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AIBA Confirm 3 x 3 minute rounds re-introduced for women in 2017-by Michael O'Neill
December 29, 2016
.... (DEC 29)  The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has published details of its revised rules following the recent Executive Conference in Switzerland and among the changes now confirmed, women’s bouts will consist of 3 x 3 minute rounds as with their male counterparts. New rule.... Full Story

AIBA celebrates 70-year anniversary with Gala Dinner in the company of Boxing Legends
Source/AIBA -December 21, 2016
...(DEC 21)   AIBA celebrated its 70th anniversary on Tuesday evening with a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in the Swiss city of Montreux sponsored by TaiShan. This year’s awards saw the launch of the AIBA Legends programme, honouring the personalities and talents that have blessed the sport over AIBA’s seven decades as world....Full Story

New allegations against AIBA and the AIBA's Response -by Michael O'Neill -December 18, 2016  (DEC 18) AIBA’s former Chief Executive Ho Kim from Korea who was ‘sacked’ by the AIBA in 2015 has today sent a detailed response in which he, in turn, insists that all actions taken by him were on the instruction of AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. The Korean not only justifies his own actions but makes further ones against....Full Story

Irish boxing reveals new Strategic Plan 2017- 2020 'Boxing Clever' -by Michael O'Neill -December 17, 2016 - (DEC 17)  Following the disappointments of Rio and the subsequent switch to the Pros of Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Katie Taylor, so far and others likely to follow, Ireland's National Federation has been reviewing its plans for the next four years ending with the Tokyo Olympics.  "The Irish Athletic ..Full Story

Golden Boy Promotions Signs Olympic Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza - Second female boxer to sign with them! Source:  Golden Boy Promotions -December 16, 2016...(DEC 16)  LOS ANGELES - 2012 Olympic Flyweight Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza of Houston, Texas has signed a multiyear deal with top boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions, company CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya announced today. Esparza, who also won the.....Full Story

Twenty Three Boxers Head Home with National Titles as the 2016 USA Boxing National Championships End on Saturday Evening-by Julie Goldsticker-December 11, 2016..(DEC 11) The 2016 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open came to a close on Saturday night with 23 champions crowned after an exciting week of competition. What began as 677 boxers looking for a shot at national titles ended with a rambunctious crowd of spectators cheering on the final two rings’ bouts at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri...Full Story

Zauri Antia appointed Irish Head Coach on 5 years contract - by Michael O'Neill -December 2, 2016..(DEC 2)  Great news for Irish boxing fans Friday with confirmation that interim Head Coach Zauri Antia has been appointed to the role on a full time basis until 2021 despite considerable offers from the National Boxing Associations of Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia and Canada and MGM Gym in Marbella. He will thus be in place for the Tokyo Olympics of 2020......Full Story

Russian and Bulgaria dominate Europeans in Sofia -by Michael O'Neill -December 1, 2016.(DEC 1) The 2016 European Women’s Elite Championships took place earlier this month at the Sport Hall in Sofia and though there were some interesting newcomers who showed future promise, there were also some strange (by any standards) decisions by the Judges whilst above all the standard of boxing was not as good as expected though that could arguably have been foreseen due to the absence of such as World and Olympic champions like Estelle Mossely and Nicola Adams not to mention the recently turned ...Full Story

Katie Taylor debuts at Wembley Saturday 26th November. -by Michael O'Neill -November 23, 2016 (NOV 23)  Great excitement in Ireland and in the United Kingdom this week as Katie Taylor prepares to take on Poland’s Karina Kopinska on Saturday’s Matchroom Promotions bill at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.   Following upon the Claressa Shields vs Franchon Crews fight last Saturday, it has caught the imagination of boxing fans, far beyond the shores of the British Isles and hopefully signals a new era for Women’s Boxing worldwide. .....Full Story

Beautiful Brawlers Boxing Pro Female Fight Series - All Professional Boxing Show
Source/PR -November 22, 2016
(NOV 19) As most boxing folks saw last night, women's boxing got a big shot in the arm when two top female amateur boxers made their pro debuts last night at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...Full Story

Two-Time Gold Medal Olympian Champion Claressa Shields Wins by Decision in pro debut -by Sue TL Fox -November 20, 2016 (NOV 20) As most boxing folks saw last night, women's boxing got a big shot in the arm when two top female amateur boxers made their pro debuts last night at the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  n this exciting four-rounder, with this being the FIRST FEMALE Olympian to turn pro in this sport, who also made her footprint in the ....Full Story

Huge Night for Women's Boxing:  Claressa Shields vs. Franchon Crews! - by Sue TL Fox
November 19, 2016
(NOV 19) Tonight we are going to see two top-notch amateur female boxers, Claressa Shields, two-time Olympic gold medal boxing champion, and top female amateur boxer Franchon Crews both make their pro debuts on a major boxing card in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is a huge jump start as not only these two champions entering the pro circuit but others that will also be going from amateur champions to turning pro.....Full Story

Women's European Championships Preview Sofia November 14th-24th - Preview - by Michael O'Neill - November 14, 2016 NOV 14)  Europe’s leading women boxers (minus of course those who have already turned Pro and those who are ‘taking a break’ after the Rio Olympics) , are this week taking part in the 10th edition of the EUBC Women’s European Elite Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria where some 140 boxers representing 28 nations are expected to take part.....Full Story

Adams & Marshall missing from English squad for Sofia - by Michael O’Neill - November 10, 2016  Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall are not among the entries for this month’s EUBC Women’s European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, (14 – 24 November 2016).  As we have said here on WBAN earlier this week Adams is considering turning Pro with Matchroom Boxing but officially both boxers are said to be ‘taking a break’....Full Story

AIBA plans bold new horizon for African boxing at Continental Confederation workshop in Lausanne -source/Press Release -November 10, 2016 (NOV 10)  As the new Olympic Cycle gets underway towards Tokyo 2020, an underlying theme of the HeadsUp initiative in 2017 will be the AIBA Year of Africa. With a view to plotting a course for the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) to build on its solid foundations, two days of workshops took place in Lausanne from 7-8 November, designed to set achievable goals and strategies...Full Story

