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MAY 2005

One on One Interview with Susianna Kentikian..
By Torben L.

May 30, 2005

(MAY 30) Susianna Kentikian was born on 11th September 1987 in Jerewan, Armenia. Her life story sounds like a movie script, despite her young age of only 17. She came with her family to Hamburg, Germany in 1996, fleeing the civil war in Armenia. They stayed the first years..More

McGee to fight Ortiz for title
May 30, 2005

(MAY 30) On June 18, 2005, at the Win-River Casino, in Redding, California, Valanna McGee, now 9-2-1 (4KO), will be fighting tough veteran Jayla Ortiz of New Mexico, in a title fight at 130 lbs.  McGee just defeated Amber Gideon on May 27th,  at the Arco Arena in Sacramento. This will be McGee's first title fight.

Ramnarine lands
world title

©Ian Prescott of
Trinidad Express

May 30, 2005

(MAY 30)  Ramnarine won on a split decision "Show the entire fight on television, and let the whole of Trinidad and Tobago judge for themselves." The Trinidad Express talks about the Home decision...More  

Ashley Wins in Germany!
May 29, 2005
Source: Torben L.

(MAY 29) Last night, at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, in Stuttgart, Germany, and promoted by Universum Box Promotion,  United States Alicia Ashley, 115 ¾, won a ten round split decision and the GBU Bantamweight Championship over Alesia Graf, 115 ¾.  Final Scoring was 96-94, 96-95, and 94-96.  The German judge had Graf as the winner.  Full Story

Reis Wins over Harris
May 28, 2005
Source: Team Reis

(MAY 28) Last night at the Westin Diplomat Hotel, in Hollywood Beach, Florida, Yvonne Reis, 151, won a four-round unanimous decision over Kim Harris, 154 lbs.  Yvonne has improved her records to 4-7, and Harris is now 4-4.  Team Reis told WBAN, “Yvonne Reis has..Full Details on Results segment

  Results: Ramnarine Wins
by a Split!
May 28, 2005

Tonight at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, in Trinidad, Ria Ramnarine, 104.5, of Trinidad, won the WIBA Mini-Flyweight World title when she defeated Yvonne Caples, 104.5, of the United States, with a 10-round split decision.  Ramnarine went down in the second round.

  Rivers Wins by Unanimous decision over Eplion
May 28, 2005

(MAY 28) Last night at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, in Huntington, West Virginia, Fox Sports presented the Tri-State Boxing Showcase of Champions.  In one of the women’s bouts, Kathy Rivers won a 10-round unanimous decision over Nikki Eplion for the IBA Cruiserweight Americas title.  Also, Angie Woolum lost by a unanimous decision over her New York opponent. WBAN does not have her opponents name as of yet.  Woolum was suppose to fight Lynn Smith.

  CES Franchise goes for knockout

(MAY 27) PROVIDENCE  – Providence's newest professional sports franchise -- Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) – brings the fights June 17 to The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in downtown Providence with the debut of "Providence's Prime Time Fights." rovidence super middleweight Joey "KO Kid" Spina (15-0, 12 KOs) fights former WBA and WBF champion Carl Daniels (49-6-1, 31 KOs) in the 10-round main event ..Full Story

  Tough Talk from Erin "IRISH" Toughill's Training Camp

(MAY 26) As ERIN “IRISH” TOUGHILL trains in Florida for her 10-round title bout against WIBA Light Heavyweight Champion LAILA “SHE BEE STINGIN” ALI as part of the June 11 Mike Tyson-Kevin McBride Card from Washington, DC’s MCI Center, she certainly doesn’t lack confidence against the undefeated champion. Nor is it unclear...More

  To the fans of women’s boxing…
By Bonnie Mann
May 26, 2005

(MAY 26) I recently had a very unique experience that I thought I would share with you. My name is Bonnie Mann and for those of you who follow women’s boxing I have been boxing for nearly 10 years. Starting out as an amateur in 1995 and then turning Pro July 2002. Having just fought for the WBE Middleweight ...More

  Ali, Rylik, Training in Las Vegas!
Photos and story by
Mary Ann Owen
May 25, 2005
*Photo Gallery #266

(MAY 25) This week in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mary Ann Owen of BILV made a visit to the Top Rank Boxing Gym and met up with Laila “She Bee Stingin” Ali, and Agnieszka Rylik. Ali is training for her upcoming bout on June 11th, at the MCI Center, in Washington D.C., when she takes on Erin Toughill. Mike Tyson is fighting Kevin McBride. That event is a Showtime card, and promoted by Raging Promotions. More

St. John to be on "The Best Damn Sports Show Period"
May 25, 2005

(MAY 25) On May 26th, at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m Pacific Time, Mia "The Knockout" St. John will be featured on this show and will be showing the guys on the show some boxing moves from Mia's New workout DVD, as well as showing  the IFBA belt that she will be fighting for on June 12th in New Mexico.

