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JULY 2005

Anani to be guest on ESPN Tuesday Night Fights
July 31, 2005

(JULY 31) Sumya 'The Island Girl' Anani will be Teddy Atlas' guest on ESPN Tuesday Night Fights on August 2nd.  Sumya stunned the female boxing world in 1998 with a decision win over the "then"  prime Christy Martin. Harold Lederman, of HBO, said "It was absolutely one of the most amazing fights I ever saw!! Christy tried everything, but couldn't stop...More

Sanders Wins by decision
By WBAN's Senior Editor
July 31, 2005

DETROIT -- Although Mary Jo Sanders didn’t earn a million bucks for her win Saturday night, her Detroit fans sure thought she fought like it.  Sanders earned the WBC Interim Welterweight belt with a unanimous decision win over tough Elisa Olson to improve to 17-0 in her career. As expected, Sanders was the more efficient tactician, although she did absorb a few of Olson’s looping hooks which earned the California-based challenger the admiration of many in the Cobo Arena crowd of 3,000.  Full Story

Tonight: Sanders vs. Olson
WBAN Senior Editor
©Photo by J & P Photography
July 30, 2005

DETROIT – It’s only appropriate that Mary Joe Sanders is fighting in her backyard, because she expects Eliza Olson to turn their WBC welterweight championship fight into a brawl.
“We have two different styles. She’s more of a come-right-at-you brawler and I’m a boxer-puncher so it’s going to be a good fight,” said Sanders, who tipped the scales at 142 pounds Friday evening and looks to keep a perfect 16-0 (5 KO) record unblemished. “But you just have to really ..Full Story

Chamblin to fight on Louisiana card
July 29, 2005

(JULY 29) On August 27th, at the Paragon Casino and Resort, in Marksville, Louisiana, and promoted by Rivas Warriors Boxing Promotions, World Middleweight and Light-Heavyweight Champion, Reggie “Sweet” Johnson (42-7-1) is back with a vengeance and this time he says he has a ‘William Gutherie’ frame of mind. Gutherie (30-3) was the IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion ...Full Story

Latest Update on Hallback!
July 29, 2005
©Photo by Mary Ann Owen

(JULY 29) Infinity Boxing LLC is proud to announce that Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback, the current WIBA and IBA super featherweight world champion and WBA/WBC #1 ranked female fighter has become a member of the Infinity Management Family.  More

Police Officer Muhammad to fight July 29th in Warren!
July 28, 2005

(JULY 28) Tomorrow night at the Decarlo’s Convention and Banquet Center, in Warren, Michigan, light heavyweight Cheryl Muhammad, 3-0 (3KO), 5’6”, 170 lbs., will be fighting Celeste Jackson, pro debut, from Battle Creek.  34-year old Muhammad, is a Detroit police officer by day---boxer by night. She also donates her time working with battered women in shelters in her area.  Full Story

Looking for a fight?
July 28, 2005

(JULY 28) Promoters are looking for an opponent to fight featherweight Valanna McGee, 10-2-1 (4KO), of Sacramento,  at the Raddison Hotel, in Sacramento, California, on August 26th. The fight will be a six-rounder at $2,000. IF interested, you can contact them at www.cjrwarrior@aol.com

Lewis to fight against Razo
July 28, 2005

(JULY 28) Roy Englebrecht Promotions is proud to announce the first ever female boxing match to be held at the California State Fair, Sunday, August 28th, as part of their "Knockout Night At The Fair" show. The Fair is held on the grounds of Cal Expo in Sacramento, and begins at 7:15pm.,, More

Dobbs to fight Belinzsky for Title!
July 27, 2005

(JULY 27) The fight has been confirmed---Stephanie "All Action"  Dobbs will face Kristina Belinzsky on September 3, 2005 in Budapest, Hungary. The fight will be for the GBU Minimum weight Title. This fight has been brewing for the past year and began with Stephanie calling out Kristina on a Hungarian boxing forum. The fight was made and cancelled about three times.  Full Story

