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December 27, 2003 -Civic Arena, in St. Joseph, Missouri Melissa Shaffer, 100 lbs., from Van Buren, Arkansas, stopped pro debuter Rena Hill, 95 lbs., in the 1:25 seconds in the 2nd round by TKO.  The bout was on the undercard and was scheduled for four rounds. Shaffer is now 8-0-0.  Also, Angel Shipps, 110 lbs.,  St. Joseph, Missouri,  won a four-round unanimous decision over Stephanie Ortega, 108 lbs.,  of Kansas City. Shipps improved her record to 1-1-0 (0 KO). Ortega remains winless at 0-2-0 (0KO).  (This may be the last women's match of the year 2003!)

December 26, 2003 - Rayong, Thailand
Zelda Tekin of Charleroi, Belgium TKO1 Nonglek Lookburiram of Thailand. Tekin iimproved her record to 2-1-0 (1KO). 

December 24, 2003 - Yongin Indoor Stadium, Yongin-City, Korea
In front of a sell-out crowd, South Korean Lee In-Young retained her IFBA Flyweight title when she won by a 10-round split decision over Misa "Marvelous" Morimoto of Japan. Final judges scoring was 97-96, 96-95 for In-Young, and 96-95 for Morimoto.  Promoted by Byun, Jeong II, this fight was be broadcasted on South Korean television. According to the Korea Times, it was a very close fight that both boxers "slugged it out" all ten rounds.  Morimoto won the earlier rounds, with In-Young starting out tense in the match.  Morimoto raised the tempo from the third round, locking up Lee if she tried to come inside and countering with efficient hooks. In the eighth round, In-Young went down after being clipped with a hook on the counter, but the referee ruled it was a slip.  In the last round Morimoto went down, but the ref ruled that a slip. Morimoto said after the fight that the fight should have at least been a draw, and that she was disappointed about the results.  Morimoto said, "I really can't understand how the scores were in favor for Lee."  In-Young said that this was one of her toughest fights she has had thus far.

December 21, 2003 - Marriott Hotel, Bristol, England
In front of a sell-out crowd, on her own 'dinner-show' promotion, in a rematch, Jane Couch, 144,  won by a clear unanimous decision (80-73) over Brenda Bell-Drexel in an eight-round welterweight bout. An excerpt from the Evening Post, "
In the first round was a range-finder for Couch, it served its purpose. She won the second easily, catching her heavier opponent with neat jabs and right hooks to the head. Couch held centre stage in the third, teeing Bell-Drexel up with more well-aimed jabs and making the American lunge and miss. But any thoughts of putting the Texan away early were dispelled in the fourth when Couch dominated, landing with punishing combinations to head and body, only for her opponent to stand firm.  Although the American was durable, her only moments of success came at close quarters. Wily Couch kept moving, demonstrating superior fitness and technique to stay in control.  Couch's timing was impeccable as she warmed to her task in the seventh, and Bell-Drexel was breathing heavily when she retreated to her stool at the end of the session."  Tex Woodward, Jane Couch's manager/coach said, "Jane boxed more thoughtfully this time and was a clear winner, but Brenda must be given credit for never stopping trying, looking for that 'big punch' right up to the last bell. As last time it was a pleasure working with Brenda, and her trainer John Roppolo, they are both great ambassadors for boxing". 

December 20, 2003 - Nyayo National Stadium,  Nairobi, Kenya
Zarrika Fatuma, Kenya, TKO4 over pro debuter Hawa Daku. Two bouts for Zarrika when she had just fought on Dec. 13!

December 19,  2003 - Ramada Inn, Rosemont, Illinois
On the undercard of an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card, Cruiserweight Elizabeth Kerin, 176 1/4, a former amateur, stopped Jeanine Tracy, 189 3/4,  in the third round with a TKO.
Kerin donated half of her purse to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Organization in honor of her mother who is a breast cancer survivor and her grandmother who died from the disease. Kerin improved her record to 2-0-0 (2K0), and Tracy remains winless at 0-3-0.
December 17, 2003 -Bergamo, Italy
Stefania Bianchini of Italy, successfully defended her Flyweight European Title against Cathy Brown of London, England. News sources in that area reported  that Bianchini won by a split decision, but not without controversy in the decision.  Brown’s manager Adam Booth said, “said, Cathy boxed brilliantly and even the crowd knew she won the fight." This was a substantial disappointment for Brown, as she would have become the first British woman to win a European Boxing Union Title.

December 16, 2003 - Levallois, France
Myriam Lamare of France won a six-round bout by decision over Elena Tverdokhleb of Kiev, Ukraine. The fight card was promoted by Michel Acaries.

