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JULY 2014

Women’s Boxing Action this Weekend
By Sue TL Fox
July 31, 2014

(JULY 31)  WBAN’s wrap up for this coming weekend’s boxing action in women’s boxing worldwide. On Friday, August 1st, the action begins on boxing cards on the following: ARGENTINA: At the Club Unión Eléctrica, in Cordoba, Argentina, in an eight round bout, Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite, 21-4-1 (13KO), of Cordoba will be fighting in a non-title bout against Anahi Yolanda Salles, 4-12-2 (1KO), of Buenos Aires. Gaite has fought two Interim WBO Bantamweight world title fights in 2014, losing both of those bouts by split decision. For Salles, this will be the third bout with Gaite, with the last fight with Gaite being a no contest, and in 2012 having a six-round split draw.  Full Story

Update:  Phyllis Kugler, a boxer in the 1950s
July 31, 2014

(JULY 30)  In 2002, WBAN had the pleasure of interviewing Phyllis Kugler, pioneer boxer from the 1950s, who fought Joann Hagen, Barbara Buttrick, and was one of the boxers in the past who helped pave the way for female boxers of today.  We received an update on Kugler, and was notified that she passed away on March 6, 2014. Full Story on Kugler

Women's Boxing: The Next Step
by Bernie McCoy
July 28, 2014

(JULY 28) Thus far this year, the sport of professional Women's boxing, in the United States, where the vast majority of female fighters reside and train, has progressed, (if that term can be stretched far enough to apply), along much the same lines as the past five, quite possibly ten years have unfolded in the sport. To use what we used to call a twenty-five cent word, the sport, for far too long, has existed in a state of stasis; a sense of almost literal motionlessness.  ..Full Story

Results from Spain:  Kali Reis vs. Mikaela Lauren
Photos:  Charlie Miralles
Source/Mary del Pino
July 28, 2014

(JULY 28)  On July 18th, and promoted by Chute Boxe, in a women's bout, It was the fight of the night,at the Pabellon Municipal, Valencia, Spain. Both women brought their best into the ring for an all-out eight-round battle at 152 lb. ..Full Story

Anne Sophie Mathis Wins by KO over Christina Hammer .....Oh, then gets the WIN taken from her for an Illegal Blow?
by Sue TL Fox
July 27, 2014

(JULY 27) Christina Hammer received an EARLY Christmas Gift last night when she gets KO'd by her opponent and then gets to strap on TWO WORLD TITLE BELTS!  Wow, didn't know that Christmas would come so early for Germany's Christina Hammer who KEEPS her "undefeated" boxing record after being KO'd by her opponent from France, Anne Sophie Mathis! ..Full Story

Noemi Bosques to Fight on  August 1st in Florida
July 26, 2014

(JULY 26) On Friday, August 1, 2014, it is "Bombs Away" at the Ala Carte Tampa, Florida! All Star Boxing, Pier 6 Promotions and
Telemundo Tampa will host Telemundo’s popular sports program Boxeo Telemundo Ford at the mecca of boxing in Tampa the Ala Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa, Fl 33634. .Full Story

Determination to succeed
by Kelsey Jeffries
July 24, 2014

(JULY 24)  Earning my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nursing has been the hardest accomplishment I have had to fight for. It is a different kind of toughness than I use in the ring, but the same hard work, discipline, dedication, and determination that put me in the ring. I refuse to give up on anything I begin. .   Full Story

Douglas Targets World title in Fall!
July 22, 2014

(JULY 22) Baltimore, MD  – Blue chip prospect Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas has her sights set on capturing a world title before the end of 2014.  At 5-0 with 1 win by knockout, the Baltimore-based Washington DC native’s set a lofty goal for herself. As an amateur, she won multiple Golden Gloves and National PAL titles while making Team USA twice. According to industry insiders, if Douglas wins a title in her sixth pro fight, she’d have the third fewest bouts before winning a major world title. The current record holder is Canada’s Jeannie Garside, who captured a belt in her fourth professional bout. Douglas’ Ponytail Promotions stablemate Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson won the WBC title after only five...Full Story

United States Boxers Sweep Final Round Bouts at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in Mexico City
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
July 21, 2014

(JULY 21)  (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA closed the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in gold medal fashion with four final round victories on Sunday in Mexico City. All four American competitors won gold medals in the multi-sport event, which provided a preview of next year’s Pan American Games in Toronto. 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and multi-time national champion Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) each earned four wins en route to Pan American Olympic Festival Championships. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and 2012 Olympic Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) took three victories a piece to win their gold medals in Mexico City...Full Story 

Alisah McPhee and Peggy Maerz Proved most Exciting Bout on Undercard!
Photos and Story
by Mike Blair
July 20, 2014

