(JAN 21) In
week three of our WBAN Weekly Review, we had a variety of action
going on in the sport. We did "latest updates" on two
boxers, Brenda Bell-Drexel and Deborah "Knockout" Nichols.
Pepe Rodriguez sent in a story this week, on Mariana
"Barbie" Juarez, that included some of her thoughts as to
what 2013 will bring in her boxing career; Michael
O'Neill covered two amateur events with one taking place in
France and the other in Serbia; We also did a
review on "Episode 1" on "Boxer Chicks" with Terri Moss;
we did a couple of pre-fight reports on two boxing events that
include female boxing on the card.....and much, much more!
Full Details below:
Deborah Nichols: Still going
Years after Boxing!
Lead in to story: Maybe some of the newer
boxers in the sport may not know Deborah "Knockout" Nichols, a
5'7", featherweight, from Dalton, Georgia----but I will tell you
that when she boxed from 1997 - 1999, keeping a pristine
professional boxing record of 8-0-2 (4KO), and earning two world
title championships with the IFBA and IBA, she was a hot boxing
star in the time she was fighting!
Video Review of First Episode of Boxer
Chicks with Terri Moss!
WBAN just viewed the first episode of Boxer Chicks on Vimeo, produced by Tomorrow
Pictures TV [tomorrowpictures.tv], that has produced a series on
female boxing. We thoroughly enjoyed the first episode and
have embedded the video on WBAN.
In the first episode Terri Moss talks about the inherent social
bias of being a female fighter. For many female and fighter are
two words that don't go together, for Terri that is the meaning
Full Video and details
Tammie Johnson to fight Ramirez on Little
Creek Casino Resort February 23, 2013
Tammie “The Tasmanian
Devil” Johnson will be back in action taking on tough Gloria
Ramirez out of Southern California in a welterweight matchup.
This fight could steal the show as both girls are evenly
matched. Johnson is a dual athlete as she also plays for the
Everett Reign female semi pro football team. The event
will take place on February 23, 2013 at the Little Casino, in
Shelton, Washington. WBAN will be covering this fight
ringside in Shelton.
Abigail Castaneda to fight Maria Suarez
Rematch January 25th
This Friday at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Maria Suarez, 2-0-1 will fight
Abigail Castaneda, 3-1-2, of Torrance, California. The two will
be fighting either a four or six rounder in the super flyweight
division. This will be a rematch for the two. In their first
fight that took place on September 21, 2012, Castaneda, 114,
fought to a four-round majority draw against Suarez, 113.
Bronx" Bomber" Ramos of Retired Boxers Foundation back from New
York, and will be a part of the Battle of the Badges this
Saturday in California
I had an opportunity
to get an update from Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos, of the
Retired Boxers Foundation, who has been in New York for awhile
to be with his father who is very ill. He is now back in
Simi Valley, California and will be part of the "Battle of the
Badges 4", Cops vs. Firemen, which is held each year for charity
and will take place this Saturday. This week Alex, Mike
Bradburn of Laced Up Apparel, and Alberto Ochoa were in at the
training camp working with their firefighter Mike FULLER, who
will be fighting on Saturday. The charity is for the Boys and
Amateur Boxing event in France:
Sophie Revel is Boxer of the
at 2013 French Amateur National Championships
Report from Mike O'Neil:
There was to be no fifth consecutive French Senior (69kg) title
for Gihade Lagmiry when the 2013 French Amateur Senior
Championships reached the finals stage at the Gymnase Lucan in
Mantes-la-Jolie (Yvelines) on Saturday night.
The 25 years old, ninth year medical student representing
U.S.Chambray was surprisingly defeated by Erika Guerrier in a
low scoring bout, 9-7 with the fourth round proving all
New champion – and second seed - Guerrier admitted later that it
was a difficult fight for her, adding: “ It is a victory with
many emotions. Gihade is my friend. I made many sacrifices in
2012 in trying to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Now I am looking forward to Rio 2016, and am more motivated than
Brenda Bell-Drexel...You have come a
LONG Way Baby after suffering a devastating injury!
Tiger Lady" Brenda Bell-Drexel in the latest update gave us
an encouraging bit of news as she has made continued progress
after experiencing a brain Injury.
Link to Story
What is on the
Horizon in 2013 for
Mariana "Barbie" Juarez
Mariana Juarez is
eager to get into action this 2013 after all she lived last year
which ended with a victory, but also suffered a defeat against
Ava Knight, who won in 10 rounds by unanimous decision.
The past year proved to be a year of great lessons for Mariana
Juarez, who after pondering all that happened, she feels full of
enthusiasm for the year ahead ...Full
WBAN adds 'Boxer on the Scene'
Heather "The Heat"
This week WBAN added Heather Hardy,
3-0-0 (0KO) of Bronx, New York, to our
Boxers Profile Segment. Hardy first began taking
kickboxing classes after having her daughter, to get back in shape.
She was soon asked to join the fighting team where after just three
weeks of ever having ..Full
McCarter Announces her "Public
In December of 2012,
undefeated female multi-world boxing champion Cecelia Braekhus,
put out a public video challenge to Holly Holm, when Braekhus
comes to Las Vegas, Nevada in July, Holm said that she would
take up that challenge. Multi-world champion Layla McCarter,
who fights out of Vegas, gave her own public challenge to
Braekhus! Team McCarter said the following on Facebook:
"Cecilia Braekhus is coming to Las Vegas in July. Well, Let's do
this. Layla McCarter is ready to knock you out. We are here.
Let's get it on..We are officially challenge you!" That
would be quite a fight- McCarter vs. Braekhus--so now there are
two potential opponents for Braekhus when she ventures out of
her country to Las Vegas, Nevada!
Amateur Boxing: Report from the 2nd
'Nations Cup' in Serbia
Report from Mike O'Neil:
The 2nd “Nations Cup” for Women, under the auspices of the EUBC,
was held in Zrenjanin, Serbia between 8th and 13th January with
a record entry of 167 boxers, 43 of whom were in the Senior
Zrenjanin is located in the eastern part of Vojvodina, Serbia
and has some 76,511 citizens within its city boundaries. Some
fifteen countries provided the 167 contestants with
the largest squads coming from Kazakhstan (31), Serbia (29) ,
Russia (22) and India (20).
Several of the top ranked AIBA boxers were among those who came
away with titles among them Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova....Full
Check in next week for "Week Four-WBAN Weekly Review"!
To review past reviews:
Week One-WBAN Weekly
Week Two-WBAN Weekly