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WBAN Goes One on One with Noemi "No No" Bosques: She is set to fight on Oct. 19th on the Christy Salters Martin's Pink Promotions Card!
by Sue TL FoxWBAN
September 27, 2016

(SEPT 27) WBAN has an opportunity to meet up with Noemi "No No "Bosques who is set to meet in the ring on the Christy Salters Martin’s Pink Promotions, that will take place at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina,  on October 19, 2016.  The event will be headlined by local hard punching Quinton Rankin and an NABF championship fight between Rosalinda Rodriquez vs. Noemi Bosques.  Full Story

Japan's Naoko Fujioka Talks about her upcoming fight with Jessica "Kika" Chavez
Story and photo
by Pepe Rodriguez
September 26, 2016

 On Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the Centro Regional de Deporte de Las Américas, Ecatepec, México, on the "Mexiquense Pride" card, Naoko Fujioka of Japan, said that she is not afraid to face the queen of Ecatepec Yessica "Kika" Chavez at home in Mexico, when she faces Chavez for the WBC world flyweight title that will be featured as the main event.  Full Story

Ange Davis to appeal decision
Source:  Press Release
Photo credit:  Courtesy
September 26, 2016

(SEPT 26)  Over the weekend in Auckland, New Zealand, Benjamin Watt put on his first boxing under BTW Promotions fight 4 Charity. The main event was Nailini Helu vs Ange Davis for the Vacant NZPBA and Vacant UBF Asia Pacific Women’s Heavyweight title.   Full Story

Nailini Helu Wins first major titles
Source: Press Release
Benjamin Watt
New Zealand Boxrec Editor
Photo Credits: Calden Jamieson
September 25, 2016

(SEPT 25) Tongan born New Zealander Nailini Helu, won a massive bout last night in Auckland, New Zealand, winning the NZPBA and UBF Asia Pacific Women’s heavyweight titles. Helu won the bout against Ange Davis by Split Decision.  The bout itself was extremely close throughout the entire fight and was described as a very well match fight. Despite a very impressive performance, Ange Davis trainer and manager ...Full Story

Just in from Argentina:  Andrea Sanchez Wins by Decision over Veronica Tesure
Source: Boxrec
Photo Credit:
September 24, 2016

(SEPT 24) Tonight in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina, flyweight Andrea Sanchez, 109¼, of Buenos Aires, won a four-round unanimous decision over Veronica Tesure, 110, also of Buenos Aires. Final judges scores were 36-40 on all cards. Sanchez moved her record to 4-0-1 (1KO), and Tenure remains winless at 0-4-1.

Alexandria Williams to make Pro Debut on October 1st in Chicago
by Jay Monte
Photo Credit: PR
September 23, 2016

(SEPT 23)  Alexandria Williams is a natural born athlete out of Long Island, NY. Having played football, softball, track and field and mainly basketball her whole life, she has always been involved in sports. She was an all Long Island basketball player in HS and a top rookie in division 2 college before joining the army. After her tour in Germany serving our country, her gym partner and friend, Titus Williams introduced her to the boxing world and...Full Story

FISU World University Championships - Chiang Mai - Thailand - October 3rd-8th
by Michael O'Neill
Photo credit:  courtesy
September 23,  2016

(SEPT 23)  Ireland is sending a strong team to the 2016 World University Games boxing tournament which this year takes place in Chiang Mai, Thailand (October 3/8).  Competitors must be at least 19 and under 28 years of age on January 1st, 2016 so born between January 1st 1988 and December 31st 1997.  Full Story

Cool News of the Week!  Two-Time Gold-Medal Winner Claressa Shields Featured in Ring Magazine!
September 22, 2016


(SEPT 22) In what is very cool news in the sport for women's boxing, Claressa Shields, our September fighter of the month is being featured on the COVER of the Ring Magazine in the December 2016 issue!  Ring Magazine continues to support the sport and provides excellent coverage. 

Sabrina "La Muñequita" Perez Vying for Her Third World Title...
Source: WBAN Resource Member
Photo Credit: "La Muñequita" Perez
September 20, 2016

(SEPT 20)  In a twist of fate, the current WBO Women's World Super Bantamweight Champion, Sabrina "La Muñequita" Perez (15-0-1, 2 KO's), of Argentina, gets the opportunity to vie for the vacant WBO Women's World Bantamweight title on November 19, 2016, in Buenos Aires.  Full Story

Ireland's Shannon Edge to fight on Braekhus-Mathis undercard in Oslo
by Michael O'Neill
Photos Credit:  Liam Brereton/Facebook
September 19, 2016

(SEPT 19)  As we’ve previously announced here on WBAN, a great night’s boxing is set for Norwegian capital Oslo on October 1st, and as always here on WBAN we’ll bring you news, photos and when possible a video link to the World title bout in the days that follow.  Full Story

Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano to fight October 18th
September 18, 2016

Amanda Serrano to fight October 18th (SEPT 18) News received earlier today--  Amanda Serrano said on Facebook that after successfully defending her WBO Featherweight World Title two months ago that she is back this time dropping down to fight for the WBO Super Bantamweight World Title that will take place on October 18th. She said,  "I'll be fighting for my 4th division, this will tie my record with my Idol Miguel Cotto and make me the first to ever win the WBO in 3 divisions 135, 126, & 122.

"Kika" is back to defend her WBC World title a Fourth Time!
by Sue TL Fox
September 18, 2016

(SEPT 18)  On October 1, 2016, at the Centro Regional de Deporte de Las Américas, Ecatepec, México, another great matchup is on the horizon, when WBC world champion, Yessica “Kika” Chavez, 27-4-3 (4KO), of Mexico City, defends her WBC flyweight world title against Japan's Naoko Fujioka, 15-1-0 (6KO) in a ten round bout. Full Story

Results from Argentina:  Pacheco and Castillo win by Decisions
September 18, 2016

(SEPT 18)  On Friday night, at the Polideportivo General Paz, in Cordoba, Argentina, Super bantamweight Cristina del Valle Pacheco, 121¼, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Marta Soledad Juncos, 122.  Final judges scores were 80-71, 80-72, and 80-72.  In a second female bout, featherweight Cintia Castillo, 122¼, won a four-round unanimous decision over Alicia Machaca, 122¼.  Final judges scores were 40-36, 40-37, and 40-36.

Big Fight on the Horizon in Mexico! McMorrow vs.  Moreno!
Source:  Roundduno.com/
Jesus Lopez
Translator: Eddie Montalvo
September 16, 2016

(SEPT 16) On October 22, 2016, at the historic Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Melissa "Mighty" McMorrow, 10-5-3 (1KO) will face Esmeralda "Joya" Moreno, 33-9-1 (11KO).  Full Story

Fight Night at the Cascades Casino in Langley BC:  Sarah Pucek Wins by Split Decision
Photo Credits: Hassan Behgouei

Source/Internet media

September 14, 2016

(SEPT 14)  On Friday night, September 9th, at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, in Langley BC, the female bout met all the hype and boxing history when Canadian Featherweight Champion Sarah Pucek of Fort Langley had a rematch with Lucia Larcinese of Montreal for Pucek’s Canadian Title and the vacant Commonwealth Championship.   Pucek won by a ten round split decision with final judges scores of 99-91 and 96-94 for Pucek ...Full Story



'The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth? - AIBA style
by Michael O'Neill
September 12, 2016

