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The "Best" , The "Coolest"   in the sport in 2015!

Another year has gone by and it is time to have the "hot" Picks for 2015! 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!
 

     
 
 

 Special Dedication in 2015
In memory of the following
.....

Elizabeth Sherman - Boxer
Dean Chance - IBA President
John Hill -  Covered sport
 

 


Jessica Chavez

 

Fighter of the year
 of the Year 2015

Jessica "Kika" Chavez
Jessica "Kika" Chavez, has been busy this year, fighting four times, and winning all of the bouts.   In all of her bouts in 2015, she fought four times in 10-round bouts for the WBC flyweight title twice, and one time for the vacant WBC International flyweight title. Chavez fights out of Mexico City, Mexico, and has a 25-4-3 (4KO) boxing record.

 
 
 


Delfine Persoon

Top European Fighter
of the Year 2015

Delfine Persoon (Belgium)
 
Delfine Persoon of Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, had four fights in 2015, with two out of the four fights, fighting for a WBC Lightweight title.   She also fought two eight round bouts, winning all of her fights in 2015.

 
 
 


Ibeth Zamora Silva
 

Top Latina Boxer
of the Year 2015

Ibeth Zamora Silva (Mexico)

 
"La Roca" Ibeth Zamora Silva, world rated #1 with WBAN and Boxrec in 2015, fighting three times in 2015, with all bouts being world title fights, winning all of them.  She is the current WBC light flyweight world title holder.  She was also WBAN's 2013 Fighter of the Year (not an easy thing to accomplish).

 
 
 


Amanda Bujold


Ginny Fuchs

Top Amateur Boxers
 of the Year 2015 (Alphabetical order)

Amanda Bujold - Atheyna Byion  - Ginny Fuchs - Mikaela Mayer - Claressa Shields
Katie Taylor
 

The "Top Amateur Boxers for 2015" was shared with many of our top amateur boxers. 


Mikaela Mayer


Claressa Shield


Katie Taylor

 
 
 


Lisa Whiteside

 

Inspirational Amateur Boxer
 of the Year 2015

Lisa Whiteside
 

Lisa Whiteside, who suffered a fractured skull in a freak fall, fighting at 51kg, won a silver medal in the Rio Test boxing event having made a remarkable and very courageous return to the ring following a ‘fractured skull’ earlier in the year. Many felt she would not box again yet against all the odds returned as good as ever and also took the England Elite and GB championships titles in 2015.

 
 
 


Jajaira Gonzalez

Rising Amateur Boxing Star
of 2015

Jaijaira Gonzalez
 

Jaijaira Gonzalez, WBAN sees a bright future for this top-notch amateur boxer.  She definitely has the potential and most likely to be a “future AIBA World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist” and THE one to watch for Tokyo 2020.

 
 
 


Alicia Ashley

Eileen Olszewski

Top Inspirational Boxers of the year in 2015

Alicia "Slick" Ashley
Eileen "The Hawaiian Mongoose" Olszewski

Alicia "Slick" Ashley, with a 23-10-1 (4KO) boxing record, and fighting for a world title, for the WBC in 2015,  for the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight world title, regained that title at the age of 48.   Ashley began her pro boxing career in January of 1999, and is still going strong!

Multi-world champion Eileen "The Hawaiian Mongoose" Olszewski, who fights out of New York, but was born in Honolulu, Hawaitt,  has been fighting since 2006. Just tipping the scales at about 111 lbs, she successfully defended her IFBA Flyweight world title in January of 2015.

These two ageless beauties are top female boxers in the sport, and they continue to fight professionally and are an inspiration to all in the sport, in and out of the sport.
 

 
 
 


Cindy and Amanda
Serrano
photos: Facebook

The Top "Movers and the Shakers" in 2015
Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano
Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano

These boxing sisters do not miss a beat in bringing major exposure to the sport.  They are not only some of our elite top professional boxers in the sport--- they are extremely active outside the ring, that have included magazine features, a movie, interviews, and the list goes on!
 
