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Independent inquiry now urgently needed if AIBA boxing is to regain public confidence
by Michael O'Neill
January 28, 2017

(JAN 28) On Saturday, as a service to our readers we published an AIBA Press Release into the events in Rio which brought the Olympic boxing tournament into disrepute – that Press Release concluded that “Whilst the Special Investigation found no active interference in the results, AIBA moved quickly to identify those involved and took the necessary steps to ensure its officials will no longer become scapegoats for close decisions which are an inherent aspect of the sport.”  Full Story

AIBA Special Investigation Committee Statement
Source/AIBA PR
January 27, 2017

(JAN 27)  The AIBA Special Investigation Committee (SIC), consisting of experts from its Refereeing and Judging (R&J), Technical and Rules, as well as Disciplinary Commissions, has concluded its investigation into the practices and procedures of officials during the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament. The SIC’s recommendations for improvements to R&J structure for the Tokyo 2020 Cycle are already ...Full Story

Boxing: Statement from England Boxing and confirmation from IABA
by Michael O'Neill
January 25, 2017

(JAN 25) Following the grave concern expressed by parents and children as a result of the AIBA’s announcement on ‘no headgear’ for women and other categories of Boxer, some good news just through from two Associations in Europe, Boxing England and the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA). Full Story

New Zealand:  Meleisea vs Helu II confirmed
by Benjamin Watt
January 24, 2017

(JAN 24)  Today Andrew Herrett and Vasco Kovačević have announced the rematch between Arlie Meleisea and Nailini Helu will happen at the ABA Stadium on March 10th in Auckland,  New Zealand. The rematch will be for the vacant New Zealand (NZPBA Version) and vacant UBF asia pacific female heavyweight titles.  Full Story

Two Female Bouts Featured on California Card!
Photo credits: Brett Ostrowski
January 24, 2017

(JAN 24) On Saturday night (January 21, 2017) at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California, Jamie "The Miracle" Mitchell, 120, making her pro debut, won a four-round unanimous decision over Dalia "La Pantera" Gomez, 120, who was also making her pro debut.  Final judges scores were 35-37.  Both are former amateurs, in what the sport is seeing a trend of amateurs turning pro.  Full Story with photos/video

Selina Barrios Scores Spectacular Knockout in Pro Debut
Source/Mario Serrano/PR
Photo Credits:
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January 23, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 23, 2017) - This past Saturday in her pro debut at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, on the "Famoso's Night of Champions" card in San Antonio, TX, hometown native, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (1-0, 1 KO), scored a spectacular first round knockout against, Tammy Franks (2-27-1).  Full Story

Nicola Adams Turns Pro in UK - another massive blow for AIBA
by Michael O'Neill
January 23, 2017

(JAN 23) A further boost for the sport came today with news that Double Olympic champion, Nicola Adams OBE has turned professional in the United Kingdom.  Nicola announced her decision to turn professional with Hall of Fame Promoter Frank Warren.  Full Story

AIBA 'removes' Headguards for women including youths and children from 1 January 2018
by Michael O'Neill
January 21, 2017

 International Boxing Association (AIBA) Press Releases are noted more for what they do NOT tell us than what they do but even so the fact that there was no formal Press Release following December’s Executive Committee meeting in Switzerland did ring ‘ alarm bells’ in several countries. Such meetings usually agree any major changes in the sport but nothing was heard until a New Year message to the faithful from AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo Wu on 9th January and even that did not mention removal of headgear.  Full Story

Update: Jackie Nava to Fight Ana Lozano when she returns to the February 4th!

(JAN 18)  WBAN has just learned that Jackie "La Princesa Azteca" Nava, 32-4-3 (14KO), will be fighting Ana Lozano when she returns to the ring on February 4, 2017, at the Centro De Convenciones, Rosarito, Baja California.   Nava will be fighting in a ten rounder.  Nava last fought in February 2015, when she stopped Mayra Gomez in the sixth round of a ten round bout. 

Top Female Boxing Champions who have fought for the Prestigious WBAN belt  - Past and Present
by Sue TL Fox
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
January 16, 2017

(JAN 17)  This last weekend, on January 14th, at the Barclay's Center, in New York, we had the privilege to have our independent WBAN World title belt on the line when Amanda Serrano fought Yazmin Rivas.  The WBAN belt can only be fought by top boxers in our ratings, and it must accompany a Federation Belt on the line in the bout.  Thus far, the WBAN Belt has been fought with most of the federations on these top-notch world title bouts.  Full Story with photos

A Diamond In The Rough
Source/WBAN Resource Team
January 16,, 2017
Photo Courtesy:
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Debuting professionally at the tender age of 14 (February 27, 2010), Dayana "Diamante" Cordero is certainly a "Diamond in the Rough."
Cordero, born on December 18, 1995, in Caucasia, Columbia, fell in love with the sport at a very early age. By the time she was 7 or 8 years old she was already boxing with the local boys in her town. The lack of financial support in her household forced Dayana to work but boxing was her passion and at the age of 14 she turned pro defeating a much seasoned fighter in Maria Andrea Miranda.   Full Story