(SEPT 12) The boxing tournament in the 2016 Olympics is gone but NOT forgotten.  The Russians won’t forget it, neither will those from Uzbekistan, Cuba and France nor will boxers from Kazakhstan, the United States, Canada and Ireland and one or two other countries? Full Story

Claggett upsets Robles for NABA US title - Marina Ramirez Crowd Pleasing Female Bout
Source/PR/Roy Jones Promotions
September 12, 2016
(All pictures by Manny "Mitts" Murillo / Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions)

(SEPT 12) LAS VEGAS  - The heat was on last night at "Knockout Night at the D," on Saturday, September 10th,  in and out of the ring, thoroughly entertaining another sold-out crowd at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.   Full Story

Argentina:  Marcela Acuna  and Karen Carabajal both win by decision  in their bouts
photo: Facebook
September 10, 2016

 (SEPT 10)  Last night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcela Acuna,  124¼, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Brenda Carabajal, 124¾.  The two were fighting for the interim WBA World Featherweight championship.  In a second bout, Karen Carabajal, 130¼, won a six-round unanimous decision over Natalia Aguirre,129¾, of Cordoba, Argentina.  More Fight Results

At the Scales:  Laurén and Svensson make weight plus additional female bout on card with weights
September 9, 2016
Photo Credit: KGZ Fougstedt

(SEPT 9)  Mikaela Laurén (27-1, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) both made weight ahead of their grudge match tomorrow night at the Hovet in Stockholm.  The Swedish rivals battle it out for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight belt and a chance to face female ...Full Story

The most controversial Olympic Boxing Tournament ever?
by Michael O'Neill
September 9, 2016

(SEPT 9) There has been widespread anger and disillusionment with the AIBA’s judges and Executive following several highly contentious decisions at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  Most of the criticism followed alleged pro-Russian bias by the Judges, some against opponents from countries like United States, Kazakhstan, Ireland ...Full Story

Laurén wins coin toss, will enter the ring second
September 9, 2016
Mikaela Laurén/Photo Credit:
KGZ Fougstedt


(SEPT 9) Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) won the first battle against Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) as the Swedish rivals went head-to-head in a coin toss to decide who enters the ring second for their interim WBC World Female Welterweight title fight on Saturday night.  The Stockholm fighter had previously demanded that she walk to the ring second and was left outraged when ..Full Story

Laurén vs. Svensson final press conference – quotes and pictures
September 7, 2016
Mikaela Laurén/Photo Credit:
KGZ Fougstedt

(SEPT 7)  Tensions continue to rise ahead of the Swedish super fight between Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night in Stockholm where the bitter rivals will battle it out for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title and a chance to face female pound-for-pound number one Cecilia Brækhus. Full Story

Huge Fight on the Horizon:  Cecilia Braekhus vs. Anne Sophie Mathis
by Sue TL Fox
September 7, 2016

(SEPT 7) In a potentially huge and interesting rematch of two of the sports top female boxers in the world Cecilia Braekhus,   (28-0, 7 KOs), from Bergen, Norway, vs. Anne Sophie Mathis,  (27-3-1, 23 KOs), from Varangéville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France, will have a second go at who will win in this multi-world championship.  They will be fighting October 1, 2016, at the Spektrum in Oslo, in Norway.  Full Story

Christy Salters Martin's Pink Promotions Brings Professional Boxing Event to the Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, North Carolina- October 19th!
September 6, 2016

(SEPT 6)  CHARLOTTE NC -- Christy Salters Martin’s Pink Promotions has joined forces with Pretty Girl Promotions owned by Mercedes Vasquez to bring championship boxing to The Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, NC on October 19. The event will be headlined by local hard punching Quinton Rankin and an NABF championship fight between two of the best female fighters today, Rosalinda Rodriquez vs Noemi Bosques. In addition to these exciting bouts Christian Camacho, Berry Butler and Daniel “DP” Powell will be featured in separate fights.  Full Story

Argentina: Two Female Bouts Featured on Card
September 6, 2016

(SEPT 6) On Friday, September 9th, at the Ce.De.M. N° 2, Caseros, Buenos Aires, Argentina, there are two female bouts on the card. In a 10-rounder, for the interim WBA Featherweight title, Marcela Acuna will face Brenda Carabajal;  in the second bout on the card, Karen Carabajal will fight Natalia Aguirre in a six-round bout.

Svensson: ‘’I will give Laurén a boxing lesson’’
Source: Press Release
September 2, 2016
Photos:  Pepe Rodriguez

(SEPT 2)  Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) believes her superior boxing skills will prove too much for Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) when the Swedish rivals meet for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.  Full Story

Beautiful Brawlers VI Held at the Pacifica Cages in Pacifica, California
Source/Press Release
September 2, 2016

(SEPT 2)  On Sunday, September 4th Beautiful Brawlers will be having the 6th installment of this All Female Amateur Boxing show. What makes this show unique is the level competition on this card and that boxers are coming from all over the Nation and Canada to compete.  Full Story

History-Making Amateur boxer Claressa Shields named WBAN's September 2016 Fighter of the Month!

 WBAN is proud to announce our 2016 September Fighter of the month.  Amateur boxer Claressa Shields  took her place in American boxing history earlier in August, when she became the country’s first boxer to win two Olympic gold medals. More

Following a successful Rio 2016 Olympic Games, senior AIBA executives convene in Lausanne for two days of meetings to discuss boxing’s continuing evolution
Source:  AIBA PR
August 31, 2016

(AUG 31)  After a historic Olympic Boxing Tournament at Rio 2016, with 13 gold medals awarded at the end of 16 days of competition and 273 bouts, AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA Vice-Presidents and Commission Chairs convened in Lausanne for two days of meetings to reflect on events during the Olympics and the necessary reforms the organisation needs to undertake in order to build on the several groundbreaking changes implemented at Rio 2016.... Full Story

CJ Hussein: ''Svensson has never fought anyone on Laurén’s level''
Source/Press Release
Photo credit:  KGZ Fougstedt
August 30, 2016

(AUG 30)  CJ Hussein is confident Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) will defeat Kara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) on September 10 when the Swedish fighters square off for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title at the Hovet in Stockholm.  Full Story

Mayweather Promotions Presents Titans of the Trade: Breakfast of Champions - Alicia Ashley Receiving Golden Glove Award
August 30, 2016

(AUG 30) Mayweather Promotions proudly presents Titans of the Trade: Breakfast of Champions—Strength, Courage, and Glove Affair. This will mark the 7th edition of this special event. We’re proud to produce this remarkable occasion..Full Story

Laurén's conqueror Hammer predicts victory for Svensson
Source:  Sauerland Promotions
August 28, 2016

(AUG 28)  Christina Hammer believes Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) will defeat Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) when the Swedish rivals meet for the interim WBC Female World Welterweight title on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.   Full Story

WBC to Review the Esmeralda Moreno - Kika Chávez Fight
Sources: WBC / La Esquina Azul/
WBAN Resource Team
August 27, 2016

(AUG 27)   In a recent report published by La Esquina Azul (Original publication written in Spanish Link, Esmeralda "Joya" Moreno attended the WBC's weekly "Martes de Café" gathering held at the WBC Headquarters in Mexico City, to personally meet with WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán and request a review of her fight against WBC Female Jr. Flyweight Champion Jessica "Kika" Chavez.    Full Story

Mikaela Laurén: ''This time Klara won’t get back up!
Source/Press Release
August 27, 2016
Photo Credit: Facebook

(AUG 27)   Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) says she will send Swedish rival Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) to sleep when the female fighters meet for the interim WBC World Welterweight title on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm.  Full Story

