited about working with Brian Young and Prize Fight Promotions to keep Ann busy and to continue building her career. RPM Boxing owner Brian Pardo said, "We are very impressed with Brian Young and his team, and we are looking forward to a very successful relationship ". Full Story

 

Trinidad Teenager Obtains Professional Boxing License!
January 28, 2004

(JAN 28) TRINIDAD - 17-year-old Giselle "Magic Salandy, 4-0-0, of Trinidad, has obtained her professional boxing license, who had been denied the license due to her age.   Giselle is set to rematch against Colombia's Paola Rojas, 23,  on January 30, for the WIBA Light Welterweight Iberian-American Title (140 lbs).  The fight will take place at Saith Park, Chaguanas, and will be the mainliner...More

 

Mahfood to fight Ewell!
January 27, 2004

(JAN 27) On February 20, 2004, at the Beaumont Ford Arena, in Beaumont, Texas, and on a Telefutura card, Valerie "the Wolfe" Mahfood will fight Carletta "The Truth" Ewell. The two will fight in an eight-rounder for the Texas Miller Lite Belt. Patricia Butaud, J & P Independent Photographers will be covering this fight ringside for WBAN!

  Press Release: World Title Shot for Local Boxer!
January 27, 2004

(JAN 27) LEMOORE, CA --With it’s rich tradition in professional prizefighting, California’s Central Valley has produced numerous World Boxing Champions. The success of local female boxing World Champion, Jenifer “All American” Alcorn has created opportunity for another local female pugilist. Lisa “Lil’ Warrior" Lewis, a Fresno firefighter by day and professional boxer by night has received the opportunity to compete for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) World Lightweight Title. Full Story

  Elizabeth Kerin: A New Heavyweight Threat!
Interview/Photos
by Bob Marovitz 
January 26, 2004

(JAN 26) Chicago has produced many male championship fighter's. Chris Kruez was one of the first women boxing pioneers to come out of Chicago and she now is in the corner of Chicago's newest Heavyweight challenger, Elizabeth Kerin. Full Story

  Teampalle Readies to Sign Two more Women Boxers!
January 26, 2004

(JAN 26) WBAN has received info that Teampalle is about to sign two more women boxers. According to an article (in Danish) on the Teampalle website, they are in  final stages of negotiations with Frida Walberg of Sweden who holds both a world and european championship as well as numerous Swedish and Scandinavian titles.  The other fighter is brazilian born Alexandra Matheus, who is currently fighting for the Danish amateur club CIK.  Bettina Palle hopes to be able to present the two new fighters at the next "Tomorrow Champions" card on February 6th,  in Copenhagen.  She is applying for an exemption to the 21 year rule for Frida Wallsberg, who is a couple of months short of being 21 years old.  (Translated by WBAN's Denmark Correspondent Torben L.)

  St. John Wins by a Unanimous Decision
January 25, 2004

(JAN 25) (JAN 25) Last night at the Bank of America Centre, in snowy Boise, Idaho, and in front of about 2,000 boxing fans, Mia “The Knockout” St. John, 137, (30-3-2, 13 KO) won a four-rounder by a unanimous decision (40-36) against Franchesca Alcanter, 137, (10-5-1, 5 KO) in their rematch from their first bout that took place at the Playboy Mansion, in the year 2000. According to news sources, St. John said that she was a little nervous about fighting in Boise for the first time, but that the crowd was very supportive and was pleased to see the boxing fans in Boise urge her to win. St. John talked about wanting to avenge her loss against Christy Martin and would like a rematch. In the second women’s match, Betty Stephens, Salt Lake City, Utah, who came in eight pounds heavier (124 lbs) than Beth Westover, 116, from Boise, Idaho, won a four-round unanimous decision over Westover. Westover showing a tad bit of humor after the fight, donned a t-shirt with the saying “Tonya Who? Put up or shut up”. Westover was referring to her original opponent Tonya Harding who did not fight her, after Harding backed out due to her trainer being served with a lawsuit in regards to Harding fighting in Boise. Stephens moved her record to 2-0-0, and Westover is now 1-1-0. Full Results Update:  HUGH Photo Gallery of both fights to be posted soon!

