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Summary of the 2006 U.S. Women’s National Championships
By Adam Pollack (based on reports by USA Boxing’s Julie Goldsticker)
     
     
     
   
   
   
   
   

 

   
   
   

101 -Final
101 lbs/46kg: Chantel Cordova, Pueblo West, CO dec. Coleen Loo, Mililani, HI 32-12 After a close first round, defending champion Chantel Cordova took over to lead 21-8 after the second. She maintained and improved her lead in the final two rounds to win a 32-12 decision and her second straight national
championship.

106
Final
106 lbs/48kg: Marlen Esparza, Houston, TX dec. Michelle Turner, Newark, NJ 18-12
Marlen Esparza held a slim early lead in the championship bout against Michelle Turner and eventually took a 14-12 lead into the final round. She built on her lead in the fourth round to take an 18-12 victory and her first national championship.

110
Semis
110 lbs/50kg: Ava Knight, Chico, CA stopped Amy Augendahl, Caledonia, MO
RSC-1
110 lbs/50kg: Cheryl Houlihan, Norton, MA stopped Ellen Verhaeghe, Paola, KS RSC0-3

Final
110 lbs/50kg: Cheryl Houlihan, Norton, MA dec. Ava Knight, Chico, CA 13-10
In the semis, three-time national champion Cheryl Houlihan recorded a third round stoppage over Ellen Verhaeghe when the bout was automatically stopped due to Houlihan’s 23-3 advantage (20 point mercy rule). Houlihan became the first female ever to win four straight U.S. National Championships when she defeated the tough and well schooled Ava Knight.
After a tied first round, Knight pulled into the lead, holding a 6-4 edge after two rounds. Houlihan took the lead in the third round, finishing it with a 10-8 advantage. Houlihan went on to win a close 13-10 decision over Knight. The championship is Houlihan’s second straight flyweight championship and after winning her first two at the light flyweight division.

114
Quarters
114 lbs/52kg: Vanessa Nunez, Pueblo, CO dec. Dana Lawrence, Marietta, GA 17-21
114 lbs/52kg: Sacred Downing, Trenton, NJ dec. Heather Heaps, Moreno Valley, CA 13-5
114 lbs/52kg: Temple Smith, Chicago, IL dec. Celsa Reyes Lackland, TX 18-17
Semis
114 lbs/52kg: Sacred Downing, Trenton, NJ dec. Khara Keegan, Sious City, IA 27-16
114 lbs/52kg: Venessa Nunez, Pueblo, CO dec. Temple Smith, Chicago, IL 26-16
Final
114 lbs/52kg: Sacred Downing, Trenton, NJ dec. Venessa Nunez, Pueblo, CO 13-4

Two-time national champion Sacred Downing first took a 13-5 victory over the hard hitting former junior Heather Heaps. Downing next defeated the United States Army’s Khara Keegan.In the final against Venessa Nunez, Downing was in control from the beginning, building an 8-0 lead after two rounds and continuing her shutout into the third round. Downing went on to win a 13-4 decision over Nunez to
take her third straight national championship.

119
Quarters
119 lbs/54kg: Sofia Gegovic, New York, NY dec. Annette Agredano, Tucson, AZ 32-19
119 lbs/54kg: Emily Klinefelter, Iowa City, IA dec. Vanessa Juarez, Ft. Worth, TX 21-13 119 lbs/54kg: Teresa O’Toole, Nashville, TN stopped Tara Walker, Sterling,
IL RSC-1

Semis
119 lbs/54kg: Emily Klinefelter, Iowa City, IA stopped Sonia Deputee,  Ventura County, CA RSCO-2
119 lbs/54kg: Teresa O’Toole, Nashville, TN dec. Sofia Gegovic, New York, NY 16-11

Final
119 lbs/54kg: Emily Klinefelter, Iowa City, IA dec. Teresa O’Toole, Nashville, TN 20-6
The women’s bantamweight division opened with a battle of former national champions Emily Klinefelter and Vanessa Juarez. Klinefelter built a small lead in the first round but Juarez battled back to a 5-5 tie after the second. Yet the final two rounds belonged to Klinefelter as she earned a
21-13 decision.Klinefelter next put a quick end to Sonia Deputee, winning a second round referee stops contest outscored when it was automatically stopped as a
result of the 20 point mercy rule. Former featherweight national champion Teresa O’Toole made a successful
transition to the bantamweight division, winning on a first round stoppage over Tara Walker. O’Toole next battled Sofia Gogovic. O’Toole held a small lead after each of the first three rounds en route to winning a 16-11 final decision.
The bantamweight final featured two former national champions in former 110 pound flyweight national champion Emily Klinefelter and former 125 pound featherweight titlist Teresa O’Toole. Klinefelter dictated the pace from the
start, taking an 8-1 advantage after two round. She continued to pour on the points through the final two rounds to win a 20-6 decision and her third U.S. National Championship, but first at the bantamweight division.