Latest Updates on the Christina McMahon vs. Zulina Munoz fight
by Sue TL Fox
August 26, 2016

(AUG 26) Earlier this morning I was notified of two links to stories that involved the controversial questionings of Team Christina McMahon, when she fought Zulina Munoz on March 12, 2016, at the Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos", Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico...Full Story

Highlights of Worldwide Women's Boxing Action this Weekend
by Sue TL Fox
August 25, 2016
Photo:  Pepe Rodriguez

(AUG 25)   This weekend WBAN has listed some of the highlights of women's boxing that will take place worldwide.  We would love to be listing much more boxing action but it looks like slim pickin's otherwise. On Saturday night, August 27, 2016 - Palenque de la Feria, Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, Mariana Juarez will fight..Full Story

Hardy and Vincent Shine at the Beach
by Bernie McCoy
August 22, 2016

(AUG 22)   Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent brought their unbeaten records to the southernmost tip of Brooklyn, commonly known as Coney Island, staging a ten round donnybrook that stole the show at the Premier Boxing program, promoted in conjunction with Lou Di Bella's Di Bella Entertainment at the open air Ford Amphitheater, hard by the Coney Island boardwalk, on  ..Full Story

Claressa Shields Took Her Place in American Boxing History: Two-time Gold Medal Winner
Source/AIBA Press Release
August 22, 2016

 Claressa Shields took her place in American boxing history on Sunday afternoon, when she became the country’s first boxer to win two Olympic gold medals. Shields once again dominated the Middleweight (75kg) competition from the outset, working her way through to the last-day final against the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn...Full Story

Estelle Mosselly crowned Queen of the Lightweights in Rio
by Michael O'Neill
August 20, 2016

(AUG 20)  Estelle Mosselly of France is the new 60kg Olympic Lightweight champion coming from behind to defeat China’s Yin Junhua on a split decision in Rio Friday.  It’s been a magnificent year for the French woman who also struck Gold in Astana at the 2016 Women’s World Championships earlier this year.  Full Story

Reigning Olympic Champion Claressa Shields Clinches Spot in Her Second Straight Gold Medal Bout with Dominant Semifinal Win in Brazil
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
August 20, 2016

(AUG 20) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) joyfully punched her way to her second consecutive gold medal bout in today's boxing action at the 2016 Olympic Games....Full Story

Heather Hardy - Shelly Vincent Looking to steal the Show in Coney Island
Source/Press Release
published on Facebook
Photo credit:  Dibella Entertainment
Photographer/Ed Diller
August 18, 2016

(AUG 18) New York, NY – On Sunday, August 21, undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is set to take on once-beaten contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight world title eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on n...Full Story

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Opener to Advance to the Semifinals
in Rio de Janeiro

by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
August 18, 2016

(AUG 18) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 17, 2016) - Reigning Olympic and World Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) had quite the wait before her 2016 Olympic Games opener in Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-two sessions of Olympic boxing came and went before the middleweight champion got the chance to step in to the ring. She finally got her opportunity on Wednesday afternoon at Riocentro Pavilion 6. For the first time in Rio de Janeiro, an American boxer entered the ring with a full arena cheering them on. Shields gave the fans who came to see her a treat in her quarterfinal contest with Russia's...Full Story

Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy Head to Coney Island
by Bernie McCoy
August 18, 2016

(AUG 18)  Shelly Vincent and Heather Hardy are scheduled to fight for the vacant WBC International featherweight title on Sunday at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island. The bout has attracted significant publicity due, in large part, to the media ready accessibility of the two boxers; both articulate, colorful and more than anxious to speak of and...Full Story

Adams, Shields and Fontijn progress as Rio judging causes uproar
by Michael O'Neill
August 18, 2016

(AUG 18) Rarely has an Olympic boxing tournament been so controversial as this year’s event in Rio de Janeiro. Hardly a day goes by without some major complaint whether by boxers or coaches usually regarding alleged poor quality judging. Boxers have been sent home or withdrawn by their Federations... Full Story

Team USA's Antonio Vargas and Mikaela Mayer are Eliminated at the 2016 Olympic Games
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
August 16, 2016

(AUG 16)  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The United States boxing team dropped two tough bouts on Monday at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. American flyweight Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) celebrated his 20th birthday and was hoping to celebrate with a second round win but he dropped his second bout of the Olympic Games in a match-up with Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov. Lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) competed in her second bout of the tournament on Monday as well and lost a close decision in a hard-fought battle with Russia's Anastasiia Beliakova.  Full Story

WBF Convention Highlight: To Victory Through Meditation By World Champion Nicole Wesner
Source/WBF Press Release
August 15, 2016

 (AUG 15) In a hugely fascinating addition to the upcoming III. World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Convention in Maribor, Slovenia (Sept. 22 – 25), reigning WBF Women’s World Lightweight Champion Nicole Wesner will hold the Boxers Seminar...Full Story

Olympic Games - opening day's news from the women's event in Rio.
by Michael O'Neill
August 15, 2016

(AUG 15)  The Olympic tournament in Brazil has created a few surprises so far, especially in the men's events but on Friday it was the turn of the women to enter the fray though here too there were few surprises on the opening day as we hear from the AIBA's team in the Brazilian capital.  Full Story

Just In:  Shannon O'Connell Wins by Decision over Kimika Miyoshi for WBC title
August 13, 2016

(AUG 13)  Today (Time zone in Australia, at the Function Centre, Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia, Shannon O'Connell, of Queensland, Australia, now 13-4-1 (7KO), won a ten-round unanimous decision over Kimika Miyoshi, of Yamaguchi, Japan. 13-9-1 (5KO), The two were fighting for the WBC Silver Super Bantamweight title.

Team USA's Mikaela Mayer Starts Her Olympic Journey While Olympic Bronze Medalist Nico Hernandez and Carlos Balderas Reach the End of Their Road in Rio
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
August 13, 2016

(AUG 13)  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (dated August 11)- Olympic village roommates  Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) and Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) got their U.S. team off to a strong start in the Rio Olympics but the run ended on Friday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. Hernandez clinched a bronze medal with his third victory of the tournament on Wednesday but lost in his semifinal bout to Uzbekistan's Hasanboy Dusmatov this morning.   Full Story

Women's Boxing:   "The Satisfaction of Being An Advocate"
by Eddie Montalvo
August 9, 2016

(AUG 9)  When I began "Advocating" for support of Women's Boxing and for better representation of female boxers, I wasn't prepared for what was to come.  Although I consider myself to be someone who is well versed academically, professionally and socially I must admit, the 'reality' of my experiences and the many challenges I faced throughout this journey...Full Story

Catherine Phiri to Defend her WBC Bantamweight Title against Gibisela Tsabalala
August 7, 2016

(AUG 7)  On August 27, 2016, at the Government Complex, in Lusaka, Catherine Phiri, 11-1-0 (5KO), of Lusaka,  is set to defend her WBC World Bantamweight belt against fellow South African Gibisela Tsabalala,  9-1-1 (0KO), of Everton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  Full Story

Mexico:  Jacky Calvo Wins by a Split Decision over Jazmin Ortega 
August 7, 2016


(AUG 7) Last night at the Arena Coliseo, in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Jacky Calvo, 112,  now  9-2-0 (0KO), of Mexico City, won an eight-round split decision over Jazmin Ortega, 111, 2-4-1 (1KO), who also fights out of Mexico City, in a flyweight bout.  Final judges scores were 78-74, 77-75, and 75-77.

