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MAY  2004

May 30, 2004 -Tunnel Events Center, Washington, DC
All-women’s card.  In the main event,
Melissa "Honey Girl"  Del Valle,126, defeated Trish "TNT" Hill, of Kennesaw, Georgia,  with a unanimous decision in a 10-round (U.B.A.) featherweight world title fight.  According to an insider at the fight, Del Valle clearly dominated the fight, and that she was received well with the people in the D.C. area. Other results: In a junior middleweight bout, Ann Marie Saccurato and Maria Lindberg, 151,  fought to a four-round draw; Super Middleweight Aasa Sandell  TKO3 Tabitha Rosario in a scheduled four-rounder; Junior Middleweight Daria Hill, 148,   TKO1 Iris Griffin, 147 1/2, in a four-round bout; Featherweight Lakeysha Williams, 125,  won a six-round unanimous decision over Shakurah Witherspoon, 125.

May 30, 2004 - "Battle for the Lone Star State" at the Stafford Center, in Houston, Texas
In a co-main event,
Monica McGowan was fed easy pickin's when she fought Lisa McFarland for a Texas Title. McGowan TKO1 1:16 McFarland.  McFarland is the boxer who had talked to the Miami Herald about taking a "fixed" fight in 1999. The Miami Herald wrote, "Dania Beach's Lisa McFarland told The Herald in a tape recorded interview that she threw a fight to Bethany Payne last year in Tallahassee. Records indicate McFarland and Payne each were paid $400 for the fight, but McFarland says she received an under-the-table bonus of more than $1,000 for tanking the bout."  

May 29, 2004 - Morrell Park, Savannah, Georgia
Susan Nance, 125,  had a four-round draw against undefeated Donna Biggers, 127.  Nance was a last-minute replacement for Biggers. 

May 29, 2004 - Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in
Georgetown, Guyana
Kathy Rivers Team Comments
In the main event that featured the first-ever world title in Guyana, Gwendolyn
"The Stealth Bomber"  O'Neil, 169, of Georgetown, Guyana,  fought Kathy Rivers, 170, of the United States, for the vacant WIBA Light-Heavyweight world title.  O'Neil won the title with a  10-round unanimous decision over Rivers.  Final judges scores was 98-93, 98-92, and 100-90. O'Neil improved her record to 8-3-1 (6KO), and River is now 13-4-1 (5KO). In another women's bout scheduled in the card, Pamela  "Grenade" London, 182, of Guyana, won a six-round unanimous decision over the much lighter opponent, Geraldine Cox, 156,  of Guyana.  

May 29, 2004 - Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany
In the main event,
Regina Halmich , won a 10-round unanimous decision over Daisy Lang  and won the vacant IWBF jr. bantamweight world title. Halmich moved up two weight classes to achieve this feat. According to WBAN's insider, Halmich chased Lang during the fight. Final judges scores were 96-94, 97-93, 96-94. In a post-fight interview, both Halmich and Lang were interviewed after the fight. Halmich apologized, that the fight was not exactly the women's fight of the year, and blamed Lang for running backwards and not wanting to fight. Lang on the other hand thought she was robbed. She said that she won all 10 rounds, and that Halmich hardly got any punches through. Lang explained that she was a counter boxer, and that anybody who knew anything about boxing could see that she won the fight. WBAN had two reports about this fight, which both said that the fight was one-sided with Halmich winning this match. In the co-main event, Marischa Sjauw of Holland, fought Germany's Heidi Hartmann. Hartmann captured the vacant WIBF-GBU welterweight world title after the fight was stopped due to a cut. According to WBAN's insider, the fight was stopped between the 9th and 10th round, when the female ring doctor stopped Sjauw, due to a cut that had apparently happened in the sixth round by a clashing of heads. The TV commentator expressed surprise at the decision, which was increased when it was announced that Sjauw lost by RSC, which is only used in amateur boxing-----then later changed it to a TKO. Other results: Super Bantamweight Austria's Urbaez Urena won a six-round unanimous over Mariann Pampuk; Flyweight Julia Sahin TKO’d Anca Popovic in the fourth round in a scheduled Flyweight six-rounder; Super Featherweight Ina Menzer KO’d Andrej Medelina in the first round; Bantamweight Alesia Graf won a six-round unanimous decision over Simone Sucio; and in a three-round bout, unknown if it was amateur, lightweights Sonja Dürr won three rounds over Carmen Falke.

