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MARCH 2013

Tonight:  Anahi Torres to fight Jasseth Noriega for WBC Youth Title
March 30, 2013

(MAR 30)  Tonight at the Deportivo del Sindicato del Metro , Mexico City, Mexico, Anahi "Pantera" Torres will fight Jasseth Noriega for the WBC Youth Minimumweight title. The bout is for 10 rounds.

Cool Story of the Week: WBAN Patches...
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
March 28, 2013
Mayweather Gym Story

(MAR 28) Yesterday at the Top Rank Gym, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Vegas photographer Mary Ann Owen was covering the Media Open Workout preceding the upcoming boxing event that will take place on an HBO card,  March 30th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino featuring in the Mainliner undefeated Brandon Rios, who will face Mike Alvarado in a rematch.  While Owen was in the gym, she took time to take some great shots with the WBAN Patches of many who were in attendance at the Top Rank Gym at the time [very cool!]...Full Story with photos

Alcivar Cops NY State Title With Win Over Olszewski
by Bernie McCoy
Photo: Facebook
March 28, 2013

(MAR 28) Patty "Boom Boom" Alcivar pounded out an unanimous decision over Eileen Olszewski to win the NY State Women's flyweight title as the main event on Uprising Promotions initial six fight card, Wednesday night, at the Five Star Event Center in Long Island City, Queens, NY, just over the 59th Street Bridge from midtown Manhattan...Full Story

Elena Reid:  Latest Update of this top-notch former boxer!
by Sue TL Fox
March 27, 2013

(MAR 27) This week WBAN had the pleasure of meeting up with Elena "Baby Doll" Reid, a flyweight from Las Vegas, Nevada, who fought from 2000 to 2010.  Elena had over 30 fights as a pro boxer.   Elena's interest in the sport began from an early age and she started boxing at age 15.  She did not compete as an amateur boxer, but began her career in combat sports in karate and kickboxing and won an Arizona state kickboxing title at age 17....Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor 'raises the roof' in Castlebar
by Michael O'Neill
March 26, 2013

On Sunday Katie Taylor and her legion of fans celebrated her 25 – 8 win over Bulgarian champion, Denitsa Eliseeva, in style, by repeating what we saw - and heard - at the XXX Olympiad in London 2012. One of the memorable moments of London 2012 came when Taylor fought and defeated Great Britain’s Natasha Jonas at the ExCeL Arena in London’s Docklands on a never to be forgotten occasion for those of us fortunate enough to be present.  The official statistics show that on that occasion the noise from the near 10,000 fans measured at an ear-blistering 113 decibels, the loudest in any..Full Story

Tori Nelson to fight Maria Lindberg for WIBA Title
March 26, 2013

(MAR 26) This Saturday night, at the Renaissance Hotel, in Washington D.C., Tori Nelson, 6-0-3, of Ashburn, Virginia, will be fighting Maria Lindberg, 8-1-2 (2KO), of Malmo, Sweden, in a 10-rounder for the WIBA middleweight world  title.

Park Won by Decision and Retains IFBA Belt!
March 25, 2013

(MAR 25) Last night at Wolmyeong gymnasium, in Gunsan city, South Korea, Ji-Hyun Park won over Jujeath Nagaowa of the Philippines by a 10-round unanimous decision. Park defended her IFBA Strawweight title.  Official scores 99-91, 98-94. 98-93. 

Video of fight : McMorrow wins by Split Decision! 
March 24, 2013

(MAR 24) Last night at the GETEC Arena, in Magdeburg, Germany, Melissa "Mighty" McMorrow won a 10-round split decision over Nadia Raoui, and successfully defended her WBO and WIBF Flyweight titles.  Final judges scores were 99-91, 96-94 (Raoui}, and 96-94.

AIBA Confirms "No Headgear For Male Boxers" as changes announced to 'boost popularity' of the sport
by Michael O'Neill
March 22, 2013

(MAR 22) Back in 2011, A.I.B.A President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, announced that the amateur sport’s Governing Body was examining ways of making the sport more attractive. Among the items under consideration were a new scoring system, the introduction of AIBA Pro Boxing and also a review of Rules and regulations including equipment used. Two years earlier than that the International Olympic Committee had approved the introduction of women’s boxing, which as we all know, proved to be one of the great success stories of the XXX Olympiad in London 2012...Full Story

