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APRIL 2003


April 26, 2003 -  Mississauga, Canada
Women boxers Mississauga native Olga Heron (3-0-0 (1KO) fought Lisa "Bad News" Brown in a four rounder on the undercard.
This was a surprisingly competitive battle. Olga seemed very confused and even hurt a couple of times in the first round. Then she found her rhythm and started countering Lisa's attach. Lisa was without a doubt the aggressor and won a unanimous decision by  40-36 on all score cards. 

April 26, 2003 -Northern Lights Casino, Anacortes, Washington
In the Main Event, Deborah "Sunshine" Fettkether, Arizona TKO8  Lisa Holewyne, Texas, in a 10-round WIBF Welterweight World title.  The event was promoted by Ringside Ticket, Inc.

April 26, 2003 -Genetti Manor Inn, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Pro Debuter Rosalie Morales, 155, won a four-round majority decision over Darlene Sabo, 154.5, of Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Morales is now 1-0-0 (0KO), and Sabo is 2-4-1 (1 KO).

April 26, 2003 - Cleveland, Ohio
Welterweight Bonnie Wherry, a Cleveland Police detective, 1:01 TKO2 Pro Debuter Tricia Silotta, Terre Haute, Indiana.

April 26, 2003 - Delaware County Fairgrounds, Muncie, Indiana - Promoted by Fred Berns
Amateur boxer Angela Hughes, 18 years old, made her amateur pro debut on same amateur boxing card as her father, Al Hughes! Angela TKO2 Lynicia Hinson, Anderson.  Her father Al Hughes KO'd his 20-year old opponent, Johnny Sparks, in the second round. Also in a pro boxing match, Kristina Follmar, 128, of  Muncie, TKO1 49 seconds Stephanie Ladner, 158.

April 26, 2003 -  Jarrell's Gym, in Savannah, Georgia
Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback defeated tough veteran Mitzi Jeter in a rematch with a unanimous decision. The two were featured in the co-main event and fought six hard rounds.   According to News source SavannahNOW, oth fighters traded punches for six rounds, with Jeter refusing to back down from Hallback's powerful punches and Hallback discouraging Jeter's steady advances.  Final scoring was 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54.

April 26, 2003 - Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Vaia "Vicious" Zaganas, 106, stopped her opponent Holly Dunaway, 107, 1:24 of the second round.  There is also a women's match that is an  exhibition bout between Layla McCarter and Tracy Byrd that is a scheduled four-rounder.

April 26, 2003 -  Schwerin, Germany
Regina Halmich retained her World Title defeating Cathy Brown on points over 10 rounds. The judges scored the fight 98:92, 97:95, 97:94. Cathy Brown started the fight best and was clearly more powerful. She sent Halmich to the canvas in the third round, but it was probably more a case of Halmich getting caught off balance as the punch was on her shoulder. Halmich better skills, condition and experience turned the fight for her from round 5 and onwards, and the result was no cause for controversy, even though the German Judge who saw the fight 98:92 probably was too "kind" to Halmich.

April 25, 2003 - Thunderbird Casino, in Norman, Oklahoma
Stephanie Dobbs, 106, won a four-round unanimous decision over  "Dakota Princess" Vanessa Honomichl, 106.5, in a strawweight four-rounder. Final scoring was
39-37 and 40-36 twice.

April 25, 2003 - Maritim Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany
Bantamweight Anita Christensen, Denmark, won a six-rounder by points over  Renata Vesecka.

April 24, 2003 - Irvine Marriott, Irvine, California
Featherweight Ronda Luna won a four-round unanimous decision over Rosa Ponce. Both boxers were making their pro debut. Luna is now 1-0-0 (0KO), and Ponce is 0-1-0 (0KO). 

April 24, 2003 - Grand Casino Pavillion in Gulfport, Mississippi
Featherweights Shannon Birmingham, Hamilton, Alabama, TKO1 pro debuter Kim Richardville, Tupelo, Mississippi in a scheduled four-rounder. Birmingham is now 1-1-0 (1KO), and Richardville is 0-1-0. 

April 24, 2003 -Metropolis Night Club in Perth, Australia
Tiana Caverley
, 121 1/4, had an eight-round draw with Edith Smith, 119 3/4.  The two were fighting for the Australian Women's Featherweight Title.

April 21, 2003 - Toppenish, Washington
Kelsey Jeffries won an eight round decision over Jo Jo Wyman, with a final scoring of 76-75, 77-75, and 76-75, in the featherweight division (126 lbs). In the first round, Wyman knocked Jeffries to the canvas, and at the very end of the last round, Jeffries suffered a cut over the eye, that may require stitches.

