(FEB 5) We had
several updates this week, featuring Isra Girgrah, Amanda
Serrano, Sandy Tsagouris, gold medal
Olympics boxing champion Claressa Shields, naming our WBAN
February 2013 Fighter of the month Jessica Rakoczy, upcoming
amateur boxing action reports and news; received the latest WBC
world ratings for our Archives on ratings; and adding Shelito Vincent
to our Boxer profiles segment, and much more!
Jessica Rakoczy named our WBAN
Fighter of the month!
Photos by Alan Messick
This week we had the pleasure of
naming Jessica Rakoczy our WBAN 2013 February Fighter of the
Month. We would like to congratulate Rakoczy, of Las Vegas,
Nevada, who had just fought in a [122 lb] 10-round WIBA Junior
Featherweight world title bout on January 24th against Ada Velez, of
Florida, and won by a unanimous decision.
USA Boxing to Open 2013 International
Action with Events in China and the Dominican Republic
Story by Julie Goldsticker
USA Boxing is opening 2013 international action
with two events on opposite sides of the globe. Team USA will
travel to China and the Dominican Republic for competitions in
February as a pair of athletes head to Beijing for a dual event,
February 4-7, while eight boxers will compete in the
Independence Cup in Santiago later in the month.
Amateurs: Latest Update on Canada's Elite
Women's National Team
Courtesy photo: Mary Spencer
The Canada Elite Women's National Team is headed
to Toulouse, France for a training Camp and Dual Match. This is
the team's first international competition in 2013. The training
camp will happen from Feb. 1-7. Dual Match vs. France:
Feb. 8.9. Team and others: 48kg - Katie Saull (MB); 51kg - Mandy
Bujold (ON); 54kg - Vicky Pelletier (QC); 57kg - Sabrina Aubin (QC);
57kg - Caroline Veyre (QC); 60kg - Stephanie Walker (NS); 60kg - TBA;
64kg - Sara Kali (QC); 69kg - Myriam Da Silva (QC); and 75kg – Mary
Spencer (ON). Coaching Staff: Danielle Bouchard and Kevin Howard
R/J: Nathalie Lacombe
Boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields to
Fight on February 16th in Lansing!
This event will take
place at the Ramada Hotel, in Lansing, Michigan, 17-year-old
Claressa Shields, USA's female boxer who won Gold at the 2012
Olympics in London will be fighting on this card.
Those "Flint" folks close to this event will get a great
opportunity to see this talented boxer in action!
WBAN just added Shelito
This week we added Shelito
Vincent, to our Boxers Profile Segment.
33-year old Vincent, 7-0-0, fights out of Providence, Rhode
Island---and she just might be the "Best-Kept Secret" in women's
boxing. Check out Shelito's background in the sport, and the
videos we have featured in her bio...Keep an eye out on this boxer!
The Pros: Keisher "Fire"
McLeod-Wells to fight
February 21, 2013
Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells steps back into the
ring on February 21, 2013 in NYC at Roseland Ballroom for
Broadway Boxing promoted by DiBELLA ENTERTAINMENT.
McLeod-Wells is coming off a win on March 7th, 2012 against
formally undefeated Patricia Alcivar.
Isra Girgrah Wynn: Success in the
Ring---and now Outside the Ring!
Women's boxing is a
sport that a female's desire to be in it is more for the "love"
of it---than trying to make a living at it. There are female
boxers in the sport who have made substantial income, but they
are few and far between.Meet Isra "Raging Beauty" Girgrah:
For those of you who are newer to the sport and did not follow
it when Isra was boxing. She goes by Isra Wynn as of this
date, but WBAN and boxing fans knew her under the name of "Isra
with photos and video
Latest boxing news on Amanda Serrano!
WBAN received a quick
update on world champion Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano who
caught WBAN up to speed on what she is up to! Serrano told WBAN, "I'm on my way
home from the Dominican Republic, where I was promoting my
next fight against Wanda Peña Ozuna that will take place on
February 16th. I have a new promoter, Michael Duzant,
who is awesome by the way. He will be handling mine and my sister's
[Cindy Serrano] boxing career. We are scheduled to fight six
fights this year between me and Cindy. Also we just picked up a few
Latest News on Canadian Boxer
We had an opportunity to connect up with Sandy Tsagouris, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
this week to
find out what she has been up to since her last fight in April
of 2011. Tsagouris fought as a professional from
2004 to 2011. Tsagouris told WBAN the following:..Full
On another topic
this week, we met up with two female boxers, giving boxing fans
some nice updates on them. The first boxer of the week was
Rita Figueroa, and also an "update with a public challenge"
of Melissa Hernandez.
WBAN Review Tidbits for the week
WBAN off line this week due to
took an "eight count" this week when ALL of our sites [including
WBAN] went offline! It was
one of the worst outages for us. We were off line for several
hours. We finally were able to find out what happened from our
server. They had a power surge which affected the server and
all of our sites connected with the server. We were just extremely happy to get
back on the net!
Question of the week: One of the questions that
comes up ever so often is how do we determine which boxers are featured
on WBAN. In answer to that question, it is a combination of
constantly researching boxers on the net, contacting them, or they
contact us through our online forms, emails, etc. IF A BOXER
IS NOT FEATURED....it is more than likely because we do not know how to contact
them, and/or they have never contacted us. [If you are a boxer
and would like to send in a bio with photos, you can send them
directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tragedy in Men's Boxing....Very sad this week with
what happened in Indonesia....There was a fatal tragedy in men's
boxing where 17-year-old Tugabus Sakti was fighting an
opponent 11 years older than him. It was reported that the
referee did not stop the fight on time. Sakti ended up dying
of a cerebral hemorrhage. We have provided a link to the
video, but forewarning, it is a very sensitive video to view.
Okay lastly..Check in next week for "Week Six-WBAN Weekly Review"!
For all the results of the week, you can go directly to our results
segment on WBAN.
To review past reviews:
Week One-WBAN Weekly
Week Two-WBAN Weekly
Week Three-WBAN Weekly
Week Four-WBAN Weekly