  Rakozcy to fight Lewis for Title!
January 25, 2004

(JAN 25) On February 19, 2004, on the "Hard Road to Glory" event, promoted by George Chung and The Palace Indian Gaming Center, in Lemoore, California, Jessica Rakoczy will face Lisa Lewis for the vacant IBA Lightweight Title.  Also appearing on the eight- bout card will be Tania Gomez (2-1) from nearby Farmersville, California.

  Schouten Wins over Winter
January 25, 2004

(JAN 25) Last night in Velodrome, Sloten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Promoted by Top Sports Group, Esther Schouten, of the Netherlands defeated Juliette Winter of the United Kingdom, when she had to give up after the third round due to a hand injury.  WBAN will get more details soon on this cards.

  Dunaway Wins by Majority decision!
January 25, 2004

(JAN 25) Last night at the Fire Lake Casino, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway, 108,  won a six-round majority decision over Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs, 109,  in a rematch for the two. First time out Dobbs had won by a majority decision.  Looks like boxing fans will need to see a rubber match!

  Ramnarine now added to WBAN!
January 24, 2004

(JAN 24) WBAN has just added Trinidad's Ria Ramnarine to the boxers profiles.  WBAN also added a "Hot Photo Gallery" (Gallery #138) of Ramnarine on the WBAN Records Member's site.  Ria, has a fascinating background and is a true pioneer in the sport in her country.

  Big Upset in Missouri!
January 24, 2004
(Inset photo of Ortega)

(JAN 24) Last night at the Expo Center, in Kansas City, Missouri,  Mary Elizabeth Ortega, 117, was stopped by the much less experienced Jerri Sitzes, 117, in the fifth round by a TKO. The two were fighting a scheduled six-rounder in the bantamweight division. This was a rematch for the two, when Ortega defeated Sitzes the first time out in March of 2003.

 

Hook Wins Gold Medal at Canadian Championships!
January 24, 2004

(JAN 24) A congratulations is in order for Shannah Hook, who won the 75kg gold medal at the Canadian Championships in Regina Saskatchewan. She fought Ontario's Mary Anne Millar in the final, winning by a score of 13-3. Shannah’s coach told WBAN that this was by far,  Shannah's best performance, using her reach and power to keep Millar on the end of her punches for all three rounds. As her coach I am extremely proud of her commitment, work ethic and focus. She is a terrific role model for other boxers and deserves all of the credit for her accomplishment.  WBAN has also began a records page for Shannah on the WBAN Records members Site, to continue to follow her boxing career. 

Kerin Wins by KO!
By Bob Marovitz
WBAN Chicago Correspondent
January 24, 2004

 

(JAN 24) Last night at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, in Rosemont, Illinois, and promoted by Hitz Promotions, heavyweight Elizabeth Kerin, 165, scored a knockout of Ebony Teague, Indianapolis, in :50 of the first stanza in a rematch of their first match that took place on November 26, 2003. Teague was not up to the challenge of the stronger Kerin. Kerin came out fast and unleashed several punishing blows that had Teague down twice before the bout was stopped. Kerin now moves her record to 3-0, just in time for her 30th birthday on Saturday. An interview with Kerin and more photos coming next week to WBAN.  To check out pre-fight photos, go to WBAN Record Members Site, Photo Gallery #137.

  Just In:  Wilcox to fight Salcido
January 24, 2004

(JAN 24) On February 16, 2004, at the Double Tree Hotel, in Ontario, California, and Promoted by Thompson Boxing, in a women's match, Marilyn Salcido of Big Bear, California will be fighting Carla Wilcox of Washington in a six-round 118-lb bout.

  Tonight: Dobbs rematches Dunaway!
January 24, 2004

(JAN 24) In what could be considered a "Grudge" match, tonight  Hollie Dunaway will be rematching Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs in a six-rounder at the Fire Lake Casino, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. At the weigh-in, Dobbs came in at 109 lbs; and Dunaway at 108 lbs.