Latest Update on Nava
Source: Ewan Whyte
May 25, 2005

(MAY 25) On May 30, 2005, in Tijuana, Mexico, Jackie Nava, 9-1-1 (7KO), of Mexico will be fighting for a world title. She was originally supposed to fight Paola González, (unknown record)  of Columbia.  The event was announced by the Worldwide Council in a press release.  Full Story

Tonight: Biggers vs. McNamara
May 24, 2005

(MAY 24) Tonight at Martins West, in Woodlawn, Maryland, there will be a female bout featuring Donna Biggers, 12-1-1, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, fighting a six-rounder on the card.  She is listed as fighting Angel McNamara, 3-1-1 (2KO), of Maryland,  in a rematch. 

Norton to fight Zeringue in Florida
May 24, 2005

(MAY 24)  On May 27, 2005, at the Club Cinema, in Pompano Beach, Florida, British Laura Norton, 3-0-0 (0KO),  who fights out of Miami, Florida, will be fighting  Lisa Zeringue,  0-2-0, of New Orleans, Louisiana.  Ticket information:  (561) 629-6212. (inset photo of Zeringue in black/white,  in pro debut against Chamblin)

Dobbs to fight Stickler
Old Video Clips of Barker vs. Stickler
(Stickler in red)
May 23, 2005

(MAY 23) On May 26, 2005, at Whiskey Tango’s, in Grain Valley, in Missouri, Stephanie Dobbs, 16-18-2 (8KO), will be fighting a boxer, Patricia Stickler,  who has not been fighting since 1999.  Stickler is 0-4-0 (0KO) with WBAN records, and she is 1-3 record on other record sources.  Regardless of a 0-4-0 record, or a 1-3-0 record, check this out….In January of 1997, Stickler was stopped in the first round...Full Story

Third National Finals of the English Women’s Boxing Championships!
23, 2005

(MAY 23) On Saturday evening, on May 28, 2005, at the Huddersfield Town Hall, Ramsden Street, West Yorkshire, England, there will be the Third National Finals of the English Women's Amateur boxing Championships.  More to follow on this event..

Schouten KO'd Jachmanova
May 22, 2005

(MAY 22) Last night in Purmerend, Netherlands,  Esther Schouten, now 17-1-1 (8KO), of the Netherlands KO'd Petra Jachmanova, of Slovakia, now  2-10-1 (1KO), with a  body shot to the liver in the second round, in a scheduled six-rounder.  Full Story

Emery Wins By TKO
May 21, 2005

(MAY 21) Last night at the National Guard Armory, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and promoted by Knockout Boxing, Jill Emery of New York,won her third pro bout with a first round TKO over Vicky Denmark in a scheduled four-round bout, in the junior welterweight division. 

Alcanter and Colbert fight to a draw!
May 21, 2005

(MAY 21) Last night at the Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, in a women’s match on the undercard, and promoted by Gary Shaw/ and Holden Promotions, Franchesca Alcanter fought to a four-round draw against Kim Colbert. Final judges scores were 39-37 (Colbert), and 38-38, 38-38.  All fight results, go here

Jeffries to fight Williams
May 20, 2005

(MAY 20) On June 16, 2005, at the Sevens Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort, in Canyonville, Oregon, Kelsey Jeffries, 30-8-0 (2KO), will be fighting Philadelphia’s Lakeysha "Total Package" Williams, 8-8-3 (1KO), in a six-round bout on the undercard.  Source: Joshua Staloch, of The Gilroy Dispatch   Copyrighted story on the Dispatch

Dobbs Gives Ortiz her first loss
May 20, 2005

(MAY 20) Last night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stephanie "All Action" Dobbs,103,  now 16-18-2 (8KO), of Moore, Oklahoma, won a five-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Sandra Ortiz, 101, now 3-1-0 (3KO), of Topeka, Kansas. Judges scores were 50-45, 48-47, and 48-47.