April 19, 2003 - Camel Rock Casino, in Sante Fe, New Mexico
Monica Michel, 118,  won her first professional match against Brittney Conan in a scheduled four-round bantamweight bout.  Conan lasted 31 seconds, before the fight was stopped.  Michel is now 1-3-3 (1KO).  In a second women’s match, Terri Cruz, 123, won a unanimous decision over winless B.J. Felter, 121.  Cruz is now 7-3-2 (5KO), and Felter dropped to 0-6-0.

April 19, 2003 – Sam’s Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi -Promoted by Brian Young
Lana Alexander, 118,  Nashville, Tennessee,  KO2 Cadace Lett, in a scheduled four-round bantamweight bout.  Alexander improved her record to 1-1-0 (1KO), and Lett fell to 1-2-0 (1KO).

April 15-20, 2003 - Antalya Turkey
Source: Delhi News Source - Amateurs

Indian women boxers fought in the Ahmed Comert International Boxing Championship at Antalya in Turkey. The six-member Indian team won as many as five bronze medals in various categories at the event held between April 15 and 20, according to Indian Amateur Boxing Federation.  Santa Devi (46kg),  sushila Devi (54kg) and R L Jenny (63kg) of Manipur, Arun Misra (60kg) and Laxmi Padiya (66kg) of Jharkhand were the medal winners.

April 16 -19, 2003 - San Francisco, California
Amateurs: San Francisco Golden Gloves

One of the top Amateur women boxers and three-time 106 lb. National Champion, Carina Moreno entered the San Francisco Golden Gloves, that had over 130 boxers---with only five women and that took place from  April 16th - 19th.Moreno entered the tournament in the 119-lb division and was able to fight twice.  The first bout took place on April 16th, and she fought Valerie Evans from San Jose, California.  She won the bout 5-0.  Moreno then moved into the finals on April 19th, and fought Jennifer Neuyen, and again winning 5-0. Moreno was voted Best Boxer of the Tournament. The night of the Alcorn-St. John fight, WBAN got a chance to meet Moreno and her trainer at the Selland Arena.  She is considering turning pro soon, and talked about how she felt it was important to pay her dues in the amateurs first. 

April 19, 2003 -  Selland Arena, in Fresno, California  
Mia St. John vs. Jennifer Alcorn:  Mia entered the ring first---included in her corner was Fredia “the Cheetah” Gibbs and Mia’s mother.  Alcorn made her appearance shortly thereafter, with trainer/husband working her corner.  Both boxers appeared to be relaxed and ready to fight….In the first round, Alcorn and Mia wasted little time in mixing it up and the fight turned into a slugfest.  Within about 20 seconds into the fight, Mia slipped to the canvas, and it looked like Alcorn was over-powering Mia at that time. (Mpeg of the slip on records site, gallery 51). In the second round, Alcorn and Mia continued to fight toe-to-toe, but in the later part of the round, Alcorn was throwing multiple combination and caught Mia in the corner.  Mia weathered out the 2nd round, and did not appear to be hurt from the attack. (Mpeg on Records site of 60 seconds of the 2nd round, gallery 51).    Most of the rest of the rounds was a slugfest between the two with Alcorn ultimately winning with a unanimous decision.  Alcorn remains undefeated with a 16-0-0 (10KO), and St. John is now 27-3-1 (13KO). Final judges scores was 78-74, 77-75, and 77-75. WBAN asked St. John how she felt about this fight with Alcorn in a post-fight interview. St. John said, “Out of my 31 fights this was probably my favorite fight aside from Christy. Fighting Jenifer was such a challenge and truly a wonderful experience. The crowd was on their feet the whole time and found it as exciting as I did. The fight was an overall  success! I went into Fresno sparked a little controversy, we sold A  LOT of tickets and fought our hearts out. My job is complete. I couldn't be happier. I'll be fighting again in June and hopefully will rematch with Christy sometime this summer.”

April 19, 2003 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Amateur: Wisconsin Golden Gloves

The Wisconsin Golden Gloves Tournament came back to Milwaukee Saturday and was greeted by an enthusiastic, if not sellout crowd, at the Rave ballroom. Two women’s bouts started the action after the intermission in the 15-bout card. The female matches were met with solid applause as the crowd showed its appreciation.  Melinda Torres of North Shore Boxing Club, Waukegan, took Erin Riley, Roufus Boxing Gym here, to school stopping the local boxer in the first round. Riley seemed overwhelmed by Torres’ brawl-and-swarm style.