 

Tonight: Two women's matches in Idaho!

Weigh-in: St. John, 137; Alcanter, 137; Westover, 116; and Stephens 124.

(JAN 24) Tonight in Boise, Idaho, Mia St. John, Los Angeles (29-3-2) will face Franchesca Alcanter, Kansas City, Mo. (10-4-1), in a four-round rematch. Also, Beth Westover, Boise (1-0) will take on Betty Stephens, Salt Lake City (1-0), four rounds.  Tickets for Saturday´s boxing card at the Bank of America Centre.2

  Tonight: Two women's matches in Mississippi!
January 24, 2004

(JAN 24) Tonight in Tunica, Mississippi, and promoted by Brian Young's Prize Fight Promotions, there will be two women's matches on the undercard that will feature,
Samantha Browning vs. Marla Roberson, and
Tiffany Ibanez, Gulfport, vs. Sandra Magee.
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  Toughill takes on "Tough" opponent!
January 23, 2004

(JAN 23) On February 7, 2004, in Kinder, Louisiana, Erin Toughill will definitely be taking on "Tough" foe when she fights Ann "Brown Sugar" Wolfe!  The two will be on the same card as Sunshine Fettkether vs. Eliza Olson, who will be fighting for the 154 Lb. IBA World belt.

  Results: Vela Wins Rematch Against Colbert
January 23, 2004

 (JAN 23) Last night at the Graham Central Station, in San Antonio, Texas,  Audrey Vela,of Austin, on a unanimous decision over Kimberly Colbert in a rematch.  Also, Melissa Yanas defeated Terrie Carrillo...More on results

 

The Ali saga in Nigeria
January 22, 2004

(JAN 22)  This week a press release was sent out to the media in regards to a claim for binding arbitration with ADR Services in Century City, Los Angeles County in a claim against Laila Ali by ZCOP and William Worldwide Inc., the promoters of an AIDS awareness event held in Nigeria on January 10.  The claim is to seek monetary damages...More

  A Few Words from Dobbs!
January 22, 2004

(JAN 22) On January 24th, Stephanie Dobbs will be having a rematch with Hollie Dunaway in a six-rounder.  Dunaway said that she felt she would win the rematch with a convincing victory.  Dobbs said, "Then when you (Hollie) wake up and realize that you were dreaming, I will be standing over you with my arms raised."

Summer Deleon update!
January 22, 2004
 

(JAN 22) WBAN contacted Summer DeLeon this week after she had a baby girl "Rayne" on January 2, and was able to get a couple of photos of her with her new baby. Check this out!  Deleon's baby weighed in at 7 lbs., 5 ounces.  Now we have "Summer" and "Rain"...ah...."Rayne!"

Bettina Csábi signed with
Felix Promotion!

By JollyDee of Hungary
January 21, 2004
 

(JAN 21) Dr. Bettina Csábi, an official challenger for the bantamweight champion, signed the contract on Tuesday (Jan 20), and is now is one of the Felix-Promotion boxers.  After long talks they came to an agreement for...Full Story

  Dunaway to rematch
with Dobbs!
©Copyrighted photo by Mr. John
January 24, 2004

(JAN 21) On January 24,  Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway will be rematching Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs in a six-rounder at the Fire Lake Casino, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Dunaway told WBAN, "I am excited about my match on Saturday with Stephanie.  I know that it is going to be the fight of the night and a real crowd pleaser.   I am very confident that I am going to win every round and make it a very convincing victory."  To Check Out Hollie's website, go here!