December 13, 2003 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Source: Torben L. WBAN's European Correspondent

On a card promoted by Teampalle, the scheduled Anita Christensen vs. Hagar Shmuelfeld was changed to an exhibition match without scoring due to Shmuelfeld being only 19 years old. The Danish legal system stipulate a minimum age of 21 for professional boxers. Usually exemptions are granted from this rule for boxers who presents a medical certificate, but the Danish Justice Department refused to grant Smuelfeld this despite her having a valid boxing licence and a doctor's certificate. The Justice Dept. demanded a brain scan for the Israeli fighter, which forced Teampalle to change the fight to an exhibition. The fighters were not influenced by the changed status of the fight, and were both eager to show skills and heart.  After a somewhat cautious start in the early rounds, Anita Christensen dominated the last 3-4 of the six rounds.  Hagar Shmuelfeld was certainly no pushover, although her short and unflattering record list might suggest otherwise.

December 13, 2003 -Convention Center, Washington, DC
Isra Girgrah, 128,  of Hyattsville, Maryland won a ten-round unanimous decision over  Jo Jo Wyman, 127.5, Los Angeles, California for the vacant IFBA Junior Lightweight world title. Final judges scores were 97-93, 99-91, and 98-92.

December 13, 2003 - Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya
Conjestica Ashieng and pro debuter Zarrika Fatuma had a four-round draw in a scheduled junior welterweight bout.  Both Ashieng and Fatuma fight out of Kenya.

December 12, 2003 - Kiva Auditorium, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
In the co-main event, Holly Holm, 144, of Albuquerque, Holly Holm won a six round unanimous decision over Angel Martinez, 142, of Dallas, Texas. Final scoring by judges was 59-54, 59-55, and 59-55. Holm has improved her record to 7-0-1 (3 KO), and Martinez is now 2-1-0 (0KO). Holm squeezed out a unanimous decision after six rounds.
Dan Mayfield, an Albuquerque Tribune reporter said the following: "Holm was heavily favored to win. But again, it was a clash of styles as Holm's kickboxing background showed against Martinez's well-timed classic boxing style. "  Martinez was quoted in the Albuquerque that she tought the fight was close, and that she would like a rematch.  Martinez referred to Holm as a "wild boxer" and that she was "overrated."  Holm has some few choice words of her own about Martinez's remarks, and said, "If she says I'm not so good, then why did I get the win?"

December 12, 2003 - Legends Casino, in Toppenish, Washington
Lisa Holewyne of Crawford, Texas,  defeated World Champion Sunshine Fettkether,  in what was described in news sources as an impressive victory with a ten-round unanimous decision, and she became the new GBU Welterweight champion.  Final judges scoring was 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91.  In a second match, Kelsey Jeffries, stopped Carla Wilcox 1:49 seconds of the first round.  There is an excellent news article written on last night's event, although WBAN believes they are incorrect in Holewyne "reclaiming" the GBU title.  The first time that Holewyne and Fettkether fought, they fought for the WIBF title.   

December 11, 2003-Lemoore, California
Jenifer "All American" Alcorn, 134, now 18-0, brought home a third world belt after defeating Melissa "Honey Girl" Del Valle, 135,  in what news sources reported as a controversial split decision.  In the second round, Alcorn was knocked down to the canvass, with a hard left hook, and then after that knockdown, according to the Fresno Bee, Alcorn "chased, chased, and chased in the most frightening race of her life." 
 Final scoring by the judges was, 96-93, 95-94 for Alcorn, and 95-94 for Del Valle. Alcorn said that Del Valle made the same mistake as the first opponent, Jessica Rakoczy made when fighting her, in that both of them "ran." Del Valle was certain that she had won the fight, and indicated that this was not the first time that a hometown decision was made in some of her previous fights.  Del Valle's trainer apparently was livid about the decision and said that the decision of this fight was a disgrace to boxing. 

December 11, 2003 - Fantasia Night Club, in Queens, New York

Gracie Roca, 109.5, Brooklyn, New York, won a controversial four-round majority decision over Vaia "Vicious" Zaganas, 106, Las Vegas. One judge scored the fight a draw, and the other two judges had it 39-37, 39-37. WBAN contacted promoter Sal Musumeci, about the Zaganas-Roca fight and told WBAN that he thought that Zaganas had won three out of the four rounds. He also added that he would like to view a tape of the fight in the privacy of his office to see how the judges came up with Roca as the winner. WBAN asked Musumeci if the fight may have been a home brewed decision. Musumeci did not seem to feel that it was the reason for this particular decision. Musumeci said that he would love to have a rematch between Roca and Zaganas at the Fanstasia Club. WBAN commented to Musumeci if Zaganas got a bad decision the first time, why would she go back to the same venue, in the same situation just to risk another potentially bad decision. Zaganas told WBAN that she knows that she won that fight and just could not believe such a bad decision. Zaganas said that she was assured before taking the last-minute fight by the matchmaker that the judging would be fair, and that she trusted that the fight would be judged fairly (fighting a hometowner)---but that it was not. WBAN is going to try and get a video copy of this fight. 

