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One on One Interview
with Amateur Boxer
Ariane Fortin

by Rick McLean
January 31, 2009

(JAN 31) Recently I was able to interview some of the world’s best amateur boxers who hail from Canada. This list included Ariane Fortin of Quebec in addition to Mary Spencer, Mandy Bujold and Jacqueline Park of Ontario. All four women are multi time national champions and have represented Canada very successfully in all regions of the globe.  Full Story

Mcleod-Wells to make Pro Debut!
January 28, 2009

(JAN 28) On February 3, 2009, at the  Masonic Temple in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, Keisher “Fire” Mcleod-Wells the former, a two-time World Amateur Champion will make her pro debut. She is set to fight Treasure Saunders.  Press Release

Holly Holm Vs. Myriam Lamare 10-round bout Video Streamed on WBAN!
January 28, 2009

(JAN 28) WBAN has video-streamed the 10-round WIBA World title bout, between Holly Holm vs. Myriam Lamare that took place on Friday, January 23, 2009, at the Isleta Casino & Resort, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The video is on the WBAN Records members site.  Lucia Rijker trained Lamare while Lamare was in the United States for about three weeks, she was in New Mexico, and working the corner of Lamare.  More

Layla McCarter Earns AA Degree
January 27, 2009

(JAN 27) WBAN would like to CONGRATULATE Layla McCarter, as she has just earned her AA Degree, in Criminal Justice!  McCarter has worked hard outside the ring to earn her college degree.

Women's Boxing Card in Trinidad
January 26, 2009

(JAN 26) On March 7, 2009, at the Jean Pierre Sports Cplx, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.  On the card, Ria Ramnarine (9-4-0, 2 KO), will be fighting Maribel Zurita (10-8-2, 0 KO), [WBAN #11 ranked flyweight], in a 10-round WIBA Interim Jr. Flyweight title bout.  Full Story

Two Women’s Bouts on Uruguay Card
January 25, 2009

(JAN 25) On Friday night, at the Hotel Conrad, in Maldonado, Uruguay, there were two women’s bouts on the card. In one bout, Chris Namus, 137¾, won a six-round unanimous decision over Maria Elena Maderna, 137¾. The final judges scores were 60-56, 60-55, and 60-55.  Full Story

WBAN Just Added Rochelle Okoye!
January 25, 2009

 (JAN 25) WBAN has just "New Boxer On the Scene" Rochelle Okoye, 1-0-0, in the Boxers Profile Segment. Okoye has a very interesting background about her gymnastics background, leading into boxing. To Read about Okoye, Go here

Holm Wins By Decision over Lamare
Photo: Chris Cozzone
January 24, 2009

(JAN 24) Last night at the Isleta Casino and Resort, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Holly Holm, 145.5,  won a 10-round unanimous decision over Myriam Lamare, 144.5, of France.  The two were fighting for the WIBA Welterweight..Full Story

Kazumi Izaki to take on WBC super flyweight champion at 45
January 24, 2009

 (JAN 24) YOKOHAMA -- Kazumi Izaki, a 45-year-old female flyweight boxer ranked 13th by the World Boxing Council (WBC), will be..LInk to Mainichi Daily News

Hutlin Spars With Vic Darchinyan in Las Vegas
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
January 24, 2009
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(JAN 24) Yesterday at the world famous Johnny Tocco's gym in Las Vegas, Donatella Hultin, a swedish amateur, got an opportunity to spar with  WBC/WBA/IBF world champion Vic Darchinyan.  Darchinyan is preparing for his February 7th title defense in Anaheim, California,  against former champion Jorge Arce. Donatella will be ringside for his fight. Full Story

Gerula to fight Raika in Japan
January 24, 2009

(JAN 24) Canadian Olivia Gerula, will be venturing into Tokyo, Japan, to fight Japanese boxer former WBC lightweight champion Fujin Raika. The fight will take place on March 3rd. Raika just returned to Japan after training in New York.

Press Conference: Holm vs. Lamare
by Sue TL Fox
January 22, 2009

(JAN 22) Yesterday at the Isleta Casino and Resort, in New Mexico, the press conference was held for tomorrow nights card, which will feature Holly Holm vs. Myriam Lamare, of France. Holm and Lamare will be fighting for the WIBA Welterweight title in a 10-rounder.  Full Story

Dahlen to Rematch Graf in Germany
January 21, 2008

(JAN 21) On March 7, 2009, on the “Universum Champions Night“ in Dresden, Germany, Alesia Graf, 22-1-0 (9KO), of Stuttgart, will have a rematch with Magdalena Dahlen, 9-1-0 (3 KO). The two will be fighting for the WIBF and GBU Junior ..Full Story

Tissen and Kaloki to fight for a GBC Title and WHY one might ask..
January 21, 2009