Shields, Crews and Taylor prepare to launch their Pro careers -by Michael O'Neill -November 8, 2016 (NOV 8)  Here on WBAN we brought you news recently that two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields, 21, from Flint has turned to the Pro sport and will make her debut in the paid ranks on November 19th on the undercard of the Kovalev vs. Ward World title fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, against Team USA former ‘amateur’ ‘friend and foe’ Franchon Crews.....Full Story

Irish Junior Team Captain Mary-Kate Nevin 'attacked' at Queen's Cup in Germany
by Michael O'Neill -October 31, 2016
(OCT 31)  The Queen’s Cup event in Stralsund, Germany has always been a very successful tournament for Irish boxers as indeed it was at the weekend when the Irish Youth & Junior team came away with seven golds (5 Junior,2 Youth) from the 2016 edition of the tournament ....Full Story

All Female  Professional Boxing Show in California! Source/Press Release -October 29, 2016 (OCT 29) Beautiful Brawlers Boxing is proud to announce an All- Female Professional Boxing Show On Saturday, December 3rd at the Pacifica Cages. Beautiful Brawlers Pro Fight Series will headline Mighty Melissa McMorrow, Martha Salazar and Carina Moreno with opponents TBA. Also on the card there will be 2 professional debuts. Beautiful Brawlers Champion Tope Pedro from ....Full Story

Katie Taylor on verge of turning Pro
by Michael O'Neill -October 27, 2016
Ireland's golden girl Katie Taylor, the first ever Olympic Gold medalist at 60 kg Lightweight, in London 2012, is in training in the United States and is said by 'usually reliable sources' close to the Bray woman, to likely make her Professional debut at the iconic Wembley Arena in London on 26 November.  If that is confirmed it will be on a Matchroom Sport promotion of Eddie Hearn and with live TV ....Full Story

Stacey Copeland on the Road to the 'Calais Jungle' helping Refugees -by Michael O'Neill
September 29, 2016
(SEPT 29) One of the major news stories round the world in recent years has been the dramatic increase in numbers of refugees drowned or killed whilst trying to escape war torn zones in all Continents. So it’s a pleasure today to report on the activities of one Stacey Copeland who is doing as much as she can to help those less fortunate than herself....Full Story

FISU World University Championships - Chiang Mai - Thailand - October 3rd-8th
by Michael O'Neill -September 23,  2016
Ireland is sending a strong team to the 2016 World University Games boxing tournament which this year takes place in Chiang Mai, Thailand (October 3/8).
Competitors must be at least 19 and under 28 years of age on January 1st, 2016 so born between January 1st 1988 and.
....Full Story

Ireland's Shannon Edge to fight on Braekhus-Mathis undercard in Oslo - by Michael O'Neill-
September 19, 2016
(SEPT 19)  As we’ve previously announced here on WBAN, a great night’s boxing is set for Norwegian capital Oslo on October 1st, and as always here on WBAN we’ll bring you news, photos and when possible a video link to the World title bout in the days that follow...Full Story

'The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth? - AIBA style -by Michael O'Neill -September 12, 2016  The boxing tournament in the 2016 Olympics is gone but NOT forgotten.  The Russians won’t forget it, neither will those from Uzbekistan, Cuba and France nor will boxers from Kazakhstan, the United States, Canada and Ireland and one or two other countries?
Who will forget the prominent part the Referees and Judges and indeed some of the AIBA’s own officials, played in many dramatic moments, In AND Out of the Ring?
....Full Story

The most controversial Olympic Boxing Tournament ever? by Michael O'Neill -September 9, 2016 (SEPT 9)  There has been widespread anger and disillusionment with the AIBA’s judges and Executive following several highly contentious decisions at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  Most of the criticism followed alleged pro-Russian bias by the Judges, some against opponents from countries like United States, Kazakhstan, Ireland ...Full Story

Beautiful Brawlers VI Held at the Pacifica Cages in Pacifica, California -Source/Press Release
September 2, 2016
 On Sunday, September 4th Beautiful Brawlers will be having the 6th installment of this All Female Amateur Boxing show. What makes this show unique is the level competition on this card and that boxers are coming from all over the Nation and Canada to compete.......Full Story



Following a successful Rio 2016 Olympic Games, senior AIBA executives convene in Lausanne for two days of meetings to discuss boxing’s continuing evolution - Source:  AIBA PR -August 31, 2016 (AUG 31)  After a historic Olympic Boxing Tournament at Rio 2016, with 13 gold medals awarded at the end of 16 days of competition and 273 bouts, AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA Vice-Presidents and Commission Chairs convened in Lausanne for two days...Full Story

Claressa Shields Took Her Place in American Boxing History: Two-time Gold Medal Winner
Source/AIBA Press Release -August 22, 2016 -
(AUG 22)  Claressa Shields took her place in American boxing history on Sunday afternoon, when she became the country’s first boxer to win two Olympic gold medals. Shields once again dominated the Middleweight (75kg) competition from the outset, working her way through to the last-day final against the Netherlands’ Nouchka...Full Story

Reigning Olympic Champion Claressa Shields Clinches Spot in Her Second Straight Gold Medal Bout with Dominant Semifinal Win in Brazil -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing -August 20, 2016d
(AUG 20)  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) joyfully punched her way to her second consecutive gold medal bout in today's boxing action at the 2016 Olympic Games. Shields faced off with Kazakhstan's Dariga Shakimova in the first of two middleweight...Full Story




Estelle Mosselly crowned Queen of the Lightweights in Rio - by Michael O'Neill -August 20, 2016(AUG 20)  Estelle Mosselly of France is the new 60kg Olympic Lightweight champion coming from behind to defeat China’s Yin Junhua on a split decision in Rio Friday.  It’s been a magnificent year for the French woman who also struck Gold in Astana at the 2016 Women’s World Championships earlier this year.   Team USA’s Claressa Shields will meet Nouchka Fontijn...Full Story

