The "Best" , The "Hottest "
and the "Nott-est"
in the sport in 2016 !
Another year has
gone by and it is time to have the "Hot" and "Nots" 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!
You will be missed....
Dedication in 2016 Muhammad Ali - Bobby Chacon
Tai Fields -
Eun Young Kim
Caroline Svendsen -
(In Alpha Order)
31-1-1 (23 KO)
Born: Puerto Rico
Fighter of the
of the Year
Amanda "The Real Deal"
Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano,
has had quite a year in 2016, fighting four times---she was not
only busy in the ring but definitely out of the ring! She is the
all-around "it" factor in the sport, having not only
pound-for-pound skills in the ring but projects a stellar image
outside the ring, and continues to do that in the sport.
In 2016, Serrano became the WBO Featherweight Champion when won
by a first round KO in that bout;
Later that year she had the honors of being the first female to
headline a card in Puerto Rico, where she won by a fourth round
KO; Serrano was featured in every newspaper in Puerto Rico
on every top TV program there---with over 35 billboards
throughout the island; She and her sister, Cindy Serrano
were in the movie "Fight Valley." where they were featured along
with MMA stars Holly Holm, Miesha Tate and Chris Cyborg; In
October of 2016, she fought her fifth world title in her fourth
division WBO Super Bantamweight World title winning by TKO and
tying her record with Miguel Cotto; she was also awarded WBO
Female Fighter of the year; She and her sister, Cindy
Serrano recently received notice that they are going to be
included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the
first female siblings to become World Champions at the same time
in a major organization (WBO); and lastly Serrano was voted
Fighter of the Year in Puerto Rico---not just female, but the
Fighter of the year....among many more things to mention in her
accomplishments in 2016.
of the Year 2016
Cecilia "First Lady" Braekhus
Cecilia "First Lady" Braekhus made
history in Norway in 2016, after she made
a historical homecoming, who was the first boxer to fight on
Norwegian soil since 1981. In one of her fights that
took place in 2016, Braekhus had an impressive win over
WBAN's past world title holder in the welterweight division,
Anne Sophie Mathis, who was stopped in the second round of a
ten round bout, where it was a unification title fight for
the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Welterweight titles.
Top Latina Boxers
of the Year 2016
Marcela "La Tigresa" Acuna
Jessica "Kika" Chavez
Marcela "La Tigresa" Acuna, began her pro boxing career, in
1997, fighting two top boxers in her pro debut (Christy
Martin) in a ten-round bout, and then (Lucia Rijker) in her
second professional career. Acuna has fought the very
best throughout many, many years of her veteran career in
the sport. In December of 2016, at the age of 40, she
delivered Yesica Marcos her first loss in the sport after
Marcos had won 27 straight bouts. Acuna stopped Marcos in a
10 round KO, winning the vacant IBF Super Bantamweight world
Jessica "Kika" Chavez, who was also theWBAN
2015 Fighter of the year, is our Top Latina Boxer of
the year in 2016. Chavez
fought three times in 2016, with all being in defense of her WBC
Flyweight title, in which she won all three bouts with Boxrec
rated five star bouts. She is currently the WBC Flyweight
world champion and has defended her title several times. Photo:
Rising Star In
Heather "The Heat" Hardy, 18-0-0 (4KO), is currently the UBF and WBC Super Bantamweight
International Champion. Heather is the first woman to be signed
to a long term promotional contract to DiBella Entertainment,
currently the biggest boxing promoter in NY. She is also the
first woman to box professionally and put on card at the
Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Another boxer who
has the "it" factor in the sport----she projects a positive
image in the sport and has
Nicola Adams Estelle Mossely
Boxers - 2016
Nicola Adams--Winning Gold again in
Rio meant that Adams, the 34 years old from Leeds, became the
first British boxer to retain an Olympic Gold title since Londoner
Harry Mallin 92 years ago and as the British
awards season has just begun we can be sure that further honours
will be bestowed on the modest Yorkshire native.
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another gold medal winner in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, is the first French female boxer to win a medal of any
color in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Photo credit:
USA 1-0-0 (0KO)
Ireland 2-0-0 (1KO)
Boxers Who Turned Pro!
Claressa Shields made her pro debut in
November of 2016, and was the first female Olympian to turn pro in
the sport. She also made her footprint in the sport when she
fought in the history-first 2012 Olympics, winning a Gold Medal, and
then again competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics winning her second gold
2-0-0 (1KO), first made Irish boxing history, at the age 15 in
October of 2001 in the first officially sanctioned
women's bout ever held in Ireland.
She won Gold at the historical first for women competing in the
2012 Olympics and her accomplishes
in and out of the ring continue to flourish in 2016 and
throughout her career in the amateurs and now with great promise
as a professional boxer.
of the Year 2016
World champion Alicia "Slick" Ashley was
crowned the world’s oldest female boxing champion by Guinness
World Records, the record keeping organization in 2016. Ashley
also received the Golden Glove Award at the Mayweather
Promotions who proudly presented Titans of the Trade: Breakfast
of Champions—Strength, Courage, and Glove Affair. They
honored Ashley who made boxing history by claiming WBC female super
bantamweight title making her boxing’s oldest female champion at
the age of 48. The award acknowledges her dedication and
endurance throughout her career.
