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JANUARY 2005
Reid Headlines All
Women's Card

By David A. Avila
January 30, 2005
Photo Gallery  on WBAN's
 Member's Segment #235

(JAN 30) LAS VEGAS-Elena "Baby Doll" Reid stopped Lakeysha Williams with a single body shot to continue her quest for a junior bantamweight world title on Saturday. In an all-women fight card, Reid, 23, showed a full house at the Silverton Casino what women's boxing is all...Full Story

TV Stats for the Halmich-Hernandez fight!
By Ewan Whyte
January 29, 2005

(JAN 29) ZDF reports that 6.57 million viewers in Germany alone followed the live broadcast from the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg of the WIBF world championship fight between Regina Halmich and the challenger from the Dominican Republic, Marylin Hernandez, on the 15th January — a 23.1% market share. This, according to the same source, is the best rating ever for women’s boxing in Germany. How many viewers in other European countries followed the fight via satellite is not known.

Hay-Rucker fight to MD; Muhammad by TKO1
January 29, 2005

(JAN 29) Last night at the DeCarlo's Banquet and Convention Center in Warren, Michigan, there were two women’s matches on the undercard. Detroit’s cruiserweight Cheryl Muhammad won by TKO1 over Alexis Harrison. Both were making their pro debuts. In a second match, Junior middleweight Ingrid Hay, now 4-0-1, had a four-round majority draw against pro debuter Veronica Rucker of Cleveland, Ohio. Source: Mike Brudenell / Detroit Free Press news story

Irvin and Dunaway fight in an exhibition
source: NewsOK.com
January 29, 2005

On January 27, 2005, at the inaugural OKC Charity Fight Night for Sight, that was held at the Oklahoma City Marriott, Joy “Seek & Destroy”  Irvin, fought an exhibition match against  Hollie "Hotstuff" Dunaway.  The two wore headgear.  The event was hosted by boxing legend Larry Holmes and Prevent Blindness Oklahoma.

Results: Hallback gets knocked down in the second, just to STOP her opponent in the second!
January 26, 2005
©Photo by Tony Duffy

(JAN 26) Tonight, at the Ameristar Casino, in Kansas City, Missouri, Chevelle Hallback won by TKO in the second round, but NOT without a fight by Kim Colbert!  In what was called a fierce battle between these two, the fight had a lot of action.  Colbert stunned Hallback in the second round, and knocked her down to the canvas, with Hallback taking an eight count!  Well, the gloves were off 'so to speak' after that little episode and Hallback went after Colbert with a "Fist of Steel". During that time, Colbert landed a couple of bombs with a left hook, but then she began to take some heavy hits by Hallback, and the ref stopped the fight.  The crowd booed at the early stoppage because Colbert was still returning some fire.  According to WBAN's insider, after the fight, Colbert took a punch at Hallback, and the fight was on again outside the ring.  Security was called to stop the donnybrook. WBAN's insider said that Colbert was "fearless" against her much more experienced opponent.

Dunn Wins The Gold!
January 26, 2005

(JAN 26) This week amateur boxer, Katie "Silence" Dunn, who trains under the tutelage of Josh Canty and and retired world champion Margaret Sidoroff, won the gold and "Best Female Boxer" award at the National Championships, that was held in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.  Katie was in the busiest weight division and stopped all 3 of her opponents in the second round. 

Tune In to Cold Pizza!
January 25, 2005

(JAN 25) This morning on ESPN2's  Cold Pizza, Mia "The Knockout" St. John will be on the show, and she will be discussing the movie "Million Dollar Baby." Pizza airs live from New York City weekdays at from 8am-10am ET, (re-airs 10am - 12pm ET), and offers a unique blend of sports, pop culture, lifestyles and entertainment features.

Two Women's bouts on Kansas City card
January 25, 2005

(JAN 25) On Wednesday, January 26, at the Ameristar Casino, in Kansas City, Missouri, there will be two women's matches on the card.  Jerri Sitzes, of Springfield, Missouri, will be fighting Lisa Pederson of Las Vegas, and Chevelle Hallback will be fighting Kim Colbert.