Argentina: Debora Anahi Dionicius to Defend her IBF Title Against Ana Lozano 
August 7, 2016

(AUG 7) On August 27, 2016, at the Villaguay, Entre Rios, Argentina, Debora Anahi Dionicius, 22-0-0 (5KO), of Villaguay, will be defending her IBF Super Flyweight world title against Ana Lozano, 12-4-0 (9KO), of Caracas, Venezueila.  Dionicius first won the title in 2012, and has defended many times since then. 

Anne Sophie Mathis  vs. Cecilia Braekhus Headlines "The Homecoming" in Historical First Bout on Norwegian Soil Since 1981
Source/Press Release
August 3, 2016

(AUG 3)The historical first bout on Norwegian soil since 1981 will be headlined by a rematch of «The fight of the century» in female boxing, as french Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1) was announced as opponent for "The First Lady"..Full Story

The Power of Women!
by Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President

(Jose Sulaiman's Son)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
August 3, 2016

The Nevada Boxing Hall of fame held its annual induction ceremony this past weekend in Las Vegas at the iconic Caesar´s Palace.  It was a memorable event as Rich Marotta´s leadership keeps moving the NVBHF into the right direction, honoring the heroes from the past who have made our sport the best in the world. The countless hours of work and...Full Story

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Closes Multi-Nation Camp, Moves into The Olympic Village
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
July 29, 2016
Photo credit:  USA Boxing

(JULY 29) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (JULY 29, 2016) - The U.S. Olympic Boxing Team has now been on the ground in Rio de Janeiro for nine days and the squad has adjusted well to their new surroundings. After arriving in Brazil on Wednesday, July 20, the team opened a joint training camp with host nation Brazil and the Irish squad at the Naval School in Rio de Janeiro. Team USA concluded the multi-nation camp on Thursday after a successful week of training and moved in to the Olympic Village this morning.  Full Story

The 4th Annual NVBHOF Induction Ceremony - Meet and Greet
Source/PR/Mario Serrano
July 28, 2016
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

(JULY 28) LAS VEGAS, NV- The 4th Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Ceremony kicks off this Friday July, 29, 2016, with a meet and greet at the world renowned Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The daylong event will commence from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and take place at Caesars Palace on the 3rd floor outside the Palace Ballroom in the pre function..Full Story

Boxing Action in Australia: Kimika Miyoshi to fight Shannon O'Connell
July 27, 2016

(JULY 27) On August 13, 2016, at the Function Centre, in Melbourne Park, Australia, WBC Silver Super-Bantamweight title Champion Shannon "Shotgun" O'Connell, will be facing challenger Kimika Miyoshi, who is the current OPBF Featherweight Champ. The two will be fighting ten rounds where O'Connell will be defending her title.Source: Samart

Chavez Wins by Majority Decision; Arrazola and Lopez fight to Draw
July 25, 2016

(JULY 25) On Saturday night at the Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Jessica Chavez, 111½, won a 10-round majority decision over Esmeralda Moreno, 111½.  Chavez was defending her WBC Flyweight title.  In a second female bout, light flyweight Ana Arrazola, had a four-round draw by points with Elizabeth Lopez.

Napoleon Decision Watkins on Uprising Card
by Bernie McCoy
Photo: Courtesy
July 23, 2016

(JULY 23) Alicia Napoleon won a unanimous decision over Kita Watkins, in a six round middleweight bout, on the top of Ronson Frank's Uprising Promotions' action packed seven fight card at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City in Queens, NY, on Friday night. Napoleon, 155, raised her record to 7-0 while the veteran Watkins, 154, dropped to 7-14.  Full Story

Melissa St. Vil Returns to the USA Winning by Decision over Katy Wilson Castillo
Photos: Facebook/St. Vil
July 12, 2016

(JULY 12) On Saturday night, at the Sichuan Gymnasium, Chengdu, China, "Little Miss Tyson" Melissa St. Vil, of Brooklyn, New York, USA, and "la Super Baby"  Katy Wilson Castillo,  of  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, fought in a ten-round title bout.  According to Boxrec, St. Vil was defending her WBC Silver Super Featherweight title, and a local title.   Full Story

International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame Nominations Open for 2017!
Source/Press Release

(JULY 10) The International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) would like to announce that the nominations are open for 2017 until December 31, 2016.  About the IWBHF:  The IWBHF first formed in 2014, where we celebrated our inaugural class inductees in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, that included seven  Full Story and link to Nominate!

Ramona Kühne to defend WBO and WIBF Titles on July 16th
July 7, 2016

(JULY 7)  On July 16, 2016,  at the Max Schmeling Halle, in Berlin in Germany, WBO/WIBF World Super Featherweight Champion Ramona Kühne, defends her titles against Ikram Kerwat of Tunisia, who now resides in Germany.  Ramona, who holds a record of 24-1-0, (9 KO), and comes in with 9 consecutive wins ....Full Story 

Why America? And why Gleasons?
July 7, 2016
Photos: Facebook

(JULY 7)   This week WBAN was notified that Alejandra  "La Locomotora" Oliveras would be making her way to Gleason's Boxing Gym in New York, where she is originally from Argentina, and now living in the states.  When Oliveras was asked about why America, why Gleason's Gym? She said that she is confident that she can be a big draw in the states and that being in the same....Full Story

Gleason's Gym - Hosting the 14th Annual Fantasy Boxing Camp at Honor's Haven Resort and Spa!
July 5, 2016

(JULY 5) This is a wonderful opportunity for all who love boxing, and would like to be an active participant.  Gleason's Gym will host the fourteenth annual Fantasy Boxing Camp at Honor's Haven Resort and Spa. from August 11-14, 2016.  More info below .. Full Story

Don Nacho Beristain Worried About Esmeralda Moreno
Report and Photo
by Pepe Rodriguez
July 5, 2016

(JULY 5) The famous mexican coach and Hall of Famer, Don Nacho Beristain, said his fighter Jessica "Kika" Chavez will win next July 23rd,  in the international "Oasis Arena" of Cancun, Quintana Roo, México, when she defends for the third time the WBC flyweight world championship against former world champion Esmeralda .. Full Story

2016 Women's National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions - Line up Sheet for today!
Source: Kevina Franklin
July 5, 2016

(JULY 5) Check out the July 5, 2016 line-up today of the 2016 Women's National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, that is taking place at the Hyatt Hotel, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!  We have attached a small graphic of the lineup or you can download the PDF that is full size.  Line up information

Braekhus up for historical homecoming: Will be the first boxer to fight on Norwegian soil since 1981
July 4, 2016

(JULY 4)  It was last week that an application from First Lady Promotions to arrange a bout in Norway was approved.  10,000 tickets to a show headlined by Cecilia Braekhus herself was released for sale the day after, and within 12 hours the first boxing event in Norway in over 30 years was sold out, despite the fact that an opponent is still to...Full Story

Two Female Bouts Featured on Card in Japan
Photos / Results by Samart
July 3, 2016

(JULY 3) Last night at the Camp Zama, in Kanagawa, Japan,
In a bantamweight eight round bout, Tsunami Tenkai, of Japan, won by a second round TKO over Tantip Sithsaithong, of Thailand, (Birth name Sophita Nuetkrthok.)   Full Story

The Stars Shine Bright in Final Round Bouts at the Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships and Youth Open in Dallas
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
July 2, 2016

(JULY 2) DALLAS, TEXAS - The Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships and Youth Open started the week with nearly 850 competitors and event concluded on Saturday afternoon with...  Full Story