Amanda Serrano Successfully Defends her WBO title and adds the WBC Diamond and WBAN Belt to her Arsenal
by Sue TL Fox
January 15, 2017

(JAN 15) Last night at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano won a 10-round unanimous decision against Yazmin Rivas where she was defending her  Junior Featherweight WBO world title, in addition for the WBC Diamond belt, and the WBAN Independent belt.  The Judges scored 97-93, 98-92, 99-91 for Serrano. Full Story

Tonight:  Huge Fight in Women’s Boxing to take Place in New York!
January 14, 2017
Top photo/Videocap

(JAN 14) Tonight at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano will be facing Yazmin Rivas in a ten-round bout where she will be defending her Junior Featherweight WBO world title, in addition for the WBC Diamond belt, and the WBAN Independent belt. The boxing card... Full Story

Selina Barrios to Make Pro Debut Jan, 21 in San Antonio
Source/Press Release
January 13, 2017

(JAN 13) SAN ANTONIO, TX  - Amateur standout, Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios, sister of undefeated lightweight sensation, Mario Barrios (17-0, 9 KOs), is set to make her pro debut on January, 21, 2017. The fight will take place at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, on the "Famoso's Night of Champions" card in San Antonio, TX, presented by former world champion, Carlos "El Famoso" Hernandez. Selina will face, ..... in a four-round bout.  Full Story

The Mission Of Fast-Tracked Femke Hermanns Continues
January 12, 2017

(JANUARY 12)  If you are a close follower of women´s professional boxing, you may or may not be familiar with Femke Hermans. In any case, the undefeated 26-year-old from Londerzeel, Belgium is adamant that the boxing-world will take serious notice of her very soon. 
On Saturday January 21 in Asse, around fifteen kilometers from Brussels, she squares off with extremely experienced Bulgarian Borislava Goranova for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Middleweight title in what will be only her fourth...Full Story

Women's Boxing confirmed for 2023 Canada Games in Prince Edward Island (PEI)
by Michael O'Neill
January 10, 2016

(JAN 10)  Great news for Canada’s boxing stars and administrators with confirmation tonight that women’s boxing will be included in the 2023 Canada Games to be held on Prince Edward Island (P.E.I).  It is the first time that women’s boxing has been included in the Winter Games and Boxing Canada has been fighting hard for its inclusion. A statement from the Canada Games organisers tonight confirmed the news and the process.  Full Story

2017 International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Announced 
Press Release
January 9, 2017

(JAN 9) The International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) is proud to announce our 2017 IWBHF Inductees.  Those to be honored include Eileen Eaton (posthumous); Holly Holm; Daisy Lang; Ria Ramnarine; Ana Marie Torres; and Ada Velez  Full Story

Saturday - January 14th:  Amanda Serrano Defends WBO Junior Featherweight World title--and WBAN makes a Mark in New York
January 8, 2017

(JAN 8)  Women's boxing is beginning in 2017 with a very exciting world title fight that will take place next Saturday on January 14, 2017.  We have Amanda Serrano vs. Yazmin Rivas fighting for the (Independent/award) WBAN world title, with Serrano defending her WBO Junior Featherweight world title, and the special WBC (super bantam) Diamond belt in this Five-Star rated bout. The fight will be aired on Showtime Extreme.  Full Story

2017 Golden Girl tournament set for record entry in Borås, Sweden
by Michael O'Neill
January 5, 2017
Photos:   Facebook

(JAN 5) The European boxing season begins in earnest in February when the 2017 Golden Girl tournament takes place in Boras, Sweden between 3 and 5 February.  As of early January, some 180 boxers have entered and plenty of time for more to join since the closing date is 1 February.  Full Story

WBAN Honors our Top Female Boxers in our January 2017 ratings that are listed in Each Weight Class Category!
by Sue TL Fox
January 3, 2017

(JAN 3) As we announced in 2016,  WBAN began to publish the BoxRec female rankings on a continuing monthly basis. We would like to give a huge congratulations to our Number #1 boxers who are starting out the NEW YEAR 2017 as our #1 rated boxers!  Full Story

WBAN November World Ratings ---Adopted the BoxRec World ratings
By Sue TL Fox
January 3, 2017

(JAN 3)   WBAN has just published our JANUARY 2017 World ratings.  Link to current ratings.    As we reported in October of 2016, and effective immediately on that date, WBAN will publish the BoxRec female rankings on a continuing monthly basis. To review our press release on this new change to here:..Full Story

2016 WBAN Yearly Awards:  The "Best" , The "Hottest" to the "Nott-est"!
January 2, 2017


 (JAN 2, 2017) Another year has gone by and it is time to have the "Hot" and "Nots" Picks for 2016! This year was one of the most difficult years to determine our TOP picks. WBAN has elected to list more than one boxer in certain categories to give our due respect for those fighters who have worked hard throughout the year to qualify for that top pick!  Full Story

Nicola Adams 'Honoured' in Queen's New Years List in UK
by Michael O'Neill
January 1, 2017

(JAN 1, 2017)   WBAN sends warmest congratulations to Great Britain’s Olympic Flyweight Gold Medallist from London 2012 and Rio 2016 on her being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Queen’s New Year Honours List announced this week.  Full Story






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