December 6, 2003 - Riga, Latvia
Anne Rodke scored an impressive four-round unanimous decision over Sabrina Schirmuli in a well fought fight.

December 6, 2003 - Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
In front of a sold out house with over 1,300 boxing fans, and promoted by KO Productions,  Rita Valentini, 118,  won a four-round unanimous decision over Japan's Reiko Muruyama, 119.  Judges scoring was 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37. 

December 6, 2003 - Estadio Luna Park, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marcela "La Tigresa" Acuna, 121, won the WIBA Super-Bantamweight World title when she stopped Damaris Pinock Ortega, 122,of Panama, in the sixth round by a TKO. Acuna improves her record to 13-4-0 (7KO), and Ortega is now 6-2-2 (5KO).

December 6, 2003 - Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington 
Beth Westover of Boise, Idaho, 120 pounds, made her professional debut against Michelle Herron,  of Bothell, Washington. It only took thirty seconds of the first round for Westover to shake off any nervousness and gain control. Herron, who had the height and reach advantage, used it wisely in the opening thirty, but after that the fight was all Westover. She applied constant pressure, fighting in close, and keeping Herron backpedaling most of the fight. Herron lost one point in round four for holding, but at that time, it made no difference. Westover won the unanimous decision 40-35 on all three judge's cards. Westover is now 1-0-0 (0KO), and Herron dropped to 1-2-0. Report by Mike Blair of Boxing Prospects

December 6, 2003 - National Gymnasium, Nassau, Bahamas
Marianne Chubirka, 112, Florida,  3-1 (2KO) TKO1 Charimar Caban, 109, of Puerto Rico,  1-3 (0KO). Also, Rosemary Greene, 192, of the Bahamas,  making her pro debut,  (192), won a four-round unanimous decision over Hayde Nunez, 158, of Puerto Rico, 1-4.  It is reported that these these were the first ever pro female boxing matches in the Bahamas and the first pro show held there in three years. The show was promoted by Bahamian Son's Promotions and the Bahamas own Sherman Williams captured the vacant WBA Fededcaribe Heavyweight title by stopping Miguel Ortero of Puerto Rico in the fourth.

December 6, 2003 - Grand Hotel Casino Iguazú, Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina
Featherweights Patricia Alejandra Quirico of Buenos Aires,  KO'd Roselette Dos Santos, in the fifth round. This was a rematch for the two, and Santos is now 0-2-0 as a pro.

December 6, 2003 - Veterans Memorial Field House,
Huntington, West Virginia

Middleweight Nikki Eplion of South Point, Ohio, TKO's Angela Hull, Cleveland, Ohio 1:40 in the first round.  Hull was making her pro debut. According to news sources, Hull did not appear to know what she was doing. 

December 5, 2003 -"Xmas Punch Card" at the Shaw Conference Centre, in Edmonton, Canada
Jolene Mrdjenovich, 21, of Edmonton, won a majority decision over Olga Heron

December 5, 2003 -Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Pro Debuter Becky Garcia won a four-round split decision over Elizabeth Mongue, now 0-2-0, of Farmington, New Mexico.  

December 5, 2003, Polk County Convention,
Des Moines, Iowa

Canadian boxer Kara Ro, who now fights out of Detroit, Michigan, TKO3 Sarah Schneider, Cameron, Missouri.  Ro remains undefeated with a 6-0-0 (4KO), and Schneider is 1-1-0 (0KO).

December 4, 2003, in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Cindy "checkmate" Serrano, now 3-0-0 (2KO), stopped Shannon Birmingham, now 2-3 (1KO), 59 seconds in the first round.  It was reported that Serrano's skills were far too superior in comparison to Birmingham. In another women's match, Monica Nunez raised her record to 7-1 (4KO), when she stopped Shadina Pennybaker, now 7-4-1(2KO) about 1:23 seconds of the second round of a scheduled six-rounder. The ref stopped the bout.  Shadina came out very strong and fast in the first round, but then was tagged with a couple of perfect left hooks.   The second hook was a devastating one that dropped Shadina. After that the rest was history. Shadina kept trying to fight but never recovered.  Both of the women's matches were very entertaining and action-packed bouts. Report by Jordan Maldonado 



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