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MAY 2004

Exclusive Photo Gallery of Sanders vs. Hallback!...
©Photos by Dan Graschuck

(MAY 31) WBAN has just added a huge digital gallery of OVER 75+ photos of the Chevelle Hallback vs. Mary Jo Sanders on the WBAN Member's site.  To check them out, go to Gallery #174!

Delvalle Wins over Hill on
All-Women's card in Washington DC

May 31, 2004

(MAY 31) Last night at the Tunnel Events Center, Washington, DC, there was an all-women’s card.  In the main event, Melissa “Honey Girl” Del Valle defeated Trish “TNT” Hill, of Kennesaw, Georgia,  with a unanimous decision in a 10-round (U.B.A.) featherweight world title fight.  According to an insider at the fight, Del Valle clearly dominated the fight, and that she was received well with the people in the D.C. area. Other results:   In a junior middleweight bout, Ann Marie Saccurato and Maria Lindberg fought to a four-round draw; Super Middleweight Aasa Sandell  TKO3 Tabitha Rosario in a scheduled four-rounder; Junior Middleweight Daria Hill  TKO1 Iris Griffin in a four-round bout; Featherweight Lakeysha Williams won a six-round unanimous decision over Shakurah Witherspoon.

Congratulations to Rijker!
May 31, 2004

(MAY 31) WBAN asked boxing fans who THEY would like to see chosen as WBAN's June 2004 Fighter of the Month, and the most votes went to Lucia Rijker!  Honorable mention, includes, Gwendolyn O'Neil Bettina Csabi, Ann Wolfe, Jessica Rakoczy, Mary Jo Sanders, Melinda Cooper, Mia St. John, Nikki Eplion, and Shelly Burton.

All-Women's Boxing card in Germany
by Ewan Whyte

(MAY 30) "I'm going to end Regina's career," boasted Daisy Lang from her training camp in Arizona. "It'll be interesting to see what profession she turns to then to earn her living." About as subtle as a head-butt (a coincidence surely¼), Lang's insinuation that Halmich's Playboy spread made her little better than a whore (or was it the S&M undertones of that ‘Schlag mich’ track she did with Umbra Et Imago a few weeks back?) dragged Germany's 'Duel of the Box Queens' into the mud where we always wanted it.   Full Story

O'Neil Wins Title in History First in Guyana!
May 29, 2004

(MAY 30) Last night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, Guyana, in the main event that featured the first-ever world title in Guyana, Gwendolyn "The Stealth Bomber"  O'Neil, 169, of Georgetown, Guyana,  fought Kathy Rivers, 170, of the United States, for the vacant WIBA Light-Heavyweight world title.  O'Neil won the title with a  10-round unanimous decision over Rivers.  Final judges scores was 98-93, 98-92, and 100-90. O'Neil improved her record to 8-3-1 (6KO), and River is now 13-4-1 (5KO)Full Story

Results: Cooper Wins
by TKO
March 28, 2004
WBAN Photo Gallery #173 in Member's area

(MAY 28) Tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada, Melinda Cooper, 19, of Las Vegas, defeated Lina Ramirez from Mexico, with 17 sec. of the second round.   Mary Ann Owen of BILV was ringside,  Photo Gallery by Mary Ann Owen of BILV!

Rubalcava Wins Pro Debut!
Photos by Jesus Sanchez
May 28, 2004

WBAN Photo Gallery #172 in Member's area

(MAY 28) Last night in front of more than 1,400 boxing fans, on an Oscar De La Hoya Golden Boy Promotions card, on the undercard, pro debuter and former amateur Julie Rubalcava, 18 years old, Westminster, California, won by a four-round unanimous decision over Isabel Manyseng, San Antonio, Texas, in a  bantamweight bout on the undercard. News sources report that Rubalcava was “impressive”, and that she outboxed manyseng. Final judges scores was 40-36 on all judges scorecards.