McCarter to Fight Mrdjenovich in Canada  
January 25, 2005

(JAN 25) On February 12, 2005, in Edmonton, Canada, Layla McCarter, 17-11-4 (2KO), of Las Vegas, Nevada, will be fighting Jelena Mrdjenovich, of Edmonton, Canada, 9-0-0 (5KO), in a 130-lb six round bout. Team McCarter confirmed this fight with WBAN on 01/24.

Acuna TKOs Miranda to Win WIBA title
By Ewan Whyte
January 23, 2005

(JAN 23) Last night in Rio Gallegos, Argentina, the "Tigresa" Marcela Acuna won the vacant WIBA Featherweight World title over Maria Andrea Miranda when she stopped Miranda by TKO in the third round. Miranda was down three times in the third round. If first reports are anything to go by, it was a cruel spectacle: Acuña was devastating and la Mañana describes the Latin-American Featherweight ...Full Story

Results: Nickel Wins by a Split!
January 2
3, 2005

(JAN 23) Last night at the Fitzgerald’s Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, Cristy “Code Red” Nickel, now 7-1-0 (4KO), won a six-round split decision over Mariem “Punchenella” Brakache, now 2-2-0 (1KO), in a rematch. Final judges scoring was 57-56, 57-56, 56-58.  Nickel said that she wanted to avenge her only loss to Brakache, and she did it!Nickel said after the fight, "A win is a win. Sometimes they're not always pretty. I found a way to win and that's all that matters. There's nothing wrong with a close fight. We battled; people got their money's worth and it was a good fight. Every boxer envisions a pretty win. Every boxer wants to win by KO. But when the competition is as good as it was Saturday night, it turns into a war. You can't always have Kodak moments every fight."

Gaines added to All-Women's boxing card!
January 23, 2005

(JAN 23 ) On January 29, at the Silverton Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sharon Gaines (last minute replacement) will be fighting Jennifer Salinas, 3-0-0,  of Grand Rapids, MI. The two will be fighting at 121 lbs. in a four-round bout on the undercard.

Press conference: Acuña vs. Miranda 
By Ewan Whyte
January 21, 2005

(JAN 21) Marcela Eliana Acuña, aka ‘la Tigresa’, is promising to make short work of her twenty-year-old opponent, María Andrea Miranda of Colombia, when the two meet on Saturday night for the vacant WIBA World Featherweight...Full Story

Amateurs: February 11-12, 2005 USA Regional
Jan
uary 21, 2005

(JAN 21) On February 11-12, 2005, at the USA Regional, in
Joplin, Missouri, women boxers will also be participating. The host hotel is the Days Inn (3500 Rangeline) Joplin, MO. 64804 (1-417-623-0100). The female athletes and their coach's will be responsible for their room,/board and transportation. Also, the winners from the Regional championships will be eligible to go to the Men & Women USA Championships in Colorado Springs at the Olympic training center in March of 2005, again they will also be responsible for their room and board at the National USA Men & Women Championships. The senior women in the loser's bracket will also be eligible to go to the Nationals, as the women's National Tournament is an open tournament. 

Halmich vs. Hernandez
By Ewan Whyte
January 19, 2005

(JAN 19) “There’s a lot of jealousy in boxing,” remarked Ana María Torres in a recent interview.There is the Dominican Republic, that’s for sure. Barely six weeks before Johanna ‘La Bailarina’ Peña was due to fight Regina Halmich ..More

Drew to fight in Missouri
January 17, 2005

(JAN 17) On January 20, 2005, on Jefferson City, Missouri,  in a women's match on the undercard, Super-Featherweight Liz Drew, 7-7-0 (2KO), of Troy, Missouri, will be fighting Lois Teobold, 1-0-0 (1KO), of Illinois, will be fighting a four-rounder.