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Opener to Advance to the Semifinals in Rio de Janeiro -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-August 18, 2016 (AUG 18) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Reigning Olympic and World Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) had quite the wait before her 2016 Olympic Games opener in Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-two sessions of Olympic boxing came and went before the middleweight champion got the chance to step in to the ring. She finally got her opportunity on Wednesday afternoon at Riocentro Pavilion  ...Full Story

Adams, Shields and Fontijn progress as Rio judging causes uproar-by Michael O'Neill- August 18, 2016  (AUG 18)  Rarely has an Olympic boxing tournament been so controversial as this year’s event in Rio de Janeiro. Hardly a day goes by without some major complaint whether by boxers or coaches usually regarding alleged poor quality judging. Boxers have been sent home or withdrawn by their Federations – that said boxing is not the only sport facing problems as numerous athletes have been withdrawn or banished due to doping allegations. ...Full Story

Team USA's Antonio Vargas and Mikaela Mayer are Eliminated at the 2016 Olympic Games -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-August 16, 2016 (AUG 16)  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The United States boxing team dropped two tough bouts on Monday at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. American flyweight Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) celebrated his 20th birthday and was hoping to celebrate with a second round win but he dropped his second bout of the Olympic Games in a match-up with Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov. Lightweight Mikaela Mayer ...Full Story

Olympic Games - opening day's news from the women's event in Rio. -by Michael O'Neill -
August 15, 2016 
(AUG 15)  The Olympic tournament in Brazil has created a few surprises so far, especially in the men's events but on Friday it was the turn of the women to enter the fray though here too there were few surprises on the opening day as we hear from the AIBA's team in the Brazilian capital.  "The first women’s bouts of the Rio 2016 Boxing Tournament got underway on Friday in Riocentro Pavilion 6, with four bouts at Flyweight...Full Story

Team USA's Mikaela Mayer Starts Her Olympic Journey While Olympic Bronze Medalist Nico Hernandez and Carlos Balderas Reach the End of Their Road in Rio -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
August 13, 2016  
(AUG 13)  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (dated August 11)- Olympic village roommates  Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) and Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) got their U.S. team off to a strong start in the Rio Olympics but the run ended on Friday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. Hernandez clinched a bronze medal with his third victory of the tournament on ...Full Story

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Learns Opening Round Opponents at the Official Olympic Games Draw -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
August 5, 2016 
(AUG 5)  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL  - The eight members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team now know their opening round foes at the 2016 Olympic Games. The official tournament draw took place on Thursday morning at the Teatro Bradesco in Rio de Janeiro. All 13 weight divisions learned their road to the Olympic medal stand at the Olympic Games on Thursday.
"We're very happy at this stage. We've been...Full Story

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Closes Multi-Nation Camp, Moves into The Olympic Village-by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing - July 29, 2016 (JULY 29) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (JULY 29, 2016) - The U.S. Olympic Boxing Team has now been on the ground in Rio de Janeiro for nine days and the squad has adjusted well to their new surroundings. After arriving in Brazil on Wednesday, July 20, the team opened a joint training camp with host nation Brazil and the Irish squad at the Naval School in Rio de Janeiro. Team USA concluded the multi-nation camp on Thursday after a ....Full Story

Judith Mbougnade - Bravest of the Brave in Rio 2016-by Michael O'Neill-July 16, 2016  (JULY 16)  We are now but three weeks from the Opening Ceremony of the XXX1 Olympiad in Rio and soon the eyes of billions round the world will be watching in awe as sports stars will set dozens of new World and Olympic records. After a brief respite it will be time for the Paralympics and even greater examples of courageous athletes reaching heights that most able bodied citizens would love to achieve. Today though we take a look at boxing, a sport in which many greats have excelled over the years none more so than the recently....Full Story

The Stars Shine Bright in Final Round Bouts at the Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships and Youth Open in Dallas
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-July 2, 2016
(JULY 2) DALLAS, TEXAS - The Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships and Youth Open started the week with nearly 850 competitors and event concluded on Saturday afternoon with the final 41 final round bouts. The junior and youth divisions held center stage in the four rings today at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.   Three junior world champions scored final round victories in Saturday's closing session. Junior division light flyweight Heaven Garcia....Full Story

Tripartite Commission Places allocated to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia & Panama -by Michael O'Neill -June 29, 2016(JUNE 29)  We now know which countries have been awarded the Tripartite Commission places for Rio 2016.  The Olympic Games Tripartite Commission, comprising the IOC, ANOC and ASOIF and designed to provide smaller NOCs with the opportunity to compete at Olympic Games, has awarded its places for the 2016 Olympic Women’s Boxing competition to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia and Panama....Full Story

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold Premieres on Independent Lens -Tuesday, August 2, 2016 on PBS Source/Press Release -June 27, 2016  (San Francisco, CA) – T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, MI. Sheilds was just 17 years old when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012 — the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and produced by Sue Jaye Johnson, the film’s broadcast is timed to coincide with Claressa’s return to the Olympic boxing ring at the Rio de Janeiro games this summer. The film premieres...Full Story

Which boxers will get the Tripartite Commission places for Rio? Will India's Mary Kom be included? -by Michael O'Neill -June 25, 2016 (JUNE 25)  The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has confirmed to WBAN that an announcement will be made Monday as to which countries have been allocated the remaining women’s slots in Rio 2016.  As we have said here before, and repeat again, it is inconceivable that the AIBA would deny a final opportunity to India’s Mary Kom to participate in what would be her final major International tournament and more so as she has ‘put her body on the line’ in promoting the women’s sport for so many...Full Story

