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Jessica Rakoczy named our WBAN February 2013 Fighter of the month!
January 31, 2013

(JAN 31) WBAN would like to congratulate Jessica Rakoczy, of Las Vegas, Nevada, who had just fought in a [122 lb] 10-round WIBA Junior Featherweight world title bout on January 24th against Ada Velez, of Florida, and won by a unanimous decision.

Jolene Blackshear Wins by Decision over Linda Soto
January 31, 2013

(JAN 31) Last night at the Las Pulgas, in Tijuana, Mexico, in the semi-main, Jolene Blackshear, San Diego, CA, won a six round unanimous decision over Linda Soto, from Chihuahua, Mexico The two were fighting in the junior flyweight division.  No other details at this time.

Latest News on Canadian Boxer Sandy Tsagouris!
January 30, 2013

(JAN 30)  WBAN just recently connected with Sandy Tsagouris, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to find out what she has been up to since her last fight in April of 2011.   Tsagouris fought as a professional from 2004 to 2011. Tsagouris told WBAN the following:..Full Story

WBAN adds "New Boxer on the Scene" Noemi Bosques
January 30, 2013

(JAN 30) WBAN has just added a new boxer on the scene, Noemi “La Rebelde" Bosques, 1-0-0, as a pro to our Boxers Profile segment.  Bosques, at age of three was influenced by boxing when her father use to play "Boxing" games with her---she later became a successful amateur boxer, and then turned pro in 2012!Full Biography

USA Boxing to Open 2013 International Action with Events in China and the Dominican Republic
by Julie Goldsticker
January 29, 2013

(JAN 29) USA Boxing is opening 2013 international action with two events on opposite sides of the globe. Team USA will travel to China and the Dominican Republic for competitions in February as a pair of athletes head to Beijing for a dual event, February 4-7, while eight boxers will compete in the Independence Cup in Santiago later in the month.  Full Story

Week Four: WBAN Weekly Review
by Sue TL Fox
January 28, 2012
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(JAN 28) This week in #4, we have had some controversial issues take place. First, we had word from other online news stories that Ava Knight wanted to take on a male boxer in an exhibition fight. Secondly, after Cecilia Braekhus challenged Holly Holm this coming July, and Holm accepting that challenge; we had Layla McCarter challenge Braekhus, and also Mia St. John put out a challenge. Braekhus did sign with one of the three for April 2013 in Denmark. She will be fighting Mia St. John...Full Story

Amateur Boxing: Sweden rules the roost in Oslo's ''Battle of Scandinavia"
by Michael O'Neill
January 28, 2013

(JAN 28) The ‘Battle of Scandinavia’ was fought this weekend, at least in the boxing ring, at the home of Oslo Bokseklubb in Jordalgata 12 in the Norwegian capital when male and female teams from Denmark, Finland and Sweden joined the host nation in the Four Nations Round Robin tournament.  This has always been a keenly contested tournament and this year proved no exception as fans enjoyed some great bouts before a highly appreciative audience....Full Story

Full Video Bopp vs. Portillo
January 28, 2013

(JAN 28) WBAN published the full fight video of the Yesica Bopp vs. Marisa Johanna Portillo fight that took place last night at the  Polideportivo Municipal, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bopp, 107, won by a decision over Portillo, 108, in a 10 rounder.  The two were fighting for the WBA and WBO light flyweight belts.
To check out the video, go here. 

Full Video:  Marcela Acuna vs.  Yesica Marcos! 
January 28, 2013

(JAN 28) WBAN has just posted the full video of the fight that took place at the Teatro Griego Juan Pablo Segundo, Mendoza, Argentina, Yesica Patricia Marcos, 121, and Marcela Acuna, 120¼, fought to a 10-round split draw.  The two were fighting for the  WBO/WBA super bantam belts. Video

Melissa Hernandez: Latest Update and Public Challenge to Oliveras!
by Sue TL Fox
January 27, 2013

(JAN 27)  WBAN has been on a mission this year,  to contact many of the female boxers to get the latest updates on what they are doing inside and outside the ring....Full Story

