(DEC 31) 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 events for the sport that took place on July 11, 2015 in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This
was the second Induction ceremony held for the IWBHF, that was held
in conjunction with the Women's National Golden Gloves
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 an
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. [photos by Mary Ann Owen]
WBAN Story - July of 2015: Katie Taylor elicits apology from WBO
Pro challenger Billy Joe Saunders after his outrageous anti-female
English Boxer Billy Joe Saunders hit
the headlines in Britain and Ireland last week with an
outrageous statement on women who box with these weasel words on iFL TV :
“I think women are there for sex every night; hard sex.
Cleaning, cooking, washing, and sex. They’re not there to put on
headgear and get punched. That’s my opinion on women, but I’m
just a sex maniac.”
Cool Story of the Week: Maureen Shea
spoke at the "Taking a Punch out of Domestic Violence"
Event - Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity"
held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition
Against Domestic Violence.
The intent was to connect advocates
across the nation who were working to end violence against women
and their children. Maureen Shea spoke at the
"Taking a Punch out of Domestic Violence" Event.
Women Behind Boxing: Up and
Close with Jean Dancy - WBAN had the pleasure of meeting
up with Jean Dancy--and we
were absolutely fascinated at her background in the sport
outside the ring. WBAN for many years have not only
covered women boxers, both amateurs and pros----but women
outside the ring, and behind Boxing."
Jean didn't just meet Ali, at one time she was the only female
boxing manager in his Deer Lake training camp! Later she became
a boxing promoter. As a sports-writer, and boxing
enthusiast, Dancy has connected with some of the most elite
boxers, trainers, and promoters in the history of the sport.
That list includes Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman,
Don King, Evander Holyfield, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, and the
Cool Story on WBAN: The boxing
industry is full of vibrant, intelligent, strong women, and on
the morning of the Canelo-Cotto mega-fight (Dec. 2), 70
of these women who gathered together at Mandalay Bay to laugh,
network, honored one of boxing’s most dynamic women, Golden
Boy Promotions’ Vice President of Operations, Monica Sears.
Attendees of ‘Stay Golden,’ hosted by “Raging Babe” Michelle
Rosado and “The First Lady of Boxing” Jackie Kallen, sipped
unlimited mimosas at Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill, overlooking
Mandalay’s Lazy River, as Kallen and others addressed the group,
which boasted over 500 years combined boxing experience.
countless stories that WBAN covered
throughout the year, you can go through our
stories to catch all of them!