Five-time AIBA World champion Mary Kom 'snubbed' by AIBA for Rio slot-by Michael O'Neill
June 24, 2016
(JUNE 24)  Indian media sources are yesterday reporting that the 5 times AIBA World champion – and AIBA’s own Ambassador- Mary Kom has been ‘denied’ a ‘wildcard’ place in Rio 2016.  As yet, despite widespread media speculation, throughout the world, no official comment from the AIBA.  The good news is that despite this snub from the International Boxing Association, ‘Magnificent Mary’ says she has no plans to retire and hopes to coach future Indian stars....Full Story

The field is set for Rio 2016 - almost!
by Michael O'Neill- June 8, 2016 
(JUNE 8)  Following the 2016 AIBA Women’s World championships at the Barys Arena in Astana last month we now know the names of the majority of boxers who will be representing their countries in Rio in August.  After the second, and final, qualifying event for women boxers taking place in Astana, 33 Olympians are known, and only three remain to be determined.
The 33 known qualified women boxers are as follows in no particular order:   51kg - Nicola Adams (GBR), Zhaina Shekerbekova (KAZ), Peamwilai Laopeam (THA), Sarah Ourahmoune (FRA), Mandy Bujold (CAN), Ingrid Valencia (COL), Zohra ....Full Story

Boxing: AIBA rules amended so that Pro boxers - but Males only - can compete in Rio 2016 -by Michael O'Neill -June 4, 2016  (JUNE 4)  There’s widespread anger in AIBA and Professional boxing circles following the news from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) that Professional boxers can now stake a claim for a place in Rio 2016. Few ‘amateurs’ are prepared to be quoted thus far for fear of being disowned by their own Federation or by their sport’s Governing body.
AIBA boxers apart, many Professionals have also voiced their strong disapproval and simply see it as an attempt by the AIBA to dominate boxing around the world.....Full Story

Olympic Gold Medalist Claress Shields Wins Second Straight Elite World Championship in Kazakhstan -by Julie Goldsticker -May 27, 2016 (MAY 27)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) continued her incredible reign on Friday with a championship bout victory at the 2016 Women's World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shields is the first American female boxer ever to win two elite world titles and the first U.S. boxer to claim consecutive world championships since Eric Griffin in 1991 and 1993 prior to Shields' birth. American heavyweight Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) earned a silver.....Full Story

Team USA's Claressa Shields and Shadasia Green Clinch Final Round Berths at the 2016 Berths Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-May 26, 2016 
(MAY 26) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and American heavyweight Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) will compete for gold at the 2016 Women's World Championships following semifinal victories on Thursday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shields will have the chance to defend her 2014 middleweight title in Friday's gold medal bout while Green has earned a spot in the finals in her first-ever World.....Full Story

Five American Boxers Clinch Medals with Quarterfinal Victories at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships-by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-May 25, 2016   (MAY 25) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Five American boxers advanced to the semifinal round with quarterfinal wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.), light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and heavyweight Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) all clinched medals today at the Barys Arena. Welterweight Naomi....Full Story

Boxing; Adams, Taylor, Ren, Harrington & Ryan star on a hectic day in Astana
by Michael O'Neill (additional reporting AIBA) -May 23, 2016
(MAY 23) Tuesday sees the quarter-finals of the 2016 AIBA Women’s Worlds in Astana as far as the 3 Olympic weights are concerned with these taking place at the Barys Arena in the evening session.
Earlier in the day, the quarter finals take place in the non-Olympic weights so a hectic day for all concerned in Kazakhstan. One of the highlights promises to be the 75kg clash between Chinese favourite Li Qian and Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall representing Great Britain. After a difficult season with injuries Marshall is....Full Story

The United States' Marlen Esparza and Shadasia Green Earn Victories in their Tournament Openers -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 23, 2016 
(MAY 23)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and international newcomer Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) both earned preliminary victories on Monday afternoon at the 2016 Women's World Championships at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan. Junior and Youth World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) dropped her second round bout in the light welterweight division in her first elite World Championships. Esparza, who moved down from the flyweight to the light flyweight division after winning...Full Story

Team USA's Elite Women Score Victories on Sunday at the 2016 World Boxing Championships -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 22, 2016
(MAY 22) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Team USA bounced back from a rough day on Saturday with four preliminary round wins on Sunday at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships. Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) all recorded victories over the two sessions of action at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan. Stalacia Leggett (Quartz Hill, Calif.) dropped ...Full Story

Review of AIBA Women's World championships-by Michael O'Neill -(additional reporting AIBA) -May 22, 2016  (MAY 22) Saturday sees day 3 of the 2016 AIBA women’s world championships (and final Olympic qualifier for women), at the Barys Arena in Astana with few shocks so far but still a long way to go.   Here on WBAN we brought you news of Team USA boxers and their fine wins so far so my updates will concentrate on the action relating to boxers from other countries as they continue their quest for a place in Rio 2016. Some news from the official Press Conference:  “The official draw for the 2016 AIBA ...Full Story

Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and two-time World Champion Jajaira Gozalez Score TKO Victories -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 21, 2016 
(MAY 21)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.  - The United States squad moved to a perfect 5-0 in 2016 Women's World Championships competition with three victories on Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Reigning Olympic and World Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) closed the undefeated day with a last second TKO following first round victories from featherweight Stalacia Leggett (Quartz Hill, Calif.) and light welterweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) in the early session at the Barys Arena ...Full Story

Virginia Fuchs and Mikaela Mayer record opening  Round Wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships -by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 20,  2016 
(MAY 20)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships began with preliminary round bouts in the three Olympic weight divisions on Thursday. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) both earned first round victories on the opening day of competition. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) had a first round bye but she will kick off competition on Friday (today) evening in a first round match-up with Germany's...Full Story

Raquel Miller to Fight on  Square Warriors Professional Boxing Event May 21st!
Source/Press Release/WBAN -May 19, 2016 
(MAY 19)  San Francisco - come out and support San Francisco native and former top USA amateur boxer Raquel Miller as she embarks on a new journey making her professional boxing debut at the Richmond Auditorium Center in Richmond, Ca. We've watched Raquel grow from a top amateur boxer and former Olympic hopeful to a bubbling community leader and soon to be professional boxer. Come out and support our own. When purchasing tickets please use...Full Story