April 18, 2003 - The Palace, Lemoore, CA
In front of a packed audience,  at the
Palace Indian Gaming Center, in Lemoore, California, had a night of women’s boxing, mixed in with a heavyweight contender Michael Grant, who fought Gilbert Martinez.  The first fight of the night was between Isra “The Raging Beauty” Girgrah, 128, and Laura Serrano, 124.  The two fought in a toe-to-toe battle that ended in a controversial  eight-round split decision for Girgrah. The boxing fans met the decision with a loud sound of “boos.”  Serrano, took the Mexico flag and ran through the audience after the decision was announced.  Girgrah delivered Serrano her first loss as a pro boxer.  Final scoring was 79-73 Serrano, and 77-75, and 78-74 Girgrah.     The second bout of the evening was  featured Sumya “The Island Girl” Anani, 141,  and Fredia “The Cheetah” Gibbs, 140.  Even before the fight began, Anani stared across the ring at Gibbs,  and shuffling her feet as if she was ready to spring in action at the ring of the bell.  Gibbs was also hyped and when the bell did begin the first round both boxers immediately began throwing leather.   There was some holding throughout the first round, and they were non-stop until the end of that round.  But it was learned shortly there after that Gibbs may have experienced a fractured hand and the fight was halted.  Anani won the fight by a TKO.  The third night of the fight featured Grant and Martinez. Their fight ended in a win for Grant by a TKO in the later rounds.  Then the ESPN2 cameras stopped rolling as the next women’s match was to take place between Nina Ahlin, 101.5, and Vaia Zaganas, 104.  It was a very entertaining fight and it was unfortunate that it did not make television. WBAN did tape the fight.  Vaia Zaganas won the fight with a final scoring of  59-55, 59-55, and 58-56. The last fight of the night was another women’s match, that could have easily been named the “fight of the night.”  Layla McCarter, 134, of Las Vegas, took on local boxer from Fresno, Lisa Lewis, 133.  It was the classic boxer against puncher.  McCarter was slick as she slipped punches by Lewis who is also one tough fighter!  The six-rounder ended in a unanimous decision for McCarter.      

April 18, 2003 - Atlanta, Georgia
Fight fans in Atlanta got more than their money's worth in the second Friday Night Fights at the Roxy card last night in Atlanta, Georgia. This nine-bout card was a crowd-pleasing affair held at this popular Buckhead venue, which marked the pro debut of top female amateur Janaya "Jai" Davis.  As an amateur, Davis, 158, won three national titles in 2002 while fellow debuter Mariem Punchenella Brakache, 155, a native of Morocco, had competed in kickboxing events in Holland before immigrating to the United States. Davis used her reach and jab to good effect, tattooing her opponent's face, while Brakache kept up the pressure throughout this highly competitive four-round middleweight match-up. The final decision was 40-36 on all cards.

April 12, 2003 -  Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Carla Wilcox, 125.5, had a four-round unanimous decision over Michelle Herron, 121.5. Wilcox improves her record to 4-2-0 (1KO), and Herron is 0-1-0 (0KO).

April 12, 2003 -  Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Stephanie Dobbs, 102, and Deidre Hamaguchi, 103,  fought to a non-stop action-packed slugfest to a four-round draw. (38-38 all two score cards, and 39-37 for Hamaguchi).

April 12, 2003 -  Aktiv Sporthalle, Güssing, Burgenland, Austria, promoted by Peter M. Pospichal by Box-Team Vienna
Bantamweight Bettina Csabi, 118, Hungary, KO’d Ramona Telefan, 119 1/4,  in the 48 seconds in the first round in a scheduled Bantamweight six-round bout; Also,  Esther Schoute
n, 123 3/4,  defeated Simone Suciu, 124,  in an six rounder by a unanimous decision in super-bantamweight division.

April 11, 2003 - Chicago Golden Gloves, Chicago, Illinois  Amateurs
Jessica Lenth from Hamlin Park beat Marla del Angel from Windy City Gym in the 119 Novice Division. Jessica, a southpaw, asserted herself early on with her jab. The southpaw turned out to confuse and consternate Marla; Talina Acevedo from Hamlin Park is now a two-time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion at 119 Open. She came out strong against Echo Sneed and with expert lateral movement and a strong jab, Echo never had a chance; Perhaps one of the more exciting fights was Tempele Smith, Seward Park v. Maria Barrera of Ekhart Park. Tempele has been working for the last month with Leatita Robinson and her movement and style reflected that fact. A flurry of punching best describes this match. Tempele gutted out the last round and was rewarded with the win in the 106 Novice Division; Apinya Wipachit of Hamlin Park dropped a fight to Marilyn Syers of Kaehn BC who was 2-1 going into the fight. Both exhibited excellent skills. Marilyn aggressively pursued Apinya demonstrating her heart along with the superior boxing skills.  Anti-climatic was the much anticipated fight between Elizabeth Kerin of Garfield Park v. Julie Landsdown of Stateway, who trains under the guidance of Leatitia Robinson. Unfortunately, Elizabeth was unable to fight because she was in the hospital. Julie wins the 201+ Open Division with a walk over.