May 29, 2004 - Raanana, Israel
Hagar Shmoulefeld won a four-round decision over Anat Idan, pro debut.

May 29, 2004 - Colombia - exhibition
Anais Gutierrez had an exhibition bout against Lorena Carrillo in a three round match. The exhibition was a draw.  Carrillo fights as a lightweight, and Gutierrez is a Bantamweight; but, regardless of the weight difference,  Anais gave a good performance, and showed potential. 

May 28, 2004 - Orleans Casino and Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada WBAN Members Photo Gallery #173
Melinda Cooper, 19, of Las Vegas, defeated Lina Ramirez from Mexico, with 17 sec. of the second round. Retired World boxing champion Trina Ortegon attended the event.

May 27, 2004 -Alario Center, Westwego, Louisiana
Robyn Lerille, 142¼, of New Orleans, Lousiana,  TKO1 Roni Grantham, 150, of Mandevillie, Louisiana,  in a scheduled four-rounder.  Grantham was knocked down to the canvass in the first round. Both boxers were making their pro debuts.

May 28, 2004 - Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico
Junior Middleweight Crystal Hickerson, 154, TKO1 over Victoria Cisneros, 153, in a scheduled four-rounder.

May 28, 2004 - Zenith d'Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand Junior Welterweight Myriam Lamare, TKO'd Monica Herzilla in the first round in a scheduled eight rounder.

May 28, 2004 - City Sporthall in Kazincbarcika, Hungary, promoted by Fair Play Promotion
A night of pro boxing included a women's bout on the undercard.  Hungarian Krisztina Belinszky (5-4-1, 2KO) knocked out in a first round pro debutant Blanca Plecimutova (Slovakia) in a flyweight division.

May 27, 2004 - Marriott Hotel, in Irvine, California
WBAN Members Photo Gallery #172)
In front of more than 1,400 boxing fans, on an Oscar De La Hoya Golden Boy Promotions card, on the undercard, pro debuter and former amateur Julie Rubalcalva, 18 years old, Westminster, California, won by a four-round unanimous decision over Isabel Manyseng, San Antonio, Texas, in a  bantamweight bout on the undercard. News sources report that Rubalcava was “impressive”, and that she outboxed manyseng. Final judges scores was 40-36 on all judges scorecards.

May 26, 2004 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Acuna vs. Padilla - Part I    Acuna vs. Padilla - Part II

A historical and detailed editorial by Ewan Whyte
Marcela Acuna stopped Daisy Padilla in the first round. This fight was for the WIBA Junior Bantamweight world title fight.  Evidently stung by criticism in December that she had taken five and a half rounds to finish Damaris Pinock Ortega, when she had had the Panamanian at her mercy in the first, Marcela Acuña wasted no time or pity on the lanky Colombian Daisy (‘Demolition’) Padilla in her first title defence. Sensing an initial hesitation on the part of her opponent, the champion moved swiftly across the ring (‘like a tigress with the cage door open’ as Olé put it) catching the Padilla almost immediately with a hard right to the cheek that had her reeling and following up with a furious assault that forced referee Raúl Ilvento to stop the fight after only 43 seconds. Padilla, who was claiming a record of 14-1-0 with 14 KOs and had boasted she would ´make the Tigress dance to my tune´, lacked the experience (as ex-world champion Ricardo Cardona in her corner later admitted) to cling to Acuña when she was hurt, to give her head time to clear. Commented Acuña:  “Even dazed, Padilla managed to throw a few punches and I could feel she hits hard, but I kept beating her to the punch and she could do nothing.”   At midnight, Padilla was admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure, though she was perfectly lucid. Report by Ewan Whyte

May 23, 2004 -  Denver, Colorado
Leona "Downtown" Brown pulled out an “upset” when she stopped local boxer Terri Cruz, in the fourth round. In another women’s match, Mia "The Knockout" St. John, 134, stopped Melissa Yanas, 130, of Texas, in the third round.  The Rocky Mountain Boxing Site (rockymountainboxing.com) reported that St. John "cruised" to a third round stoppage over the very game Yanas. St. John used her jab early in the game and wore Yanas down.  St. John then proceeded to shoot of a barrage of combinations that made the ref stop the fight.  In the Cruz vs. Brown match, Cruz got caught with by a wide-right hook that hit it's mark, followed by another right hook and reported to have been to the back of the head, followed by an uppercut, in which was the time that fight was stopped. On the Undercard,  Terry Blair stopped Mercedes Mercury in the fifth round, winning by a TKO.  There were two exhibition boutsMartha Deitchtman vs. Tana Gallegos.  Also,  Vangie Abeyta vs. Sarina Hayden.