More than 275 Athletes from 70 Nations Scheduled to Compete in the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships-by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-May 17, 2016  (MAY 17)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (May 17, 2016) - All of the preparations are complete and USA Boxing's elite women are ready to face the best boxers in the world at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, May 19-27 in Astana, Kazakhstan. More than 70 countries are slated to be represented by 276 athletes in the ninth edition of the event....Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor remains AIBA 60kg World no.1 ahead of 2016 Women's Worlds in Astana
by Michael O'Neill -May 14, 2016 
(MAY 14) Friday 13th – lucky for some though not for all but it was an optimistic Team Ireland who set off on Friday for Astana, Kazakhstan where the 2016 AIBA World Championships for women get under way on 19th May.  As usual there are only 3 women’s weights that allow female boxers to compete in the Olympics – meaning 250 slots for men, only 36 for women though there are in fact another seven weights in Astana with Irish boxers competing in five of the seven weights....Full Story

European Premiere of "With This Ring" set for Oxford's famous Wolfson College on 17th May
by Michael O'Neill -May 13, 2016 
(MAY 13)   We’ve seen a few documentaries of late - and about time too - on the subject of women’s boxing, both ‘Amateur’ and ‘Professional’.  One such new production will be of special interest to followers of USA Boxing since it features reigning Olympic champion Claressa Shields.  The storyline tells of how :“Seventeen-year-old boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields rose from the streets of Flint, Michigan to the Gold medal podium at London 2012, the first time women were allowed ...Full Story

The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016 -by Michael O'Neill -May 6, 2016(MAY 6)  The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016 saw Lisa Whiteside become a five-time national champion and three other boxers become two-time winners last weekend.
76 men and 39 women competed at the England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016 at the Echo Arena Liverpool, 29 April – 1 May 2016.  It is the biggest ever field for the National Finals and was only the second time in the event’s history that the men and women’s finals were held as part of the same tournament....Full Story

USA Boxing's Elite Women Prepare to take on the World's Best at the 2016 Women's World Championships -by Julie Goldsticker -May 6, 2016 (MAY 6)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (May 6, 2016) - USA Boxing's elite women are preparing to take on the best female boxers in the world May 16-28 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ten American women will compete in the biennial event, which will also serve as the final Olympic qualifier in the three women's Olympic weight divisions. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) will look to qualify her spot for the 2016 Olympic Games, joining lightweight Mikaela....Full Story

Krysti Rosario:  Knockout -by Hunter Lee
Copyrights/Photos-El Camino College Union-April 24,  2016
(APR 24)  With the last glimpse of the sun setting through the small door to the physical education gym, students file in and ready themselves for the intense workout ahead of them.  As the clock hits 5 p.m., in her El Camino T-shirt and blonde hair tied back in a ponytail, Krysti Rosario, enters the gym, ready to give her class the workout they signed up for.  To get their blood pumping, she begins with a light warm up with some cardio and core based exercises. she then moves on to practicing boxing movements....Full Story

USA Boxing's Claressa Shields AND Shakur Stevenson Featured in Powerade's "Just a Kid" Campaign Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-April 21, 2016  (APR 21)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (April 19, 2016) - Two of USA Boxing's most accomplished athletes are being featured in POWERADE's inspirational "Just a Kid" campaign as they head in to the 2016 Olympic Games. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Junior and Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist....Full Story

Christina Desmond shocks top seed Nouchka Fontijn in Samsun-by Michael O'Neill-Additional reporting/AIBA & IABA -April 14,  2016 (APR 14)  The AIBA European Olympic Qualific ation event saw no fewer than 54 preliminary-round bouts across two sessions in Samsun on Monday, with the winners securing their passage through to the quarter-finals and taking a big step towards a quota place for Rio 2016.  The Women’s Flyweight (51kg), Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweights (75kg) were joined by the Men’s Light Flyweight (49kg), Flyweight (52kg), Light Welterweight (64kg) and....Full Story

Adams, Taylor & Alekseevna go marching on in Samsun -by Michael O'Neill -April 15, 2016  (APR 15) Wednesday saw a packed schedule of quarter-final action at the AIBA European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Turkey, as the ten men’s and three women’s weight categories took to the ring knowing that a win puts them within one match of a Rio 2016 quota place.
Of the eighteen teams with boxers still in the competition, Great Britain now have nine athletes (inc. eight men) keeping their Olympic dreams alive, Armenia and Azerbaijan five and the Ukraine and host nation Turkey, four. Three Irish boxers remain, Katie Taylor, David Oliver Joyce and Brendan Irvine.....Full Story

Neriman Istik stars on opening day of European qualifiers in Samsun -by Michael O'Neill
April 10,  2016
(APR 10)  The 2016 EUBC/AIBA European Olympic qualifiers opened in Samsun, Turkey on Saturday and with few surprises in the preliminary rounds of either the male or female tournaments.   After the general weigh-in, official draw and opening ceremony, the first bouts of the competition got underway in Samsun with 207 men competing for 30 quota places and 56 women chasing 6 available Olympic berths....Full Story

2016 AIBA Women's World Championships Astana 19th/27th May -by Michael O'Neill -April 9, 2016
(APR 9) As we previously informed you here on WBAN, the AIBA in their wisdom postponed the 2016 Women’s World Championships which were due to take place February 1st to 14th until the new dates 19th to 27th May.  The event was to have delivered the first 12 quota places for women for the Rio Games , but an International Boxing Association (AIBA) spokesperson admitted in November that it would have to be delayed by three months ....Full Story

Ireland’s three female competitors at the European Olympic qualifier in Samsun, Turkey
by Michael O'Neill -(with additional reporting IABA and AIBA staff)  -April 5, 2016 
APR 5)  Ireland’s three female competitors at the European Olympic qualifier in Samsun, Turkey are today finishing their intensive pre-tournament training camp in Assisi, Italy before moving on to the Black Sea port later in the week. ....Full Story

