Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent:
Open Statement in regards to her relinquishing her WIBA Title Belt
September 6, 2014
(SEPT 6) With regards to the
issue of being stripped of the WIBA Women's Super bantamweight
title and my issue with Ryan Wissow [President of the WIBA], I
would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight.
There is some confusion as to what happened and where we stand.
Mr. Wissow made disparaging remarks [Social Network/Twitter]
about women's boxing and specific women in this great sport.
After I defended my peers and the sport of women's boxing, Mr.
Wissow threatened to strip me of my title. [Shelly Vincent
won the vacant WIBA super bantamweight title on May 17, 2013 at
the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island].
In lieu of this information, I voluntarily forfeited the WIBA
championship. It has been well documented as to what Mr. Wissow
said and who he said it about. I do not think there is any place
in this sport or in general for such comments and attitude
towards women and women's boxing.
I feel that representing an organization that condones and
tolerates such actions and views would be unscrupulous in terms
of women's boxing and women in general. I do not condemn the
WIBA as an organization, just the individual in this case.
Going forward I will not represent the WIBA as long as Mr.
Wissow is affiliated with this organization. It is time for
women of this sport to be taken seriously and respected for the
hard work and dedication that we invest in the sport we love.
Opinions and disgusting comments such as those made by Mr.
Wissow [Social Network/Twitter] only help to suppress the growth
of the women's divisions.
I would like to thank those who have reached out and supported
my decision. To my fellow female boxers, we must continue to
work hard and elevate our sport to its highest possible level
and strive for the respect that women's boxing deserves.
WBAN's Comment: Apparently Vincent is not the only female boxer taking a stand and speaking out on
what they feel is not right in the world of women's boxing in
what has been said on the social media, and they are openly
protesting with spreading the word on the subject.
A new Facebook was just opened about this topic and these
fighters, world champions, and the boxing community are airing
Group Topic is called: "The Truth about the WIBA".
They are determined to expose what is happening in regards to