The "Best" , The "Coolest" to the "Most Outrageous"!
Another year has
gone by and it is time to have the "hot and Not" Picks
This year was one of the most difficult
years to determine our TOP picks. WBAN has
elected to list more than one boxer in certain categories to give our due
respect for those fighters who have worked hard throughout the year to
qualify for that top pick!
Dedication in 2014 In memory of the following.....
Delfine Persoon, 29, 31-1-0 (14KO), of Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium, fought three times in 2014. Persoon, fought
some of the very best when she took on Erica Farias, who
gave Farias her first loss in their 10-round world
title fight for the WBC lightweight title. Another
tough matchup she had this year was with world champion Diana Prazak,
where Persoon won by a ninth round TKO. In 2014, Persoon
was named our WBAN's January and December Fighter of
33-year old Cecilia Braekhus,
27-0-0 (7KO), of Bergen, Norway, fought four multi-world
title bouts in 2014. Braekhus fought Jennifer Retzte,
Ivana Habazin, Jessica Balogun, and Myriiam Lamare winning
all the 10-round bouts by unanimous decision.
Jackie Nava (Mexico)
Ana Laura Esteche (Argentina)
This year we had a tie for
the Top Latina Boxer of the year. It was a very close
race with Jackie Nava, Ana Laura Esteche, and WBAN's top
picks for honorable mentioned,
Ibeth Zamora Silva.
Jackie "La Princesa Azteca" Nava from Mexico, fought
three times in 2014, after not fighting since August of
2012. Nava managed to become WBAN's Fighter of the
month twice in 2014, in the months of June and October!
Ana Laura Esteche from Argentina, had a great
three-fight year, as it was she who went
undefeated while fighting three of her top rivals and taking
a trip to Russia to get a draw with their champ. In
addition, Esteche was named our WBAN February 2014 Fighter
of the month.
of the Year
Claressa Shields (United States)
Katie Taylor (Ireland)
The "Top Amateur Boxers
for 2014" was shared between Claressa Shields
(United States) and Katie Taylor (Ireland) both of
whom in 2014 added to their 2012 Olympic Gold titles
by adding World crowns and other Confederation
titles. In Shields case, Pan American championships
and in Taylor’s case World, European AND European
A special Mention for others: With the Amateurs
for each and every boxer who took part in the 2014
AIBA World Championships in Jeju, South Korea.
Not only AIBA, but coaches, referees, judges and
journalists in Jeju and watching ‘overseas’ whether
via Live Streaming Worldwide or LIVE TV (Korea and
Ireland) this was THE best ever TOP QUALITY World
championships since the event was first held in 2001
Rising Boxing Star
Kenia Enriquez, 13-0-0
(6KO), of Tijuana, Mexico, undefeated and at this time,
fought five times in 2014. She won the vacant WBO
World Flyweight title, and took on some very good
opponents that included Noemi Bosques and Jolene
Blackshear. She is one boxer to keep your eye
one---she is definitely WBAN's Top Pick for the Hottest
Rising Boxing Star in 2014!
Noemi Bosques Courtesy
Photos: Facebook/with Copyrights on most photos
"Mover and the Shaker" in 2014
Noemi "La Rebelde" Bosques
Noemi "La Rebelde"
Bosques fought six times in 2014, She is
definitely a future boxing star in the making - so keep
your eye out on Bosques! She has a huge presence
in the social media, and she promotes herself as a brand
in any opportunity available to her. Bosques is not only giving women's boxing a lot of
exposure, but she is a female boxer who always projects
a positive image for her and others on the net.
Inspirational Female Boxers
Tori Nelson (USA)
Layla McCarter (USA)
Nelson, 13-0-3 (1KO), from Ashburn, Virginia, is not
only an undefeated multi-division world champion that
earned her place as one of the top women boxers in the world.
But out of the ring, she has a very busy schedule that
includes working as a waitress, taking care of her kids,
then going to the gym for intense training.
Nelson managed to fight five times in 2014 with four of the
bouts being 10-round title bouts!
The "Amazing" Layla McCarter, six-time world champion,
36-13-5 (8KO), of Las Vegas, Nevada, IS truly "Amazing".
This female boxer has been professionally boxing since 1998,
and is STILL going strong. She had not fought for over
two years, when she fought in September of
2012, where she TKO'd Noni Tenge. She returned to the
ring in November of 2014 to fight another one of the top
female boxers the "Huracan" Melissa Hernandez. What a
matchup to get rid of potential Ring Rust!