Sanders to fight Olson for WBC Title
July 26, 2005

(JULY 26) We may not have "Million Dollar Ladies" Lucia Rijker and Christy Martin fighting on July 30th, since Rijker managed to get injured before one of the highest paying women's bout that would have taken place in women's boxing on this date.  Full Story

  Latest Update: Goodson will not be fighting Belinszky
July 25, 2005

(JULY 25) On September 3, 2005, in Ujlak, Hungary,   Krisztina Belinszky of Hungary will be fighting a Strawweight World Championship bout, but her opponent will not be Sarah "The Thrilla from Manila" Goodson.  WBAN was told that Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs will be fighting Belinszky.  More to follow...Sue TL Fox

Salazar defeats Valley by TKO
July 24, 2005

(JULY 24) On July 21, 2005, at the Arco Arena, in Sacramento, California, Heavyweight Martha Salaza stopped Marsha Valley 1:49 seconds of the fourth round in a scheduled six rounder. This was the third match for the two with Valley winning the first bout, and Salazar winning the second.

  Press Conference in Germany
July 23, 2005

(JULY 23)  It was announced at a press conference yesterday, that Regina Halmich will be fighting Maria Jesus Rosa in her next fight on September 10th.  The fight will take place in her home turf of Karlsruhe. This will be Halmich's 50th fight.  Halmich also talked about an expected rematch with Elena Reid in December. Halmich said at the press conference, that the Reid fight will not be her last appearance in the ring, although she expect to hang up the gloves in the not too distant future.

Rakoczy Stops Couch
July 22, 2005

(JULY 22) Yesterday in Lemoore, California, on a Fox Sports Net card (aired Sunday), Jessica Rakoczy, retained her IBA World lightweight title and won the WBC title, when she stopped Jane Couch in the sixth round.
Huge Digital Photo Gallery, #273 

  Female Boxer Krysti Rosario Punches Up Chic Sports Radio
July 21, 2005

(JULY 21) Chic Sports Radio, the only radio show in the world that covers women's sports has announced the July 22, 2005 line up.  Krysti Rosario, the 1998 Everlast Women's National Champion and Athlete Representative on the national board of directors for USA Boxing joins us for the latest on the sport of women's professional boxing. Rosario, in addition to her many other activities in boxing, most recently was the commentator for the Elena Reid fight previously...Full Story

Three title fights Aug. 26 in Providence - CES show...
July 20, 2005

PROVIDENCE (July 20, 2005) - Professional boxing returns to Providence August 26, featuring three championship fights at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) president Jimmy Burchfield announced today.  Full Story

  Lucia Rijker is injured during Training-Million Dollar Lady PPV is Off!
Press Release: Top Rank
July 20, 2005

(JULY 20) Las Vegas - Superstar Lucia Rijker is injured, sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon while training and as a result Top Rank's 'Million Dollar Lady' championship boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 30 is off.
Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Full Story

Lisa "Bad News" Brown Joins Rock & Sock Productions
July 20, 2005

(JULY 20) IWBF Bantamweight champion Lisa Brown has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with “A Ring of Their Own” promoters Rock & Sock Productions.
Brown, (11-1-2, 4 KO’s) just claimed a victory over Kelli Cofer on June 18 in Edmonton, Alberta on an “A Ring of Their Own” card. Lisa is an exciting addition to the talented fighters already under contract to Rock & Sock, including
Asa Sandell  and Elena "Baby Doll" ReidFull Story

  Congratulations to Kathy Collins!
July 18, 2005

(JULY 18) Yesterday, on Sunday, July 17th, four times World Champion Kathy "Wild Cat" Collins had her first child, a girl, named Savannah G.  WBAN would like to say congratulations to both Kathy and her husband, Frankie G.  Now WBAN is wondering, is the women's boxing world going to see Collins back in the ring? hmmm...time will tell!

