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Snippets From Around the World in the News!
Source: Ewan Whyte
June 23, 2006
Marcela Acuna)


(JUNE 23) WBAN has received several snippets of news from around the globe that are in news articles about the women boxers.  In one piece of news, it has been reported that Jackie Nava of Mexico,  has been said to be promised a rematch with Alejandra Oliveras in October, IF, Oliveras defeats Jazmin Rivas, of Mexico. If Rivas wins….the position is undefined.  Oliveras is the boxer from Argentina who recently KO’d Nava in a tremendous upset.

It has been reported that
Laura Serrano of Mexico,  (who was to have fought in Ignacio, Colorado) against "Jackie Chávez or Yeila Ortiz" has learned that neither wishes to fight her.  (Maybe Team Chávez, Ortiz, or Serrano can contact WBAN to give more details about this snippett!)
News from Argentina reports that
Marcela Acuňa's  problems with her manager Osvaldo Rivero have been resolved - she should be fighting in the first week of August either at Luna Park or Vélez Sarsfield (opponent not yet known).  Acuna has been calling out Alejandra Oliveras and has promised to hound her from TV station to TV station - Quote: "I don't think she'll like it when people start calling her a wimp". Oliveras's reply was along the lines of: "I like Marcela. She has such a pretty face, and it would break my heart to hit her..." (Doubtless, in the great Martin vs. Rijker tradition, the fight will never actually happen).

Elizabeth Sánchez, who lost to Myung Ok Ryu in June of 2005, where she was KO’d in the second round,  has asked Erik Morales to find her a place on one of his boxing cards. She's 31, and feels time is running out on her.  Before her fight with Ryu, she fought once in 2004,  and had six fights between 2000-2002.

With Argentina now having four female world champions, Osvaldo Bisbal, President of the Argentinian Boxing Federation (FAB) commented that two of them (Acuña y Oliveras) were great champions and have proven it, but that the other two (Carolina Marcela Gutiérrez y Patricia Quirico) have yet to prove they really deserve their titles. 

How does WBAN (Dee Williams ranking system) look at their current status in our world rankings:  Quirico is not ranked with WBAN; Gutierrez is ranked  #9 as a bantam;  Marcela Acuna is ranked #9 as a featherweight; our top ranking goes to Alejandra Oliveras. She is ranked #1 in the jr. Featherweight (WBAN does not have champions, so that is the top fighter in our categories).

Lastly, we had another “Laila Ali” alert in the news, as they report that Ali will be fighting August 5th in Cape Town, South Africa, against an unidentified opponent. It will be Ali's first fight in Africa, where her father, Muhammad Ali, knocked out George Foreman in 1974 for the heavyweight title in the famed "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Congo.  The bout will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and will be part of a celebration of women's empowerment in South Africa. ( When Ali was recently featured on an ESPN2 talk show, she talked about going to South Africa to fight.  She also mentioned possibly fighting Ann Wolfe in November, but there has not been any firm info on where this might take place.)

A special thanks to Ewan Whyte who has translated many of these articles from around the globe for WBAN Readers!   

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