Latest Update on Rita Figueroa!
January 25, 2013

(JAN 25) WBAN has just caught up with Rita Figueroa, of Chicago who boxed professionally from 2004 to 2009. Figueroa told us the following in her LATEST Update! "I've been keeping pretty busy since retiring from boxing. Still working for AT&T, I am also now a certified Personal Trainer and co-owner of Empowered Health..Full Story

One Down, Two to go:  Braekhus vs. Mia St. John
by Sue TL Fox
January 25, 2013

(JAN 25) WBAN learned early this morning on "Facebook" that Cecilia Braekhus will be fighting one of three challengers that went public to challenge her.   Just to get boxing fans up to speed.  In December of 2012, Braekhus video'd her public challenge to Holly Holm to set up a fight in..Full Story

Jessica Rakoczy Wins WIBA World Title by decision
January 25, 2013

(JAN 25) Last night  at the Bricktown Event Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Jessica Rakoczy, 122, of Las Vegas, Nevada, won a 10-round unanimous decision over  Ada Velez, 122, of Miami, Florida. The two were fighting for the WIBA Junior Featherweight world title. All scores on cards were 99-90.  

Oliveras attends WBC Press Conference and brings up female boxers purses
Photos: Alma Montiel
January 23, 2013

(JAN 23) Yesterday a press conference was held with the WBC, and there were two female boxers attending the event.  According to the WBC online website, Alejandra “Locomotora” Oliveras (28-2-2, 15 KO’s) from Santa Fe, Argentina visited the WBC offices to express her desire to fight for the WBC featherweight female title...Full Story

Mia St. John Steps up to challenge Cecilia Braekhus!
January 23, 2012

(JAN 23) This week on VG Nett [Boksing] there was a story with video on Mia "The Knockout" St. John, who talked about fighting Cecilia Braekhus. St. John said in the interview, "I want to go anywhere to fight Cecilia." St. John went on to say that she would be excited to fight Braekhus, that she is ready to do so, and that Cecilia should be afraid of a knockout. Video

Week Three: WBAN Weekly Review
by Sue TL Fox
January 22, 2012

(JAN 21)  In week three of our WBAN Weekly Review, we had a variety of action going on in the sport.  We did "latest updates" on two retired female boxers, Brenda Bell-Drexel and Deborah "Knockout" NicholsPepe Rodriguez sent in a story this week, on Mariana "Barbie" Juarez, that included some of her thoughts as to what 2013 will bring in her boxing career;  Michael O'Neill covered two amateur events with one taking place in France and the other in Serbia; We also did a review on "Episode 1" on "Boxer Chicks" with Terri Moss; we did a couple of pre-fight reports on two boxing events that include female boxing on the card.....and much, much more!...Full Story

Boxing: Sophie Revel is Boxer of the Tournament at 2013 French Amateur National Championships
By Michael O’Neill
January 21, 2013

(JAN 21) There was to be no fifth consecutive French Senior (69kg) title for Gihade Lagmiry when the 2013 French Amateur Senior Championships reached the finals stage at the Gymnase Lucan in Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines) on Saturday night.  The 25 years old, ninth year medical student representing U.S.Chambray was surprisingly defeated by Erika Guerrier in a low scoring bout, 9-7 with the fourth round proving all decisive.  New champion – and second seed - Guerrier admitted later that it was a difficult fight for her, adding: “ It is a victory with many emotions. Gihade is my friend. I made many sacrifices in 2012 in trying to qualify for the Olympic Games. Now I am looking forward to Rio 2016, and am more motivated than ever”...Full Story

Castaneda to fight Maria Suarez in Rematch on Gary Shaw Productions Card
January 21, 2013
Photo: Castaneda

(JAN 21)  On January 25, 2013, Gary Shaw Productions is scheduled to have his first of "more to come boxing events in 2013" at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California. The upcoming event is entitled "Central Coast Championship Night".  There will be a female bout featured on the card.  Maria Suarez, 2-0-1 will fight Abigail Castaneda, 3-1-2, of Torrance, California. The two will be fighting either a four or six rounder in the super flyweight division. This will be a rematch for the two. In their first fight that took place on September 21, 2012, Castaneda, 114, fought to a four-round majority...Full Story

Deborah Nichols:  Still going Strong 14 Years after Boxing!
by Sue TL Fox
January 20, 2013