  BIG weekend of Women’s Boxing!
By Sue TL Fox
May 28, 2004

(MAY 28) There will by plenty of women’s boxing action this weekend, in several parts of the world!  In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Victoria Cisneros will face Crystal Hickerson in an four-rounder on the undercard…. In Bernalillo, New Mexico, Monica Lovato will fight Nicole Gallegos in four rounds on the undercard; In Las Vegas, Nevada, local boxing star and undefeated thus far, Melinda Cooper will take on Lina Ramirez.   Full Story


Ali vs. Eplion to Fight
July 17th

Source: Press Release
May 28, 2004

(MAY 28) Washington, DC. Raging Promotions along with Absoloot Boxing is proud to announce that three-time Super Middleweight women’s champion Laila "She Be Stingin" Ali, will be coming close to the nations capitol. The “First Lady of Boxing”, will be defending her IBA title against (14-1) Nikki Eplion, of South Pointe, Ohio, on July 17th 2004 at the Bowie Baysox Stadium, in Bowie Maryland. Full Story

Acuna TKO'd Padilla in First round...
By Ewan Whyte
May 27, 2004

(MAY 27) Last night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marcela Acuna stopped Daisy Padilla in the first round. This fight was for the WIBA Junior Bantamweight world title fight.  Evidently stung by criticism in December that she had taken five and a half rounds to finish Damaris Pinock Ortega, when she had had the Panamanian at her mercy in the first, Marcela Acuña wasted no time or pity on the lanky Colombian Daisy (‘Demolition’) Padilla in her first title defence.  Full Story


Just In:  Burton to Fight Reis in Lincoln City!
May 27, 2004

(MAY 27) On June 3, 2004, at the Chinook Winds Casino, in Lincoln City, Oregon, on the Goossen-Tutor ShoBox Card, Shelly Burton of Montana, will be fighting Yvonne Reis, 3-3-1, of Florida, in a six-rounder on the undercard. WBAN will be covering this event ringside!


Results Just in! Brown wins by a decision over Sitzes!
WBAN's Insider - Ringside
May 26, 2004

(MAY 26) In what was a barnburner, Lisa "Bad News" Brown, 123,  won by a six-round unanimous decision over Jerri Sitzes, 123,  of Missouri. There was one knockdown in the first round, when at the end of that round, Brown knocked Sitzes to the canvas.  WBAN's insider said it was a "Great GREAT Fight!" Judges scoring was 59-54, 59-53, 59-54. 

Wolfe/Ward Fight to Begin Airing Thursday, May 27th
May 26, 2004
Source: RPM  Boxing

(MAY 26) The Vonda Ward vs. Ann Wolfe fight will be airing tomorrow night on cable networks across the nation. Newly crowned IBA Light Heavy Weight World Champion Ann Wolfe (17-1-12) knocked out IBA Heavy Weight World Champion Vonda Ward (18-1-15) at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 8th. Also, on the card was Eric "Butterbean" Esch and Mia St. John. The following is the scheduled televised times and dates the Wolfe/Ward Fight will air..More

  Tonight:  Hot Matchup on Missouri Card!
May 26, 2004

(MAY 26) Tonight at the Ameristar Casino, in Kansas City, Missouri, Jerri Sitzes, 5-3-1 (1KO), of Springfield, Missouri, will be fighting Southpaw Lisa "Bad News" Brown, 8-0-2 (3KO), of Toronto, Canada. Both Sitzes and Brown weighed in at 123 lbs. This matchup could end up "fight of the night!"

Wallberg to fight Stunja!..
By Sonia Grande of Italy
May 25, 2004

(MAY 25) On June 11, 2004, in Denmark,  Bettina Palle promotion will feature Forrmer Amateur World Champion Frida Wallberg (3-0-0 1KO) to face Croatian Suzana Stunja (4-0). This will be an important test for young Frida, Stunja is tough opponent.  Both Wallberg and Stunja are ranked in the top with the WEBF.