  Harding Off Card!
January 19, 2004

(JAN 19) BOISE, IDAHO-WBAN has received a press release today from the Bank of America Centre that announced Tonya Harding will NOT be on the boxing card in a featured bout.
The reasons given for the cancellation stated the following:  "Feature Event has been removed from the card. The Bank of America Centre received communication...Full Story

Behind the Scenes
Photo Gallery!
January 19, 2004
 

(JAN 19) WBAN has just added a "Behind the Scenes" photo gallery of Regina Halmich and Joanna Pena-Alvarez! (Photo Gallery #135)  WBAN's European Correspondent JollyDee was at the event! Members Login

  New Photo Gallery Just Added!
January 19, 2004

(JAN 19) Another new photo gallery  (Photo Gallery #136) of the Valerie Mahfood vs. Yolanda Swindell has been added to the WBAN Records Members site.  Patricia Butaud covered the fight ringside and sent WBAN some great shots of Mahfood and Swindell. Members Login

 

Halmich Wins Title!
By Peter Geudens
January 18, 2004

(JAN 18, 2004) Last night in Karlsruhe, Germany,
Regina Halmich, 43-1-0 (15KO), of Germany, successful defended her WIBF Flyweight title when she won by a 10-round unanimous decision over Joanna Pena-Alvarez, now 14-2-1 (10KO), of the Dominican Republic. Round to Round report, with links to photos and video

  Was Velez Ripped off in Denmark?
By Sue TL Fox
January 18, 2004
Source: Translated Danish report

(JAN 18) As reports keep coming into WBAN about last nights fight in Aarhus, Denmark where Denmark's Anita Christensen won a controversial split decision over Ada Velez--- it is looking more like Velez was indeed ripped off.  On a Danish Boxing Website, which has been translated for boxing fans they wrote the following: The article is entitled, "Scandalous decision after a dream of a fight" It could have been a huge triumph for professional women's boxing. In a way it did, but at the same time it was a a big blow....Full Story

 

Vela To Rematch Colbert
January 18, 2004

(JAN 18) This Thursday, January 22, at the Graham Central Station, in San Antonio, Texas,  Audrey Vela, 4-0-0, of Austin, will be fighting Kimberly Colbert in a rematch.  Other women named on the card are Terrie Carrillo, and Melissa Yanas.

Christiansen Wins Titles!
January 17, 2004

©Large copyrightted photo by Brian Rasmussen
 

(JAN 17) Denmark’s Anita Christiansen, 117.9,  won a 10-round split decision over Ada Velez, 117.5, and became the new WIBA – WIBF Bantamweight World champion---But not without controversy!  In the eighth round, Christiansen was knocked down to the canvass, but got up and finish the fight.  According to WBAN’s insider, the fight was very exciting and made the men’s boxing bouts look dull in comparison.  After the scores were read out for the Christiansen – Velez fight, Velez was in disbelief, and in one report said that Velez “could not believe her ears.”  Full Story

  Quick Results from Europe!
January 17, 2004

(JAN 17) WBAN will be posting a story later tonight, but for quick results here are the following:  Anita Christiansen won a 10-round controversial split over Ada Velez (Velez was in disbelief of the decision. Two Danish judges voted for Christiansen, Finland judge had it 97-73 Velez: In Germany, Regina Halmich UD10 Pena-Alvarez, and undercard, pro debuter Julia Sahin UD4 Gabriella Insberger.

Tomorrow Night: Halmich takes on tough foe!
Janua
ry 16, 2004

(JAN 16) Tomorrow night in Karlsruhe, Germany, and televised live on German Television, Regina Halmich, 43-1-0 (15KO), Germany’s sweetheart, will take on boxing sensation Joanna Pena-Alvarez, 14-1-1 (10KO), to fight in a 10-round 112-lb WIBF World title. This could easily be one of Hamich’s toughest foes to face in the ring.  Both Halmich and Pena-Alvarez made weight by staying under the 112-lb limit. 

Fight Results from
Texas and California!

January 16, 2004
(©photograph by Patricia
Butaud

(JAN 16) Last night two women's matches took place in Texas and California.  At the H'Town Arena Theater, in Houston, Texas, and promoted by Vertex Boxing Promotions, Valerie "The Wolfe" Mahfood won a four-round majority decision over  Yolanda Swindell. Both Mahfood and Swindell are from Texas.  Full Story

  Reis comes home for Woman’s World Title Fight
January 15, 2004

(JAN 15) WORCESTER, Mass. – Marlborough native Yvonne Reis returns home to challenge IWBF middleweight champion Leititia “Baby Girl” Robinson in the first world women’s pro boxing title fight ever held in nearby Worcester, January 30 in the 10-round co-feature on “Return of Friday Night Fights: The Showdown Part 2.” at the Worcester National Guard Armory.  Full Story

  Tonight:  Wolfe to Fight Swindell
January 15, 2004

(JAN 15) Tonight at the V'Towns Arena Theatre, in Houston, Texas, Valerie “The Wolfe” Mahfood vs.Yolanda Swindell in a six-round super-middleweight bout on the undercard of a Vertex promotions card.  For Ticket Information Call 713-988-1020.