Can "Dinamita" Noriega Take The Sting Off of The "Killer Queen" Bee Kentikian?
by WBAN Resource Team
Photos: Courtesy
July 1, 2016

(JULY 1)  One of the Monarchs of the Women's Flyweight division, Susi "Killer Queen" Kentikian, defends her WBA, WIBF and GBU titles against a tough challenger in Mexico's Jasseth "Dinamita" Noriega, of Mazatlan, Mexico, on July 30, 2016, at the Hamburg Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany.  Full Story

Esmeralda "Joya" Moreno to face Yessica "Kika" Chavez for WBC title
June 30, 2016
Photo Credits: WBC

(JUNE 30)  Exciting news on the net on the WBC website, that ex- World Boxing Council (WBC)  light flyweight champion, Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno, will get another title opportunity  at the International Oasis Arena Cancun on July 23rd fighting the current WBC flyweight Empress Yessica “Kika” Chavez.  [This will be a very interesting on top-notch fight on the card for sure, with potential high-energy boxing action].  Full Story

Raging Babe Brunch New York, New York, a Success, Duva Honored
Source/Press Release
June 30, 2016

(JUNE 30)  NEW YORK - Inspiration was in the air June 11th as the women of boxing gathered at Seven Bistro for The Raging Babe Brunch, New York, New York, Raging Babe Events' seventh gathering of its kind, designed to break barriers and leverage contacts to conduct business and build friendships. The gathering was the ...Full Story

Tripartite Commission Places allocated to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia & Panama
by Michael O'Neill
June 29, 2016

(JUNE 29)  We now know which countries have been awarded the Tripartite Commission places for Rio 2016.  The Olympic Games Tripartite Commission, comprising the IOC, ANOC and ASOIF and designed to provide smaller NOCs with the opportunity to compete at Olympic Games, has awarded its places for the 2016 Olympic Women’s Boxing competition to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia and Panama in the 51 kg, 60 Kg and 75 kg ...Full Story

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold Premieres on Independent Lens -Tuesday, August 2, 2016 on PBS
Source/Press Release
Photo/Courtesy T-Rex
June 27, 2016

(San Francisco, CA) – T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, MI. Sheilds was just 17 years old when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012 — the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and produced by Sue Jaye Johnson, the film’s broadcast is timed to coincide with Claressa’s return to the Olympic boxing ring at the Rio de Janeiro games this summer. The film premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 10:00-11:30 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.  Full Story

History made in Venezuela:  All Women's Boxing Card
June 25, 2016
Photo Credit: Facebook/
Boxeo de Campeones

(JUNE 25)  On Saturday night, June 18, 2016, at the Polideportivo José María Vargas, La Guaira, Venezuela, history was made when the WBA presented an all-female card, featuring six female bouts, with four WBA world championships and three WBA Regional titles.  WBAN was told that not only was it an all-female boxing card, but that the referees, judges, time keeper, etc, were all female. ...Full Story

Which boxers will get the Tripartite Commission places for Rio? Will India's Mary Kom be included?
by Michael O'Neill
June 25, 2016

(JUNE 25)   The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has confirmed to WBAN that an announcement will be made Monday as to which countries have been allocated the remaining women’s slots in Rio 2016. As we have said here before, and repeat again, it is inconceivable that the...Full Story

Five-time AIBA World champion Mary Kom 'snubbed' by AIBA for Rio slot
by Michael O'Neill
June 24, 2016

(JUNE 24) Indian media sources are yesterday reporting that the 5 times AIBA World champion – and AIBA’s own Ambassador- Mary Kom has been ‘denied’ a ‘wildcard’ place in Rio 2016.  As yet, despite widespread media speculation, throughout the world, no official comment from the AIBA. The good news...Full Story

Five-Time World Champion Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback Optimistic About Fighting on a Major U.S. Fight Card on HBO
by WBAN Resource Team
June 24, 2016
Video of Hallback

(JUNE 24) During a 19-year professional career as a prize fighter, Chevelle Hallback has accumulated a record of 30 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws.  In her trajectory, Chevelle ...Full Story

Zanfer Promotions Welcomes Sulem Urbina Soto
Source/Press Release
June 24, 2016

(JUNE 24)   With an impressive track record in amateur boxing of over 90 fighting, Sulem Urbina now begins preparation for her professional debut on July 30th 2016 led by the company Zanfer Promotions, and joins Box Azteca, La Casa del Boxing Sulem Urbina signs with Zanfer Promotions.  Sulem Urbina promised her deceased brother that she would represent Mexico in the 2016 Rio Olympics and then become a World...Full Story

Samantha Guzman:  The latest on Former National Golden Gloves Champion!
June 23, 2016

(JUNE 23)  WBAN caught up with Former National Golden Gloves champion, Samantha Guzman, and we have a latest update on this Guzman. She has just recently earned a Bachelors of Science degree in marketing from Elmhurst College in Illinois.  Full Story

WBC Continues their efforts for Women in Boxing
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President/
son of Jose Sulaiman
June 22, 2016

(JUNE 22) On the WBC Boxing website there is an encouraging letter by President Mauricio Sulaiman, son of Jose Suliaman in regards to women's boxing.  The letter said the following: Women´s boxing is a reality. Those pioneers who had to overcome so many obstacles, abuse and discrimination in all forms and manners can..Full Story

Sahin and Kreiskott Takes Center Stage In WBF Double
June 17, 2016

(JUNE 17)  Female Strawweight star Oezlem Sahin and local Heavyweight Werner Kreiskott are set to be the two main attractions on a show in Velbert, Germany this Saturday, June 18, when both fight for World Boxing Federation (WBF) titles at the EMKA Sportzentrum. Sahin, a former two-time world champion born in Turkey but now residing in Ludwigsburg..Full Story

The field is set for Rio 2016 - almost!
by Michael O'Neill
June 8, 2016

(JUNE 8)  Following the 2016 AIBA Women’s World championships at the Barys Arena in Astana last month we now know the names of the majority of boxers who will be representing their countries in Rio in August. After the second, and final, qualifying event for women boxers taking place in Astana, 33 Olympians are known, and only three remain to be determined.  The 33 known..Full Story

Alicia Napoleon Comes to a Crossroad
by Bernie McCoy
June 5, 2016

(JUNE 5)  Every professional fighter who participates in the sport of boxing, no matter how long, or what level of success they achieve in the ring, share many experiences as their careers unfold: long hours training in the gym for a short burst of the spotlight in a professional ring, the necessity to block out the pain that comes with that training and the pain, that inevitably...Full Story

Boxing: AIBA rules amended so that Pro boxers - but Males only - can compete in Rio 2016
by Michael O'Neill
June 4, 2016

(JUNE 4)  There’s widespread anger in AIBA and Professional boxing circles following the news from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) that Professional boxers can now stake a claim for a place in Rio 2016.   Full Story

Mighty Melissa McMorrow Returns to the Bay Area With Unfinished Business
Source/Press Release
May 30, 2016

(MAY 30)  Unfinished business……the name of the Oakland Boxing show taking place on June 11, 2106 at the historic 16th Street Station is a perfect homecoming for Mighty Melissa McMorrow. The former 4-time WBO World Champion, having not fought since February of 2015, is eager to get back into the ring. “I am excited for the opportunity to fight again at home. It has been five years since I was able to fight in the United States and 7 years since I was able to fight near my hometown. I am excited for a hometown crowd” says McMorrow.  Full Story

Braekhus awarded IBF "Female fighter of the year"
Source/Press Release/IBF
Photo: PR/courtesy
May 28, 2016