German Champs Daisy Lang and Regina Halmich Collide on Saturday
By David A. Avila
of Maxboxing.com
May 24, 2004

Two of Europe’s most famous female fighters are heading to a collision and bragging rights for the continent. Former junior bantamweight title-holder Daisy Lang and current WIBF flyweight title-holder Regina Halmich meet on Saturday, May 29,  in Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany for the vacant WIBF junior bantamweight title. Full Story

Scott Raab-Ann Wolfe
Go toe to toe For charity

Source: RPM Press Release
May 24, 2004

(MAY 24) CLEVELAND, OHIO-- Recently crowned IBA Light Heavyweight champion, Ann Wolfe fought Scott Raab in a three round exhibition fight at the well-known Kronk Boxing Gym in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday...Full Story

Latest Photos/Mpegs!
May 24, 2004

(MAY 24) WBAN has just added a new Photo/Mpeg gallery with +30 huge digitals and a couple of short Mpegs (June 2004 mpegs) of the two women's bouts that took place in Kinder, Louisiana! Wendy Rodriguez vs. Anissa Zamarron.  Also, Linda Tenberg vs.Tiffany Ibanez. Photo/Mpeg Gallery #170, on the WBAN Records Members site!

Results: All-Women's card in Denver!
May 23, 2004

(MAY 23)  Tonight in Denver, Colorado, Leona “Downtown” Brown pulled out an “upset” when she stopped local boxer Terri Cruz, in the fourth round. In another women’s match, Mia “The Knockout” St. John stopped Melissa Yanas, 130, of Texas, in the third round.   Terry Blair stopped Mercedes Mercury More on Fight Results


Raika Stops Walker in second round TKO...
May 23, 2004

(MAY 23) Tonight in Tokyo, Japan, in an all-women’s boxing card, the mainliner ended in an easy win for Japan’s Emiko Raika, when she defended her WIBA World Featherweight title against United States Shelby Walker. The fight was stopped in the second round by TKO in a scheduled 10-round bout.  Full Story

  Results! Rodriguez Wins by UD over Zamarron; Tenberg Wins by TKO1!
May 22, 2004

(MAY 22) Tonight at the Grand Casino Coushatta, Kinder, Louisiana,  Wendy Rodriguez, 106,  won the NABA World Flyweight title when she won by a 10-round unanimous decision over Anissa Zamarron, 108.  Final judges scores were 98-92, 96-94, and 97-93.  Also, Linda Tenberg, 129,  won by :37 seconds,  TKO1 over Tiffany Ibanez, 128. Photos will be posted tomorrow!


Upcoming Event in Germany with Three Women's Bouts on the card!
May 22, 2004

(MAY 22) On July 3, 2004, at the Stadhalle Hattersheim, in Frankfurt, Germany, there will be a night of action with men and women's boxing.  There will be three women's matches that will include, Ina Menzer, Julia Sahin, and  Alesia Graf.  Their opponents have not been named at this time.

Fight Night Weigh-in Report...
by Steve Cummings of inthecorner.net
May 21, 2004

(MAY 21) The weigh-in for Saturday night's Fight Night event was held this afternoon at the Hooters restaurant in North Fresno with four of the five scheduled matches being made. The fifth match pits two heavyweights against each other...Full Story

  All-Women's card in Denver!
May 21, 2004

(MAY 21)  Another all-women's boxing card will take place this weekend on May 23, Denver, Colorado.  On the card the following boxers will be featured, Terri Cruz of Denver, vs. Leona Brown; Mia St. John vs.  Melissa Yanas; Martha Orozco vs.  Serena Hayden; and Mercedes Mercury will also be on the card. More to follow...


Another Bogus World Title Fight on the Books...
By Sue TL Fox
May 21, 2004

(MAY 21) This weekend, there will be an all women’s boxing card staged in Japan on May 23rd, where the main event will feature local star and current WIBA World Featherweight champion Emiko Raika against Shelby Walker in Raika's defense of her belt. This is the kind of world title  Full Story

Weigh-in in Louisiana!
May 21, 2004


(MAY 21)Today the weigh-in was held for tomorrow night's boxing event in Kinder, Louisiana. Weights:  Wendy Rodriguez, 106, vs. Anissa Zamarron, 108, main event fighting for the NABA World Title belt. Also, Linda Tenberg, 129, vs. Tiffany Ibanez, 128.  (Photo of Nora Popillion of the Grand Casino Coushatta poses with the fighters.)