(JAN 20) Maybe some of the newer boxers in the sport may not know Deborah "Knockout" Nichols, a 5'7", featherweight, from Dalton, Georgia----but I will tell you that when she boxed from 1997 - 1999, keeping a pristine professional boxing record of 8-0-2 (4KO), and earning two world title championships with the IFBA and IBA, she was a hot boxing star in the time she was fighting!  Full Story

McCarter Annouces her "Public Challenge" to
Cecilia Braekhus!
by Sue TL Fox
January 19, 2013

(JAN 19) In December of 2012, undefeated female multi-world boxing champion Cecilia Braekhus, put out a public video challenge to Holly Holm, when Braekhus comes to Las Vegas, Nevada in July, Holm said that she would take up that challenge. So lets fast forward to...Full Story

Check out the First Episode of Boxer Chicks!
by Sue TL Fox
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background of Moss:
January 18, 2013

(JAN 18)  WBAN just viewed the first episode of Boxer Chicks on Vimeo, produced by Tomorrow Pictures TV [tomorrowpictures.tv], that has produced a series on female boxing.  We thoroughly enjoyed the first episode and have embedded the video on WBAN.  In the first episode Terri Moss talks about the inherent social bias of being a female fighter. For many female and fighter are two words that don't go together, for Terri that is the meaning of life. Full Video and details

Brenda Bell-Drexel...You have come a LONG Way Baby after suffering a devastating injury!
by Sue TL Fox
January 18, 2013

(JAN 18) "Tiger Lady" Brenda Bell-Drexel has had a very long road in the world of female boxing----and now a long road in a recovery process after experiencing a devastating brain injury. Brenda began her professional boxing career in January of 1998, fighting the best of the best.  There is probably no one in this sport who could say that Brenda fought an easy bout in her 33 plus fights.   Her last fight took place in April of 2006---and then...WBAN did not hear much from Brenda Bell-Drexel.  Full Story

WBAN adds 'New Boxer on the Scene' Heather "The Heat" Hardy!
January 17, 201

(JAN 17) WBAN has just added Heather Hardy, 3-0-0 (0KO) of Bronx, New York, to our Boxers Profile Segment.   Hardy first began taking kickboxing classes after having her daughter, to get back in shape. She was soon asked to join the fighting team where after just three weeks of ever having ..Full Biography

Johnson to fight Ramirez on Little Creek Casino Resort in Association with Roy Engelbrecht Promotions card!
January 13, 2013

(SHELTON, WA) –Little Creek Casino Resort in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions is proud to present “Fight Club at Little Creek Casino Resort” - 26 scheduled rounds of live, boxing excitement! The first bout will begin at 7pm on February 23, 2013 in the Skookum Creek Event Center at Little Creek Casino Resort. Following his stirring career-defining win over Yohan Banks in December, undefeated Washington state heavyweight talent Vincent Thompson will be back in the ring looking for his 13 straight victory facing Harvey Jolly in the Main Event on the inaugural Fight Club show..Full Story

“La Barbie” is ready for the year ahead
Story and photos by
Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
January 16, 2013

Mariana Juarez is eager to get into action this 2013 after all she lived last year which ended with a victory, but also suffered a defeat against Ava Knight, who won in 10 rounds by unanimous decision. The past year proved to be a year of...Full Story

Ava Knight to fight Susana Vazquez for IBF Title
January 16, 2013

(JAN 16) On January 26, 2013, at the Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico, Ava "Lady of Boxing" Knight, of Chico, California,  will be defending her IBF Flyweight title and WBC Diamond Flyweight title in a 10-round bout against Susana Vazquez, of Toluca, México.

Amateur Boxing: Report from the 2nd 'Nations Cup' in Serbia
by  Michael O'Neill
January 16, 2013
(additional reporting
courtesy: abae.co.uk

(JAN 16) The 2nd “Nations Cup” for Women , under the auspices of the EUBC, was held in Zrenjanin, Serbia between 8th and 13th January with a record entry of 167 boxers, 43 of whom were in the Senior elite division. Zrenjanin is located in the eastern part of Vojvodina, Serbia and has some 76,511 citizens within its city boundaries. Some fifteen countries provided the 167 contestants with the largest squads coming from Kazakhstan (31), Serbia (29) , Russia (22) ..Full Story