(JULY 20) The women’s bantam weight bout pitting Alisah McPhee against Peggy Maerz proved to be the most exciting bout on the undercard of the Strawson Boxing promotion at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo BC on Friday July 18th. The fight was an interesting match up of power, which Maerz embodied, and quickness and accuracy, seen in McPhee’s punches. The momentum shifted between the two women throughout the six round bout, and as both women are British Columbia residents, the crowd was split in their support.... Full Story

Carlette Ewell to fight Sonya Lamonakis in Rematch for vacant IBO title
July 20,  2014

(JULY 20)  On August 2, 2014, on the "War in Paradise" boxing card, at the L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium, in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, in a long awaited rematch between Carlette "The Truth" Ewell, 15-7-1 (9KO), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Sonya "The Scholar" Lamonakis, 9-1-2 (1KO), of New York, NY, will settle the score in this neutral territory for the two, after their first fight that took place in January 2012 where the two fought to a split six-round draw in New York....Full Story

Team USA Clinches Four Final Round Berths at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
July 19, 2014

(JULY 19)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The American winning streak remained in tact on Friday at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in Mexico City. Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), middleweight Claressa Shields and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) all won their semifinal match-ups to join flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) in tonight’s final round action.   Awesome was the first of the three U.S. boxers to take the ring in Friday’s semifinals and he earned his third....Full Story

Mexico: Silvia Torres to fight Joana Medina
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez
July 19, 2014

(JULY 19) Tonight at the Centro de Convenciones Azul, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, there will be one female bout on the card featuring Silvia Torres, 47.500 kg, will be facing Joana "Morenita Tapatia" Medina, 48.200 kg. The two will be fighting six rounds in the light flyweight division....Full Story

Irish Amateur Boxing Association receives additional €975,000 (USD 1.3 million)
by Michael O'Neill
July 19, 2014

(JULY 19) Good news for Irish boxing this week with the announcement by Minister Michael Ring, TD, of an additional grant of €975,000 ( approx.USD1.3 million) with special emphasis on improving club facilities throughout the country for female boxers. ..Full Story

AIBA Name Host Cities For 2015/16 Olympic Qualifiers
by Michael O'Neill
July 18, 2014

(JULY 18) The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has confirmed the results of the bidding for AIBA’s major competitions to be held in 2015 and 2016, as well as for the Olympic Qualifying Events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  The 2014 Women’s World Championships will take place in Jeju City, Korea in November as we previously reported, following Canada having withdrawn. ..Full Story

Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Cam F. Awesome Win Pan American Olympic Festival Openers in Mexico City
by Julie Goldsticker
July 18, 2014

(JULY 18)  (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA is off to a great start at the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival with three American boxers claiming opening bout wins on the first two days of competition in Mexico City. Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) each earned quarterfinal wins on Wednesday while flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) took a semifinal victory on Thursday in Mexico City. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) while compete in her first bout of the multi-sport event on Friday in a match-up with Mexico’s Alma Ibarra. ...Full Story

Collective Thoughts: Latest News at the Arcaro Boxing Gym
Source/Arcaro Boxing Gym
July 17, 2014

(JULY 17) It’s been a little rough around the Arcaro Boxing community lately.  Last month, Coach Jeremy lost his mother unexpectedly.
Competitive Boxer Sophia lost her nephew to senseless gun violence and Competitive Boxer Jen has been diagnosed with a frontal ..Full Story

Cam F. Awesome and USA Boxing’s Olympic Trio to Compete in the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival
by Julie Goldsticker
July 17, 2014
Photo: Dalia Duran

(JULY 17) (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Four of USA Boxing’s most internationally experienced athletes will compete in the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival this week in Mexico City. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.), 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) will reunite for the multi-sport event while multi-time national champion Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) will represent Team USA’s male athletes in Mexico....Full Story

Boxing Action in Spain:  Mikaela Lauren to fight Kali Reis
July 15, 2014

 (JULY 15)  On Friday night, July 18th, at the Pabellon Municipal, Sedavi, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain, Mikaela Lauren, 21-3-0 (8KO), of Stockholm, Sweden, will be fighting Kali "KO Mequinonoag" Reis, 6-2-1 (2KO), of Providence, Maryland.  The two will be fighting an eight round bout.

July 2014 WBAN World Rankings!
July 15, 2014

(JULY 15) Dee Williams has just posted the WBAN computerized World ratings for July 2014. This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings, and they are independent ratings. You can see our top #1's in the sport---which is NO easy task with WBAN! Congrats to all our top ten in the sport.  To check out the latest rankings, Go Here!  