 
 


Melissa McMorrow
fights out of San Francisco, California

Road Warrior in 2015

Melissa McMorrow (United States)
 
WBAN's top pick for the 2015 road warrior goes to Melissa "Mighty" McMorrow (USA).  In 2015, McMorrow fought Kenia Enriquez (Tijuana, Mexico) in Mexico, winning by split decision for the WBO flyweight title.  The activity level for women boxers was fairly slim in 2015, so we not only looked at this year but an overall performance of the top pick to where they have fought in previous years. 

McMorrow has fought out of venue in  her last nine fights were either out of the country and/or out of California. She has not fought in California since 2010!

 
 
 


Carla Torres

Biggest Upset of the year
in 2015
Carla Torres vs. Olivia Gerula 
On October 22, 2015, Carla Torres of Cleveland, Ohio, with a boxing record of 4-3-0, went to Canada to fight Olivia Gerula, 16-14-2 for the WIBA International Featherweight title.  Many thought that Gerula would win this fight, but out of towner Torres proved to be a tough opponent and won the fight by a 10-round decision.

 
 
 


Cecilia Braekhus

The "Where Did She Go" Award
in 2015
Cecilia "First Lady" Braekhus (Norway)
 

One of the top female boxers in the sport, welterweight Cecilia "First Lady" Braekhus, being on top of world ratings was going strong with a perfect undefeated record of 27-0-0 (7KO), and after a very successful 2014 year, winning four major multi-world title bouts that year----did not fight one time in 2015!  Cecilia has been very much missed and we want to see her return in  2016!

 
 
 


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Cool BKB Fight of the Year by
Top Female Boxers!

Layla McCarter vs. Diana Prazak
BKB had its first female fight in history as multi-world champions Layla McCarter faced Diana Prazak in a BKB Championship.  According to news sources, McCarter and Prazak may have just stolen the show this night in 2015.    The BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) had it's second event at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was shown on PPV.

 

 

 
 


Holly Holm
Boxing to UFC

Top Non-Boxing Knockout of the Year by Retired Multi-world World boxing champion in 2015!

Holly Holm
What many called it the "upset of the century" on other news media sources, 18-time world boxing champion Holly Holm KO'd Ronda Rousey in the second round in a UFC 193 fight for the women's bantamweight title.   Anyone who actually knew Holm's background  didn't see this as a surprise or upset as those who  took her at face value prior to the fight.

 
 
 
 


Bojana Libiszewska, Klaudia Vigh, Jasmina Nadj may have been very busy but did not have great success in winning their bouts....

2015 Top Busiest Boxers
Bojana Libiszewska - Poland
Gabriella Mezei - Romania
Klaudia Vigh - Hungary
Szilvia Szabados - Hungary
Jasmina Nadj - Serbia

Bojana Libiszewska (Poland) - nine fights, one win (over Vigh); Gabriella Mezei (Romania) - nine fights, four wins (4-4-2); Klaudia Vigh (Hungary) - nine fights, no wins; Szilvia Szabados (Hungary) - eight fights, five wins (5-3) lost title fight to Adler; Jasmina Nadj (Serbia) - eight fights, no wins (0-7-1) Two title fights included fighting Tissen.

 
 
 



 

2015 Top "Sister Acts" Boxers

Kenia Enriquez and Tania Enriquez
Amanda and Cindy Serrano
Mariana Juarez and Lourdes Juarez

Kenia Enriquez

Tania Enriquez

Mariana Juarez


Lourdes Juarez


Amanda Serrano


Cindy Serrano


We have three top picks this year, and these "sistas" are on fire in the sport. Sisters Kenia Enriquez and Tania Enriquez fight out of Mexico; Mariana Juarez and Lourdes Juarez, Mexico; and Amanda Serrano and Cindy Serrano, out of New York, USA.

