(DEC 25) First off I would
like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and have a Happy
New Year. It has been quite a year in 2015. There has been
some definite ups and down in the sport throughout the year.
In 2015, we saw the International
Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) Induction Ceremony as one of
the top positive events for the sport that took place on
July 11, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The IWBHF
was created and founded in 2014 (WBAN via myself). This
was the second Induction ceremony held for this organization.
(Some highlight thumbnail photos below taken by many in
attendance). The IWBHF held this in conjunction to an
excellent amateur tournament, the Women's National Golden Gloves
2015, that took place from July 6 to July 11. The IWBHF
had the conclusion of the event with the attendees going to the
finals of the amateur boxing event. Another great year for
Bonnie Canino and Yvonne Reis who put this event on.
In another great event, where we
had a female boxer giving back to the sport, WBO flyweight champion
Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) held her first ever all-female
amateur boxing tournament in her native city of Tijuana this
past Saturday, February 7th. Held at the city-run gym adjacent
to the Municipal Auditorium, over ten amateur fights were held
to determine champs in five categories.
Cool story that took place in
2015 - While on break from training with Mexico’s national
boxing team at the Olympic Center in Mexico City, Sulem Urbina, Mexico’s amateur
representative at flyweight, participated in various National
Football League charity and celebrity events centered around
Super Bowl XLIX. The events included the Players and Pets
Charity Party, Wounded Warriors Amputee Football Game (WWAFT),
Knockout Bullying Day Event, Madden Bowl, Super Brawl Showdown,
and DirecTV’s Super Bowl Party. Urbina, a twenty-four year old,
Mexican born, U.S. resident, and a 2016 Olympic hopeful, talked
about her busy week in Arizona. She said, “I really enjoyed all
the events last week. Each event touched my heart in different
ways, allowed me to give back, and meet so many new people.”
Cool story that took place in
2015 - India’s five times World champion and Olympic
Bronze medallist Mary Kom spent
International Women’s Day in Europe visiting the Olympic Museum
in Lausanne, Switzerland at the invitation of the International
Olympic Committee. As a bronze medallist at the
Olympic Games London 2012 and the third Indian woman to win an
individual medal at the Games, Kom has made a name for herself
both inside and outside the ring as a fantastic athlete and an
inspiration to countless girls and women in her country.
Historical Event in New York:
On May 15, history was made as the New York State Athletic
Commission and Ronson Frank/Uprising Promotions, supported their
women in boxing. Susan Merlucci Reno rematched Paula
Ortiz. In their first meeting the rounds were fast and furious
and too close for two of the three judges to call. They fought
four 2-minute rounds. Now these women had 18 minutes to
strategize, set traps and box, not just punch.
Cool story in 2015 - In July of
2015, Stephen Blea, got an opportunity to o see the work of Asako Tonaril while
he was in Japan
working the WBC Female Mini-Flyweight World Title fight in
Osaka, Japan, between Yuko Kuroki & Masae Akitaya.
At this present time, Asako is the only female working in
Japan as a Referee. When Asako, came in she was the second
female, other than another woman who is now is gone. Blea
did an excellent interview of Tonaril.
Cool Story of the
year - In August of 2015, at the Linq Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Nevada Boxing
Hall of Fame [NVBHOF} held a champions welcome reception. Many
of the inductees were in attendance including Marvin Hagler,
Lennox Lewis & Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.
Las Vegas multi-world Champion Layla McCarter received
award from the NVBHOF "Female Fighter of the year". She also
received a beautiful painting from famous artist Nicolosi Wade
at the NVBHOF Special party.