Fiorentino to fight on
June 17th card
May 20, 2005

(MAY 20)  PROVIDENCE - Promoter Jimmy Burchfield has announced that his company, Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) has entered into an agreement with the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin' Donuts Center to promote boxing shows in downtown Providence, commencing ..Full Story

Ledezma to fight Burton
May 19, 2005

(MAY 19) On June 10, 2005, at the La Villita Plaza, in San Antonio, Texas, Bianca "La Gatita" Ledezma makes her pro debut and will be fighting Deshawnta Burton, 0-2-0 (0KO), of San Antonio, Texas. Ledezma is coached by her father, Emilio Ledezma, and has just signed with Tom Ozine who is now her manager/promoter.

Fountain added to WBAN!
By Dee Williams
May 17, 2005

(MAY 17) Akondaye Fountain was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 12, 1972. She now lives in Houston, Texas and trains at Savannah Boxing Gym with Hylon “Cedric” Williams, who also trained two-time world champion Valerie Mahfood. Akondaye has been a spirited athlete her entire life. From elementary school through.... More... More

McCarter to fight Mrdjenovich in Rematch
Team McCarter
May 17, 2005

(MAY 17) WBAN has been notified by Layla McCarter's team that she will be fighting Jelena Mrdjenovich on the "All Women's Card" on  June 18, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,at the Shaw Convention Centre. This will be a rematch for the two, when McCarter won by a unanimous decision in their last bout.

"Million Dollar Lady" Press Conference!
©Photos by Mary Ann Owen and and Mpegs by Butch Gottlieb

LAS VEGAS (MAY 16) Today at 11:30 a.m., in the Coral Reef Lounge, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, that began a press conference was held for the upcoming "history first" Million Dollar Lady card, promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank. The main event will feature Christy Martin vs. Lucia Rijker Full Story    Mpeg/Photo gallery #265

Professional Boxing in Downtown Monterey - July 20, 2005!
May 16, 2005

(MAY 16) Several battles between undefeated prospects highlight the first ever RIOT event at the Conference Center in Downtown Monterey..including a Women's Flyweight championship bout. Local favorite Carina Moreno..Full Story

Enough, Already, with "Million Dollar Baby"
By Bernie McCoy
May 16, 2005

 (MAY 16) When memories exceed expectations, it's fairly certain you're on the wrong path. "Million Dollar Baby" was a nice movie. It wasn't the best boxing movie ever made, although it was voted the best movie of 2004, a year not distinguished by great movies. "Million Dollar Baby" ...Full Story

Sanders - Laracuente!
May 15, 2005

(MAY 15) WBAN has just posted the TWO galleries with over 10 MPEGS, weigh-in photos, fight photos and behind the scenes photos of the Mary Jo Sanders win over Belinda Laracuente bout in Louisiana. (Galleries #260 & 264)! ©Photos/Mpegs by J & P Photography

Tonight: Sanders vs. Laracuente 
May 14, 2005
 ©Photo by J & P Photography -  
Weigh-In photo gallery #260

(MAY 14) Tonight at the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion, in Kinder, Louisiana, and promoted by Bayou Promotions LLC, Mary Jo Sanders, 143, will be fighting Belinda Laracuente   for the IBA Welterweight Continental belt.

  Cooper Wins by Decision
By David A. Avila
May 14, 2005
Fight photo gallery #259 by Rick Pineda

(MAY 14) LAS VEGAS-IFBA flyweight champion Melinda Cooper moved up to junior featherweight to tangle with Mexico's Lina Ramirez (3-2-1), a tall 122-pounder. It was no contest. Cooper still won.  Cooper tested Ramirez's speed and found it less than sterling as she banged punches to the body ..Full Story

  Ward-Kerin:  Setting the Record Straight by Team Ward
May 13, 2005
Video-Round 1
Video-Round 2

(MAY 13)  This week WBAN has been in contact with Vonda Ward's team, Edwin King, Manager. King said that they would like to "set the record straight" in some things that Elizabeth Kerin stated in her recent interview with WBAN.   Full Story

  Top Rank Presents Martin Vs. Rijker "Million Dollar Lady"
May 13, 2005
LAS VEGAS, NV (May 13, 2005) -- Superstars CHRISTY MARTIN, 46-3-2 (32 KOs), and LUCIA RIJKER, 17-0 (14 KOs), along with promoter Bob Arum, will host a news conference This Monday! May 16, to discuss their July 30 superbout -- "Million Dollar Lady." The news conference will take place at the Coral Reef Lounge ...More

