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JUNE 2016

Esmeralda "Joya" Moreno to face Yessica "Kika" Chavez for WBC title
June 30, 2016
Photo Credits: WBC

(JUNE 30)  Exciting news on the net on the WBC website, that ex- World Boxing Council (WBC)  light flyweight champion, Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno, will get another title opportunity  at the International Oasis Arena Cancun on July 23rd fighting the current WBC flyweight Empress Yessica “Kika” Chavez.  [This will be a very interesting on top-notch fight on the card for sure, with potential high-energy boxing action].  Full Story

Raging Babe Brunch New York, New York, a Success, Duva Honored
Source/Press Release
June 30, 2016

(JUNE 30)  NEW YORK - Inspiration was in the air June 11th as the women of boxing gathered at Seven Bistro for The Raging Babe Brunch, New York, New York, Raging Babe Events' seventh gathering of its kind, designed to break barriers and leverage contacts to conduct business and build friendships. The gathering was the ...Full Story

Tripartite Commission Places allocated to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia & Panama
by Michael O'Neill
June 29, 2016

(JUNE 29)  We now know which countries have been awarded the Tripartite Commission places for Rio 2016.  The Olympic Games Tripartite Commission, comprising the IOC, ANOC and ASOIF and designed to provide smaller NOCs with the opportunity to compete at Olympic Games, has awarded its places for the 2016 Olympic Women’s Boxing competition to Central African Republic, Federated States of Micronesia and Panama in the 51 kg, 60 Kg and 75 kg ...Full Story

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold Premieres on Independent Lens -Tuesday, August 2, 2016 on PBS
Source/Press Release
Photo/Courtesy T-Rex
June 27, 2016

(San Francisco, CA) – T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, MI. Sheilds was just 17 years old when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012 — the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and produced by Sue Jaye Johnson, the film’s broadcast is timed to coincide with Claressa’s return to the Olympic boxing ring at the Rio de Janeiro games this summer. The film premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 10:00-11:30 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.  Full Story

History made in Venezuela:  All Women's Boxing Card
June 25, 2016
Photo Credit: Facebook/
Boxeo de Campeones

(JUNE 25)  On Saturday night, June 18, 2016, at the Polideportivo José María Vargas, La Guaira, Venezuela, history was made when the WBA presented an all-female card, featuring six female bouts, with four WBA world championships and three WBA Regional titles.  WBAN was told that not only was it an all-female boxing card, but that the referees, judges, time keeper, etc, were all female. ...Full Story

Which boxers will get the Tripartite Commission places for Rio? Will India's Mary Kom be included?
by Michael O'Neill
June 25, 2016

(JUNE 25)   The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has confirmed to WBAN that an announcement will be made Monday as to which countries have been allocated the remaining women’s slots in Rio 2016. As we have said here before, and repeat again, it is inconceivable that the...Full Story

Five-time AIBA World champion Mary Kom 'snubbed' by AIBA for Rio slot
by Michael O'Neill
June 24, 2016

(JUNE 24) Indian media sources are yesterday reporting that the 5 times AIBA World champion – and AIBA’s own Ambassador- Mary Kom has been ‘denied’ a ‘wildcard’ place in Rio 2016.  As yet, despite widespread media speculation, throughout the world, no official comment from the AIBA. The good news...Full Story

Five-Time World Champion Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback Optimistic About Fighting on a Major U.S. Fight Card on HBO
by WBAN Resource Team
June 24, 2016
Video of Hallback

(JUNE 24) During a 19-year professional career as a prize fighter, Chevelle Hallback has accumulated a record of 30 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws.  In her trajectory, Chevelle ...Full Story

Zanfer Promotions Welcomes Sulem Urbina Soto
Source/Press Release
June 24, 2016

(JUNE 24)   With an impressive track record in amateur boxing of over 90 fighting, Sulem Urbina now begins preparation for her professional debut on July 30th 2016 led by the company Zanfer Promotions, and joins Box Azteca, La Casa del Boxing Sulem Urbina signs with Zanfer Promotions.  Sulem Urbina promised her deceased brother that she would represent Mexico in the 2016 Rio Olympics and then become a World...Full Story

Samantha Guzman:  The latest on Former National Golden Gloves Champion!
June 23, 2016

(JUNE 23)  WBAN caught up with Former National Golden Gloves champion, Samantha Guzman, and we have a latest update on this Guzman. She has just recently earned a Bachelors of Science degree in marketing from Elmhurst College in Illinois.  Full Story

WBC Continues their efforts for Women in Boxing
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President/
son of Jose Sulaiman
June 22, 2016

(JUNE 22) On the WBC Boxing website there is an encouraging letter by President Mauricio Sulaiman, son of Jose Suliaman in regards to women's boxing.  The letter said the following: Women´s boxing is a reality. Those pioneers who had to overcome so many obstacles, abuse and discrimination in all forms and manners can..Full Story

Sahin and Kreiskott Takes Center Stage In WBF Double
June 17, 2016

(JUNE 17)  Female Strawweight star Oezlem Sahin and local Heavyweight Werner Kreiskott are set to be the two main attractions on a show in Velbert, Germany this Saturday, June 18, when both fight for World Boxing Federation (WBF) titles at the EMKA Sportzentrum. Sahin, a former two-time world champion born in Turkey but now residing in Ludwigsburg..Full Story

The field is set for Rio 2016 - almost!
by Michael O'Neill
June 8, 2016

(JUNE 8)  Following the 2016 AIBA Women’s World championships at the Barys Arena in Astana last month we now know the names of the majority of boxers who will be representing their countries in Rio in August. After the second, and final, qualifying event for women boxers taking place in Astana, 33 Olympians are known, and only three remain to be determined.  The 33 known..Full Story

Alicia Napoleon Comes to a Crossroad
by Bernie McCoy
June 5, 2016

(JUNE 5)  Every professional fighter who participates in the sport of boxing, no matter how long, or what level of success they achieve in the ring, share many experiences as their careers unfold: long hours training in the gym for a short burst of the spotlight in a professional ring, the necessity to block out the pain that comes with that training and the pain, that inevitably...Full Story

Boxing: AIBA rules amended so that Pro boxers - but Males only - can compete in Rio 2016
by Michael O'Neill
June 4, 2016

(JUNE 4)  There’s widespread anger in AIBA and Professional boxing circles following the news from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) that Professional boxers can now stake a claim for a place in Rio 2016.   Full Story






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