(NOV 15) WBAN is looking forward
to December 2, 2011, at the Route 66 Casino Hotel, in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, on the 'World Dominance,' card, when Anne Sophie Mathis,
(25-1, 21 KOs), of
France, fights for the WBAN Welterweight World title belt.
Mathis will be fighting Holly Holm, 30-1-3, 9 KOs), of New
Mexico, in the 10-round bout, with
the addition of the IBA World Welterweight Title in this contest.
Holm has not only made boxing
history for women's boxing when she first fought for the
ever" Independent world title belt in June of 2008, against
Mary Jo Sanders, but she won a second
WBAN belt in November of 2010, against Ann Marie Saccurato.
This is Holm's third WBAN belt that she will be vying for in the
To celebrate this major fight in women's boxing, WBAN decided to
have a special Fundraiser for the Retired Boxers Foundation [RBF].
We had many items up for grabs, that include many male and
female world champions who signed gloves. 100% of the
proceeds will go directly to the RBF, and I will present a check
with the amount of the proceeds that we were able to raise
directly to Alex "the Bronx
President of the RBF, and Jacquie Richardson, Executive
Director of the RBF. WBAN has invited both to be at this
event for the Fundraiser.
WBAN's Boxing Memorabilia Fundraiser
100% Proceeds go to the Retired Boxers Foundation
In a press release
the following was stated:
"I agree that Holly and Sophie Ann are the two best women boxers
in the world," Holm's head trainer Mike Winkeljohn said.
"Holly's beaten everybody here. She's at the top of her game
with nowhere to go (in the U.S.) Holly has a tremendous fan-base
in Albuquerque. She makes so much more fighting there due to her
fan-base, so there's no reason for her to fight anywhere else.
She's always been willing to fight anybody. . Now, two
continents are coming together. We're both excited about this
new challenge (Mathis) and she will be up for that challenge. "
Holm is a nine-time world champion in three different divisions
(light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight) and
the 29-year-old boxer has an amazing 20-0-1 (6 KOs) record in
world title fights, in addition to sporting a 14-0-1 mark versus
world champions. She has fought and beaten virtually all of the
notable names of the past decade in women's boxing, from 135
through 154-pound classes, including
Mary Jo Sanders,
Mia St. John,
Duda Yankovich and
Chevelle Hallback (twice). Holly is riding a 24-fight unbeaten streak,
dating back to her only pro loss in 2004, when a serious cut
under her eye prevented her from continuing to fight.
"Holly can box or do MMA equally well," noted Winkeljohn, who
trains Holm in both combat sports. "Women's boxing isn't on
television in the U.S and, for sponsorships, she's turned to MMA.
Holly is the best boxer in the world and, MMA-wise, in a year
she will be the best in women's MMA, too.
"What separates her from others are her intelligence and drive.
She works very hard and is a student of the game. Holly can
change game plans on the spot. She always wants to do more in
training than she did in the last camp. Sometimes, I have to
make her stop."
Six-time world titlist Mathis is the reigning the WIBA, WIBF and
WBF World Welterweight Champion. She has won 24 consecutive
bouts, dating back 16 years to her only pro loss in her second
pro fight. Her Dec. 2nd showdown against Holm will mark the
fifth anniversary of Ann Sophie's first world title win, in
which she stopped previously unbeaten
Lamare, (13-0) for
the WBA crown and vacant EBU championship. Mathis' victims also
include world champions Couch, Yankovich, Ana Pascal and
"Mathis is an anomaly because of her length and size,"
Winkeljohn concluded. "She's caused fits for opponents trying to
close the gap because of her long arms. She hits hard, too. We
don't want to be on the end of her punches."
The boxing card is presented by Fresquez Productions.