(MAY 28) Five times World Champion and female superstar Cecilia Braekhus was thrilled after participating at the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China this week.  The colombian-born Norwegian holds all five titles (WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO) in the welterweight division, and is reckon as pound-for-pound the best female fighter in the world. .... Full Story

Mexico:  Tonight Lourdes Juarez vs. Suri Tapia
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
May 28, 2016

(MAY 28) Tonight at the Centro de Convenciones, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, there will be a female bout featured on the card that will have Lourdes Juarez, 15-2-0 (2KO), vs. Suri Tapia, fighting in a non-title flyweight bout.  The two weighed in at 108 yesterday on the scales.   In addition there are three male bouts on the card.... Full Story

Team USA's Claressa Shields and Shadasia Green Clinch Final Round Berths at the 2016 Berths Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo: Facebook
May 26, 2016

(MAY 26)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and American heavyweight Shadasia Green ... Full Story

Five American Boxers Clinch Medals with Quarterfinal Victories at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 25, 2016

(MAY 25) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Five American boxers advanced to the semifinal round with quarterfinal wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza... Full Story

Boxing; Adams, Taylor, Ren, Harrington & Ryan star on a hectic day in Astana
by Michael O'Neill
(additional reporting AIBA)
May 23, 2016

(MAY 23) Tuesday sees the quarter-finals of the 2016 AIBA Women’s Worlds in Astana as far as the 3 Olympic weights are concerned with these taking place at the Barys Arena in the evening session.  Earlier in the day, the quarter finals take place in the non-Olympic weights so a hectic day for all concerned in Kazakhstan.  Full Story

The United States' Marlen Esparza and Shadasia Green Earn Victories in their Tournament Operners
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 23, 2016

(MAY 23)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and international newcomer Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) both earned preliminary victories on Monday afternoon at the 2016 Women's World Championships at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan. Junior and Youth World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) dropped her second round bout in the light welterweight division in her first elite World ...Full Story

Hyun-Mi Choi, Moon Chul Suh & Leatitia Arzalier New WBF Champions
May 22, 2016

(MAY 22) On Saturday, May 21, 2016,  saw three new World Boxing Federation (WBF) Champions crowned in front of sizable crowds and massive TV audiences, as entertaining title fights took place as far apart as Jinju in South Korea and Balaruc les Bains in France.  Full Story

Review of AIBA Women's World championships
by Michael O'Neill
(additional reporting AIBA)
May 22, 2016

(MAY 22)  Saturday sees day 3 of the 2016 AIBA women’s world championships (and final Olympic qualifier for women), at the Barys Arena in Astana with few shocks so far but still a long way to go. Here on WBAN we brought you news of Team USA boxers and their fine wins so far so my updates will concentrate on the action relating to boxers from ....Full Story

Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and two-time World Champion Jajaira Gozalez Score TKO Victories
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 21, 2016

(MAY 21) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.  - The United States squad moved to a perfect 5-0 in 2016 Women's World Championships competition with three victories on Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan....Full Story

Blueprint Boxing Promotions Signs Former two-time World Champion Kaliesha West
Source/Press Release
May 20, 2016

BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA - Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former two time, two division world champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West to a promotional agreement. (Announced on May 17, 2016).   West (16-2, 4 KOs) is a former two time, two division world champion who is ready, willing and able to get in the ring and become a three time world champion in 2016.  Full Story

Da Costa Takes On Macedo In First WBF World Championship Defense
May 20, 2016

(MAY 20)  World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight Champion Anne Sophie Da Costa will defend her title for the first time on Saturday May 28 at the Salle Frederique Bronquard in Tinqueux, France, only a stones-throw from her hometown of Reims, when she takes on Soledad Macedo from Uruguay.   Full Story

Virginia Fuchs and Mikaela Mayer record opening  Round Wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo: Facebook
May 20,  2016

(MAY 20)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships began with preliminary round bouts in the three Olympic weight divisions on Thursday. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) both earned first round victories on the opening day of competition. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields..Full Story

La Mamba Negra: The Open Vein - a Day off with Pro-Boxer Christina Linardatou Duran
Story and Photos by: Zak Varvaresso
Website:  www.varvaresso.com
May 19, 2016

Neighbourhood of Patisia -located 15 minutes away from the city center- is an open place which brings a sense of community into the normal chaos of Athens. Taking the day off from her practice, Christina took a walk with me through her neighborhood down the Patision Street, one of the major and busiest roads of central Athens.  Full Story 

Blueprint Boxing Promotions Signs Former WBO Flyweight Champ Melissa McMorrow
Source/Press Release
May 19, 2016

(MAY 19)  BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA –  Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former three time world flyweight champion “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow to it’s talent roster of world class boxers.  McMorrow (10-5, 1 KOs) is a former three time world champion who in her last fight defeated previously...Full Story

Raquel Miller to Fight on  Square Warriors Professional Boxing Event May 21st!
Source/Press Release/WBAN
May 19, 2016

(MAY 19)  San Francisco - come out and support San Francisco native and former top USA amateur boxer Raquel Miller as she embarks on a new journey making her professional boxing debut at the Richmond Auditorium Center in Richmond, Ca.  ... Full Story

More than 275 Athletes from 70 Nations Scheduled to Compete in the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo/courtesy/USA Boxing
May 17, 2016

(MAY 17)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (May 17, 2016) - All of the preparations are complete and USA Boxing's elite women are ready to face the best boxers in the world at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, May 19-27 in Astana, Kazakhstan. More than 70 countries are slated to be represented by 276 athletes in the ninth edition of the event.  Full Story

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold
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Source/Press Release
Photo/Courtesy T-Rex
May 17, 2016

(MAY 17) The film is T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, about Claressa Shields, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing in 2012. She was 17 at the time; and is currently training in Colorado Springs to compete in this summer’s games. If she wins gold again, she would be the first US boxer, man or woman, to win back-to-back gold medals.  Full Story

Korean Sensation Hyun-Mi Choi Going For WBF World Crown
Source: Press Release
May 15, 2016

(MAY 15)  Korean boxing sensation Hyun-Mi-Choi is looking to build on one of the most extraordinary resumes in female boxing, when she takes on former world champion Unathi Myekeni from South Africa for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Super Featherweight title on Saturday May 21 in Jinju, South Korea. Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor remains AIBA 60kg World no.1 ahead of 2016 Women's Worlds in Astana
by Michael O'Neill
May 14, 2016

(MAY 14) Friday 13th – lucky for some though not for all but it was an optimistic Team Ireland who set off on Friday for Astana, Kazakhstan where the 2016 AIBA World Championships for women get under way on 19th May.  Full Story

In the Line of Fire:  Former boxer Ann Carrizales and police officer featured in Discovery Show!
May 14, 2016

(MAY 14)  (New York, N.Y.) –Across the United States every day, brave men and women in blue risk their lives to serve and protect all Americans. For the second year, Investigation Discovery (ID) turns its cameras on the professionals to explore the critical role so many officers play in protecting and serving. Presented by legal analyst Rikki Klieman, IN THE LINE OF FIRE brings viewers into the heat of the moment to experience the stunning split-second decisions that changed the course of events and tells, first-hand, emotional stories of survival from the police officers themselves. In celebration of National Police Week (Sunday, May 15-Saturday, May 21), IN THE LINE OF FIRE is set to premiere exclusively on ID on Sunday, May 15 at 8/7c.  Full Story

European Premiere of "With This Ring" set for Oxford's famous Wolfson College on 17th May
by Michael O'Neill
May 13, 2016