Team USA’s Youth Athletes Win Five Medals at the 2014 Golden Glove of Vovjodina Tournament in Serbia
by Julie Goldsticker
Photo Feature: Martha Fabela
July 14, 2014

(JULY 14) (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A squad of the United States’ youth boxers faced off with international foes this past week in Subotica, Serbia at the 2014 Golden Glove of Vovjodina. Bantamweight Hector Tanajara (San Antonio, Texas) led Team USA with a gold medal finish in the international tournament with three wins in Serbia. Light flyweight Thomas Blumenfeld (Albany, N.Y.) and female middleweight Martha Fabela (Oakland, Calif.) each took home silver medals while flyweight Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) and welterweight John Williams (Baton Rouge, La.) claimed bronze.  Full Story

Women's Bout at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton
Photos and Story
by Mike Blair
July 13, 2014

(JULY 13)  On Friday night Jennifer Hamann faced Ariel Beck to open the show in a four round super featherweight fight at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington leading up to the ESPN2 television broadcast. Beck entered the fight with three wins, all coming in her native Montana, though she has not been in the ring since 2012. Hamann was making her professional debut...Full Story

IFBA Congratulates Bonnie Canino on her Induction into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame
Source/IFBA Statement
July 12, 2014

(JULY 12) IFBA Boxing statement on yesterday's Hall of Fame inductions: "The IFBA would like to congratulate all of the great fighters that were part of the inaugural class inducted into the Women’s Boxing ..Full Details

Youth, Novice Golden Gloves titles handed out
Senior Editor
July 11, 2014

(JULY 11)  The first of the 2014 national Women's Golden Gloves championships have been handed out yesterday and today after some crowd pleasing bouts in the senior novice and youth division.
The open finals are Saturday night at the Pier 66 Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale. General admission tickets at $15  ..Full Details

Brazil: Duda Yankovich Suffers a Stroke
July 11, 2014

 (JULY 11) WBAN has been notified that Duda Yankovich, 37, of Brazil has suffered a stroke. It was reported in the news from bloodyelbow.com that it occurred last Wednesday, and that she is now in the ICU and is conscious.  To read the complete article on this news, go to this link. Link for the full story

History-First International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inaugural Induction Ceremony
by Brian Ackley
WBAN Senior Editor
July 11, 2014

(JULY 11) As much as Thursday's induction of the inaugural class into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame was about the past, it was really more about the future of the sport.  Full Story

Off to Florida to be at the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame!
July 7, 2014

(JULY 7)  I am leaving for Ft. Lauderdale, Florida today, in preparation for the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame Inaugural 2014 Induction Ceremony.  WBAN will have this Live-streamed at LDLTV.com - Thursday, July 10th 11:00 am, EST. More to follow when I get to Florida. Sue TL Fox

“Hawaiian Mongoose" Hopes to Reach Hawaii Five-O - Teams with trainer/husband and Manager still strong.
by J. Monte
July 7, 2014

(JULY 7)  They say love matches are made in heaven, and fight matches are made by one’s manager, and boxer Eileen Olszewski may have both, married to her trainer/husband, and inking a three year contract with her longtime manager David Selwyn. Olszewski hopes to reach the big “Hawaii 50”, eclipsing the mark of the "Old Mongoose", Archie Moore, (who actually fought till age 47) but I would..Full Story

Top Players Promotions presents Ice VS. Fire III on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center
July 6, 2014
Photo: Facebook

(JULY 6) Ventura County, California has become a hotbed for professional boxing with several current and former world champions living and training in the area, as well as being home to multiple world class gyms and trainers. Despite that fact, there has never been a world title fight held in the “boxing capital of California”. Boxing fans will be one step close to seeing that happen on Friday, July 11, 2014 when “The Real Million Dollar Baby”, Maureen Shea (23-2, 11 KOs) defends her NABA Featherweight Championship in the main event of Ice VS. Fire III at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center ...Full Story

Hernandez in Hamann's Corner For Debut!
July 2, 2014

(JULY 2)  Jen Hamann will make her pro debut July 11, at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA, and will have extra ammunition in the corner. In addition to trainer Tricia Alcaro -Turton, Melissa Hernandez, the six time women's world champion in four weight classes, has stepped up to assist Alcaro -Turton.  Full Story

Jen Hamann to make Pro Debut at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton on July 11!
Source/Press Release
July 1, 2014
Photo:  Team USA

(July 1) On Friday night, June 11, lightweight amateur standout Jen Hamann will make her professional debut against Ariel Beck (3-0), in a scheduled four round bout at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA on a card promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions.  Hamman from Seattle, Washington, compiled an amateur record of 31-4, which included the 125 pound National Amateur Championship in 2013, and the 2013 125 pound Intercontinental championship. “It's exciting to take the step into the ring as a professional,” she said. “July 11 will be one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”....Full Story






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