 
 
 


Arely Mucino

Melissa McMorrow
Eileen Olszewski

2015 WBAN Fighters
of the Month

Arely Mucino (Mexico)
Eileen Olszewski (United States)
Melissa McMorrow (United States)
Naoko Fujioka (Japan)
Eva Wahlstrom (Finland)
Yazmin Rivas (Mexico)
Debora Dionicius (Argentina) 
Mandy Bujold (Canada)
Edith Soledad Matthysse (Argentina)
Ibeth Zamora Silva (Mexico)
Carla Torres (United States)
Daniela Bermudez (Argentina)
 
WBAN would like to give a special mention to the female boxers who were our top picks throughout the year of 2015, 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 the month".  

Congratulations to each of these female boxers who was WBAN's top picks for each month!

 
 
 


We will add to this category, send in video link so we can see the fight!
wban100@aol.com

2015 Top Fights

Sandy Tsagouris vs. Shannon O'Connell
Erica Farias vs. Klara Svensson
Melissa McMorrow vs. Kenia Enriquez
Naoko Fukioka vs. Mariana Juarez


We will add to this category - just send in a link to the fight and we will look into adding it to our 2015 Top Fight Category - wban100@aol.com

 
 
 

 

Top #1 Rated
WBAN World Female Boxers
 in 2015
Esmeraldo Moreno - Naoko Fujioka
Anabel Ortiz - Edith Soledad Matthysse
Ji Hyun Park - Maribel Ramirez 
Ibeth Zamora Silva - Mariana Juarez
Yazmin Rivas - Marcela Acuna
Jelena Mrdjenovich - Claudia Lopez
Layla McCarter - Erica Farias -
Amanda Serrano
Cecilia Braekhus - Anne-Sophie Mathis
Christina Hammer - Diana Prazak
Melissa Hernandez - Sandy Tsagouris
 
WBAN would like to give a special acknowledgement to all of our #1 World rated female boxers throughout the year of 2015.  Some of these top athletics were ranked #1 throughout the year.   It is no easy task to be ranked #1 with WBAN at anytime, and hats off to all of these great fighters for this high achievement! 

 
 

 


Canadian Olivia Gerula in the documentary
"Play Fair"...
 


Kenia Enriquez puts on Amateur Boxing Show in Mexico
 


IWBHF Inductees
in Hall of Fame


Best documentary on women in sport of the year 2015 - PLAY FAIR

The documentary PLAY FAIR is a compelling, unflinching and visually rich documentary that questions the assumption that women’s fight for full rights in the world of sports is over. The film explores five decades of activism and legal challenges that women fought to ensure they would have equal access and rights to compete in sports on elite and community levels.   Olivia Gerula, professional boxer was also featured in this documentary.   Video:  http://www.playfair.tv/

Kenia Enriquez Gives Back to the sport

In 2015,  where we saw WBO flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) held her first ever all-female amateur boxing tournament in her native city of Tijuana this past Saturday, February 7th. Held at the city-run gym adjacent to the Municipal Auditorium, over ten amateur fights were held to determine champs in five categories.

Historical Event in New York - Three minute round fight for the first time

On May 15, history was made as the New York State Athletic Commission and Ronson Frank/Uprising Promotions, supported their women in boxing.  Susan Merlucci Reno rematched Paula Ortiz. In their first meeting the rounds were fast and furious and too close for two of the three judges to call. They fought four 2-minute rounds. Now these women had 18 minutes to strategize, set traps and box, not just punch.

Eight Inducted Into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame

The sport of Women's boxing put it's ceremonial best foot forward on July 11 with the second annual induction ceremony of the sport's Hall of Fame. The ceremony, attended by a sell-out crowd of athletes, boxing officials and fans, was held at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six in Fort Lauderdale, FL and coincided with the nearby National Women's Golden Gloves tournament.  Full Story

For More of our top picks of  Cool Stories in 2015, go here!

 
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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.

     
         
         
         

 

 

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