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MARCH 2003


March 29, 2003 -Parkersburg, West Virginia
Nikki Eplion, now 5-0-1, of Southpoint, Ohio, stopped (TKO2) Gwen Wood, in their second outing. According to WBAN's Insider, Wood stayed on the stool after the first round. Wood said before the fight that she had not been in the ring since last April of 2002, when she fought Eplion the first time, but took the fight because she needed the money. Wood is now 0-2-0, after being stopped twice by Eplion in both fights.

March 29, 2003 - Jarrell's Gym, in Savannah, Georgia
Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback, 145,  moved up in weight class to Junior Welterweight, and defeated former WIBC welterweight champion Mitzi Jeter, 138, of Georgia.  According to local news sources, Hallback got the best “slugging” in, and that when she would tire, would effective use her jab to keep Jeter at bay. On all judges scorecards, the final score was 59-55.

March 29, 2003 - Coconut Creek Seminole Indian Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida
In association with Warriors Boxing Promotions, there were three women’s matches on the card.  In a four-rounder,  Jennifer Mancil, 160, won by a unanimous decision over Cimberly Harris, 154 in a toe-to-toe slugfest. All three judges scored the match 39-37; In a six-rounder, Belinda Laracuente, 136, won a unanimous decision over Gina Greenwald, 133; and in a super-bantamweight bout, Ada Velez, 120 won by a seventh round disqualification over Leona Brown,  due to excessive holding. 

March 29, 2003 Chamsil Gymnasium, in Seoul, Korea
Lee In-Young, 31, remained undefeated with a 6-0-0 (2KO) record after defeating United States boxer, Yvonne Caples, 31,  in a scheduled flyweight eight-rounder.  Caples is now 7-6-1 (1KO).  In-Young told reporters, “It was a difficult fight for me because she (Caples) has better technique than me and I was fatigued in the later half.” In the bout, Caples, a southpaw,  used her jab effectively in the first two rounds of the fight, but In-young’s powerful hooks bloodied Caples nose in the third.  Promoter Byun Joeng-il said that this puts In-Young in line for a IFBA World Title shot against Michelle Sutcliffe tentatively in June.  Source: Korea Times

March 28, 2003 - Tulsa, Oklahoma
At the Creek Nations Gaming Center, with a sold out crowd of about 900 boxing fans, they were treated to a “novice” match between Alejandra Lopez, 18, boxing for about four-eight weeks, no amateur experience  Vs. Tonya Harding.  WBAN’s Inside reporter said that there was an eight-pound difference between the two novices, as Lopez weighed in at 116 lbs and Harding weighed in at 124 lbs, with Harding weighing over the contract weight of 120 lbs.   WBAN’s insider described the fight as basically a “cat fight”  and that neither fighter appeared to have much training.   According to this Insider, Tonya’s nose bled from round one, and by round two, Lopez was bleeding as well.  A boxing fan in attendance said that the fighting was "pretty bad" but the boxing fans enjoyed the fight.  Final Scoring by all three judges was 36-40 for Harding. This is the third “novice” fight for Harding, who is now 
2-1-0 (0KO).

March 28, 2003 - Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois
In a rematch, Cecilia Barraza, 112, Chicago,  won a four-round unanimous decision over Rene Brodacz, 112, Zurich, Illinois,  in a flyweight bout, on the undercard 

March 27, 2003 - War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
IFBA Strawweight World champion Vaia "Vicious" Zaganas, 105, won a six-round unanimous decision over WIBA #2 Terri "Too Tuff" Moss, 104. There were no knockdowns, and final judges scores was 60-52.

March 27, 2003 - Memorial Coliseum, in Corpus Christi, Texas
Hometowner Ninfa Herrera, 35, 124.5,who was making her pro debut had a four-round draw with  Kingsville’s Shelby Walker, 123,  on the undercard in a scheduled four-round featherweight bout.

March 24, 2003 – Capital Plaza, Jefferson City, Missouri, promoter Ezroy Rocket Productions
Liz Drew, 133, won a four-round unanimous decision over Katie O’Banion, 132,  in a Super-featherweight bout.  Also, with the heavyweights, Monica Nieto, 226,  TKO1 Randy Giboney, 254. 

March 22, 2003 -Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, Nevada
Tracy Byrd won a decision in an action-filled 10-round WIBO championship over Aga Rylik, of Poland, the  undefeated WIBF Junior Welterweight champion with a 13-0-0 record coming into the fight.  Rylik and Byrd were battling for the WIBO Super-Lightweight championship belt.  In the second round, Byrd was knocked to the canvass by Rylik.Final scoring was 95-94 Byrd; 96-93 Rylik, and 95-94 Byrd. Byrd is the new champion, with a 13-7 records, and Rylik is now 13-1-0 (11KO).