Tonight: WBAN to be Part of new Nationally syndicated Chic Sports Radio!
May 13, 2005

 (MAY 13) WBAN will be featured tonight, as part of the new nationally syndicated Chic Sports Radio show tonight featuring Brian Ackley, WBAN's Senior editor... Details

  Golden Girl Announces Retirement
Team Jaramillo
May 11, 2005

(MAY 11) After a very successful 9-year career in boxing, which includes 18 titles and three spots on the USA Women’s Amateur Boxing Team, New Mexico’s own Stephanie “Golden Girl” Jaramillo announces her retirement. Although she may be hanging up her gloves and stepping out of the ring, she is not leaving the sport she still loves. Jaramillo is moving to the other side of the ropes to begin promoting—an opportunity to fully utilize her experience earned...Full Story

  Figueroa to be guest on
KO Chicago Radio
May 11, 2005

(MAY 11) KO Chicago Radio and Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING is proud to present Hall of Fame Trainer Jesse Reid and Chicago's hottest female prospect Rita Figueroa at 6pm tonight on AM-1530. Full Story

  Amateur Action in Australia!
By Les Anyos
May 11, 2005

(MAY 11) In some Amateur boxing action that took place in Australia, on May 7, 2005, Jasmin "Queen Jazz" Ward, 16 years old, silenced her critics by defeating Corrie Farr, 26 years old,  21–13 to make it into the Finals of the Queensland Open Amateur Titles held on the Gold Coast in Australia May 2nd.  Full Story

  Opponent Change for Sanders!
Source: Team Sanders
May 11, 2005

(MAY 11) On Saturday, May 14, 2005, at the Coushatta Casino Resort Pavilion, in Kinder, Louisiana, and promoted by Bayou Promotions LLC, Detroit's Mary Jo "KO" Sanders will be fighting late replacement Belinda Laracuente   of Florida.  Team Sanders told WBAN that Sander's original opponent...Full Story

  Ward's New Website!
May 10, 2005

(MAY 10) If some of you were wondering what happened to Vonda Ward's website, it is still on the net!  Please note the change on the URL for Vonda's site.  To visit her new updated site, go to www.vonda-ward.com. WBAN has added Vonda's site to the "Boxers Websites" segment.

Your Half Pictures Signs Their Own "Million Dollar Baby"  
©Photo/Story By Doug Ward
May 9, 2005
Hot HOT Photo Gallery #258

(MAY 9) Hollywood, CA.- Your Half Pictures, A California based movie production company, has signed World Champion fighter, Melinda Cooper to a lucrative multi-year sponsorship deal. We are honored to be sponsoring Melinda in her quest to being recognized as this finest female fighter in the world," says Your Half Producer, Eric Arlt. "She is without question the most exciting young fighter coming out of Las Vegas today. With the recent success..Full Story

  All Women's Card in Edmonton
by Rick McLean
May 8, 2005

(MAY 08) On June 18, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, there will be an all women's boxing card at the Shaw Convention Centre. The promoters of the event are Glen Carriere of KO Boxing and Gerry Gilroy of Independent Jewelers and they are teaming with the California's Rock and Sock Productions. This is the first all women's boxing card in Canadian history and it will be covered...Full Story

  Hot News from Hungary..
by JollyDee
May 7, 2005

(MAY 7) Tonight at the Nuclear-powerstation Sporthall, Hungary, in co-main-event the "Hungarian Boxprincess" Dr. Bettina Csabi, 24-0-0 (10KO), successfully defended her GBU Bantamweight world Title with unanimous decision, over Oksana Vasilyeva, 5-3-0 (1KO). Final scoring 98-95, 99-92, and 98-92.

  Goodson Makes Public Challenge
by "Team Thrilla"
May 7, 2005

(MAY 7) Today, WBAN received a press release from "Team Thrilla" (Goodson) and they said the following: At this time the WEBA Straw Weight Champion Sarah "The Thrilla from Manila" Goodson Is wanting to challenge this new up and coming star from Korea Juhee Kim. Kim just recently fought..Full Story

  Results: Saccurato Wins by fourth round TKO
May 7, 2005

(MAY 7) Last night,  at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, in a women’s bout on the card, Ann Marie Saccurato, now  (9-0, 2 KO), of White Plains,  stopped Martha Deitchman-Oorzco in the fourth round. More details to follow...