Figueroa wins by majority decision ...
By Juan C. Ayllon
January 15, 2005

(JAN 15) Last night at the Aragon Ballroom, in Chicago, Illinois,  in a rousing four round war, lightweight Rita Figueroa (134 lbs., 1-0-0, 1 KO) showed her moxy edged in edging tough customer Sarina Hayden (134 lbs., 0-1-1).  Figueroa (R) rocks ..Full Story

Sahin wins German Flyweight Championship...
By Ewan Whyte 
January 15, 2005

(JAN 15) In another women's bout (total five women's bouts on card) of the Regina Halmich vs. Marylin Hernandez card, there was a vast gulf in technique and athleticism between Julia Sahin and Maja Frenzel, but despite that...Full Story

Graf Wins by TKO
By Ewan Whyte
January 15, 2005

(JAN 15) Tonight on the undercard of the Regina Halmich vs. Marylin Hernandez card in Germany, Alesia Graf’s opponent, Dayan(n)a Santana, was a willowy girl from the Dominican Republic with plenty of sass but an unorthodox style and no idea how to cope with a fighter like Graf....Full Story

Cooper Wins IBA World Title
January 15, 2005

(JAN 15) Last night at the Agua Caliente Casino, in Rancho Mirage, California, Flyweight Melinda Cooper,  110½ , now 14-0-0 (9KO), of Las Vegas, Nevada,  stopped  Anissa Zamarron, 39 seconds of the ninth round.  Zamarron is now 16-12-2 (4KO), of Austin, Texas. Cooper  earned her first world title,  and became the new IBA's (112 lb.)  Flyweight World Champion. Full Story

Ragosina vs. Goranova tonight 
By Ewan Whyte
January 15, 200
5

(JAN 15) Whilst there may be five women’s fights on the bill tonight at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, and Marylin Hernandez of the Dominican Republic, who is challenging Regina Halmich for the WIBF Flyweight Championship, certainly looks to be ..Full Story

McGee to Fight on Sacramento card
January 15, 2005

(JAN 15) On February 3, at the Arco Arena, in Sacramento, CA, Valanna McGee, 6-2-1(2KO) will be fighting Tawnyah Freeman in a six-round bout.  McGee, will be a boxer to be reckoned with and hope that Freeman is prepared to take on this lil' warrior who has already fought Kelsey Jeffries, and Eliza Olson, early in her boxing career.

Nickel Out to Avenge her one loss
January 13, 2005

(JAN 13) On  January 22, 2005, at the Fitzgerald’s Casino, in Tunica, Mississippi, Cristy “Code Red” Nickel, 6-1-0 (4KO), will be fighting Mariem “Punchenella” Brakache, 2-1-0 (1KO), in a rematch.  Nickel fought and lost to Brakache in April of 2004, and plans to avenge this loss!

Melinda Cooper Tackles Texan Anissa Zamarron
For Title

By David A. Avila
January 12, 2005

(JAN 12) Though only 19 years old, Melinda Cooper is considered one of the best female boxers in the world, but plans to retire after one more year of prizefighting.  So the Las Vegas-based fighter plans to go out with a blast.First off, Cooper will face Texas tough ..Full Story

Posted: The latest USA Boxing rankings
by A. Pollack
January 11, 2005

(JAN 11) Three Iowa women are in the top ten in their respective divisions.  Iowa City's Emily Klinefelter is ranked #1 at 110 pounds. She has more ranking points than any woman in any weight division this year, repeating this accomplishment for the second year in a row.  Iowa City's Katy Klinefelter is ranked #8 at 125 pounds after only one tournament as a senior woman (she just turned 17) Katy also finished the year ranked #2 as a junior 125 pound boxer (ages 15-16).  Davenport's Jill George is ranked #8 at 138 pounds, to see all of the rankings, go to usaboxing.org.