Video HighlightsNadia Raoui of Germany
March 21, 2013

 (MAR 21) WBAN just posted an entertaining video of the various highlights of Nadia Raoui's fights, that also has some other footage on the trailer.  Raoui is set to fight on Saturday (March 23) Melissa Mcmorrow. McMorrow is defending her WBO/WIBF Fly belts in 10 rounds of action at the GETEC Arena, in Magdeburg, Germany. Video

The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships to Showcase New Rules and Age Divisions, April 1-6, in Spokane
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
March 21, 2013

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships will be an event unprecedented in the tournament’s prestigious history. For the first time, the nation’s premier Olympic-style boxing event will showcase five different divisions in men’s and women’s action with new age groups being introduced in to national action. The 400-plus boxers currently registered for the tournament will be broken up into the men’s and women’s elite, men’s and women’s youth and men’s senior divisions for the week-long tournament in Spokane, Wash.  Full Story

Yesenia Gomez Delivers Arely Valente's first loss as a pro!
March 19, 2013


(MAR 18) On Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Grand Oasis Resort, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Yesenia Gomez, 107½, won a ten-round unanimous decision over Arely Valente, 110¾. Both from Quintana Roo, delivering Arely her first loss as a pro, and winning the WBC youth Flyweight belt. Final judges scores were 92-98, 93-98, and 93-97.

Results from Germany
March 18, 2013

(MAR 18) On Saturday night at the Sportforum, in Brandenburg, Germany,
Klara Svensson, 140, won by a fifth round KO[0:49] over Rita Kenessey, 140, of Hungary. The bout was scheduled for 10 rounds. In a second female bout, Natalia Smirnova, 129, won by a first round TKO [1:58] over Gabriella Vicze, 123½. The bout was scheduled for four rounds.

Bopp Wins by RTD over Alvarez 
March 17, 2013

(MAR 17) Last night in Concordia, Argentina, light flyweight Yesica Yolanda Bopp, 107½, remained undefeated when she defeated Carolina Alvarez, 107½,  when Alvarez did not come out for the sixth round, and the fight was ruled a RTD. The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds, with Bopp defending her WBA/WBO light flyweight titles. Complete video of fight

Canada: Alisah McPhee Won a five round unanimous decision
by Mike Blair
March 17, 2013

(MAR 17) Last night at the River Rock Casino in BC, Canada, there was a female bout on the card where Alisah McPhee fought Wendy Roy in a five round Featherweight bout.  Alisah McPhee had a relatively short amateur career, fighting six times before turning pro and winning her first fight. She faced veteran Wendy Roy in her second fight on Friday night. Roy is a tough woman who does not back away from punches.....Full Story

Greco and Bosques Battle to a Majority Draw
by Mark A. Jones
Photos: Facebook
March 16, 2013

(MAR 16)  LINCOLN, R.I. - Nearly 5,000 rabid boxing fans filled to the Twin River Casino Event Center, to watch two former reality-television stars, “The Pride of Providence,” Peter Manfredo, Jr. battle Walter “Two-Guns” Wright demonstrating that the demise of boxing in the United States is considerably...Full Story

Katie Taylor to lead Ireland against France in Cork and Belfast dual international
by Michael O'Neill
March 16, 2013

(MAR 16) In association with the IABA, PLATINUM ONE is bringing Ireland’s Olympic Medal winning team to Millstreet in Cork on Friday May 3rd in the first-leg of a two-match International against the Elite boxers of France. All of Ireland’s medal winners will compete and the bill will be topped by Gold Medal hero Katie Taylor who will fight in Millstreet for the first time in her career.  Full Story

"Barbie" Juarez returns to the ring
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
March 15, 2013

(MAR 15) On April 27th, Mariana "La Barbie" Juarez will return to the ring in a WBC Super flyweight final elimination bout against Riyo Togo from Japan, in a fight that will be very hard for the Mexican, but if she wins, the next step in her successful boxing career will be to fight for her second WBC world title in different division, that currently belongs to Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz.  Photos and Story

Taylor seeks fans support for bouts in Dublin and in Castlebar
by Michael O'Neill
March 14, 2013

(MAR 14) Having practically raised the roof at the Excel Arena during last year's Olympic Games Katie Taylor is hoping that Irish fans can repeat the trick on home soil for her bouts in Dublin and Castlebar later this month. The Irish fans famously topped the charts at last years games as the atmosphere for Taylor's fights reached fever pitch with a sound level of 113.7 decibels recorded at the Excel Arena in London's docklands. It was the highest decibel level recorded at the games and fell just short of the noise created by a jet engine. Now Taylor's fans will get the opportunity to recreate that atmosphere when she returns to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on Friday, March 22nd before heading West on Sunday, March 24th for a bout at the Royal Theatre..t...Full Story