March 22, 2003 - Campione d'Italia, Italy
Flyweight Sonia De Biase, Italy, won a six-rounder  by a unanimous decision over Monika Petrova. Sonia was back in the ring after a six-month layoff.  Petrova was 10 cm taller than Sonia, and it was not easy for Sonia to get on the inside to box Petrova.  Petrova utilized the ring, and showed good technical abilities. Petrova was headbutting, and should have been warned by the ref. (Photos and report by Sonia Grande)  Photo Gallery #40 on WBAN Records Member site.

March 22, 2003, Wild Wings Club, Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Holly Dunaway
TKO1 Jayde Chafardon; Melissa Shaffer TKO1 Nikki Verbeck; Candace Lett, TKO3 Kendra Davis; Cassandra Giger, TKO1 Mari Dunbar; Joy Irvin, TKO1 Sebrina Rorie

March 21, 2003 - Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Pro debuter Teresa Perozzi won a four-round split decision over Nicole Conant in a 165-lb bout. 

March 21, 2003 -Deltaplex, Grand Rapids, MI
Former Amateur Champion Donna Mancuso of Ontario, Canada,  won her pro debut with a four-round unanimous  decision over Nicole Beard, San Francisco, California.  Mancuso is 1-0-0 (0KO), and Beard is now 1-4-0 (0KO).

March 21, 2003 -  Legendary Blue Horizon, in Philadelphia, PA
Jacqui "Sister Smoke" Frazier-Lyde won an eight-round non-title fight over Shirvelle Williams.  There were no knockdowns in the mainliner, but according to the Philly news Frazier-Lyde won all rounds.
All three judges scored the bout at 80-72. Frazier-Lyde improves her record to 11-1-0 (9KO), and Williams drops to 5-4-0 (1KO).  

March 20, 2003 - San Jose, California
Kelsey Jeffries, 125.5, Gilroy, retained her IFBA featherweight title against Rolanda Andrews, 126, Atlanta, Georgia, in a 10-round unanimous decision. There were no knockdowns. Final Scoring was 99-91, 99-91, and 98-93.

March 20, 2003 - Puerto Colombia, Atlántico department, in Colombia
There were three women bout that was broadcasted on “Telecaribe.”  In a rematch for the two, Ana Pascal from Panamá retained her Junior Welterweight  WIBA world title by winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Liliana Palmera from Colombia.  It was a competitive match, but the results were the same as the first time that the two fought.  Most thought that Pascal would KO Liliana, but she fought with a lot of heart, and hung in there.  Liliana was knocked down to the canvas in the second round, and later in the bout Pascal lost a point for a foul.  Pascal had won most of the 10 rounds. In the second women’s match Luz Marina Sarabia, from Colombia, won by majority decision over  Damaris Pino, from Panamá in four-round 126-lb bout.  It was a solid match, with Damaris gaining an early lead, but with Sarabia winning the third and fourth round decisively.  In the third women’s match and rematch Junior Welterweights Darys Pardo from Colombia  won by TKO at 1:23 in the first round to Mónica Siris from Colombia. (Information submitted by the Colombian Friend)

March 19, 2003, Villa Barone manor, Bronx, New York
Granddaughter of Hall Of Famer Carl "Bobo" OlsonEliza Olson, 145 1/2, California, had a four-round  draw with Ann Marie Saccurato,
146 ½, from Whiteplains,  New York. News sources reported that the bout was hard fought between the two, and that Saccurato was disappointed in the result.  Final judges scoring was  39-37, 37-39, and 38-38.

March 16, 2003 at Miskolc, Hungary
Viktoria Milo (110lbs)  won a four-rounder by points over Gabriella Insperger, a new boxer.

March 16, 2003 -Black Hawk, Colorado
Sher Noah
won a four-round majority decision over Jenny Tokuoaka in a scheduled four-round Junior lightweight division. Noah is now 1-1-0 (0 KO).

March 15, 2003 -  Sky City Casino, in Acoma, New Mexico
Stephanie Jaramillo, now 2-0-0, 143, defeated  pro debuter Angie Poe, 145.6, with a four-round unanimous decision. Final scoring was 40-36 all judges. Jaramillo said that Poe was tough, and had a lot of heart.  Jaramillo said that she wanted to pace herself and use her jab.