Goodson's Set to make comeback
by Team Goodson
January 10, 2005

(JAN 10) Team Goodson wrote an open letter to talk about Sarah Goodson's boxing career, they said the following....
"Sarah "The Thrilla from Manila" Goodson is making her come back.  She is ready to get the shots that others have been getting;  she has got title shots before but never prepared like a champ so she only twice achieved winning any of the belts (WEBA and a four round mid America title fight against Deanna Nance, not big titles at all).  But after a little time off she realizes that she wants to do more, before hanging them up!   And she wants to fight one of the champions out there but only if she gets to prepare like the other girls do not just a week or two notice. She believes that with some notice that she never has been giving she would be able to be a name to remember in women's boxing ! So after a few tune up fights she would like to fight, The new Korean champion Juhee Kim or maybe Vaia Zaganas, and if given this chance she promises to shock the world! Like fellow Philippino fighter Manny Pacquiao, when Sarah went back to the Philippines this last April to visit her family, all the people in her old neighborhood were so proud of her for being the first full blooded Philippino female boxer.....So now her new goal is to be the first female world champion from her country.  So look to see a new "Thrila from Manila " Not just a tough hard hitter, but a fighter who will fight and train like a champion! No excuses this time!"

Halmich to begin the new year fighting Hernandez in title defense
January 9, 2005

(JAN 9) On January 15, 2005, in Mahdeburg, Germany, Regina Halmich,  of Germany, will begin the year by defending her WIBF title against Marylin Hernandez, of the Dominican Republic. (Hernandez record seems to be changing on the net, so we will be contacting FIGHTFAX, the OFFICIAL record keepers of the sport for her record.)

One on One Interview with past boxer Lavonne Ludian!
By Sue TL Fox
January 8, 2005

(JAN 8) WBAN got an opportunity to talk with past boxer, Lavonne Ludian, who not only fought me in the late 1970’s, but she had a special relationship with Clint Eastwood, who has just scored a “Knockout” with Million Dollar Baby!   Full Interview with Photos

Ferreira accused in shooting
By Ewan Whyte
January 6, 2005

(JAN 6) According to reports in the Paraguayan press on Tuesday (4th Jan), Severino Riveros, former Paraguayan amateur champion, latterly active as both a promoter and trainer in Sao Paulo where he has lived for the last 15 years, has been shot dead allegedly by one of his pupils, 23-year-old Dávila Miura Ferreira, with whom he..Full Story

Press Release:  O'Neil has not been reinstated
January 5, 2005

(JAN 5) WBAN has received a press release from Ryan Wissow, in regards to today's article that Gwendolyn O'Neil had been reinstated under Luis Bello.  Wissow's press release stated the following: "I have informed..Full Details

The Men’s and Women’s U.S. Championships to Combine for the First Time, March 13-19, 2005
January 5, 2005

(JAN 5) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – For the first time in the history of USA Boxing, the Men and Women’s U.S. Championships will be a combined event, March 13-19, 2005 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs..More

One on One Interview with Dee Hamaguchi
by Dee Williams

January 3, 2005

(JAN 3) Dee Hamaguchi spearheaded women's participation in the New York Golden Gloves in 1995 and has competed as a pro boxer since 2000. She won the 1998 US national judo title at 45 kg, and she founded and manages Hamaguchi Martial Arts, her own judo, self-defense, Full Interview

Ali to fight Geigger
in Atlanta - February 11

Source: Press Release
January 3, 2005
Photo: J & P Photography

JAN 3) WBAN received notice today that on February 11, 2005, in Atlanta,  Laila "She Bee Stingin" Ali will be fighting Cassandra Geigger in a 10 round bout that will be the main event, and where Ali will defend her Super-middleweight WIBA title.  Press Release

WBAN's 2004 Yearly Awards!
January 2, 200
5

(JAN 2) WBAN has just posted the 2004 picks of the year.  Kelsey Jeffries has been named as "Fighter of the Year" two years in a row. WBAN had a Poll that boxing fans could give their valuable input into the 2004 picks, and with that poll, it helped WBAN nominate these boxers. To check out the 2004 Yearly Awards, Go here!

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