(MAY 13)  We’ve seen a few documentaries of late - and about time too - on the subject of women’s boxing, both ‘Amateur’ and ‘Professional’.  One such new production will be of special interest to followers of USA Boxing since it features reigning Olympic champion Claressa Shields. ..Full Story

Women of Boxing Descend on the Big Apple For Raging Babe Brunch: New York, New York
Source/Press Release
May 12, 2016

(MAY 12) NEW YORK -The Raging Babe Brunch continues to forge connections between women of diverse backgrounds, companies and areas of expertise, all sharing in common their connections to the Sweet Science. On June 11th, the heels of Raging Babes from across the East Coast and beyond, hit the...Full Story

USA Boxing's Elite Women Prepare to take on the World's Best at the 2016 Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker
May 6, 2016

(MAY 6) USA Boxing's elite women are preparing to take on the best female boxers in the world May 16-28 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ten American women will compete in the biennial event, which will also serve as the final Olympic qualifier in the three women's Olympic ..Full Story

The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016
by Michael O'Neill
May 6, 2016
Photo: Lisa Whiteside
Copyrighted: Boxing England

(MAY 6) The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016 saw Lisa Whiteside become a five-time national champion and three other boxers become two-time winners last weekend. 76 men and 39 women competed at the England Boxing Elite National..Full Story

Cecilia Braekhus to fight July 9th on huge card
May 3, 2016


 (MAY 3) There is an Internet report that Johnathon Banks, the trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and Cecilia Braekhus confirmed the multi-world Welterweight champion Braekhus will be co-feature on the Heavyweight World title fight between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at The M.E.N Arena in Manchester on 9th July 2016. WBAN will keep boxing folks up on this bit of great news!

Marston to Challenge Tshabalala for Her World Crown on July 2nd
May 3, 2016

(MAY 3) Over the past week or so the World’s press have been focusing heavily on the recently announced 9th July Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko WBO-WBA-IBO Unified Heavyweight Championships rematch. Quite rightly so, it’s a huge fight, however just one week earlier, an equally World significant unification bout is also...Full Story

Results from Mexico:  Three Female Bouts on Card
May 1, 2016


(MAY 1) Last night at the Deportivo Tolti, Tultitlán, México, Viridiana Garcia, 121¼, won a four-round unanimous decision over Fernanda Diaz Ramos, 122 1/4; super bantamweight, Maria Elena Villalobos, 119 1/4, lost to Yesenia Tovar, 118 3/4, by an eight round split decision; and lightweight Beatriz Jimenez, won a four-round unanimous decision over Cynthia Hernandez.

Lourdes Juarez Returns to ring to face Suri Tapia
Photo/Story by Pepe Rodriguez
April 30, 2016

(APR 30) Another great fight of pink gloves, will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo in Acapulco, Mexico.  On May 28, 2016, Lourdes "La Pequeña Lulu" Juarez, will return to the ring to face Suri "Tsunami" Tapia, in an interesting light-flyweights fight which will be broadcasted to millions of homes by Televisa Deportes ...Full Story

Upcoming Event:  The Rumble in Windsor
Source/Press Release
April 29, 2016

(APR 29)  On May 14, 2016,  Bill O'Brien and O'Brien promotions are presenting The Rumble in Windsor at the Windsor Vermont Rec Center, located at 29 Union St.!  Three HUGE female matches highlight an amazing amateur show. Shelly Walsh of Boston Boxing will meet Lindsey Kyajohnian of Portland boxing in a match of the best 132 pound women in New...Full Story

Boxing Action in France:  Maiva Hamadouche vs. Maria Semertzoglou
April 26, 2016
Photo credit: Facebook/Hamadouche

(APR 26)  This Thursday, April 28th, at the Casino Ruhl, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France,  Maiva Hamadouche, 11-1-0 (10KO), of France, will be fighting Maria Semertzoglou, 5-1-0 (1KO), of Athens, Greece. The two will be fighting in an eight-rounder, non-title bout in the super featherweight division.

Ava Knight Makes a challenge to Kika Chavez
Story/photo by Pepe Rodriguez
April 22, 2016

 (APR 22) WBC Diamond Champion, Ava Knight, said yesterday at a final press conference: “If I beat Judith Rodriguez this Saturday, then I want to fight against Jessica "Kika" Chavez”.Best known as "The Destroyer of Mexicans”, Ava will face this Saturday, Judith “La peligrosa” Rodriguez, a fighter that comes with everything to..Full Story

Ava Knight to fight Judith Rodriguez in Mexico
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez
April 22, 2016

(APR 22)  Tomorrow night at the Centro de Usos Multiples, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, there is one female bout on the card, featuring Ava "Lady of Boxing"  Knight, 13-2-4 (5KO), of Chico, California will be fighting Judith "La Peligrosa" Rodriquez,  8-9-0 (5KO).  Earlier today the weigh-in took place, and the following boxers...Full Story

USA Boxing's Claressa Shields AND Shakur Stevenson Featured in Powerade's "Just a Kid" Campaign Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photos:  Business Wire
April 21, 2016

(APR 21)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Two of USA Boxing's most accomplished athletes are being featured in POWERADE's inspirational "Just a Kid" campaign as they head in to the 2016 Olympic Games. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Junior and Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) are both being highlighted for their amazing accomplishments as such a young age.  Full Story

Lauren demands number boy for World title defence
Source/Press Release
Sauerland Promotions
April 19, 2016

 (APR 19) Swedish boxer Mikaela Lauren has said she will refuse to fight on Saturday night unless her promoter replaces the ‘sexist’ number girls with a male equivalent.  Lauren is scheduled to defend her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former IBF World Champion Ivana Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill at the...Full Story

Results from Argentina:  Carolina Duer Wins By Decision
April 17, 2016

(APR 17) On Friday night at the Polideportivo Cooperativa Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Carolina "La Colorada" Duer, 122, 18-3-1 (5KO), won a six-round bout by unanimous decision over  Vanesa "La Salvaje" Calderon, 122, 5-10-0 (1KO).   Both boxers are from Argentina.

Feliciano defeats Jennings for UBF International Title
Photo Credit: Royal Rampage
April 17, 2016

(APR 17) Last night at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand women's Boxing was alive and well as promoter Lisa Lewis of Royal Rampage Promotions put on a show of historic proportions, 7 of the 9 bouts were women bouts, 4 of those were for UBF [Universal Boxing Federation International Championship] and ..Full Story

Worldwide Women's Boxing Action this Weekend!
by Sue TL Fox
April 15, 2016
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

(APR 15) This weekend we have quite a few have many female bouts on cards worldwide that is very exciting to see in the sport.  Here are the following bouts scheduled this weekend! Tonight at the Polideportivo Cooperativa Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carolina "La Colorada" Duer, 122, 17-3-1 (5KO), will be facing Vanesa ...Full Story

Adams, Taylor & Alekseevna go marching on in Samsun
by Michael O'Neill
April 15, 2016

(APR 15)  Wednesday saw a packed schedule of quarter-final action at the AIBA European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Turkey, as the ten men’s and three women’s weight categories took to the ring knowing that a win puts them within one match of a Rio 2016 quota..Full Story

Christina Desmond shocks top seed Nouchka Fontijn in Samsun
by Michael O'Neill
Additional reporting/AIBA & IABA
April 14,  2016
Photo credit: John Delea