Vela Wins over Contreras
July 17, 2005
©Photo and results
by J & P Photography

(JULY 17) Last night in Kinder Louisiana, Audrey Vela won a four-round unanimous decision over Maria Contreras. Vela did not show up for the weigh-in due to still being on the road.  Contreras was there and weighed-in at 115 lbs.  J & P Photography covered this event. Huge MPEG/Photo Gallery #272 just posted!

BoxRec Responds to WBAN about rating “0” win boxers
July 17, 2005

(JULY 17) WBAN posted a story on there are no shortcuts in boxing this week, and referred to a comment made by a boxer who was 1-0-0, and in the same breath she said that a future possible world title fight could be in the making for her, and that she was “rated” on BoxRec.  More

Bianchini to fight Brown for WBC title
July 17, 2005

(JULY 17) On August 7, 2005, in Rimini, Stefania Bianchini of Italy will be fighting Cathy Brown of the UK for the vacant WBC World Flyweight title.  This will be a rematch for the two, when they fought previously for the EBU European Flyweight championship. Bianchini was defending her EBU title and won by a decision.

  What is YOUR Prediction?!
July 16, 2005

(JULY 16) WBAN has just posted a "What is your Prediction - Christy Martin vs. Lucia Rijker" Poll to let boxing fans have the floor on voting who they think will win. Then you can check out the instant results and stats, that are posted immediately.    Vote Here

  Top Rank Hosts Dinner with Rijker!
Photos and Story     
By Mary Ann Owen                
 Prediction Poll

(JULY 16) On Friday, July 15th,  Top Rank hosted a dinner with Lucia Rijker promoting their "Million Dollar Lady" Pay-Per-View Boxing event.  Rijker will be fighting her nemesis Christy Martin in a 10-round WBC World title at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas,  July 30, 2005.  Lucia Rijker was very gracious with the press,  answering questions about the up and coming fight with Martin.  Full Story with photos

Can't Keep This Boxer down!
July 16, 2005

(JULY 16) Even though Layla McCarter of Las Vegas, Nevada, was injured in her last fight, on June 18, in Edmonton, Canada---She is in the gym staying busy and training. Team McCarter told WBAN, "She can't live without the gym, and we anticipate that she will be back in action in November!" 

The Confusion and Controversy with  Tsagouris bout
By Rick McLean
& Anna Kosinska
July 15, 2005

(JULY 15) Last night in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada,  Sandy Tsagouris (3-0, 2KO’s), was supposed to fight Sharon Gaines (8-4, 2KO’s) of Kansas City, Missouri, but there was much confusion and Controversy concerning this fight---and this fight did not take place. Full Story

  Results: Ward Wins IBA Cruiserweight title
July 15, 2005

(JULY 15) Tonight at the Gund Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio, Vonda Ward, now (22-1) won the World Cruiserweight IBA belt when she defeated Cassandra Geigger. with a unanimous decision.  According to WBAN's insider, Geigger was knocked down twice.  Final judges scores were 100-88.

  Christy Martin: "Best Shape of My Career"
By Bernie McCoy
July 15, 2005

(JULY 15) The English author Samuel Johnson once said, "Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." Christy Martin is on the verge of a great undertaking and, it appears, she has the first requisite pretty well covered. "I'm in the best shape of my career," Martin told me by phone, recently, from her training headquarters in Florida. Given the fact that Christy Martin has been boxing, professionally, for almost fifteen years and has had over fifty fights, a "best shape ever" claim is no small boast. Full Story

There are no shortcuts in boxing
By Sue TL Fox
July 15, 2005
(Courtesy photo of accomplished
amateur boxer Vanessa Juarez)

(JULY 15) WBAN continues to speak with women boxers who seem to think that they can take a “shortcut” in the sport, by fighting professionally, with little or no experience, fighting title fights, with insignificant records or experience, and/or continue to take fights where they are overmatched.  Full Story