Layla "Amazing" McCarter, multi-world
champion, who has fought since 1998, having over 50 professional
fights, and continues to fight in
the ring. She is a driving force in the sport, who has not
only made great accomplishments in the ring, but also out of the
ring. She is responsible for getting three-minute,
12-round bouts approved in the state of Nevada, inducted in two
hall of fames, among other great awards and honors she continues
to receive in the sport. In 2016 she was also inducted
into the California Hall of Fame.
"The first known sister team to be world champions at the
"Movers and the Shakers" in 2016
These boxing sisters,
Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano, and Cindy "Checkmate"
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! Photo credits: Facebook
In what could possible
be included in the Guinness World Records --- Amanda
"The Real Deal" Serrano and Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano
are the first known sister team to be world champions at
the same time. WBAN has researched this
history-first, and at this time consider this the first
time to occur in history.
Many of the professional female boxers are
having their gear made at Double A Boxing...
Custom Boxing Outfits in 2016
Double A Boxing
Double A Boxing:
"Double A Boxing is WBAN's top Custom Boxing Outfits for
2016, that are made for female and male boxers.
The unique designs are beautifully made and we had to
give a 2016 Award shout out to this fantastic maker!
Their Equipment is made to the
highest standards and is used by professional boxers."
WBAN would like to give a
special mention to the female boxers who were our top picks
throughout the year of 2016, 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
Congratulations to each of these female boxers who was
WBAN's top picks for each month!
Top Fights of the
Cecilia Braekhus vs. Anne-Sophie
Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Edith Soledad Matthysse
Esmeralda Moreno vs. Eva Voraberger
Naoko Fujioka vs. Go Shindo
Jelena Mrdjenovich vs. Gaelle Amand Erica Farias vs. Victoria Noelia
Jessica Chavez vs. Esmeralda Moreno
Melissa St. Vil vs. Katy Wilson Castillo
Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent
Klara Svensson vs. Mikaela Lauren
Tori Nelson vs. Alicia Napoleon
Amanda Serrano vs. Olivia Gerula
Jessica Chavez vs. Naoko Fujiokadf
Rosalinda Rodriguez vs. Naomi Bosques
*If there are fights that have not been included, you can send in a
suggestion to WBAN at firstname.lastname@example.org,
with info on the particular bout.
Top Amateurs who plan to turn Pro or have turned
pro in 2016
Golden Boy Promotions Signs Olympic
Bronze Medalist Marlen Esparza
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 in
December of 2016. Esparza, who was also won the amateur
World Championship in 2012, is the first-ever female boxer to sign with
Tiara Brown Successfully wins her pro
debut after a stellar Amateur Career!
Tiara Brown, of Bladensburg, Maryland, joined the pro
ranks of women's boxing. Brown made her pro debut by winning a
stunning first round KO of her opponent, Khadija Sanders, pro
debut, of Wilson, North Carolina, where the bout was
scheduled for four rounds in the featherweight division.
Amateur boxer with over 90 fights Sulem
Urbina Soto turns Pro in 2016
With an impressive track record in amateur boxing of over 90
fighting, super flyweight Sulem Urbina Soto, of Phoenix, Arizona,
turned pro in 2016, winning three pro bouts, and is now 3-0-0 (0KO). Sulem Urbina signed with Zanfer Promotions.
Standout Amateur boxer Raquel Miller
Turns Pro in 2016
Raquel Miller, a standout in the amateurs, turned
pro in 2016, and is now
2-0-0 (1KO). In one of her great opportunities to fight on a card,
she was offered to be on the undercard of Andre Ward vs. Alexander
Brand at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on August 6, 2016. This
was the first Roc Nation card to feature a female fighter.
The "NOT SO HOT" In Women's
Boxing For the Year 2016!
New allegations against AIBA and the
by Michael O'Neill
December 18, 2016
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 the AIBA President from
Chinese Taipei. In
response, the AIBA’s Interim CEO, has penned a detailed
response and threatening legal proceedings against Ho Kim.
The AIBA is this week holding.
Junior Team Captain Mary-Kate Nevin
(15) from Mullingar was taken to hospital for ‘emergency treatment’
following an incident in the team’s hotel.
October 31, 2016
Photos: courtesy iaba.ie
(In red/Mary-Kate Nevin
According to sources close to the
Irish team, Junior Team Captain Mary-Kate Nevin (15) from
Mullingar was taken to hospital for ‘emergency treatment’
following an incident in the team’s hotel. Nevin, who earlier in
the day had been voted as Youth/Junior boxer of the tournament
needed treatment to an eye after being attacked by a male, who
the ‘Irish Independent’ believes to be a trainer/coach of the
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by Michael O'Neill
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.