Big Win for Sanders!
May 20, 2004

(MAY 20) Tonight in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan, Mary Jo Sanders, now 9-0-0 (2KO),  won against Chevelle "Fists of Steel" Hallback in a 10-round IBA Continental title fight!  Sanders earned her first belt in the sport, and will move on soon to fight for a world title!

Results: Rijker Wins By Decision!
May 20, 2004

(MAY 20) Tonight in Amsterdam, Holland,  Lucia Rijker, 134.2,  of Holland won a 10-round unanimous decision over Sunshine Fettkether, 138.6, of the United States.  There are no other details of this fight, and WBAN will post more soon as info becomes available.


Ann Wolfe visits The Green Room!
by Amy Green
 ©Courtesy of BILV Article
May 20, 2004

Ann Wolfe (17-1 12 KOS) celebrated her Mother’s Day weekend in Biloxi, MS with a knockout over previously unbeaten Vonda “All American Girl” Ward. Ann knocked Ward out COLD in 1:08 of the first round, and here the 5’9 Wolfe recounts her SWIFT victory over the 6’5 Ward..Full Story

  Reality Show "The Contender" to have tryouts in Kim "Fireball" Messer's Gym!..

(MAY 19) This coming weekend, on May 22, and 23, at Kim and Mark Messer's gym, in Bellevue, Washington, will be hosting the tryouts for the reality show "The Contender." The Reality Show is for male boxers. WBAN would like to see NBC Full Story


Chevelle Hallback and Mary Jo Sanders Fight for Junior Welter Title
By David A. Avila
May 19, 2004

It’s north versus south when Mary Jo Sanders meets Chevelle Hallback in a battle of junior welterweights Thursday that could be the fight of the year. Sanders (8-0), a non-stop puncher with quickness and stamina out of Michigan, faces Florida’s Hallback who has those same qualities and hopes to carry them to the heavier weight class. Both will meet for the IBA Intercontinental title at the Kewadin Casino in Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Full Story


Cooper to fight Ramirez!
May 19, 2004

(MAY 19) On May 28, 2004, Melinda Cooper, 10-0-0 (6KO), will be fighting Lina Ramirez, 3-2-1 (0KO) of Mexico, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will mix it up in a six-rounder. Cooper she received her professional boxing license at the age of 17!  (WBAN Records Member's site has many galleries on Cooper fights , #79, #150, #152, #37, #29)

  Change in Opponents for Ruvalcava!
May 19, 2004

(MAY 19) On the May 27, 2004 card at the Irvine Marriott Battle In The Ballroom show, Julie Ruvalcava, 19, who is making her pro debut, after coming from the amateurs (8-2), will now be fighting San Antonio's Isabel Manyseng at 1-5. Weigh is 115. Lorri Aguilar was originally to fight Ruvalcava, but was injured.

Couch to fight "The Hurricane"
May 18, 2004

(MAY 18) On June 12, 2004, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Jane "The Fleetwood Assassin" Couch, from the UK will be fighting Jamie "The Hurricane" Clampitt  of Narragansett, Rhode Island, in a 10-round championship fight, where Clampitt will be defending two of her world title belts (IWBF & NABAW). ....Full Story

  Latest Update on the Rijker - Fettkether upcoming fight!
May 18, 2004

(MAY 18) Sunshine Fettkether of the United States arrived in Amsterdam, Holland today, and readies to fight Holland's Lucia Rijker!  The Weigh-ins and press conference will be held tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. their time. Rijker and Fettkether will be fighting May 20 The show is already sold out!  More to come as details become available!