May 23, 2004 -  in Tokyo, Japan
In an all-women’s boxing card, the mainliner ended in an easy win for Japan’s Emiko Raika, when she defended her WIBA World Featherweight title against United States Shelby Walker. The fight was stopped in the second round by TKO in a scheduled 10-round bout.  According to the WIBA (Ryan Wissow), originally, Walker was submitted in a “list” of potential fighters to the promoter in Japan, that would be for an eight-round non-title bout, and that Walker was picked from that list. Then the fight was moved to a non-mandatory (voluntary) world title defense for Raika, with some kind of understanding between the WIBA and the promoter that in Raika’s “Mandatory” defense of her world title that will take place in September, she (Raika) would need to fight against a “top contender.” WBAN’s interpretation: “tune-up” world title fight.  Other results on this card included the following: Flyweight Sachiyo Shibata won a 10-round unanimous decision over Yumi Yashima, and Shibata is the new Japanese Women’s Flyweight champion (more than likely a great matchup on this fight); Featherweight Misa Morimoto stopped Maki Koyakashiro in the fifth round of a scheduled six-rounder; Strawweights Marika Watanabe won a four-rounder by a unanimous decision over Naoko Sakamoto; Strawweights Nanako Kikuchi won a four-round unanimous decision over Nao Ikeyama; Flyweight Rie Fujimoto won a four-round unanimous decision over Tomoko Koga; and lastly, Satako Kamimura won a four-round unanimous decision over Yuki Sakurada.

May 23, 2004 - Sam's Town Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
Christy Nickel, 140, won by TKO3 over Leora Jackson, 153.

May 22, 2004 in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Emily Rudan and Heather Stevens fought to a four-round draw.

May 22, 2004 - in Hamarville, Pennsylvania
 Leslie Perela won by KO1 over Lynn Smith.

May 22, 2004 - Cleveland, Ohio
There was a pro/amateur card that featured a women's match on the card.  Sandy Esmurdoc (1-0), (Cleveland) pro debut Vs Lashawana Knox (Milwaukee) (0-2). Knox came out very aggressive throwing windmill punches, no skill. Esmurdoc threw straighter punches but was more defensive against the initial flurry. Both landed a few punches. And after about 40 seconds Knox turned her back once or twice and looked for a place to lay down. She went down and stayed at about 55 seconds of the first round.

May 22, 2004- Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, Louisiana
WBAN Members Photo- Mpegs Gallery #170)
Wendy Rodriguez, 106,  won the NABA World Flyweight title when she won by a 10-round unanimous decision over Anissa Zamarron, 108.  Final judges scores were 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93.  Also, Linda Tenberg, 129,  won by :37 seconds,  TKO1 over Tiffany Ibanez, 128.

May 22, 2004 -  Warnor's Theater, Fresno, California
In front of about 1,200 boxing fans, in the semi-main event,
 Jessica Rakoczy  of Las Vegas, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Gloria Ramirez.. SteveCummings of inthecorner.net covered the fight ringside and reported the following:  Rakoczy's win over Ramirez saw the IBA champ win seven of eight rounds against a southpaw who employed a lot of movement. The lefty stance and side-to-side work of Ramirez appeared to keep Rakoczy from getting off to her customary fast start, though Jessica pressed forward constantly. Over the first two rounds, Ramirez landed her left often but it didn't have the steam on it like the shots she got back. Meanwhile, Gloria's punches were mostly one at a time while Jessica would move into position and throw combinations when the time was right.  Rounds three and four saw Rakoczy (15-1, 4 KO's) get in her best power shots and Ramirez' face started to show some swelling. The pattern continued through the sixth round, Rakoczy coming forward, Ramirez (9-13-5, 1 KO) using lateral movement looking to counter. In each frame Jessica would let loose with both hands when in range, and then continue stalking until another opportunity arose.  The last two rounds were Ramirez' best, as she finished off the seventh with her best exchange to that point. She answered a Rakoczy attack with her customary left hand shot and when the two battled on the inside, Gloria let loose with an uppercut that found the mark. As the round wound down, Ramirez gave as good as she got, though she didn't win the round.  Ramirez did win the eighth, however, as she came out more aggressively and landed clean shots with consistency. I had it 79-73 for Rakoczy, as did two of the judges. The third judge saw it as a shutout for Jessica, 80-72.