Mia St. John (2014) Teaser Trailer by Da Vinci Films
March 14, 2013

(MAR 14) WBAN has just published the "Teaser Trailer" on Mia St. John, that is an upcoming documentary by Da Vinci Films, and is being currently shot on location in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington, DC, New York, Denmark and Sweden. It profiles the life of legendary  St. John. It is scheduled to be released in 2014 and premiered at film festivals worldwide.
Link to Teaser Trailer

Boxing Results from Japan
by Samart
March 13, 2013

Last night at the Korakuen Hall, in Tokyo, Japan, there were two women's bouts on the card.  In one bout, Naoko Fujioka KO'd Maribel Ramirez in the fourth round, of a scheduled eight round flyweight bout.  In the second female bout, Fujin Raika Emiko, won by an eight-round unanimous decision over Cristina Sanchez, in the 60kg division. .Photographs

Karolina Michalczuk strikes Gold for 12th time in Polish Amateur Championships
by Michael O'Neill
March 13, 2013

(MAR 13) Karolina Anna Michalczuk took her Gold medal tally to 12 as the 13th Polish Amateur Women’s Championships drew to a close at the Hala Mosir in Lublin at the weekend. Indeed the former 54kg World champion, from the Paco Lublin club also won a silver medal at her first Championships. This year she fought - and won - once more at her favourite 54kg having competed in the flyweight division at the 2012 Olympics. ...Full Story

Latest News Update on the "Mighty" Melissa McMorrow
by Sue TL Fox
March 12, 2013

WBAN was in contact with Melissa "Mighty" McMorrow, the WBO and WIBF Flyweight world champion, who has an exciting championship fight coming up soon at the GETEC Arena, in Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, when she defends her titles against Nadia Raoui in a 10-rounder....Full Story

Olympic Champion Claressa Shields Vying to Become the First Boxer Ever to Win the Prestigious Sullivan Award
by Julie Goldsticker
/USA Boxing
March 12, 2013

(MAR 12) (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) claimed her first piece of history this summer, winning the first middleweight gold medal in women's boxing, and she is hoping to add another item to the record books by becoming the first boxer ever to win the AAU's James E. Sullivan award. Shields was recently named a semifinalist for the prestigious award, which honors the nation's top amateur athlete. The award selection includes a public voting component and boxing fans can support Shields by voting for her via this link. ..Full Story

The Sweeter Science:  A Look at Women's Boxing now Available in EBook Format on Amazon and BN.Com
Source:  Press Release
March 11, 2013

(MAR 11) NEW YORK - Now available in eBook format for the Kindle and Nook, The Sweeter Science: A Look at Women’s Boxing takes readers inside this often unappreciated aspect of the sport. Featuring a collection of stories by award-winning boxing writer Thomas Gerbasi compiled from 1998 to the present, this book featuring profiles of Christy Martin, Laila Ali, Lucia Rijker, Mia St. John, and Holly Holm, along with in-depth features on some of the most compelling athletes you may have never heard of.  Full Story

WBAN just Added Clara de la Torre!
March 11, 2013

(MAR 11) WBAN has just added female boxer Clara de la Torre of New Mexico, to our Boxers Profile Segment. Clara de la Torre began fighting in 2003 at the age of 30.  She fought in Muay Thai (Thai style kickboxing) under Khun Kru Doug Pandorf and Kru Natalie Roy, with seminars by Ajarn Surachai Sirisute “Ajarn Chai.”  Clara also...Full Biography

Latest News on Victoria Cisneros
March 8, 2013

(MAR 11) On March 23, 2013, in Orlando, Florida, Victoria Cisneros will be fighting Terri Blair. Cisneros will also be featured on a April 5 boxing card in  Las Cruces, New Mexico. Cisneros said, "On April 5th, in Las Cruces, NM, support your Local Boxers. I am not the Co-Main on this card,  I am just a fight on the undercard."