 

To Promoters, Matchmakers,
and Fighters...
January 15, 2004

(JAN 15) WBAN received a press release from Team Stone and they said the following:  "Dakota Stone (5-1-1) is looking to make 2004 a productive year. Fighting between 155-165lbs, she is ready-to-go as we speak. Adding a new trainer to her team and making boxing her priority, Stone believes she's capable of matching-up with the best in the sport. A few desired opponents include: Erin Toughill, Leatitia Robinson, Nikki Eplion, Yvonne Reis, and Janaya Davis.

 

It's Official!  Weickenmeier to fight Trish Hill!
January 14, 2004

(JAN 15) On Valentine's day, February 14, 2004, at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Hall, in Stuttgart, Germany. Silke Weickenmeyer of Spever, Germany, will be fighting United States boxer, Trish "TNT" Hill!  The two will be fighting for the WIBF featherweight title.

  Olson confirmed to fight Fettkether...
January 14, 200
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(JAN 14) WBAN has learned today that Eliza Olson,  7-2-1 (2KO),  San Francisco, California, will be fighting Sunshine Fettkether, 8-4-2 (4 KO), Phoeniz, Arizona, on February 7, at the Grand Casino Coushatta Pavillion, in Kinder, Louisiana. The two will be fighting for the vacant  IBA Junior Middleweight title.

 

Latest on the Christensen-
Velez face off!
Source: Torben L.
January 14, 2004

(JAN 14) The Anita Christensen camp has flown in a sparring partner Jacob Mohlabi from South Africa. He is southpaw, and according to the local news sources,  he has been extremely helpful for Anita Christensen,  by putting her under pressure during sparring and giving her good pointers on fighting southpaw opponents. Full Story

 

Find The Champ
January 14, 2004

(JAN 14) Lee In-young, Korea’s first international female boxing champion from Sanbon Boxing Studio, has vanished from public life. Since she successfully defended her flyweight championship of the International Female Boxing Association on on December 24, Lee has not shown up at the studio. [archived]

  Congratulations to Summer!
January 13, 2004

(JAN 13) WBAN would like to congratulate Summer DeLeon on her new addition to her family.  DeLeon had a baby girl on January 2.  Her daughter weighed in at  7 lbs., 5 ounces, 19 1/2" long.  DeLeon named the little girl "Rayne." WBAN will try to get a photo of DeLeon and her little one soon!

 

Music, Boxing, and a mixture of Tear Gas and Horsewhips!
By Sue TL Fox
January 12, 2004

(JAN 12) Many wondered if the Nigerian Event “Battle of Hope Concert AID/HIV Awareness” that was to feature a mixture of music and boxing would take place on January 10, after the United States fighters did not go there to fight.  First we found out that Mia St. John and Eliza Olson who were going to fight for a title, were not paid half of their purse, that was agreed upon before they left for Nigeria---but ultimately their fight was dropped by the promoter. Then we had Laila Ali who was to fight Geraldine O’Neil in a six-round---she did not go and cancelled out....Well folks….The event DID take place, amongst 10,000 plus young people who did some wild partying that lasted until 3am amid the tear gas and horsewhips!  Full Story

  De Fazio....The Wave of
the future!