May 22, 2004, Fire Lake Casino, Shawnee, Oklahoma
Tawnyah Freeman, 134,  making her pro debut, won a four-round unanimous decision over Sherri Warren, 136.  The fight was a toe-to-toe match.  Warren was knocked down in the third round.  Final judges scores was 40-35 on all scorecards.

May 20, 2004 - Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan
WBAN Members Photo Gallery #174 (75+ huge digitals)
Mary Jo Sanders , now 9-0-0 (2KO),  won against Chevelle Hallback  in a 10-round IBA Continental title fight!  Sanders earned her first belt in the sport, and will move on soon to fight for a world title!

May 20, 2004 -  Amsterdam, Holland
Lucia Rijker, 134.2,  of Holland won a 10-round unanimous decision over Sunshine Fettkether, 138.6, of the United States. 

May 17, 2004 -Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana
Ivonne Muñoz, the Mexican bantamweight champion, knocked out Silvia “Dinamita” (Dynamite) Zúñiga of Sonora 36 seconds into the first round. The fight was at super bantamweight and sets Muñoz up for a crack at Jackie Nava, who hold the Mexican title at that weight. Muñoz's opponent for this fight had been named as Ana María Zúñiga (of Sinaloa). 

May 15, 2004 - Speaking Rock Casino, in El Paso, Texas Delia "Chikita" Gonzalez, 110,  of New Mexico, had a six-round majority draw Johanna Pena-Alvarez, 111. Final scoring, 57-57, 57-57, 59-55 for Pena-Alvarez.

May 15, 2004 Sky Ute Casino, in Ignacio, Colorado
New Mexico's Holly Holm fought Angel Martinez, of Texas, to a six-round majority draw. This was a rematch for the two. Also, New Mexico's Jayla Ortiz, fought to majority draw against LeAnne Villareal on the same card.

May 15, 2004 in Schitigheim, France
Nadia Hockmi, pro debut, won a four-round decision over Valerie Rangeard.  

May 14, 2004 - Edmonton, Canada
Crystal Arcand and Donna Logue, pro debut, fought a four-round draw.

May 14, 2004 - Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Lightweight Tinitia Austin, 142 3/4,  of St. Petersburg, Florida won a six-round unanimous decision over  Angel "Saumnice" McNamara, 137 3/4,  of Cambridge, Maryland.  Final judges scoring, 58-56, 58-56, 60-54. 

May 14, 2004 - Crowne Plaza, Edmonton, AB, Canada
On the "Downtown Wars II" card, in front of a crowd of 700 boxing fans, lightweight 21-year old Jelena Mrdjenovich, 135, of Edmonton, Canada,  KO'd Ragan Pudwill, 134.5, in the first round.
check out past photo galleries of Regan Pudwill on WBAN Records Site, Go to gallery #169, and #141  

May 14, 2004 - Rhode Island Convention Center, in Providence, Rhode Island  - On an ESPN2 card, Missy Fiorentino, now 9-0-0 (6KO), won a six-round unanimous decision over Leona "Downtown" Brown.  Final judges scoring was  60-53, 60-53, and 59-54.