Week Two: WBAN Weekly Review
by Sue TL Fox
January 14, 2012

(JAN 14) In our new segment on WBAN, we are into "week two" of the "WBAN Weekly Review".  During this week, WBAN ran many stories and have been in contact with many of the female boxers.  We anticipate more updates on these boxers, and hopefully add new biographies of some of the boxers who are new on the scene.  Our featured updates of boxers for the week was...Full Story

Boxing: European Amateur season gets under way with Golden Girl Box Cup in Borås.
By Michael O’Neill
January 13, 2013

(JAN 13) The European Women's Amateur circuit held one of its most popular early season tournaments this weekend in Borås , Sweden where some 114 boxers took part in this year’s Golden Girl BC Box Cup in the town’s Boråshallen. For those who do not know the region well, Borås is a locality and the seat of Borås Municipality, in Västra Götaland County boasting some 66,273 inhabitants in the 2010 census. The Golden Girl Tournament was first held there in 2009 when 70 of the best female boxers in Europe came to fight for the title "GOLDEN GIRL" – an award that went to England’s Hannah Beharry. By 2011 some 80 boxers took part in the tournament organised by the local club’s Ray Husac and Lina Erlandsson.  Full Story

Latest News Update on
Ann-Marie Saccurato
by Sue TL Fox
January 13, 2013

(JAN 13) WBAN got an opportunity to meet up with former multi-world champion Ann-Marie Saccurato this week, to catch up on what she has been up to as of late. I had the pleasure of doing some media coverage at a training camp a couple of years ago in California, and being able to see Saccurato in action as a coach working with amateur and pro boxers. I spoke to Saccurato about what she is doing "in" and "out" of the ring. Saccurato said ....Full Story

Morelli Wins by a Majority Decision over Rola El Halabi
January 13, 2013

(JAN 13) We have just received the results from Germany where
Germany-based Italian Lucia Morelli won the vacant World Boxing Federation Women’s World Lightweight title last night. The boxing event took place at the Ratiopharm Arena in Neu Ulm, Germany, scoring a close majority decision over Rola El Halabi....Full Story

The First Junior World Team Open Champion is Crowned in First Day Action in Reno
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
January 9, 2013
Photo: Crutchfield

(JAN 9) Female featherweight JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) won the first gold medal of the inaugural Junior World Team Open in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday evening. The female featherweight championship bout was the final contest of the night with 10 bouts of action being contested on opening day. Gonzalez finished the night with a bang, taking the title with a stoppage win over Anna Crutchfield (Travelers Rest, S.C.)....Full Story

Unusual Boxing Card in Slovakia!
January 9, 2013

(JAN 9)  On January 6, at the Sportova hala MSO, Šturovo, Slovakia, there was a boxing card that had a "mini-tournament final" that had the women fighting twice on the card. lightweight Dalia Vasarhelyi won a four-round unanimous decision over Rita Kenessey. then she fought again this night against Dalia ...Full Details on Fight Results Segment

Feliciano to fight Vincent to fight in Connecticut
January 9, 2013

 (JAN 9) On January 19th at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, female boxers Nydia Feliciano, of Bronx, New York,  will be fighting Michele Vincent, Providence, Rhode Island,  in a six-rounder at 122 lbs. In the Main and co-main will feature ten round bout with Sergey Kovalev vs. Gabriel Campillo, and Curtis Stevens vs. Elvin Ayala.

Latest Update: Kathy Rivers May Return to the ring!
January 9, 2013

(JAN 9) WBAN received a latest update on retired world champion  Kathy Rivers, who boxed professionally from 1998 to 2007, and accumulated a 14-5-3 (5KO).  She held many world title championships fighting anywhere from super middleweight to heavyweight. Kathy told WBAN, "Since I retired from boxing, Bert...Full Story

New Boxer on Scene: Looking to Make her Pro Debut
January 8, 2013

(JAN 8) Susan Reno, born Susan Merlucci in Summit, New Jersey, grew up in the small town of Hackettstown, New Jersey. She dabbled in athletics like fencing and basketball but leaned more towards art, music and theater. At the age of 18, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, to study art at Pratt institute. Due to some financial obstacles as many young people find themselves in living on their own, she did not continue in school, but remained in New York City.   Full Story

Garcia Wins by Decision for WBA Belt; Millan and Valverde fight to a draw
January 7, 2013

(JAN 7) On Saturday night, in Mexico City, Mexico, Irma Garcia, 118, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Janeth Perez. In a second bout on the card, Isabel Millan, 113½, had a split draw with Estrella Valverde, 117½. Full videos on the latest fight results segment on WBAN.