She has not experienced a loss since 2007, racking up 13
straight wins, with five of those fights as world title
Malissa Smith (USA)
Author Malissa Smith wrote an
extensive historical book on the "History of Women's Boxing"
which was a meticulously researched, seriously written yet
highly entertaining book about the sport. Smith mined
historical databases, newspaper archives, and individual
memories to portray a compelling in-depth look at the women
of the ring from the early 1700's to the challenges facing
female fighters today. The book was released in 2014.
Smith is also a board member with the International Women’s
Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF), and was a key speaker at the
history-first IWBHF Inaugural Induction Ceremony that took
place in Florida, where she gave a presentation on the
history of the sport.
Female Boxer of the year 2014
Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent
Undefeated Shelly "Shelito's
Way" Vincent, 13-0-0 (1KO), of Providence, Rhode, Island,
fought three times this year and in her last fight, winning
the UBF World Super Bantamweight title.
She is not only entertaining inside the ring, but outside
the ring. Vincent brings something unique and positive
to the sport.
Rookie of the
Csilla Nemedi, 8-0-0 (6KO),
began fighting as a pro on January 7, 2014. Nemedi fought
EIGHT times in 2014, winning all of her fights. In her
last fight that took place on October 11, 2014, she won the
WBF Bantamweight title. For fighting less than a year and
accumulating eight pro fights with a belt in her eighth bout---she accomplished much in less than one year of boxing as a
World Title bouts in 2014!
Mariana Juarez vs. Melissa McMorrow
Melissa McMorrow vs. Jessica Chavez
Jackie Nava vs. Alicia Ashley Delfine Persoon vs. Erica Anabella Farias
Chantel Cordova vs. Patricia Alcivar
Delfine Persoon vs. Diana Prazak
Yesica Bopp vs. Daniela Bermudez
Note: Boxing fans, if there is one that needs
to be listed for 2014, send WBAN a link to the video and let us
check it out to include the fight!
The World Boxing Council (WBC) taking substantial steps to help
female boxers in the sport!
Vision for the
Award in 2014 World Boxing Council (WBC)
The WBC hosted a History-First by conducting a four day convention
centered around the sport of Women's boxing. The event took place
from September 24-28 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The convention was highly successful and was packed with
celebrities, (former, retired, and current) female and male world
champions, and more...Many issues were discussed about the sport and
looking for solutions. The WBC did not just "talk" about helping
women boxers----they took an actual step to do something to support
the females in this sport.
Kali Reis vs. Teresa Perozzi Kali "KO Mequinonoag" Reis,
went out of her area and TKO'd Teresa Perozzi, in the third round of
a 10-rounder - they were fighting for the IBA Middleweight Title.
Hanna Gabriel vs. Paty Ramirez Hanna Gabriel KO'd Paty
Ramirez in the second round in a 10-round bout. The two vacant
WBO Middleweight title.
Anne Sophie Mathis vs. Christina Hammer The disappointment
is that Mathis did not get credit for this fight, except to have the
"loss" erased off her record. After much controversy, the fight was
reversed to a No-Contest.....
Fought 9 times in first year as a pro...winning all of her bouts...
2014 Top Busiest Boxer
of the Year 2014
Julieta Cardozo (Argentina)
Julieta "La Zorrita" Cardozo is a genuine newbie prospect
from Argentina with a 9-0 record for 2014. WBAN has three
videos of her fights in the video catalogue. From viewing
footage of Cardozo, she appears to know her punching range
and how to get into it. She throws good combinations to both
head and body. Cardozo has had amateur experience prior to
turning pro and is clearly learning how to box properly.
At the end of the first year of boxing, she is rated #44
with Boxrec. (Klaudia Ferenci also fought 9 times
in 2014, but she went 1-8 for 2014 and is slipping seriously
in the "opponent" status with a boxing record of 8-40-5.)
2014 WBAN Fighters
of the Month
Delfine Persoon (Belgium)
Ana Laura Esteche (Argentina)
Maribel Ramirez (Mexico)
Jazmin Ortega (Mexico)
Yesica Bopp (Argentina)
Jackie Nava (Mexico)
Yazmin Rivas (Mexico)
Chantel Cordova (USA)
Amanda Serrano (USA)
WBAN would like to give a
special mention to the female boxers who were our top picks
throughout the year of 2014, as our "Fighters of the Month".
When you consider all the many fights that go on each month
with the high amount of professional female boxers on the
scene, it is very difficult to be picked as a "Fighter of
We would like to note that
Delfine Persoon, Jackie Nava and Yazmin Rivas, was named our
Fighter of the month twice in the year 2014.
Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano
Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano
In what was a cool story
that WBAN featured in 2014, Amanda and
Cindy Serrano from New York was featured in a 12-page
spread for a high fashion magazine called XEX.