January 12, 2004

(JAN 12) WBAN follows many of the amateur boxers, and continues to document their progress in the sport.  WBAN began following Alyssa De Fazio, when she was just 10 years old.  At that time, she had already been ranked #1 with USA Amateur boxing.  She was the IKF United States Kickboxing Champion, and had won the State Silver Gloves Championship for ...Full Story

  WBAN Meets Up with Trish Hill!
By Sue TL Fox
January 11, 2004

(JAN 11) WBAN got an opportunity to speak with Trish "TNT" Hill this week about her boxing career and what she plans to do in the sport.  Hill fights out of Atlanta, Georgia, and has taken on some of the top women boxers early in her boxing career. She continues to moves forward in the sport and has impressed the boxing community with her impressive technical skills and talent. Full Story

  Dobbs and Dunaway to Rematch!
January 11, 2004

(JAN 11) On January 24, 2004, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs will be fighting Hollie "Hot Stuff" Dunaway in a six-rounder @110 lbs.  This will be a rematch for the two! WBAN's insider said that Dobbs original opponent, Isabel Manyseng pulled out. (Inset photo of Dobbs)

  Couch Seeks to become first EBU champion!
By Sue TL Fox
January 10, 2004

(JAN 10) On April 3, 2004, “First Woman of British Boxing” Jane Couch aims to become the first British woman to become an EBU Champion.  Jane has been nominated by the European Boxing Union to box undefeated Belgium boxer Natalie Toro, of Belgium. The bout should have taken place in January, but had been rescheduled for April.  In the meantime, Jane  will box again on February 29, 2004, at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol on her own promotion, before going to Belgium.  Full Story

 

Change in Opponents for Harding!
January 8, 2004

(JAN 8) There have been some changes on the January 24, 2004 card that is to take place at the Bank of America Centre, in Boise, Idaho.  Tonya Harding's original opponent, local boxer Beth Westover, 1-0-0 (0KO) will now be fighting Betty Stephens, 1-0-0 (0KO),  of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Harding's new opponent will be announced soon. According to the local news sources, Paul Brown, Harding's manager has decided to not have Harding fight Westover.  Also, on this card, Mia St. John will be fighting Franchesca Alcanter, so it looks like there will be three women's matches on this card.

 

Schouten to fight Winter!
January 8, 2004
 

(JAN 8) On January 24, 2004, at the Velodrome, Sloten, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and promoted by Top Sports Group, Esther Schouten, of the Netherlands will be fighting Juliette Winter of the United Kingdom, in a six-rounder. There is a possibility that this fight may be televised.

  WBAN’s “Make It Happen” for women boxers in 2004!...
By Sue TL Fox
January 6, 2004

(JAN 6) Now that 2004 is upon us, there are many “Make-
a-Wish Lists for 2004” from various boxing sources on the net.  BUT is merely “wishing” for something enough to make things happen? WBAN would like to see a “Make It Happen” for women boxers in 2004, and to substitute “Wish” with “Work”.   It is "Work" that would likely be what makes it happens in the year 2004---not simple "wish lists." 

 

Alcanter to Rematch with St. John!
January 6, 2004

(JAN 6) WBAN has confirmed with the Alcanter Team that Franchesca Alcanter will be fighting Mia "The Knockout" St. John on January 24,at the Bank of America Centre, that will be the co-main event on the boxing card.  Tonya Harding will be the featured event when she takes on Beth Westover in a four-rounder.  WBAN will be ringside for this event.

  Dobbs to goes for being BUSIEST Boxer for third year!
January 6, 2004

(JAN 6) There can be no denial that Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs IS the BUSIEST boxer in the sport.  Dobbs has fought the most fight in 2002, 2003 and now is shooting for 2004!  She will be fighting Isabel Manyseng on January 24, in a six-rounder in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Then one week later, she will will be fighting in Tulsa, OK., and on Feb. 6, she will be fighting a "rubber match" against Dee Hamaguchi six-rounder! (You get em' lil' spitfire!)

 

Latest Update on Shaffer!
January 6, 2004
Source: Team Shaffer

(JAN 6) Melissa ''TNT'' Shaffer is coming off of about a six-month layoff, but is ready to train hard for 2004 because this year, her team says that it will be the year that she steps up and makes a name for herself in the 102 lb. weight class. Shaffer team told WBAN, "Melissa has a few opponents in her sights, a few girls that everybody else has been beating here of late . And then maybe other undefeated rookie Holly Shores! Anyway look for ''TNT'' come out blasting in 2004!"