125
Prelims
125 lbs/57 kg: Magdalene Kearse, Atlanta, Ga., dec. Tatiana Popovic, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 23-?
125 lbs/57 kg/female: Jennifer Barber, Northridge, Calif., dec. Denise Sullivan, Ohio, 27-1
125 lbs/57 kg:/female: Jennifer Han, El Paso, Texas, dec. Priscilla Bonnell, Colorado Springs, Colo., 13-5
125 lbs/57kg: Ronica Jeffery, Brooklyn, NY dec. Cynthia Talmadge, San Francisco, CA 15-11
125 lbs/57kg: Ana Julaton, Alameda, CA dec. Ashlei Jaquay, Imperial, PA 23-6
Quarters
125 lbs/57kg: Katy Klinefelter, Iowa City, IA dec. Ana Julaton, Alameda, CA 13-11
125 lbs/57kg: Ronica Jeffery, Brooklyn, NY dec. Jennifer Barber, Northridge, CA 8-8 (18-16)
125 lbs/57kg: Jennifer Han, El Paso, TX stopped Kayla Kay Combs, Lubbock, TX RSCO-2
125 lbs/57kg: Melissa Roberts, Manchester, CT stopped Magdalene Kearse, Atlanta, GA RSC-3
Semis
125 lbs/57kg: Melissa Roberts, Manchester, CT dec. Katy Klinefelter, Washington City, IA 35-18
125 lbs/57kg: Ronica Jeffery, Brooklyn, NY dec. Jennifer Han, El Paso, TX
6-6 (15-14)
Final
125 lbs/57kg: Melissa Roberts, Manchester, CT dec. Ronica Jeffery, Brooklyn, NY 21-18

2005 National PAL Champion Jennifer Barber won a 27-1 decision over Denise Sullivan and multi-time national champion Jennifer Han recorded a 12-5 victory over Priscilla Bonnell.  In the bout between Katy Klinefelter and Ana Julaton, the two boxers stayed close throughout, with Julaton taking a one-point lead into the final round. Yet Klinefelter came through when it counted, winning a 13-11 decision to
join her sister in the semifinal round.  National PAL Champion Jennifer Barber next took on Ronica Jeffery and it was to be a close one all the way, as were all of Jeffrey’s tournament bouts. The score was locked at 8-8 when the bout ended but Jeffrey won the decision on the tiebreak with an 18-16 total punch count.Jennifer Han recorded a second round stoppage of fellow Texan Kayla Kay Combs via the outscored rule.Against Magdalene Kearse, defending national champion Melissa Roberts endured punishment in a tough first round, even being given an 8 count, but came back to win a big second round before stopping Kearse in the third
round. Kearse was tough as nails and hit Roberts quite a bit, but was finally broken down. Roberts next defeated Katy Klinefelter 35-18 in another give and take fight.Ronica Jeffery took on former national champion Jennifer Han and won her
second tiebreak in a row, as the two battled to a 6-6 tie at the end of four rounds but Jeffery won the bout on a 15-14 total punch count.In the final, reigning national champion Melissa Roberts took on Ronica Jeffery, who once again proved she knew how to make a close bout. Roberts
took the early lead in the bout and held a 13-9 edge after two rounds. Jeffery came back in the third round to pull the bout back to a 14-14 tie and make the fourth round the determining two minutes. It was the defending national champion who came through with the necessary points, scoring seven points to four in the final round to win a 21-18 decision. Roberts was named the tournament’s outstanding boxer.