Weigh-in In Hungary...
Photo and story by JollyDee
May 6, 2005

(MAY 6)  Today at the Club Hotel, in Dunaújváros, Hungary, the GBU bantamweight world champion Dr. Bettina Csábi (23-0; 10KO), of Hungary,  weighed in at  117 3/4 lbs.  Her opponent, the current WBC CIS and Slavic Countries Super Flyweight Champion, Russian Oksana Vasilyeva (5-2-0; 1KO) weighed at 118 lbs. This fight is the co-main event on the card, and televised live by TV2-Ring.

  Champion Chavez Ready To Meet Vela in First Title Defense
Source: IFBA
May 6, 2005

(MAY 6) Fire Inside Productions announced today that Audrey Vela of Austin, Texas will meet IFBA Super Bantamweight Champion Jackie Chavez at the Ohkay Casino on Sunday, June 12, 2005. The Chavez vs. Vela World Title bout will fill out New Mexico's ..Full Story

  Mia St. John to be featured on "Extra"!
May 5, 2005

(MAY 5) Be on the lookout for Mia "The Knockout" St. John, who will be featured this Saturday, May 7th at 7p.m. Pacific Time on NBC's "EXTRA". Mia will be interviewing with guest host Mario Lopez. They will be discussing her upcoming IFBA Title fight and her DVD, "Million Dollar Workout", and much more - so tune in!  Interview with St. John!

  Kerin Talks About Fight with Ward
By Bob Marovitz-Chicago
May 5, 2005

(MAY 5) Elizabeth Kerin recently sat down with Chicago Correspondent, Bob Marovitz to discuss her recent TKO loss to Vonda Ward in Cleveland on April 30.  Since that time, Kerin has been suspended by the Ohio State Medical Commission for 90 days based on her being knocked down in Round Two by Ward.  Team Kerin is appealing the suspension. Full Story

  Melinda Signs Deal with Mecca Wear..
Source: Press Release
May 5, 2005

(MAY 5) Big news from the Underground Boxing Company who manage World Flyweight Champion, Melinda Cooper and another positive blow for the advancement of women's boxing in the eyes of the mainstream media. Undefeated boxing sensation, Melinda Cooper, who fights ..Full Story


"You're Erin Toughill"
By Bernie McCoy
May 5, 2005

(MAY 5) You're Erin Toughill and you talk tough. In fact, you are tough and your rapid climb to near the top of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is a pretty good indication of just how tough. When you went looking for new challenges, you turned your focus to boxing and after losing your first bout on a split decision, which you largely attribute to still having a "kick boxing mind-set", you regrouped and went seven bouts without a defeat.  Full Story

  Top Ten Reasons to NOT  take a fight!
By Sue TL Fox
May 4, 2005

(MAY 4) When you have that little “Birdie” in your ear telling you that you are the meanest, the BADDEST, female boxer, and that you are ready to fight this boxer, or that boxer…you MAY want to check out WBAN’s TOP TEN REASONS when you should NOT take a fight! Full Story

  St. John to fight Drew for title
May 3, 2005

(MAY 3) On June 12, 2005, Mia "The Knockout" St. John will be fighting Liz Drew in a 10-round title fight for the IFBA Lightweight Championship at the Okhay Casino-Resort in San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico. Also feature current IFBA Super Bantam Weight Champion Jackie Chavez (8-0) of Los Lunas, New Mexico.

  Follmar to run in Mini Marathon!
May 2, 2005

(MAY 2) Kristy Rose Follmar, who is not only an excellent pro boxer, but she is also a long distance runner.  Follmar will be running in the Indianapolis Mini Marathon on Saturday, May 7, 2005. Team Follmar told WBAN, "Probably not every day a championship boxer takes on a marathon. I believe the mini marathon is 14 miles." Good Luck Kristy! 

  Martin Wins by KO; Lindsey by majority decision
May 2, 2005

(MAY 2) This weekend, at the Isle of Capri Casino, in Lula, Mississippi, on April 30,  Christy Martin, now 45-3-2 (32KO), stopped Lana Alexander, now 2-7-0, when Martin dominated the first round, and then halfway through the second, Lana gave up, according to WBAN sources, adding another KO to Martin's boxing record.  In the second women's boutCassandra Lindsey won a majority six-round decision over Cristy NickelMore to come...

  Update: WBAN's May 2005 Rankings
May 1, 2005

(MAY 1) Dee Williams has just posted the latest WBAN May 2005 rankings.  This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings.  To check out the latest rankings, Go Here! To learn more about Dee's Rankings,  Go Here.  WBAN considers these ratings the most accurate in the sport today.






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