May 12, 2004 - Istanbul, Turkey - Amateur Tournament
Results of the amateur tournament.
First day - SIMONA GALASSI def. Galina Nedyalkova (Bulgaria) by Rsco round 2ª ANNAMARIA FALCONE def. Tugba Karagoz (Turchia) by Rsco round 1ª.  Second Day - CARMELA CHIACCHIO def. Oksana Shtakun (Ucraina) by Rsco round 2ª Yeliz Yesil (Turchia) def. MANUELA MARCENARO on points LOREDANA PIAZZA def. Czuba Kataryzna (Polonia) by Rsco round 2ª ANNAMARIA FALCONE def. Polina Nicolova (Bulgara) by Rsco round 2ª  Mehtap (Turchia) def. ELISA MASIERO on points. Third day -  Monica Csik (Ungheria) def. LAURA TOSTI on points; PATRIZIA PILO def. Silvia Angelova (Bulgara) on points; Fourth day -  - SEMIFINALS - Audrey Garcia (Francia) def. LOREDANA PIAZZA on points (bronze medal for Piazza) Nurcan Carkci (Turcia) def. PATRIZIA PILO by Rsco round 1ª ripresa (bronze medal for Pilo);  CARMELA CHIACCHIO def. Derya Aktop (Turchia) on points Eva Nentsova (Russa) def. ANNAMARIA FALCONE by Rsco round 1ª (Bronze Medal for Falcone) SIMONA GALASSI def. Nurdan Aldemir (Turchia) on points. Fifth Day -  FINALS  CARMELA CHIACCHIO def. (Ungheria) by points and won GOLD MEDAL; SIMONA GALASSI def. (Turchia) by points and won GOLD MEDAL; For the second time in a month Galassi was back to Italy with a gold medal and no lost in her career.

May 8, 2004 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi
Exclusive Photo Galleries #157 and #168 over  60 huge digitals)  
In the main event,
Ann Wolfe , 172,  KO'd Vonda Ward, 170,  1:06 seconds of the first round!  Ward was carried out on a stretcher after being on the mat for 10 minutes...Wolfe threw a beautiful overhand right that ended the fight in less than a round! On the undercard, Mia St. John, 132, stopped Lana Alexander, 130,  in the fourth round of a scheduled six-rounder. Lastly in a third women's bout on the card, Dana Kendrick, 123, had easy pickins' when she fought April Witington, 131, who made it a short night for Kendrick when the fight was stopped 0:55 seconds  in the second round, with  Kendrick winning by a TKO, in a scheduled four-rounder. Apparently, Witington had turned her back after a solid shot by Kendrick and the ref stopped the fight. Full Story

Ward vs. Ann Wolfe

May 8, 2004 - Topsportcenter, in Rottendam, Holland
Promoted by  Topsports group

Esther Schouten  stopped Monika Petrova in the third round of a scheduled six-rounder in the Super-Bantamweight division. Schouten's original opponent was replaced by Monika Petrova, because Ankrah Tiger Gifty was having problems with her visa."  The fight was  televised on Studio Sport.

May 8, 2004 in Misiones, Argentina
Patricia Alejandra Quirico won by TKO7 over Joselin Da Silva, pro debut. 

May 8, 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona
Victoria Cisneros, pro debut, won a four-round unanimous decision over Wendy Balazar, pro debut. 

May 8, 2004 - City Boxing Centre, Nyíregyháza
Big Boxing Sport Club presented a professional boxing gala in the City Boxing Centre in Nyiregyhaza,  Hungary, which featured one women's bout. The Hungarian Gabriella Insperger, 110 1/4,  (1-4-0, 1KO), born in Romania captured her first professional victory. She TKO'd the pro debuter Slovakian Valeria Zahorecova, 110 1/2, in the second round of a scheduled four round flyweight match. 

May 7, 2004 in Houston, Texas
Akondayne Fountain won a four round unanimous decision over Trinity Guzman

May 7, 2004 - at the Convention Center, in Austin, Texas

Linda Tenberg, 125, of Austin, Texas won a four-round unanimous decision over Kim Colbert, 131, in a scheduled four-round featherweight bout on the undercard. Tenberg took the fight on short notice of three days.  On all scorecards the judges had it 39-37. 

May 6, 2004 - Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, promoted by Golden Boys Promotions
in a scheduled four-round bout on the undercard, Valanna McGee, now 4-2-1 (0KO), of Sacramento, California, and Rolanda Andrews, 6-7-1 (3KO), of Atlanta, Georgia, fought for two rounds, when McGee received a cut over the left eye, and the fight was stopped.  The decision was a technical draw for the two.

May 1, 2004 - Convention Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
Welterweight Elizabeth Mooney, 145½ won a unanimous decision over April Alvarez 145.

May 1, 2004 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Davila Miura Ferreira, 111 3/4,  won a six-round decision over Cassia De Oliveira, 112.5.



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