March 15, 2003 - Gulfport Grand Pavilion, Gulfport, Mississippi
Tonya Harding, won a four-round unanimous decision over pro debuter Shannon Birmingham. Harding is now 1-1-0 (0KO). Birmingham is 0-1-0.

March 15, 2003 - Club Life, in Dallas, Texas
Mia St. John, 137, won a six-round unanimous decision over Jessica Mohs, 133.  
Final judges scores was 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.

March 14, 2003 -Coastline Convention Center Wilmington, North Carolina
Bonnie Mann, 149,  won a four-round unanimous decision over Dana Dalton, 154. Final scoring by judges was 40-36.  Mann improves her record to 3-5, winning her three of her last four fights.  Dalton is now 1-1-0 (1KO).

March 14, 2003 - Winnipeg, Canada
On the undercard, in a preliminary bout, Jo-Anne Brooks of Winnipeg scored a third-round technical knockout over Courtney Elliot of Cleveland, Ohio.

March 14, 2003-Avalon Events Center, Cleveland, Ohio
In front of a crowd of 900 boxing fans, Vonda Ward won the bout after  overmatched opponent Jeanine Tracy, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, quit one minute in the third round. Ward is now 17-0-0 and Tracy dropped to 2-7.  In a second's women's match featherweight Kelli Cofer stopped Willicia Moorehead in the second round after being knocked down three timesCofer improved her record to 10-0-1, and Moorehead fell to 2-13.  The matchmaker of this event gets an "F" for putting toge
ther these lame matchups.

March 14, 2003 - Centro de Convenciones, Cartagena, Colombia
Nurys Rincón, Arjona, Colombia, won a four-round unanimous decision over Ruth Maria Lopez in a Featherweight division.

March 13, 2003 - American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Patricia Martinez, 107, 11-1-0 (4KO), defeated Wendy Rodriguez, 108.5,  9-2- 3 (1KO) with a six-round unanimous decision. Final Judges scoring was
58-56, 59-55, 60-54.

March 8, 2003-Lincoln Theater, Washington, DC
In a co-main event,
Isra "Raging Beauty" Girgrah, 131,  TKO'd  tough veteran Brenda Bell-Drexel, 138,  in the six round.  Girgrah threw a series of combinations to Bell's body, following with a left hook. Girgrah improved her record to 23-3-2, and Bell fell to 5-17-2.  In an upset of the night, Trisha Hill, 126, TKO2 1:55  Lisa Foster, 130.  Hill improved her record to 3-2-0, and Foster fell to 6-5-1.

March 8, 2003- Fort Worth, Texas
Rita Serrano, Fort Worth KO1 Star Holmes, Temple, Texas, in a scheduled junior welterweight four-rounder.. Serrano is now 2-0 (1 KO), and  Holmes remains winless at 0-3-0.

March 8, 2003 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin - Amateurs
In front of 800 plus spectators, WBAN’s March 2003 Fighter of the month, Naquana Smalls, defeated one of top's talent US amateur Amber Gideon in an action-packed bout.  Smalls and Gideon were the fourteenth fight of the night, where there were 23 scheduled amateur bouts.  Team Smalls contacted WBAN, and said that Naquana planned on staying busy in preparation for the Nationals in July.  They went on to say, “In honor of being WBAN's fighter of the month for March 2003, Naquana is going to fight every week this month. She just accomplished one week, the next will be in
Oshkosh, WI at the Eagles Club March 15, then Milwaukee, WI at the  Rave March 22 and finally in Janesville, WI in a feature Pro/Am event March 28.”

March 7, 2003 - Foligno, Italy
Bulgarian Galina Koleva Ivanova had a 10-round draw with Maria Moroni, who was defending her GBU European Featherweight Title.  WBAN received notice that Moroni had been ill, and did not fight up to par. Moroni said that she wants a rematch in the near future.

March 7, 2003 - Chinook Winds, Lincoln City, Oregon (Hosted by the West Portland Boxing Team "Battle at the Beach II" - Amateurs
In a clash of the Irish, Molly McConnell top Junior Welterweight in the country and National Golden Glove Champion won by a unanimous decision over Marcy Monahan of Spokane, Washington.