  Upcoming Amateur Event!
January 5, 2004

(JAN 5) On Jan. 24-25,at the Fort Worth Boxing Club, there will be the 2nd Annual Fort Worth Boxing Show, that will take place at the Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap, Fort Worth, Texas. This will also be a box off for the Southwestern Association SR Males to receive money for the Western Trials.

 

A Few Words from Jeffries!
By Sue TL Fox
January 4, 2004

(JAN 4) WBAN was contacted today by Kelsey Jeffries, who was chosen by boxing fans as the 2003 WBAN Fighter of the Year.  She told WBAN, "I wanted to say a few words in response to the great honor I have received. I have been in Hawaii and did not know about the Fighter of the Year award. I can not tell you how shocked, humbled and very honored I feel to receive such an honor. There are so many great fighters who's names were dropped and that were not dropped that deserve this honor. All I can say is Mahalo nui loa!"

 

Serrano Stops Penson
January 3, 2003

(JAN 3) Last night at the Big Kahuna Club, in Wilmington, Delaware, on a Telefutura card (untelevised) Cindy Serrano, 130, of Queens, NY, stopped Helen Penson, 135, of Spartansburg, South Carolina 29 seconds of the first round.  The fight was scheduled for four rounds in the lightweight. This was the first women's match of the new year!.

  The fight IS Off!
January 3, 200
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(JAN 3) Just as first reported on WBAN that it was doubtful the Mia St. John vs. Eliza Olson's fight would take place in Africa on January 10. WBAN has confirmed that the fight "IS off!" Neither St. John or Olson were paid their portion of the purse that the promoter was to compensate them with.   Olson told WBAN that she was disappointed about this cancellation, and that she had trained very hard for the fight and incurred substantial expenses to prepare for this fight. 

 

Velez to Fight Christensen
in Denmark
Source: Torben L. of Denmark
January 2, 2004

(JAN 2) On January 17, 2004, Denmark's Anita Christensen will be fighting Ada "The Ace" Velez in Aarhus, Denmark. The two will be fighting for the WIBA and WIBF World title belts.  It was reported in local news that Promoter Bettina Palle confirmed that contracts had been signed. This fight will be Denmark Television.

 

Ewell Added to WBAN!
By Sue TL Fox
January 2, 2004

(JAN 2) Carlette 'The Truth" Ewell, 5-1-0 (4KO), from Winston-Salem,North Carolina, began boxing in 1999. Ewell fights between light-heavyweight and heavyweight and is currently rated #9 in the world with the WIBA. Ewell told WBAN, "I met my current trainer and former New York State Heavyweight Champion.

  2003 WBAN Yearly Awards posted!
January 1, 2004

(JAN 1) The results are in, and WBAN has posted the 2003 WBAN Yearly Awards!  Kelsey Jeffries of Gilroy, California was named "Fighter of the year!" To read the "Good, The Bad, and the NOT so Good" in Women's Boxing for this past year, go here!

 

St. John vs. Olson fight is Doubtful!
January 1, 2004

(JAN 1) It looks like the Mia St. John vs. Eliza Olson world title fight that was to take place in Nigeria, is pretty much on the ropes!  Both of these boxers are extremely disappointed as they were looking forward to facing each other on January 10, 2004, on the card that is featuring Laila Ali in the main event.    Olson had gotten all of her shots so that she could enter the country, her Visa, her passport…you name it….she got it.  Both boxers were supposed to be paid half of their purse BEFORE going to Nigeria---neither received it.  WBAN will keeps boxing fans updated as more information becomes available.

 

Tomorrow Night: Serrano and Penson to start the new year out!
January 1, 2004

(Jan 1) Tomorrow night It looks like Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano and Helen Penson will start the new year out with women's boxing when they fight each other on a January 2, 2004 card, at the Big Kahuna Club, in Wilmington, Delaware. (This is on a Telefutura card, but not sure if the fight would be televised or not.)

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