Retired women's champion
Terri Moss was honored with three awards on January 25,
2014, at the annual Georgia Fighters Awards. Terri
received 2013 Promoter of the Year for her white collar
boxing show Atlanta Corporate Fight Night, as well
Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame, and Boxing's Most Influential
New Honorary WBC Champion
Gabe was so thrilled with his Honor from the WBC and his other awards, Gabe
sent something special to the WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and thanked all of
the WBC for the support for
his Battle against Brain Cancer which was diagnosed back in
August 19th 2013 with medulloblastoma, which is a
highly malignant brain tumor that originated in his
Tiara Brown honored as Grand
at Dunbar Easter Parade!
In April of 2014, one of
the sports star athlete amateur boxers, Tiara Brown, of
Fort Myers, Florida, was chosen to be the "Grand
Marshal" at Sunday's Dunbar Easter Parade that took
place down Martin Luther King Blvd. in Fort Myers,
Brown was dressed in her USA Boxing attire, and she autographed
over 200 photos and passed them out at the parade. Full Story
Patty Boom Boom Races to the Top
On Sunday, April 13th, at the
VanCortlandt Park, in Bronx, New York, Patricia Alcivar, aka Patty Boom
Boom, competed in the Urban Environmental X-C 10k Trail Race.
Alcivar was feeling a little nervous making her way to the
starting line as it is the toughest trail race in New York City
[NYC], taking the
participants through 6.2 miles of technical single track and
difficult terrain. The field was highly competitive with many
participants showing up due to the true arrival of spring.
Two Boxing Champions you may
Most of the time, WBAN
covers the amateur and professional female boxers and we
publish stories on their accomplishments in the
ring---especially when they are crowned with world title
belts that are well deserved. You may not readily
recognize these champions in this photo----but they are
an example of the rock that helps female boxers
accomplish their goals and dreams in the sport----the
family and/or parents of the boxers! Multi-world
champion Ava Knight featured her parents in this story!
History-First International Women's
Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inaugural Induction Ceremony
On July 10, 2014, the
history-first International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame
inaugural Induction ceremony took place at the Hyatt
Regency Pier 66 Hotel, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
It was a fantastic event with the first class of
inductees. Full Story.
NABF Champion Chantel Cordova Receives
Special WBC Cares Award
In October of 2014, NABF Champion
Chantel Cordova was presented with a framed WBC certificate, and a WBC Medal,
for her Support and Fight against Domestic Violence. Cordova is
a survivor who is now an Advocate and Role Model against
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Svetla Taskova of Bulgaria
The "Crazy" Matchups
Dahiana Santana vs.
Rocio De Leon
On March 10, 2014, at the Coliseo Pedro Julio Nolasco, La
Romana, Dominican Republic, former world champion Dahiana Santana,
raised her boxing record to 33-6 (14KO), when she defeated winless
boxer Rocio De Leon, now 0-18-1, by a six unanimous
decision. This was actually a rematch for these two. The
big question is "Why"? Still Scratching our Head on this
Borislava Goranova vs.
April 13, 2014 - Boxing
Hall Sport Generation, Sofia, Bulgaria
Welterweight Borislava Goranova, now 8-38-1 (0KO), defeated Lubka Asenova by
a four-round unanimous decision. She is now 0-2-0.
Taskova vs. Teodora Bacheva
On April 13, 2014, at the
Boxing Hall Sport Generation, Sofia, Bulgaria, long time veteran, Svetla
Taskova, of Bulgaria, donning a 5-32-1 (1KO) record, a 15 year veteran
stepped in the ropes with a pro debuter, Teodora Bacheva.
Then surprisingly, the pro debuter wins the fight
against by a four round split decision...Crazy!
Anne Sophie Mathis' fight with Christina Hammer eventually
is reduced to a "No Contest" ....
of the Year
Anne Sophie Mathis
vs. Christina Hammer
In 2014, INITIALLY Christina Hammer
received an EARLY Christmas Gift when she got KO'd
by her opponent, Anne Sophie Mathis, and then gets to strap on TWO WORLD TITLE BELTS!
Video On July 26, 2014 at the Anhalt
Arena, Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, after Hammer was holding
Mathis in the fifth round, and Mathis was punching, Hammer went
down. But then there was a call to have the decision -
which went to Hammer by via DQ. They said Mathis threw an illegal
punch. With Hammer not being able to continue---she is then DECLARED a WINNER!
Later this was
to a "No Contest"
WBAN would like to thank the public who participated in giving
suggestions, and submitting their choices on the survey that we
posted to encourage participation.