(APR 14) The AIBA European Olympic Qualification event saw no fewer than 54 preliminary-round bouts across two sessions in Samsun on Monday, with the winners securing their passage through to the quarter-finals and taking a big step towards a quota place for Rio 2016. Full Story

Amira Hamzaoui To Make Second WBF World Title Defense April 23
April 14, 2016
Photo: Facebook

(APR 14) World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Flyweight Champion Amira Hamzaoui will make her second title defense on Saturday April 23 at the Hall des Sports Pierre Gaspard in her hometown of Epernay, France, when she takes on Mexican Isabel “La Estrella” Milan.  Full Story

Four Female Bouts on Japan Card
Photos/results by Samart
April 12, 2016

(APR 12)  On Sunday night (April 10th) at Soka City Culture Hall in Saitama, Japan there were four female bouts featured on the card.  The bouts that took place:  Naoko Shibata vs. Tanuthong Sor Kunlawong - IBF light flyweight champion Naoko Shibata wins by a 3rd round TKO in a scheduled eight round bout at a catchweight ..Full Story

Mia St. John:  Fighting Four round bout to Support Mental Health and Domestic Violence
April 10, 2016

(APR 10)  On April 16th at the Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Lisa Lewis and I will be fighting a four round fight to support ‪‎Mental Health‬ ‪and Domestic Violence‬. Mia St. John told WBAN, " We are donating our purses to causes very dear to hearts. Every T-Shirt you buy goes directly to the El Saber es Poder...Full Story

Neriman Istik stars on opening day of European qualifiers in Samsun
by Michael O'Neill
April 10,  2016

(APR 10)The 2016 EUBC/AIBA European Olympic qualifiers opened in Samsun, Turkey on Saturday and with few surprises in the preliminary rounds of either the male or female tournaments.  After the general weigh-in, official draw and opening ceremony, the first bouts of the competition got underway...Full Story

2016 AIBA Women's World Championships Astana 19th/27th May
by Michael O'Neill
April 9, 2016

(APR 9) As we previously informed you here on WBAN, the AIBA in their wisdom postponed the 2016 Women’s World Championships which were due to take place February 1st to 14th until the new dates 19th to 27th May.  The event was to have delivered the first 12 quota places for women for the Rio Games , but an International Boxing Association (AIBA) spokesperson admitted in November that it would have to be delayed by three months so that organisers had more time to get ready.  Full Story

New Zealand Fight Fans In for a Royal Treat on April 16th
April 7, 2016

(APR 7) On April 16, 2016, Auckland City  is set for Royal Rumble.   New Zealand fights fans are in for a royal treat as of this week, as the "who’s who" of female boxing are arrive in Auckland for next weekends Royal Rampage. For the first time in history New Zealand will host four major female world titles on one night.   Full Story

Ireland’s three female competitors at the European Olympic qualifier in Samsun, Turkey
by Michael O'Neill
(with additional reporting IABA and AIBA staff)
April 5, 2016

(APR 5)  Ireland’s three female competitors at the European Olympic qualifier in Samsun, Turkey are today finishing their intensive pre-tournament training camp in Assisi, Italy before moving on to the Black Sea port later in the week.  Full Story

China set to take all three Women's Golds in Qian 'an?
by Michael O'Neill
April 1, 2016
Photo: Courtesy

(APR 1) The ASBC Boxing Confederation Championships (& Olympic qualifiers) have now reached the final stages in Qian ‘an China with Saturday seeing all three women’s finals. Ren Cancan, Yin Junhua and Li Qian are strong favourites for the Gold medals especially on ‘home soil’ and with several thousand home fans cheering their..Full Story

Jelena Mrdjenovich Named WBAN's April 2016 Fighter of the Month!
April 1,  2016


 (APR 1) WBAN would like to congratulate Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich, who has been named our April 2016 Fighter of the month.  Mrdjenovich had a fantastic win recently when she avenged her loss to  Edith Soledad Matthysse, winning by a unanimous decision for the  WBA/WBC featherweight title.

Mary Kom goes marching on in Quian'an Olympic qualifier - Tuesday's update
by Michael O'Neill
April 1,  2016

 (APR 1) Tuesday brought some shock results in the women’s quarter-finals at the 2016 Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifiers in Qian’an and none more so that the defeat of London 2012 bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva the...Full Story

Kenia Enriquez Holds Second Annual Amateur Tournament
Photos: Richie Lopez
March 29, 2016

(MAR 29)  This past Saturday afternoon, March 26th, inside the Perro Salado Hall in the Zona Rio of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, former WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7KO) hosted her second annual all-female invitational amateur tournament. With fighters coming in from .. Full Story

Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers Update
by Michael O'Neill
March 29, 2016

(MAR 29)  The 2016 Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifying tournament opened in Qianan, China with but few surprises in the opening sessions of either men’s or women’s preliminaries.  Disappointment though for Australia’s Kristy Harris in the women’s 51kg class, going under 3:0 to Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam. Defeat too for leading Indian 75kg fighter Pooja Rani a narrow 2:1 spilt decision against  Tajikistani Shoira Zulkaynarova. So here courtesy of the ASBC and AIBA we take a look at a few of the highlights, thus far, from China.  Full Story

Ladies Fight Night - Still Time for Female Amateur Fighters to Register for this event!
March 29, 2016

(MAR 29)   Atlanta, GA: There is still time for female amateur fighters to register for Ladies Fight Night, which will be April 30 and May 1 at Buckhead Fight Club, in Atlanta, GA. "We have gotten a wide response, and I'm excited to see this come together!" said Terri Moss. "We've got fighters from Texas, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Illinois and Florida so far, and want to give anyone a chance to register and participate!"  Full Story

2016 Freep Film Festival Kicks off "T-Rex" featuring Claressa Shields Journey winning the Gold
March 26, 2016
Photo: Facebook/public

(MAR 26) The 2016 Freep Film Festival kicks off this Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Detroit debut of "T-Rex" in the DFT.  "T-Rex” chronicles the journey of Flint’s Claressa (T-Rex) Shields as she pursues her goal of winning the gold in women’s boxing at the l .. Full Story

Stockholm prepares for biggest boxing event in almost fifty-years
March 23, 2016
Photo Credit: KGZ Fougstedt
Source/Sauderland Promotions

 (MAR 23)   In September 1968, Jimmy Ellis retained the World Heavyweight title with a controversial fifteen-round decision over Floyd Patterson at the Råsunda Football Stadium in Stockholm. 48 years later, big-time boxing returns to the Swedish capital when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Hovet on April 23... Full Story

Mikaela Mayer Qualifies for the Olympics on a Gold Medal Day for Team USA
by Julie Goldsticker/
USA Boxing
March 20, 2016
Photos: USA Boxing PR

(MAR 20) BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA -The day that Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been working toward for the past six years finally came on Saturday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires. The American lightweight clinched her berth in the 2016 Olympic Games with a gold medal victory in Argentina. She was one of four victories on an undefeated day for the United States. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) both joined Mayer atop the medal stand with victories in their gold medal bouts and flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) earned a win in her consolation match.   Full Story

The Ladies Roll and Paul Kroll Takes a Welterweight Victory at Americas Qualifier
by Julie Goldsticker/
USA Boxing
March 15, 2015
Photo: Fuchs/Facebook

(MAR 15) BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (MARCH 14, 2016) - It was Ladies Night for the American women on Monday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina as all three earned quarterfinal wins in the Olympic qualifying event. Welterweight Paul Kroll (Philadelphia, Pa.) started the day off with a U.S. victory in the early session while Pan American Games champion Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) dropped his flyweight contest.  Full Story






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