Press Release:  Hill Responds to the stripping of her WIBF Belt
Sent in by Trish Hill
May 18, 2004

As many of you know I participated in the Women’s International Boxing Federation’s (W.I.B.F.) Featherweight title against Silke Weickenmeier in Stuttgart Germany on February 14, 2004. I defeated Silke in the ring when she did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and I was awarded the W.I.B.F World Featherweight Title.  There is much controversy in sports over the use if performance enhancing drugs, and the W.I.B.F. and other sanctioning bodies are interested in this topic.   Full Story

  Laila Ali has striking resemblance to her father
May 18, 2004

(MAY 18) VERO BEACH — When Laila Ali entered the ring as a boxer for the first time in 1999, her father's legend went with her. The daughter of Muhammad Ali, she knew the comparisons to the former heavyweight champion would inevitably follow. Copyrighted Story on PCPalm com

  Rodriguez to fight Zamarron for NABA Title!
May 17, 2004

(MAY 17) On May 22, 2004, in Kinder, Louisiana, there is an excellent matchup between Wendy Rodriguez of Los Angeles vs. Anissa Zamarron of Texas!  These two will face each other in a 10-round NABA World title bout at 108 Lbs.!  Janis Guidry and Patricia Butaud of J & P Photography will be covering this event ringside! 

  Fettkether Leaving to Holland..
May 17, 2004

(MAY 17) Today, Sunshine Fettkether of the United States, is set to leave from the United States to Holland. She will be fighting Lucia Rijker of Holland, on May 20, 2004,  in Amsterdam, Holland, The two will be fighting 10 rounds, but it will be a non-title bout. WBAN will keep boxing fans updated on any news coming from this event!

  Mrdjenovich KO'd Pudwill!
May 15, 2004
check out past photo galleries of ReganPudwill on WBAN Records Site,
Go to gallery #169, and #141

(MAY 15) Last night at the Crowne Plaza, Edmonton, AB, Canada, and in front of 700 boxing fans, lightweight 21-year old Jelena Mrdjenovich, 135, of Edmonton, Canada, KO'd Reagan Pudwill, 134.5, in the first round. Mrdjenovich moved her record to 5-0-0 (4KO), and Pudwill is now 3-10. (Inset photo of Pudwill) More latest results!

  Tonight:  Women's Boxing Action in Ignacio!
May 15, 2004

(MAY 15) At the Sky Ute Casino, in Ignacio, Colorado, New Mexico's Holly Holm will fight Angel Martinez, of Texas,  in a rematch for the two.  Also, New Mexico's Jayla Ortiz, will be fighting LeAnne Villareal in a four-round Junior Lightweight bout.

  Tonight:  Flock to fight Ewing
May 15, 2004

(MAY 15) Tonight in Hampton, Virginia, Carrie Flock, 5-2-0 (3KO), will be fighting Michelle Ewing,  0-7-0 (0KO), on the undercard.  Ewing has not managed to make it through a four-round bout without being stopped all seven times! Makes one wonder about the Boxing Commission in Virginia.

  Results: Fiorentino Wins by a Decision over Brown!
©Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman
May 14, 2004

(MAY 14) Tonight at the Rhode Island Convention Center, in Providence, Rhode Island, and promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., on an ESPN2 card, Missy Fiorentino, now 9-0-0 (6KO), won a six-round unanimous decision over Leona "Downtown" Brown.  Final judges scoring was  60-53, 60-53, and 59-54.

Tomorrow:  Gonzalez to fight Pena-Alvarez!
May 14, 2004

(MAY 14) Tomorrow night, on May 15, 2004, at the Speaking Rock Casino, in El Paso, Texas, Delia "Chikita" Gonzalez of New Mexico, will be fighting Johanna Pena-Alvarez in a six-rounder.

Italy requires Headgears for Pro Women Boxers!
May 13, 2003
Slideshow #30 of Bianchini - Brown

(MAY 13)  Presently in Italy, it is a requirement for women boxers to fight IN HEADGEAR and 10 Oz. Gloves.  Due to this law,  Italian boxers are not allowed to fight without protections, even when they want to fight OUTSIDE of Italy!   Sonia Grande, WBAN’s Italy’s correspondent said, “Due to this law,  Italian fighters are not allowed to fight without protections and that means that if they want to fight outside  of Italy they have to use headgear and big gloves----but in other countries there are different rules that do not accept headgear for professionals.”  More


Latest News in Hungary
By Jolly Dee
May 13, 2004

(MAY 13) On June 12, 2004, in Budapest, Hungary, there will be two women's matches on the card that will feature Viktória Milo and Bettina Csábi.  Their opponents have not been named at this time. The women will be fighting six or eight round non-title bouts.