Turning Stone to Host Championship Fight Card Aug. 13
July 14, 2005

(JULY 14) Oneida Nation Homelands— Three UBA championship fights are on the card for the “Summer Storm” at Turning Stone Resort and Casino’s Event Center on Saturday, Aug. 13. The night of professional boxing also includes undefeated Utican Jamar Patterson and a women’s match featuring Amy Burton of Syracuse. Full Story

Results: “A Ring of Their Own” Guyana Card
Source: Press Release
July 13, 2005

(JULY 13) WBAN has received the latest results from the "A Ring of Their Own" all-women's card that took place on July 9th, in Georgetown, Guyana. In light heavyweight action Gwendolyn O'Neil scored an eight round unanimous decision over ..Full Story

Jeffries Featured on HP Pavilion
July 13, 2005

(JULY 13) Miller Lite Fight Night at the Tank returns to HP Pavilion and with it returns the same hard-hitting action that Bay Area boxing fans have come to enjoy. The action is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. The following press release stated the following..  Full Story

Results: Valentini Wins by Unanimous decision
July 12, 2005

(JULY 12) Tonight on ESPN2's Tuesday Night Fights, at the Playboy Mansion, in Los Angeles, California, on the undercard and televised, Rita Valentini, 124.5, won a four-round unanimous decision over Crystal Morales, 128. Final judges scores were 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37 for Valentini.

TKO Tuesday Invades Lula
Source: Press Release
©Photo by Tony Duffy
July 12, 2005

(JULY 12) Southaven, MS – On July 19th, “TKO TUESDAY” will invade Lula, MS Helena, AK and the greater regions of the mid-south as the Isle of Capri Casino & Prize Fight Boxing present 8 exciting fights televised nationally on ESPN2’s Tuesday Night Fight series to over 80 million homes nationwide. Headlining the great night of fights will be Lamont Peterson 11-0 (6 KO’s) vs Miguel Angel Torresillas 16-4-1 (7 KO’s) in a 10 round Jr. Welterweight main event. Lamont will take..Full Story

  Tonight: Morales to face Valentini
July 12, 2005

(JULY 12) Tonight on  ESPN2's Tuesday Night Fights, at the Playboy Mansion, in Los Angeles, California, on the undercard, Crystal Morales, 124.5, will be fighting Rita Valentini, 128. WBAN has been told that the Morales-Valentini bout will be televised.  Mia “The Knockout” St. John will also be a featured guest at the event.

Belgium's Nathalie Toro!
July 11, 2005

(JULY 11) WBAN has just added a hot photo gallery of boxing sensation Nathalie Toro 14-0-0 (6KO), of Ličge, Belgium.  Toro trains in Ličge with her boyfriend and trainer Sergio Orlandazzi in her own gym "Le Phoenix". She is managed by Francis Chetter. To check out the latest hot photo gallery #271, Go Here

Jeffries vs. Colbert!
July 10, 2005

(JULY 10)WBAN has published a huge digital photo gallery of the Kelsey Jeffries vs. Kimberly Colbert bout, photo gallery #270.  WBAN now houses over 5,780 huge photos of women's boxing on the WBAN Records Member site! ©photo by Rick Baker

Lamare retained her WBA Super
Lightweight Title

By Ewan Whyte
July 10, 2005

(JULY 10) Myriam Lamare, retained her title in the south of France last night when she stopped 19-year-old Iva Weston of Trinidad in the third round. Weston had begun well enough, using her reach and a snapping left jab to keep Lamare at bay, but the fight began to slip away from her the moment she threw the right: Lamare ducked under it and hit her with a left to the solar plexus that bent her double and set the pattern for the fight. Moments late...Full Story/with photos