(JAN 21) WBAN received reliable information yesterday, that Elina Tissen, of Germany is vying for another title shot----this time fighting for the GBC Super Bantamweight Championship against Kenya’s Benedetta Kaloki. The fight is set to take place at the Warendorf Nordhein-Westfalen in Germany, this weekend on January 24th.  Full Story

Women's Boxing: "The Future Lies Ahead"
by Bernie McCoy
January 19, 2009

(JAN 19) As the sport of Women's boxing staggered back to it's corner after the 2008 round, I thought of Mort Sahl's long ago, ingenuous line. The future of the sport does lie ahead. That may be the best thing that can be said about Women's boxing and it's future.  Full Story

Raika recently in New York to Train with Hernandez
January 20, 2009

(JAN 20) World Champion Emiko Raika of Japan, came to New York recently to train with World Champion and boxing trainer Melissa Hernandez, at Gleason’s Gym. [Raika returned to Japan, and will be there until after her upcoming fight takes place in February.]  Full Story

Women's fights
In Ferndale

Photos and Story
by Mike Blair
January 19, 2008

(JAN 18) The Silver Reef Casino filled half of the fight card on January 17th with women’s bouts. Six women, three fights, two of the rematches, and two Northwest belts resulted in just about everything a fight fan would like to see.  Full Story

Menzer Retains Titles!
by Torben L./Denmark
January 18, 2009
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(JAN 18) Last night in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ina Menzer, 125¾, retained her WIBF/WBC belts by defeating Esther Schouten, 125¾,  by a 10-round unanimous decision. Judges scores: 98-96, 97-93, and 97-93.  Full Story

Johnson to rematch McConnell in night of women fights
January 17, 2009

(JAN 17) FERNDALE, WA – Tonight Tammie 'Tasmanian Devil' Johnson (3-1) of Lynnwood, Wash., will try to avenge her only loss when she rematches Molly McConnell (9-1) of Portland for the Washington State Light Welterweight Championship at Silver Reef Casino.  Full Story

New Segment on WBAN: Book Listing
January 17, 2009

(JAN 17) WBAN has just added a new segment on WBAN, that will have a listing of any and all books about boxing, that is related to Women's Boxing.  We have begun the listing, with links to reviews, and other pertinent information ..Full Story

Harding Not Fighting, Still Appearing
January 16, 2008
Photo: John Harrell

(JAN 16) Tonya Harding has had her scheduled boxing exhibition at Donofrio Entertainment's "TURF WARS" cage fight event (on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan) cancelled, due to Michigan Commission regulations concerning combining professional boxing..Full Story

Open Letter to the Open Letters
By Arnie "Tokyo" Rosenthal
January 15, 2008
Photo: Rosenthal(R)

(JAN 15) Hi- been a while since I've been on WBAN but haven't stopped reading it daily even since AROTO [A Ring of their Own]  has been on "sabbatical".  Nor have I lost my passion for women's boxing. And passion is what led me to this "essay". I've been both impressed and inspired by some of the open letters that have appeared on the site. I always said...Open Letter

McGee to fight Mohs
January 15, 2009

(JAN 15) WBAN received a press release yesterday, with news that Mary McGee, 15-0 (9KO), will be fighting Jessica Mohs,  on January 23, 2009, at the Radisson Hotel, at the Star Plaza, in Merrillville, Indiana.  McGee's last fight was on August 3, 2008, while Mohs last fought on September 11th, 2008, but both feel that this fight is shaping up to be a card-stealer.  Full Story

St. John to be featured in Celebrity Exhibition Bout
January 14, 2009

(JAN 14) On January 31, 2008, in Laramie, Wyoming, on the Tommy Morrison card,  Mia "The Knockout" St. John will be featured on the card in a celebrity exhibition bout. St. John will be in the ring with middleweight Veronica Mahling, and will be wearing head gear, with 14 oz. gloves with the much heavier Mahling.  Full Story

Two Women's Bouts on Uruguay Card
January 14, 2009

(JAN 14) On January 23, 2009, at the Hotel Conrad Resort and Casino, in the city of Punta Del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay, they will feature a boxing card that will include two women’s bouts on the card. In one bout, Chris Namus will be fighting Maria Maderno. In a second women’s match..Full Story

Latest Update on Elena Tverdokhleb
January 14, 2009

(JAN 14)  WBAN received some news on Elena Tverdokhleb of the Ukraine this week. Elena had a baby girl in 2008, and plans to get back into the boxing gym. WBAN congratulates Elena on her new addition to her family!

Open Letter: Nicole Woods
January 13, 2009

(JAN 13)  I have been researching women’s sports for some time now and would like to share my opinion with everyone. Kaliesha “ Wild Wild” West Open Letter is a good place to start the dialogue concerning the condition of the sport. I’m encouraged to hear someone with the same passion about the sport of women’s boxing.  Full Story

Another Boxer Killed in Car Accident this Month
January 12, 2009

(JAN 12) Yesterday in Aliwal North, world featherweight boxing champion, Mdantsane-born Ludumo Galada, 26 years old, was killed in a car accident. Galada was driving a Toyota Tazz, and was traveling from Johannesburg when the ..Full Story

Gladney Wins Pro Debut
January 12, 2009

(JAN 12) On Saturday night at the Radisson Hotel, in Columbia, South Carolina, Angel Gladney, 131, of Columbia, won by a first round TKO over her opponent Mercedes Gray, 131, of Wilson, North Carolina. Full Report,  Go Here.