  Christy Martin....."I'm Not
Finished Just Yet"
By Bernie McCoy
May 12, 2004

(MAY 12) Ralph Waldo Emerson, to my knowledge, was not a big boxing fan. Likewise, I'm fairly sure he never heard of Christy Martin. However, one of Mr. Emerson's better lines fits Martin's career arc quite well: "Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail." Before Christy Martin embarked on her boxing career, there was no clear path for women in the ring. Since Christy Martin embarked on her boxing career, almost every woman fighter has followed the trail that Martin left. Christy Martin was to Women's boxing what Noah's flood was to precipitation; Martin engulfed the sport, she was the "face" of the sport, the fighter that everyone, no matter their interest or knowledge level, identified with the sport of Women's boxing. Full Story


Italian Team Departs for Turkey!
By Sonia Grande of Italy
May 12, 2004

(MAY 12) The Italian National Team have left to Istanbul, Turkey,  yesterday (May 11) in preparation to attend the Ahmet Comert Cup.  Simona Galassi and her team had just come back from Norway 10 days previous to this upcoming event.  They brought home three Gold Medals from the Norway Tournament.  The Italian Delegation who will compete in Turkey are:  kg46 – Carmela Chiacchio; kg48 – Laura Tosti;  kg50 – Simona Galassi; kg52 – Loredana Piazza; kg60 – Annamaria Falcone;  kg63 – Manuela Marcenaro; kg66 – Elisa Masiero; kg70 – Patrizia Pilo.  (Tournament is from May 12 - 16, 2004)


Breaking News!  Sanders
to Fight Hallback for Intercontinental Title!
May 12, 2004

(MAY 12) On May 20, 2004, at the Kewadin Casino, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Mary Jo Sanders, 8-0-0 (2KO), will be facing tough opponent, Chevelle Hallback, 19-3-1 (8 KO), for in a 10-round fight for the IBA Intercontinental Junior Welterweight Title. This is going to be a barnburner of a match!

Press Release: RPM Boxing Responds to Laila Ali  

(MAY 12) Waco, TX  - RPM Boxing, Management for Ann Wolfe, said today that Laila Ali "flatters" herself when she told WBAN she was the "prize" for the winner of the Wolfe/Ward IBA World Light Heavy Weight title fight held on May 8, 2004 in Biloxi, MS.  Brian Pardo, Owner of RPM Boxing said there was no agreement or even the "remotest" understanding that Wolfe would give Ali a shot at the title if she beat Vonda Ward to capture the Light Heavy Weight championship (which Wolfe did). Mr. Pardo said, "Ann Wolfe's life and career do not revolve around Laila "Ali" McClain or her delusions of self grandeur.".....More

  Is it humanly possibly to say "beatdown" one more time?
By Erin Toughill
May 12, 2004

(MAY 12) As the ongoing dialogue, or is that, ah...Trash Talk continues between "She Bee-Stingin" Laila Ali and Erin Toughill, Toughill has contacted WBAN to respond to Laila Ali's latest comments!   Erin wrote the following: Dear Ms. Ali, Is it humanly possibly to say "beatdown" one more time? Everyone's gettin' a "beatdown" from you. You sound like Mr. T "I pity the fool."   Possibly sounds like you have some anger issues, Laila.  Erin's Open Letter to Ali

  Busy Month for St. John!
May 12, 2004

(MAY 12) On Thursday, May 13, 2004, on "Aqui y Ahora" will air on Univision 10:00 p.m., and will have scenes of Mia St. John's new workout DVD! Then on May 23, 2004, in Denver, Colorado, on an All Women's Boxing Card, St. John will be featured on the card and will be fighting Melissa Yanas.