Video Interview: Marlen Esparza - Conducted by Jerry Hoffman
March 10, 2013

(MAR 10) A female boxing Olympic Bronze Medalist will be making Northern California her home soon. Marlen Esparza is out to stir things up, which is good for the sport….or not? You can make comments about this video on youtube where the video is on the net.  Video Interview

Germany:  Behind the Scenes with Raja Amasheh
Yvonne Caples
March 6, 2013

(MAR 6) The best part of women's boxing is the amazing individuals it attracts. Women with grit and grace who have busy lives outside of boxing, but are drawn to the sport despite the struggle it brings for these women warriors. This past weekend I had the opportunity to meet and spar with a top female flyweight boxer here in Germany, Raja Amasheh. The bubbly, petite Raja picked me up at the train station in Karlsruhe on Saturday morning and we headed to...Full Story

Three Female Boxers receive belts from President of WBC Jose Sulaiman
Photos /Video /Story
by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
March 6, 2014

(MAR 6) Yesterday, the president of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman presented three championship belts to female boxers at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City, Mexico.  Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora, who had fought last Sunday,  won a 10-round split decision over Japanese Naoko Shibata......Full Story

Cool Story of the Week:
WBAN Patches
Photos by Mary Ann Owen/WBAN
March 5, 2013

(MAR 4)  On Saturday, March 2, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Las Vegas photographer Mary Ann Owen, was covering the event, that featured Sharif Bogere vs. Richard Abril, she did also took a little time to do some cool photos at the event!   Photo Gallery

Press Conference Alert in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 5, 2013

(MAR 5) Press Conference Alert for the public that is open to the public: There will be a press conference at the Route 66 Casino Hotel, in the Legend Theatre, Albuquerque, NM, on March 5th, 2:00 p.m. MT. Fresquez Productions will be announcing Holly Holm's next opponent for the upcoming  "Mayhem" card where she will defend her IBA belt.

Latest Update on
Duda Yankovich!

by Sue TL Fox
March 4, 2013

(MAR 4)  WBAN recently made contact with Duda "Diamond" Yankovich, of Brazil.  Duda has been a professional boxer since 2005, and has a 11-4-0 (5KO) record."  Duda first wanted to set the record straight about her last fight in Barranquilla, Colombia, when she fought Enis Pacheco.  Duda told WBAN, "I see that you have a lot of information, until my last fight in Colombia---most of them are true, but I have some observations to make."  Full Story

Vincent Stays busy!
by Mark A. Jones
March 3, 2013
Photo Credit: Mike Levasseur

(MAR 3) Entering the ring with multicolored attire and hair, Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent, 124, (8-0, 0 KOs) Providence, RI, resembled not only a world class fighter, but a super hero about to protect the paying audience at the MGM Grand from a super villain lurking at ringside. The tall and lean Mikayla “MK Ultra” Nebel, 122, (0-4, 0 KOs), Columbus, OH, resembled nothing comparable to Lex Luthor or The Joker, but the almost 2,000 supporters selected her as the heel for the match-up...Full Story

Salazar to fight Lamonakis April 13th in Sacramento
March 3, 2013

(MAR 3) Former Heavyweight Champion Martha Salazar, 11-4-0 is making a comeback Saturday, April 13 of 2013 at the Lions Gate Convention Center in Sacramento, California,  in the co- Main Event on the OPP Promotions Card. Salazar the former WBF and WBE Champion last fought in 2007 when she went through the Heavy Weight division fighting all the opponents and landed her last fight with Vonda Ward losing the WBC title by a decision....Full Story

At the Scales in Tokyo
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Christian Montes/
Boxeo de Gala
March 2, 2013

(MAR 2)  The Mexican female fighters, Maria Jimenez and Ibeth Zamora, met today with the Official weigh-in, and declared themselves ready for their bouts against Japanese Momo Koseki and Naoko Shibata respectively, to be held on Sunday at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Japan, where the WBC female atom and light flyweight titles will in on the line.  At the Scales:   Momo Koseki 101 vs. Maria Jimenez 100 (WBC female atomweight title); Ibeth Zamora 106 vs. Naoko Shibata 106 (Vacant WBC female light flyweight title).  The Venue:  Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Japan  Promoter: Masayuki Ariyoshi...Photos and Full Details

Latest Update on Elisha Olivas-Stewart
by Stephen Blea
March 2, 2013

(MAR 2) Former Pro-Boxing Prospect Elisha Olivas-Stewart, has moved on from the square ring for now and since my last story on her that was posted in the WBAN, Elisha is currently serving our country as Master Sergeant (E7) in the United States Air Force and is also happily married to Corey Stewart with Children Luis-12, Raven-11, Felice-10, Eliana-4, Luciano-2, so as you can see Elisha is very busy and despite this she still supports boxing in various ways in the community. Full Story







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