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JULY 2015

Katie Taylor elicits apology from WBO Pro challenger Billy Joe Saunders after his outrageous anti-female outburst
by Michael O'Neill / Sue Fox
July 30, 2015
Photo: AIBA

(JULY 30) English Boxer Billy Joe Saunders hit the headlines in Britain and Ireland last week with an outrageous statement on women who box...Full Story

Tania Enriquez Ready For Her Next Fight
July 29, 2015

 (JULY 29) Tijuana’s newest female boxing sensation, WBC FECOMBOX flyweight champion Tania Enriquez (5-0, 2KO), is all set for her next fight set for Wednesday, August 5th, at Bar La Wipa in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The young lady of eighteen years of age will be sharing the fight card with fellow Tijuana fighter Abraham “Choko” ....Full Story

PLAY FAIR : A documentary that questions the assumption that women’s fight for full rights in the world of sports is over
By Sue TL Fox
July 28, 2015

 (JULY 28)  There is an excellent documentary that was released on July 15th, on women in sports in Canada.  World Boxing Champion, Olivia Gerula told WBAN, "If you..Full Story

Mandy Bujold, Caroline Veyre & Claressa Shields strike Gold in Pan American Games
by Michael O'Neill
July 27, 2015
Photos: courtesy:
AMBC/AIBA/Raquel Ruiz

 (JULY 27)  The 2015 XV11 PamAm Games came to an end in Toronto on Saturday with Canada’s Mandy Bujold striking Gold on her 28th Birthday in front of her adoring home fans. Minutes later Canada..Full Story

Antonio Vargas Wins Pan American Games Gold and Marlen Esparza Claims Silver in Flyweight Final Round Action
by Julie Goldsticker
July 26, 2015
Photo: Facebook

(JULY 26) TORONTO, CANADA - The American flyweights took the Pan American Games stage in final round action on Saturday at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Men's flyweight Antonio Vargas  Full Story

Claressa Shields Wins the United States' First Ever Pan American Games Gold Medal in Women's Boxing
by Julie Goldsticker
July 25, 2015

(JULY 25) Making history is nothing new to 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and neither is winning gold medals. Shields did both on Friday night in championship round action at the 2015. Full Story

Arizona Boxing News & Notes With Don Smith:
Boxer Gives Back, Valenzuela Ready & More

by Don Smith
July 24, 2015

 (JULY 24) Boxing Fans, Her life reads like a novella: abandoned by a father she never knew, Mikayla Nebel was raised by her mother who remarried and the union produced two daughters. Mikayla felt neglected and grew up alone. Full Story

PanAm Games in Toronto - the story so far and preview of finals
by Michael O'Neill
July 24, 2015
Photo: Raquel Ruiz

(JULY 24) The 2015 PanAm Games boxing tournament reaches its final stages this weekend with all 13 Gold medal bouts taking place Friday and Saturday. Alas there are yet again but three women’s weights in these championships so let us take a look at the competition.. Full Story

Multi-world champion Alejandra Oliveras wants to fight Multi-world champion Chevelle Hallback!
July 23, 2015

(JULY 23) WBAN has been informed that multi-world champions Alejandra "La Locomotora" Oliveras of Argentina and Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback have expressed an interest in competing against each ...Full Story

Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields and Francisco Martinez Clinch Pan American Games Medals with Quarterfinal Victories
by Julie Goldsticker
July 21, 2015

(JULY 21)  TORONTO, CANADA - 2012 Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both made triumphant Pan American Games debuts on Monday afternoon at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Olympic duo clinched medals in their first Pan American Games with wins in Monday afternoon's quarterfinal competition. Bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas) became the fourth U.S. boxer to advance to the semifinals with a TKO win in Monday's evening action. Full Story

Sampson Boxing's Historic 'Las Vegas en el Radisson' Boxing and Poker Show Taking Shape
July 20, 2015

(JULY 20) The boxing side of promoter Sampson Lewkowicz's innovative and historic pairing of two very popular casino sports boxing and poker, entitled "Las Vegas en el Radisson," and scheduled for the week ..Full Story

Heather Hardy to fight on August 1st in Brooklyn
July 20, 2015

(JULY 20) Papua New Guinea’s Philo Magaiva became the first woman to take a boxing Gold medal at the Pacific Games in Port Moresby – indeed two of the three Golds available went to host nation boxers.