Request for Feedback from Boxing Community
by Sue TL Fox
January 11, 200

(JAN 11) WBAN has been in communication with Laura Saperstein, a boxer from the UK.  In addition to boxing, Laura also designs Muay Thai and Boxing attire. She has spoken to me about WBAN having available to boxers unique WBAN Boxing shorts, and she designed a prototype for me to show to the public. Full Story

Latest News on Rola El-Halabi
January 11, 200

(JAN 11) European Champion Rola El-Halabi, of Ulm, was in Magdeburg December 9-28, where she had the opportunity to spar with Esther Schouten from Holland. The former World Champion Schouten made..Full Story

Tonight: Gladney makes pro debut
January 10, 2009

(JAN 10) Tonight at the Radisson Hotel, in Columbia, South Carolina, Angel Gladney, 130, of Columbia, will be making her pro debut against Mercedes Gray, 130, of Wilson, North Carolina. To check out the weigh-in and full bout card, Go Here.

Open Letter to the Boxing Community from K “Wild Wild” West
January 9, 2009

(JAN 9) I would first off like to give a huge thanks to God and all of my friends, family, and fans that have been by my side since day one, and continue to support me down this rough road to glory! It is now 2009 which will hopefully be good for female boxing; however, I have a chip on my..Full Story

Lamare Lands in the U.S.
Source/Press Release
January 9, 2009

(JAN 9) Myriam Lamare, of France, arrived in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, in her anticipated match against Holly Holm, that will take place on January 23, 2009, at the Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Full Story

Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions to Hold Open Workout
January 8, 2009

(JAN 8) Hackensack, NJ - The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions will stage an open workout on January 12, 2009 at 1:00 PM EST at the Police Athletic League of Bergen County in Hackensack, NJ. The PAL is located at 284 Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack, NJ. The media event is in support of the January 22 boxing event entitled "Knockout Night" at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ.  Full Story

Pricscilla Trompowsky Added to WBAN!
January 7, 2009

(JAN 7) WBAN has just added new boxer on the scene, bantamweight Priscilla "Gata" Trompowsky, to the Boxers Profile Segment.  Priscilla was born in Rio de Janeiro, and is now in   Toronto, Ontario.  Full Biography

Tonya Harding Returns to Boxing?
Photo: Sue Fox
January 7, 2009

(JAN 7) In the local news media (freep.com), in Detroit, Michigan, they are reporting that Tonya Harding has been added to a Mixed Martial Arts Extreme Cage Fight War card on January 24, 2008 at the palace. She would be boxing, but no...Full Story

Olympics 2012: Join Forces to Help Organization
January 5, 2009

(JAN 5) WBAN received a letter from Christy Halbert, Director, Boxing Resource Center, and co-founder of LetThemBox.org. 
Halbert told WBAN the following, “2009 will be an exciting year for boxing and for LetThemBox.org.  By October of this year we will know if women's boxing events have been added to the 2012 Olympic Games.  Full Story

Salandy Dies in Traffic Accident
January 4, 2009

(JAN 4) WBAN has just learned that multi-world champion 21-year old Giselle Salandy, of Trinidad and Tobago, died this morning, after she was involved in a vehicle accident on Beetham Highway (located on the outskirts of Port of Spain. Salandy was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries at about 8:29 a.m.  Full Story

WBAN's January 2009 Rankings!
January 4, 2009

(JAN 4) Dee Williams has posted the latest WBAN January 2009 rankings.  This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings, and they are independent ratings. January Rankings

WBAN Announces the 2008 Yearly Awards
January 4, 2009

 (JAN 4) There were some very tough picks due to the many excellent boxers in the sport.  We have some of the good, the bad, and not so good in 2008!  To check out the awards, go here

All-Women’s Boxing Gym in Austin
By Sue TL Fox
January 3, 2009
Photo: Official website

(JAN 3) Looks like there is quite a treat for women boxers who live in the vicinity of Austin, Texas. There is an All-Women’s Boxing gym that is suited for all levels of boxers. Austin Boxing Babes offers classes and camps for all levels of interested boxers. The gym is located at 3401-A ...Full Story

Tonight: Sisuk to fight Sithkrumad
January 2, 2009

(JAN 2, 2009) Tonight at the Rimbung Market, in Bangkok, Thailand, Chirawadee Sisuk [aka: Winyu Paradorn Gym], 7-2-1 (1KO), of Pisanulok, Thailand, will be fighting Petchsifah Sithkrumad, 0-2-0 in a six rounder on the undercard.


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