Ragosina Wins defeats Mahfood
source: Ewan Whyte/Jon Fox
July 10, 2005

(JULY 10) Last night at the Life Sportpark Herrenkrug, in Magdeburg, Germany and promoted by Sports Event Steinforth, Natascha Ragosina, originally from Khazakstan, and fights out of Germany, now 7-0-0 (4KO), remained undefeated when she won by a 10-round unanimous decision over Valerie Mahfood, now 19-9-1 (9KO). The two were fighting for the WIBF super-middleweight (168 lb) continental title. Final judges scores were 99-91, 100-90, and 100-90. The fight was televised by DSF.   Full Story

  Rijker and Martin, Like Frazier and Ali
By David
A. Avila
July 8, 2005
©photo by Mary Ann Owen

(JULY 8) Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker are to female boxing what Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were to men’s prizefighting.  After trading barbs and insults like two spitfires since 1999, Martin (46-3-2, 31 Kos) and Rijker (17-0, 14 Kos) finally meet on July 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to nail down....Full Story

  Lamare to fight Weston for WBA title
July 6, 2005

(JULY 6) On July 9, in Paris, France, Myriam Lamare, 10-0-0 (5KO), of Marseille, France, will be fighting Iva Weston, 9-2-0 (1KO), for the WBA junior welterweight title.  Weston's only losses were against opponents, Aga Rylik and Belinda Laracuente. (Inset photo: Lamare)

Sanders to fight Olson for WBC title!
July 5, 2005

(JULY 5) On Saturday, July 30, at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, Mary Jo Sanders (16-0, 5 KOs) will meet Eliza Olson (8-4-3, 2 KOs) of Fresno, California for the WBC Junior Welterweight World Title over 10 rounds. Full Story

Latest updates on WBAN Bios!
July 6, 2005

(JULY 6) Dee Williams has been busy at work adding many more women boxers to the Boxers Profile segment!  Check out the latest bios on Jeri Sitzes, Snodene Blakeney, Gina Nicholas and more!

  Fireworks in July
By Bernie McCoy
July 4, 2005

(JULY 4) April, as Mr. Eliot has told us, is the cruelest month. On the other hand, July will be not be a "Waste Land" as far as the sport of Women's boxing is concerned. On the thirtieth day of the month, Lucia Rijker and Christy Martin are scheduled to climb into a Las Vegas ring in a prototypal affirmation of the adage, "better late than never." Full Story

  Biggers to fight in South Carolina
July 4, 2005

(JUL 4) On July 16, 2005, Cumulus Florence Presents "World Championship Boxing" event, that will be held at the Florence Civic Center, in Florence, South Carolina.  Donna Bigger, of Columbia, will be featured on this card. Her opponent has not been named at this time. Doors open at 7 p.m. and fights begin at 8 p.m.

  Results: Reid defeats Dobbs
July3, 2005
©Photo by Mary Ann Owen
  Fight Photo Gallery with weigh-in and press conference photos #268

(JULY 3) Last night in Reno, Nevada, on a Showtime card (not televised, Elena "Baby Doll"  Reid, 111.5, won a six-round unanimous decision over Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs,111. WBAN was told that the fight was very good. In the first round, Reid knocked Dobbs to the canvas.  Final judges scores were 60-51, 60-51, and 60-53.

  Kentikian Wins by TKO; Sahin by decision
July 3, 2005

(JULY 3) Last night at the Color Line Arena, in Hamburg, Germany, on a Universum Box Promotion, Susianna Kentikian, 108, made a short night of when she stopped Simona Pencakova, 1:14 seconds of the second round by TKO. In a second woman’s bout, Julia Sahin, defeated Oksana Romanova, 110 Ľ, with an eight round unanimous decision..   

  Hearns to make comeback, with son Ronald Hearns, and Mary Jo Sanders!
July 2, 2005

(JULY 2) Yesterday a press conference was held at the Pontchartrain Hotel in downtown Detroit,  in regards to the upcoming card on July 30, 2005, that will be held at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Michigan. The event is being ..Full Story






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