Katie Taylor named as 'AIBA Boxer of the Month' at European Games in Baku
by Michael O'Neill
July 18, 2015
Photo: AIBA

 (JULY 18)  The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has named Ireland’s Katie Taylor as its AIBA ‘Boxer of the Month’ (June) following her Gold medal success in the 60kg Lightweight final at the 2015 (inaugural) European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan....Full Story

Asako Tonaril the Only Female Working in Japan as a Referee
by Stephen Blea
July 17, 2015

(JULY 17)   I had the opportunity to see the work of  Asako Tonaril while I was in Japan working the WBC Female Mini-Flyweight World Title fight in Osaka, Japan, between Yuko Kuroki & Masae Akitaya. I was totally impressed by her skills as a Referee! At this present time, Asako is the only female...Full Story

The United States Boxing Team Departs for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
July 17, 2015

 (JULY 17) USA Boxing's Pan American Games team closed their training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday in preparation...Full Story

Chevelle Hallback At the 2015 IWBHF Induction Ceremony
July 17, 2015

(JULY 17) 5x World Female Boxing Champion Chevelle Hallback attended the 2nd International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Pier 66, where in addition to this memorable event, former World Female Boxing Champions Bonnie Canino and Yvonne Reis hosted the 2015 National Women's Golden Gloves.  Full Story

Historic days for women boxers in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
by Michael O'Neill
July 16, 2015

 (JULY 16) The 2015 multi-sports Pacific Games have been taking place since early July in Port Moresby and the historic boxing tournament has now reached the finals weekend in the PNG capital. Insofar as the boxing is concerned, proceedings started Tuesday..Full Story

Eight Inducted Into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame
by Bernie McCoy
July 16, 2015
Photos: Eddie Khoriaty,
Danielle Khoriaty, Abby Rosenberg
Huge Flash Photo Slideshow

(JULY 16) The sport of Women's boxing put it's ceremonial best foot forward on July 11 with the second annual induction ceremony of the sport's Hall of Fame. The ceremony, attended by a sell-out crowd of athletes, boxing officials and fans, was held at the Hyatt ...Full Story

Nikki Adler to defend her WBC Super Middleweight Title
July 15, 2015

(JULY 15) WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Nikki Adler is back in action after a ten month layoff to defend her crown against Szilvia Szabados from Hungary,  at MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The unbeaten 28-year-old (13 fights, 13 wins) was originally scheduled to fight on a small club show on July 4th but her fight was canceled in the last minute.  Full Story

2015 International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame Event
July 12, 2015


 (JULY 12)  I would like to thank each and every one of you that attended this event, we had a full house, and a lot of great fighters, and other greats who work outside the ring. Thank you to all of our sponsors, advertisers, IWBHF Board Members, and the boxing community for such positive support. We will have photos up soon with details.  WBAN

Ireland's 'Golden Girl' reigns supreme on the banks of the Caspian Sea
by Michael O'Neill
July 6, 2015
Photo: Courtesy IABA.ie

 The inaugural European Games boxing programme ended Saturday evening when the final event of the women’s tournament took place at the Crystal Hall in Baku, on the banks of the Caspian Sea. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev was on ....Full Story

WBF Intercontinental Female Featherweight Champion Melanie Zwecker Seeks Her U.S. Debut
Photos Courtesy:
Tom Khun and
Oliver Breckle
July 6, 2015

 It was reported to WBAN recently, that  WBF Intercontinental Female Featherweight Champion Melanie Zwecker is seeking to make her U.S. debut.  There is talk that Melanie Zwecker and her Advisors Michael Siegel and Eddie Montalvo are in the process of ...Full Story






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