Week One: WBAN Weekly Review
by Sue TL Fox
January 6, 2013

(JAN 6) WBAN has created a new segment beginning this year, the "WBAN Weekly Review".  This addition will do a weekly "recap" of news that has come in, reports,  and other boxing snippets around the world. Full Review of WBAN's Activity

Terri Moss Kicks Off Busy 2013
by Amy Green
January 5, 2013

(JAN 5) Retired world champion Terri Moss is already making the best of 2013. Her popular Atlanta Corporate Fight Night returns for its sixth show January 24 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill in Atlanta. “Six shows in two years, ACFN has really grown, and the corporate fighters are really to be commended for taking on such an amazing challenge. The show has gotten attention from other cities so look for Corporate Fight Night to be on the road very soon,” Terri said....Full Story

January 2013 WBAN World Rankings!
January 4, 2013

(JAN 4) Dee Williams has just posted our first world ratings for 2013! Check out the "just listed"  WBAN January 2013 world independent and computerized rankings.  This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings, and they are independent ratings. To check out the latest rankings, Go Here!

USA Boxing to Host the Inaugural Junior World Team Open, January 7-11 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada
by Julie Goldsticker
January 3, 2013

(JAN 3) USA Boxing will hold the first-ever Junior World Team Open, January 7-11 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. The event will showcase many of the nation’s top 15 and 16-year-old boxers as the male competitors vie for the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2013 AIBA Junior Men’s World Championships in August.  Tournament action is scheduled to begin with preliminary round action on Monday, January 7 with each session starting nightly at 6 p.m. at the Sierra State Pavilion at the Grand Sierra Resort. Quarterfinal competition will take place on Wednesday, January 9 and semifinal round action will be contested on Thursday, January 10. The finalists will compete in championship night action on Friday, January 11. ..Full Story

Janeth Perez to fight Irma Garcia in WBA Title Bout
January 3, 2012

(JAN 3) On Saturday night at the Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro, Mexico City, Mexico, in what may one of the first female bouts of the year, Janeth Perez, 17-0-0 (4KO), of Jalisco, Mexico, will be fighting Irma Garcia, 5-0-1 (1KO), of Mexico City, Mexico, for the WBA Bantamweight title.

WBAN 2012 Yearly Awards!
January 2, 2013

(JAN 2, 2013)  WBAN has just posted the Yearly Awards, and they are VERY extensive.  This was THE most difficult year to have our top picks because in 2012 we had so many outstanding amateurs and professional boxers in the sport!  To go to our picks which we consider every fighter "Worldwide" go here!

New Segment on WBAN included in Awards
January 2, 2013

(JAN 2) WBAN has added a new segment, beginning 2012, that features any and every female boxer who was our " 2012 WBAN Fighter of the Month" and ANY fighter who was ranked #1 in our independent ratings in 2012. We would like to give a yearly recognition of the accomplishments of these boxers! Link to Special Honors

What is on the Horizon for WBAN in 2013?
by Sue TL Fox
January 1, 2013

(JAN 1) I would like to talk about some of the new changes and what I would like to add to my "Hit List" in 2013.  First off....with the WBAN 2012 Yearly Awards that will be posted later today---- I would like to tell everyone that we are adding something special to this biggest yearly segment that we have had on WBAN every year since 2000.  Full Story

2013:  Latest update on Mia "The Knockout" St. John!
January 1, 2013

(JAN 1) WBAN had an opportunity this week to talk with Mia "The Knockout" St. John, and she gave us an update on what has been going on with her life in and out of the ring, and what see anticipates for 2013!...Full Story

Happy New Years to All!
January 1, 2013

(JAN 1, 2013) Stay tune for the WBAN 2012 Yearly Awards to be posted on January 1, 2013!  There are lots of great picks of our women who were chosen for these yearly awards. We are just finishing up on the awards and they will be up very soon sometime today!







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