March 7, 2003 - Columbus Center,  Boston
Jamie Clampitt, 138, captured the vacant Women’s EBA Super Lightweight title Friday night with a fourth round knockout of Ragan Pudwill, 135, at the Christopher Columbus Center, in Boston’s historic North End. Clampitt (9-2 3 KO’s), the former Calgary native, now residing in Rhode Island, carved out a historic niche of her own in garnering her first professional title over Pudwill (3-8-0) just 1:19 into the round. The fight had been scheduled for eight rounds. Clampitt relied on a flurry of hard body shots in the contest. The accumulation of which over whelmed Pudwill, who fought for the WIBF Light Welterweight Title against Agnieszka Rylik, in Budapest, Hungary back in May of 2002. Clampitt’s belt-winning effort was realized when she capped a flurry midway through the fourth round with a hard left to Pudwill’s mid section, dropping the Mandan , ND native to one knee. "I felt that I had a lot more confidence coming into this fight because I’ve never trained harder leading up to a fight," Clampitt said, moments after posing with her new fashion statement, namely the WEBA belt. Clampitt credited her trainers Tiny Ricci, Chuck Sullivan and JJ Jeanotte with a recent switch in tactics, one which puts greater emphasis on working the her opponents gut. "I let myself do a lot of new things in the ring tonight and it paid off. It all worked tonight," said the new champ. Report by Ken Castro

March 7, 2003 - Reno, Nevada
On an ESPN2 card (untelevised), Layla McCarter, 132,  fought Tracy Byrd, in their third time out with each other.  McCarter won her second split decision in a six-rounder.  McCarter and Byrd, just fought recently in Las Vegas that also resulted in a split decision.  

March 7, 2003 - Colorado Bell Hotel, in Laughlin, NV Stephanie Dobbs, 104,  stopped her opponent, Gena Abel, 103, 1:19 in the third round in a 105-lb bout.  Dobbs threw combinations to the body and head, and BILV Mary Ann Owen said that she is really coming along.

March 6, 2003,  Heart of St. Charles Banquet Cen, St. Charles, Missouri
Gina Greenwald
won a four-round unanimous decision over Cheryl Sabatino. Also, Renee Richardt-Douglas TKO 1 Melissa Rasberry.

March 6-7, 2003 - Caorle, Italy - Amateurs
There was an amateur tournament that included females from
Norway, Turkey, France, Greece, Romania, and Italy that had 12 participating athletes. During this tournament Italian won: 3 gold: Laura Tosti (48kg), Simona Galassi (50kg), Marzia Davide (54) ; 3 silver: Carmela Chiacchio (46kg), Antonella Bellandi (57kg), Manuela Marcenaro (63kg) 2 bronze: Cannizzaro (57kg), Loredana Piazza (52) ; All of the finalists were French who came with a very strong team.  Side note about Galassi... Galassi has accumulated over 30 amateur fights, and is an undefeated two-time World champion, winning all of the AIBA International tournaments. Latest results in Italy, occurred on March 7, 2003, in Foligno, where Bulgarian Galina Koleva Ivanova had a 10-round draw with Maria Moroni, who was defending her GBU European Featherweight Title.  Upcoming events to keep a lookout for, On 03/22/03 Sonia De Biase will fight TBA on the under card of World Championship Piccirillo Vs Sphinx in Campione d'Italia (Swiss), and on April 5 in Varese (Italy) Stefania Bianchini will fight Hungarian Milo for EBU European Title in the Flyweight division. Viktoria Milo is coming out of a lost against Maria Rosa Tabuso during another European Title (super-flyweight division).

March 6, 2003 - Farm Bureau Building, Indianapolis, Indiana
Shelby Walker TKO2 Miranda Lynch of Indiana, in a scheduled lightweight four-rounder. In a seconds women's match, 
Tanisha Dunn, 201,  (1-1) defeated Carley Pesente, 215, ( 3-5-1) by unanimous decision in a six round match.  The final judges scores were 60-54, 60-53 and 59-55.  Both fighters scored several hard shots and Dunn knocked Pesente to the canvas in the first round.  The fight was loudly cheered by the 1000 or so fans in attendence and the bout was chosen as the "Fight of the Night."

March 1, 2003 - Las Vegas, Nevada
On the undercard of the Roy Jones Jr./Ruiz showdown, Vonda Ward, 179,  fought a four-rounder on the undercard against Martha Salazar, 230.  According to WBAN's insider, Salazar rocked Ward in the second round, and it was an action-packed fight. Ward won by a split decision with Ward receiving 39-37 by two judges, and Salazar scoring 39-37 with one judge.  Ward, the IBA World heavyweight champion remains undefeated at 16-0-0 (14 KO), and Salazar is now 5-1-0 (0KO). 



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