132
Prelim
132 lbs/60kg: Maimunah Holland, South Nyack, NY dec. Yelena Binder, Booklyn, NY 16-10
Quarters
132 lbs/60kg: Patricia Manuel, Gardena, CA stopped Kirsty Martinez, American Falls, ID RSCO-2
132 lbs/60kg: Katonya Fisher, Bakersfield, CA dec. Maimunah Holland, South Nyack, NY 22-20
132 lbs/60kg: Takesha Edwards, Fort Meyers, FL dec. Champaigne Newland, Cambridge, OH 19-9
132 lbs/60kg: Carrie Barry, Nashville, TN dec. Rachel Schley, Minneapolis, MN 31-16
Semis
132 lbs/60kg: Patricia Manuel, Gardena, CA dec. Takesha Edwards, Ft. Myers, FL 36-21
132 lbs/60kg: Carrie Barry, Nashville, TN dec. Katonya Fisher, Bakersfield, CA 19-15
Final
132 lbs/60kg: Carrie Barry, Nashville, TN, dec. Patricia Manuel, Gardena, CA, 20-13
Former national champion Carrie Barry first won a 31-16 decision over southpaw Rachel Schley, using a beautifully effective right uppercut on the inside.Barry next defeated the quick and tough Katonya Fisher in a close bout. Fisher had earlier defeated the very strong Maimunah Holland in an
entertaining 22-20 decision. Holland had previously defeated outside specialist Yelena Binder. Against Fisher, after a tied first round, Barry turned it on in the second, moving out to a 15-9 midway-lead. Barry went on to win a 19-15 final decision against Fisher.In the final, Carrie Barry took on Patricia Manuel and utilized her experience throughout. She took an eight-point lead midway through the contest and held onto it during the final two rounds to win a 20-13 decision.

138
Prelim
138 lbs/63kg: Triva Pino, Wahiawa, HI stopped Autumn Anderson, Omaha, NE RSCO-3
138 lbs/63 kg/female: Raven Roytblat, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Queen Underwood, Federal Way, Wash., 16-13
Quarters
138 lbs/63kg: Christian Reddick, Tulsa, OK stopped Randysha Matthews, Toledo, OH RSC-1
138 lbs/63kg: Jacqueline Jefferis, Cumming, GA dec. Triva Pino, Wahiawa, HI 16-9
138 lbs/63kg: Elizabeth Quevedo, Commerce, CA dec. Raven Royblat, Brooklyn 12-6
138 lbs/63kg: Angelique Bovee, Nashville, TN dec. Brittany Inkrote, Red Lion, PA 27-5
Semis
138 lbs/63kg: Angelique Bovee, Nashville, TN dec. Jacqueline Jefferis, Cumming, CA 14-9
138 lbs/63kg: Elizabeth Quevedo, Commerce, CA dec. Christina Reddick, Tulsa, OK 32-13
Final
138 lbs/63kg: Elizabeth Quevado, Commerce, CA, dec. Angelique Bovee, Nashville, TN, 16-15
Three-time national champion Elizabeth Quevedo dropped down to the light welterweight division and she opened with a 12-6 victory in her quarterfinal match-up with Raven Roytblat. Former national champion Angel Bovee defeated Brittany Inkrote.Quevedo earned a convincing 32-13 victory over Christina Reddick in their semifinal bout.Former champions Elizabeth Quevedo and Angel Bovee battled close in the
final. Although Quevedo managed to maintain a slim lead throughout the bout, Bovee remained close. Quevedo took a two-point advantage into the final round and managed to hold on to win a razor close 16-15 decision and her fourth national title.

145
Quarters
145 lbs/66kg: Nicole Woods, Lawrenceville, GA stopped Brett Bohmont, Sparta, MO RSC-2
145 lbs/66kg: Stefanie Taylor, Conoga park, CA dec. Tiffany Buchholz, Madison, WI 12-9
Semis
145 lbs/66kg: Stefanie Taylor, Conoga Park, CA dec. Christian Swanson, Miami, FL 24-4
145 lbs/66kg: Lisa Kuronya, Portland, ME, dec. Nicole Woods, Lawrenceville, GA 14-9
Final
145 lbs/66kg: Lisa Kuronya, Portland, ME, dec. Stefanie Taylor, Conoga Park, CA, 21-5
Lisa Kuronya recorded a 14-9 win over Nicole Woods in their semifinal battle to move on to the finals. Stefanie Taylor grabbed the second welterweight spot after victories over Tiffany Buchholz and Christina Swanson.With no reigning or former national champion competing in the welterweight
division, a new champion was crowned: Lisa Kuronya. Kuronya took on Stefanie Taylor in the championship contest and took immediate control in the bout, holding Taylor scoreless in the first round and taking a 10-3 lead after two
rounds. She continued to add to her lead throughout the last two rounds to win a 21-5 final decision and the welterweight title.