China take all three Women's Golds at Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifier in Qi'anan
by Michael O'Neill-April 4, 2016 
(APR 4) The 2016 AIBA Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifier ended Saturday evening in Qian’an, China with , as we predicted, all three women’s Gold medals going to the host nation, and deservedly so albeit the 60kg title went to Jin Yunhua without ‘throwing a punch’ since her opponent Australia’s Shelley Watts was unable to take part due to injury.  AIBA reports that “Ren Cancan, the London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist and three-time AIBA Women’s World Championr....Full Story

Mary Kom goes marching on in Quian'an Olympic qualifier - Tuesday's update
by Michael O'Neill -April 1,  2016 
(APR 1)   Tuesday brought some shock results in the women’s quarter-finals at the 2016 Asian / Oceanian Olympic qualifiers in Qian’an and none more so that the defeat of London 2012 bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva the 23 years old from Tajikistan who departed this year’s first qualifier when going under 3:0 to the tough Australian Shelley Watts in their 60kg Lightweight clash.  The ASBC reports that the quarter-finals took place on the fifth competition day in ....Full Story

China set to take all three Women's Golds in Qian 'an? by Michael O'Neill -April 1, 2016  (APR 1) The ASBC Boxing Confederation Championships (& Olympic qualifiers) have now reached the final stages in Qian ‘an China with Saturday seeing all three women’s finals. Ren Cancan, Yin Junhua and Li Qian are strong favourites for the Gold medals especially on ‘home soil’ and with several thousand home fans cheering their every move. From this tournament at least there will be no place in the final or in the Olympics for India’s five time World champion Mary Kom who went under 3:0 against China’s Ren Cancan....Full Story

Kenia Enriquez Holds Second Annual Amateur Tournament Source/PR - March 29, 2016 (MAR 29)  This past Saturday afternoon, March 26th, inside the Perro Salado Hall in the Zona Rio of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, former WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7KO) hosted her second annual all-female invitational amateur tournament. With fighters coming in from all over the city as well as Tecate, Mexico, and Coachella, California, the afternoon was filled with great amateur boxing, raffles and awards....Full Story

Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers Update
by Michael O'Neill -March 29, 2016 
(MAR 29)  The 2016 Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifying tournament opened in Qianan, China with but few surprises in the opening sessions of either men’s or women’s preliminaries.  Disappointment though for Australia’s Kristy Harris in the women’s 51kg class, going under 3:0 to Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam. Defeat too for leading Indian 75kg fighter Pooja Rani a narrow 2:1 spilt decision against  Tajikistani Shoira Zulkaynarova. So here courtesy of the ASBC and AIBA we take a look at a few of the highlights, thus far, from China.....Full Story

2016 Freep Film Festival Kicks off "T-Rex" featuring Claressa Shields Journey winning the Gold  Source/PR/Facebook  Freep.com March 26, 2016 (MAR 26)  The 2016 Freep Film Festival kicks off this Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Detroit debut of "T-Rex" in the DFT.  "T-Rex” chronicles the journey of Flint’s Claressa (T-Rex) Shields as she pursues her goal of winning the gold in women’s boxing at the 2012 London Olympics.  Detroit Press reports the following:  The film will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute Arts. Shields is scheduled to attend the....Full Story
Asia & Oceania Confederation Olympic Qualifiers - a preview -by Michael O'Neill
March 22, 2016 
(MAR 22)  The 2016 Asian Confederation championships take place in Qui’a, China March 26th to April 2nd and will be an important tournament with the top two women in each the three Olympic weights automatically qualifying for Rio. The event takes place at the city’s Tangshan Jiujiang Sport Center . We take a look at just a few of those challenging for titles in China where the host nation will expect to win several Golds in the male events and at least two among the women.....Full Story

Mikaela Mayer Qualifies for the Olympics on a Gold Medal Day for Team USA by Julie Goldsticker/
USA Boxing -March 20, 2016 
(MAR 20) BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA -The day that Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been working toward for the past six years finally came on Saturday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires. The American lightweight clinched her berth in the 2016 Olympic Games with a gold medal victory in Argentina. She was one of four victories on an undefeated day for the United States. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and Olympic champion Claressa Shields.....Full Story

AMBC Review of semis and Preview of Finals in Buenos Aires and Yaoundé -by Michael O'Neill
March 18, 2016 
(MAR 18) Saturday in Buenos Aires is finals day of the 2016 AMBC Olympic qualifying competition for women with some ‘mouth-watering’ bouts in prospect as Gold and Silver medallists qualify for Rio in two of the three weights albeit only the Gold titleholder at 60kg will have that recognition since one of the slots has been taken by the host nation’s Adriana dos .....Full Story

American & African Olympic qualifiers - latest news & interviews -by Michael O'Neill- March 17, 2016
(MAR 17) This week sees a continuation of the AIBA AOB Olympic boxing qualifiers in two confederation with the African tournament in Yaoundé and the American AMBC event in Buenos Aires. As of late Wednesday we bring you the latest news from both venues insofar as the women are concerned. First let’s pay a visit to Yaoundé from where AIBA reports:  The “city of the Seven Hills” Yaoundé is the political capital of Cameroon. With a population of 2.8 million in 2015, Yaoundé is the second most populated city....Full Story

The Ladies Roll and Paul Kroll Takes a Welterweight Victory at Americas Qualifier
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing -March 15, 2016
(MAR 15) BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - It was Ladies Night for the American women on Monday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina as all three earned quarterfinal wins in the Olympic qualifying event. Welterweight Paul Kroll (Philadelphia, Pa.) started the day off with a U.S. victory in the early session while Pan American Games champion Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) dropped his flyweight contest. Kroll was one of the surprises....Full Story

Two Southern California Boxers Score Opening Round Victories at the Americas Olympic Qualifier -by Julie Goldsticker -March 13, 2016  (MAR 13)  BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - Team USA athletes earned two victories on the opening day of competition for the American squad at the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday. Southern California boxers Jonathan Esquivel (Anaheim, Calif.) and Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) each recorded wins on Saturday while Marlo Moore (Hayward, Calif.) fell just short in his first bout of the tournament, dropping....Full Story