April 11, 2003- Radisson Hotel, Fresno, CA
Claudia Valenciana, 148,  knocked Tania Gomez, 141, down in the first round with a counter left hand en route to a four-round split decision victory. Gomez righted herself and finished strong in the last two rounds but the early deficit was too much to overcome. After the fight Valenciana said, "I just want to say thank you to my trainer Refugio Flores and my family for supporting me." Gomez, after getting her feet wet in the professional ranks for the first time said, "I feel good. It was mostly what I expected, a little different, but I got in there and that is what is important to me." Scores were 40-35, 38-37 and 37-38. Valenciana improved to 3-0 while Gomez, fighting pro for the first time, is now 0-1.

April 7, 2003 - Budapest, Hungary and promoted by Blue Alligator Box Promotion
Judit Palacian (52kg / 114  3/4 lbs) defeated by TKO2 Viktoria Varga (51,9kg / 114 1/2 lbs) in four rounder in super flyweight division.  Varga's corner abandoned because Varga's hand was injured.  Also in another women's bout, Szilvia Csicsely (51,5kg / 113,5lbs) defeated pro debuter  Natalia Bakos (51,7kg / 114lbs) in a four rounder by a unanimous decision in the super flyweight division.

April 6, 2003- VFW in Morgantown, West Virginia
Nikki Eplion,  South Point, Ohio won a TKO1 Christine Butch.

April 5, 2003 - New Mexico - Muay Thai
Trisha "TNT" Hill
caused an upset when she stopped the much taller Holly Holm, in a Muay thai bout.

April 5, 2003 - Amarillo, Texas
Linda Tenberg TKO2 Shakura Witherspoon in a scheduled four rounder in the featherweight division.

April 5, 2003 -
Randy's Ballroom, in San Antonio,Texas and promoted by  Rising Star Promotions
In the main event, Valerie Flores won her pro debut when she defeated Terry Carrillo in a four-round majority decision. Also, Carolina Harris won a four-round unanimous decision over Isabel Mayseng. 

April 5, 2003 - Varese, Italy
Sabina Ritter TKO2 Martina Cichova. Also,
Stefania Bianchini, 110 1/4, won a 10-round unanimous decision over  Réka Krempf  for a flyweight European title.

April 5, 2003 - Silver Star Resort & Casino, Choctaw Mississippi
Novice Samantha Browning, 130, who had trained for only a few weeks and beat Tonya Harding in her pro debut in February of this year, fought her second pro bout against another newbee boxer making her pro debut Delisha Starling, 135,  in which she stopped Starling 1:35 in the first round.

April 4, 2003 - Lawrence Joel Coliseum,  Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Heavyweight Carlette Ewell, 186, TKO’d Kimberly Massey, 201, in the third round.  Ewell has improved her record to 3-1-0 (2KO).

April 4, 2003 The Harriet, in Palm Beach, Florida
In the Aero of Palm Beach series, light-middleweights Yvonne Reis won a six-round unanimous decision over Cynthia Jones. Final scoring was 58-55 on all judges score cards. Ryan Wissow reported on WBAN's forum, that the fight was a great fight, and could have easily have been the best fight of the night. Wissow went on to say that the action started quickly when Reis and Jones went right at it  from the opening bell. Ryan said that in the second round, Jones caught Reis with some big shots on the ropes, and had Reis is big trouble and that the ref almost stopped the fight, but Reis clinched Jones, and the ref gave Reis a standing eight count. Ryan went on to report that the remaining four rounds were non-stop, where both fighter stunned the other, and snapped each others heads back with numerous big shots.  When the fight was over, the crowd was on their feet.  Ryan's observations of Cynthia Jones who is now 0-4-0, said, "Cynthia Jones is the best 0-4 fighter I've ever seen. There are numerous world-class fighters that Jones would beat."

April 4, 2003 - Agua Caliente Casino, in
Rancho Mirage, California, and promoted by Mark Liddy Promotions

18-year-old Melinda Cooper, now 8-0-0 (5KO), Las Vegas, TKO'd Evangeline Abeyta, now 0-4-0, Denver, in the first round of a scheduled four-round bantamweight bout.

April 4, 2003 - Colorado Belle, in Laughlin, Nevada
Blanca Luna, Las Vegas, won a six-round unanimous decision over Jessica Mohs, Chandler, Arizona. Luna improved her record to 3-1-0 (0KO). Luna has wasted little time in taking on some tough opponents early in her career, and is a rising star to look out for!



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