154
Quarters
154 lbs/70kg: Tiffany Junot, New Orleans, LA dec. Doreen Beeler, Machesney Park, IL 38-17
154 lbs/70kg: Akima Stocks, South Orange, NJ dec. Charmaine Carrington, Lackland, TX 21-11
154 lbs/70kg: Grace Parks, St. Bellingham, WA dec. Michelle Morales, Chicago, IL, 12-11
154 lbs/70kg: Julie Harrison, St. Louis, MO, dec. Courtney Hunter, Charlotte, NC 21-17
Semis
154 lbs/70kg: Grace Parks, St. Bellingham, WA dec. Tiffany Junot, New
Orleans, LA 40-16
154 lbs/70kg: Akima Stocks, South Orange, NJ stopped Julie Harrison, St. Louis, MO RSC-1
Final
154 lbs/70kg: Akima Stocks, South Orange, N.J., dec. Grace Parks, St. Bellingham, WA, 29-19

Two-time light middleweight champion Tiffany Junot first faced off with PAL champion Jenna Johlin. After a shaky start, Junot got to the inside and banged the body to take over and win a convincing 38-17 decision.

Akima Stocks won her light middleweight quarterfinal contest as well, defeating Charmaine Carrington 21-11.Grace Parks upset two-time national champion Tiffany Junot 40-16 in their
semifinal bout. Akima Stocks won a first round stoppage over Julie Harrison.In the final, Akima Stocks went to work early on Grace Parks, giving Parks three standing eight counts, although she only held a five-point lead at the midway point. Stocks continued to peck away through the last two rounds to win a 29-19 final decision and the light middleweight championship.

165
Quarters
165 lbs/75 kg/female: Lakesha Whitaker, Fort Myers, Fla., won on retirement over Anecia Thacker, Del Valle, Texas, RET-2
165 lbs/75kg: Doreen Beeler Machesney Park, IL dec. Jessica Francois, Baton Rouge, LA 35-10
165 lbs/75kg: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, MD dec. Desiree Abrams, Tallahassee, FL 25-13
Semis
165 lbs/75kg: Allana Huggins, Ft. Worth, TX stopped Doreen Beeler, Machesney Park, IL RSCO-3
165 lbs/75kg: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, MD won on retirement over Lekesha Whittaker, Sacramento, CA RET-3
Final
165 lbs/75kg: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, MD., dec. Allana Huggins, Fort Worth, Texas, 22-20

Defending champion Franchon Crews scored a 25-13 victory over Desiree Abrams and a third round retirement win over Lekesha Whittaker.

2004 national champion Allana Huggins recorded a third round stoppage due to her 20-point advantage over Doreen Beeler to move on to the championship bout.
The reigning champion’s winning streak continued as 2005 National Champion Franchon Crews took on 2004 titlist Allana Huggins in the final. The two battled in a competitive bout as the lead exchanged hands through all eight
minutes. The bout was deadlocked at 16 as the fourth round began, and the final two minutes determined the middleweight national champion. Crews scored the two determining points in the final round to win a 22-20 decision
and her second straight national championship.

176
Final
176 lbs/80kg: Chatiqua Hemingway, Pittsburgh, PA dec. Jaclyn Nichols, Atco, NJ, 18-8
The first two rounds of the finals battle between Chatiqua Hemingway and Jaclyn Nichols featured several ties and lead changes, but Hemingway stole the momentum in the third round. After going into the third down one point,
Hemingway turned up the heat to win an 18-8 decision. This was Hemingway’s first national championship.

189
Final
189 lbs/86kg: Tameka Stephens, Charlotte, N.C., dec. Tanzee Daniel, Jamaica Queens, NY, 26-13
The heavyweight division kept the reigning champion’s winning streak intact as defending champ Tameka Stephens took on former champ Tanzee Daniel. The contest was close through the first two rounds with Stephens taking a mere
three-point lead into the third round, but Stephens began to pull away in the third. Stephens took a commanding eleven point lead into the fourth round before winning a 26-13 final decision.

189+
Final
189+lbs/86+ kg: Nikki Cane, Wendel, N.C., dec. Victoria Perez, Ventura, Calif., 27-27 (67-55)

In the super heavyweight final between Nikki Cane and Victoria Perez, Perez grabbed the momentum early in the bout to take a double digit lead into the second half of the bout. However, Cane began mounting a comeback in the
third round to pull it to a 22-15 margin, and threw punches in bunches in the fourth to pull the bout to a 27-27 tie. Cane earned the super heavyweight title on the 110-92 total punch count tiebreaker.

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