The USA Squad Learns Their Opening Round Opponents at the Americas Qualifier
by Julie Godsticker -March 11, 2016 
(MAR 11)   The United States team and their fellow competitors learned their road to Olympic qualification on Friday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All of the American athletes successfully made weight on Friday night prior to the official tournament draw at the host hotel. More than 180 athletes from 33 nations in south, central and north America traveled to Buenos Aires for the Olympic....Full Story

Boxing: Indian boxers in grave danger of being 'banned' from Olympics -by Michael O'Neill
March 1, 2016 
(MAR 1)  The Asian Federation Olympic qualifiers for Rio open in Quian’an, China on March 26th but even if boxers like Mary Kom, Sarita Devi Laishram and male counterparts should qualify they are still in danger of being excluded by the AIBA from Rio 2016.
So far not one Indian boxer has qualified but even if they do in due course, Indian boxers are "running the risk" of being barred from this year's Olympic Games if the country fails to put together a new national federation by next month's Asian....Full Story

New era for AIBA Commissions gets warm welcome from boxing community in Manchester  Source/AIBA  February 28, 2016 (FEB 28) England Boxing hosts the 2016 AIBA Commissions at Old Trafford, the iconic home of Manchester United Football Club, where an innovative approach promises to increase participation and improve communications among boxing bodies.  The 8 commissions gathered in Manchester this week to discuss three crucial issues facing the sport: headguard removal, competition structure and pro-eligibility. The discussions were held in the spirit of the....Full Story

New England Golden Gloves Championship
Courtesy photos/press release -February 26, 2015 
(FEB 26)  LOWELL, Mass. (February 26, 2016) - Western New England dominated the open class finals of the New England Tournament of Champions, part of the 70th annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship, winning seven of 10 matches last night at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.....Full Story

Katie Taylor reigns supreme as Queen Underwood bids farewell to 'Amateurs'
by Michael O'Neill -February 25, 2016 
(FEB 25) It was a night of ‘mixed emotions’ at the Mount Brandon Hotel & Conference Centre in Tralee on Saturday as Katie Taylor enjoyed a second win of the weekend in Munster, on this occasion overcoming the strong challenge of Seattle’s own Queen Underwood in the four rounder hosted by the Tralee Boxing Club.....Full Story

AIBA to invite Pros. to compete in Rio Olympics according to President CK Wu
by Michael O'Neill -February 24, 2016 
(FEB 24)  AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu speaking in Manchester this afternoon has given to go ahead for Pros, to compete in the Olympic Games in future and has not ruled out the possibility of some taking part in Rio 2016.  At the AIBA commission meeting at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football club, Wu said :  "We want the best boxers to come to the Olympic Games. It is AIBA's 70th birthday, and we want something to change - not after four years.....Full Story

Clean sweep for Indian boxers at South East Asia Games in Shillong -by Michael O'Neill
February 21, 2016 
(FEB 21) Indian media outlets reported February 15th that several of its leading boxers, both male and female were extremely angry at the delays in finalising a new Indian Boxing Federation to replace the previous organisation banned some two years ago by the AIBA – indeed among the most severe critics was Mary Kom who was quoted thus:  "Yes, they (the boxers) are all demotivated. There's no competition, so it's very frustrating. Whatever effort they're putting in is of no use. They're being patient enough but the future is dark for them without any....Full Story

Former Champ Kenia Enriquez to Hold 2nd Annual Tourney  Source/PR  February 17, 2016  (FEB 17)  Former world female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez will hold her 2nd Annual All-Female Amateur Boxing Invitational Tournament on the weekend of March 26th and 27th, 2016 at the new home for Tijuana boxing, the Perro Salado Sports Hall in the Zona Rio of Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico. Enriquez, who also held the NABF junior flyweight title in 2014, fought over 70 times as an amateur and won bronze at the Mexican Nationals in 2011.....Full Story

Olympic Games: Zika updates from around the World as Rio 2016 draws ever closer
by Michael O'Neill  February 13, 2016 
(FEB 13) The International Olympic Committee (IOC), National sports federations round the world and of course athletes themselves are all seeking the latest updates on the Zika outbreak and what effect it could have on stars and visitors alike when the XXX1 Olympiad opens its doors to welcome ‘the world’ in August.  Here WBAN brings you the ‘latest news’ as at the time of writing as to what advice is being sought and received through the various interested parties and we also .....Full Story

2016 AIBA Women's World & Olympic qualifiers just 100 days away -by Michael O'Neill
February 10, 2016 
(FEB 10)  With but 100 days now before the opening ceremony, boxers around the world are continuing their preparations for the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships being held at the Barys Arena in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.   The event takes place 19th to 27th May as we reported here previously and included are ten weights as usual which include the three Olympic weights and thus the tournament will provide twelve quota places for women in the 2016 Rio....Full Story

Austeja Auciute on the trail of Olympic Gold
by Michael O'Neill -February 7, 2016 
(FEB 7) Austeja Auciute is a name that will be familiar to many though not all WBAN readers. For several years now she has been one of the mainstays of the Irish Women’s Youth and Junior teams, in World, European and major Club tournaments far from her Stranorlar home base of Finn Valley ABC in County Donegal. Now she is the 2016 Lithuanian national champion at 60kg Lightweight.....Full Story

The USA Knockouts Bounce Back with a strong victory over the Mexico Guerreros in World Series of Boxing Week Two Action
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing -February 6, 2016 
MIAMI, FLA. (February 6, 2016) - Team USA's elite athletes put on an impressive performance tonight in a battle with southern neighbor Mexico at the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami. The USA Knockouts squad bounced back from a week one loss with a 4-1 victory over the Mexico Guerreros in World Series of Boxing action. Female flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) both....Full Story

Top USA Boxing Athletes Kick Off The Olympic Year in Joint Training Camp
by Julie Goldsticker /USA Boxing February 2, 2016
(FEB 2)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (February 2, 2016) - While a February blizzard descended on the state of Colorado, the United States' top boxers closed their first training camp of 2016 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. USA Boxing's Olympic Trials winners opened the Olympic year in a joint training camp with the top women's squad from Great Britain, including 2012 Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams and former world titlist ....Full Story

Katie Taylor, Michaela Walsh & Shauna O'Keeffe among award winners at IABA
by Michael O'Neill -February 1, 2016 
(FEB 1) The IABA Annual Awards ceremony duly took place Friday night at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin and we can now reveal who received the awards which covered, the entire Irish boxing scene male and female, Elite, Intermediate, Youth and Junior level as well as coaches, referees, judges, clubs and volunteers.  The main ‘boxer’ awards, not unexpectedly went to Michael Conlan, Katie Taylor, Joe Ward and Michael O’Reilly....Full Story

WBAN questions: Is the AIBA truly interested in promoting women's boxing -by Sue Fox & Michael O'Neill -January 27, 2016  (JAN 27)  The International Boxing Association (AIBA) turns 70 this year so a milestone year in the history of the Association. President Dr.Ching Kuo Wu rightly said:
"AIBA celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016 and will reach the symbolic milestone of 200 National Federation members, underlining boxing’s position among the world’s farthest-reaching, most popular sports and a central pillar of the Olympic Games themselves in this Olympic year.....Full Story

Katie Taylor set to meet Queen Underwood in Tralee on 20th February?  by Michael O'Neill
January 26, 2016 
(JAN 26)  Fans of the ‘amateur’ sport will be delighted to hear that many times USA & Pan American champion Queen Underwood’s last fight as an amateur is likely to take place in Ireland on February 20th with ‘ usually reliable sources’ suggesting the bout is set to be in Kerry and organised by one of the local clubs, perhaps Tralee BC.  One can never rule out though the very enterprising Trojan BC in Listowel under Head Coach Grahame Ball, Club Secretary Maria Brosnan and Kerry PRO, Niamh Ball herself an Irish champion at various grades and.....Full Story

EUBC confirms changes of date & venue for AOB European Olympic Qualifiers -by Michael O'Neill -January 22, 2016  (JAN 22) The European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) has today confirmed that the dates and venue of the 2016 AOB European qualifiers have been changed. This brief note appears on the organisation's website Friday morning.  "The AIBA Executive Committee approved the change of the dates and the Host City of the upcoming AOB European Olympic Qualifiers. The Competition will be held in Samsun (Turkey) from upcoming April 7-18 (Changed from Istanbul April 20 – May 1)....Full Story

Athlone's Cheyanne O'Neill set for the Brampton Cup in Canada – Feb 5-7, 2016
by Michael O'Neill  -January 20, 2016 
(JAN 20) 20 year old Athlone BC Lightweight (60) kg, Cheyanne O’Neill is in the final stages of her preparation for February’s prestigious Brampton Cup tournament in Ontario where she will be ‘guesting’ for the St Brigid’s Edenderry club whom you will recall we featured here recently....Full Story

Update Just in:  WBAN calls upon the AIBA to issue a clear statement Olympic Qualifiers
by Sue Fox & Michael O'Neill -January 15, 2016 
WBAN understands from ‘sources close to the AIBA’ that the European Olympic Qualifiers will now start on April 7th following representations from a number of National Federations, boxers and coaches. The original date was April 20th. We also learn that Samsun on the Black Sea in Northern Turkey is the likely venue should further terrorist attacks lead the AIBA Executive and its Security Advisors to conclude that the safety of boxers, coaches and....Full Story

The Finalists Are Set After 55 Semi-final Bouts at the Junior Open and Youth National Championships -by Julie Goldsticker-January 9, 2016(JAN 9)  RENO, NEV - Fifty-five bouts took place in 2016 Junior Open and Youth National Championships semifinal competition on Friday in Reno, Nev. All of the day's winners in today's bouts at the Grand Sierra Resort Summit Pavilion moved on to Saturday's championship round.  Women's action moved in to full swing on Friday with multiple returning champions and world medalists stepping in to the ring in the female division. Reigning world champion....Full Story

New €4million Irish High Performance Training Centre at Irish Institute of Sport -by Michael O'Neill
January 8, 2016-
(JAN 8) Great news for Irish boxing, indeed other sports too, in advance of the forthcoming Olympic Games and the World and European Championships as Minister Paschal Donohoe held a media briefing Thursday.  For many years now there has been a demand from Ireland’s leading boxers and many coaches for a new ‘State of the Art’ HP Unit to replace the existing facilities at the National Stadium in Dublin. Their wish finally came true and they will be able to utilise the centre from early....Full Story

Sixty-Seven Boxers Advances to the Medal Round at the Junior Open and Youth National Championships -by Julie Goldsticker-January 8, 2016  (JAN 8)  RENO, NEV. - Thursday's quarterfinal round featured the heaviest day of competition at the 2016 Junior Open and Youth National Championships in Reno, Nev. More than 65 bouts were contested today at the Grand Sierra Resort Summit Pavilion with all of the day's competitors advancing on to Friday's semifinals. The female competitors took the ring for the first time in Thursday's evening competition and Iyana Verduzco (East Los Angeles, Calif.) earned the first victory of the tournament for ....Full Story

Katie Taylor's 10 year reign as 'Queen of the Lightweights' -by Michael O'Neill -January 4, 2016  (JAN 4)  On January 1st, Ireland’s Katie Taylor, (one of our WBAN ‘Amateurs of the Year 2015) began 2016 as the AIBA World no.1 Lightweight just as she has done ever since first reaching the top of the podium back in 2006.  AIBA President Dr.Ching-Ku Wu paid this tribute to the Bray woman:  “What Katie Taylor has achieved over the last ten years in international competition, including the Olympic Games and AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships....Full Story



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