  Yoga Video for Boxers and Combat Athletes...
May 11, 2004

(MAY 11) The Yoga Video for Boxers and Combat Athletes to be released in the summer of 2004 from Ringside...the Best in Boxing. 4X world champion AND yoga teacher, Sumya Anani, Christy Martin's conqueror, will lead you through... More about Anani

  Baby Girl's Response to Ali
By Leatitia Robinson
May 11, 2004

(MAY 11) WBAN has received a response to Laila Ali,  from "Baby Girl" Leatitia Robinson, after she read Laila Ali's open letter to her on WBAN!  Robinson's response: Come on Laila, let’s get real about this. If you are going to start talking you might want to first get your facts straight. The $10,000 offer was a second offer, your matchmaker originally offered $5,000 in January 2003 after I knocked out Dakota Stone.  Naturally, my people said, “Are you crazy?”  Then I was offered the $10,000.  More by Robinson

  So Far...So Good---Looks like the match is still a go!
May 10, 2004

(MAY 10) The date is moving closer to the Rijker-Fettkether face off, when on  May 20, 2004,  in Amsterdam, Holland, Sunshine Fettkether will be taking on Lucia Rijker of Holland, in a 10-round non-title fight.  WBAN was in contact with Team Sunshine today, and they said that Team Sunshine will leave for Holland on May 17, 2004.  Sue TL Fox


Insperger Stops Zahorecova!
By JollyDee Of Hungary
May 10, 2004

(MAY 10)  This last Saturday, May 8th, at the City Boxing Centre, in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, Big Boxing Sport Club presented a professional boxing gala which featured one women's bout. The Hungarian Gabriella Insperger, 110 1/4,  (1-4-0, 1KO), born in Romania captured her...More on Latest Results!

"She-Bee Stingin" Ali Responds to Toughill, Robinson, and Wolfe!
May 9, 2004 - By Laila Ali

(MAY 9) Today, WBAN was contacted by Laila "She-Bee Stingin" Ali in regards to comments made to or about  her on WBAN by Erin Toughill, Leatitia Robinson, and to Ann Wolfe! Ali told WBAN that she would like to respond to those comments.  Ali wrote the following....More on Ali

  Ann Wolfe Devastates
Vonda Ward

May 9, 2004
Photos by Patricia Batuad
& Janis Guidry
(Exclusive Photo Galleries! Gallery #167 #168 over 60 huge digitals of the two women's matches - Wolfe vs. Ward, St. John vs. Alexander !

(MAY 9) Biloxi, MS. On Saturday night, in one minute and six seconds of the first round Ann Wolfe KO'd Vonda Ward with a crushing left hook to the body followed by a powerful overhand right that landed squarely on Ward's chin. Ward went down, completely unconscious. Fight doctors called EMS personnel to administer to Ward, and they eventually removed her from the ring on a stretcher.  Full Story

Breaking News! Wolfe KO's Ward in first round!
By Sue TL Fox
May 8, 2004

(MAY 8) Tonight, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the main event, Ann Wolfe KO'd Vonda Ward, 1:06 seconds of the first round!  Ward was carried out on a stretcher after being on the mat for 10 minutes...Wolfe threw a beautiful overhand right that ended the fight in less than a round!  More to come soon..


St. John Wins by TKO in the Fourth Round
Photos by Patricia Batuad
 & Janis Guidry

May 8, 2004

(MAY 8) On the undercard tonight at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mia "The Knockout" St. John, stopped Lana Alexander in the fourth round of a scheduled six-rounder. WBAN will have more photos posted in an additional gallery, with photos at the fight. WBAN posted a weigh-in gallery (#167).

  Tonight: Ward and Wolfe Mainliner in Biloxi!
May 8, 2004

(MAY 8) Tonight, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the main event, Vonda Ward, Ohio, and undefeated, will fight Ann Wolfe in a 10-round IBA 175 lb. championship.  Mia St. John will be on the undercard, and will be fighting Lana Alexander!

  Results from Irvine!
May 8, 2004

(MAY 8) On May 6, at the Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, in a scheduled four-round bout on the undercard, Valanna McGee, now 4-2-1 (0KO), of Sacramento, California, and Rolanda Andrews, 6-7-1 (3KO), of Atlanta, Georgia, fought for two rounds, when McGee received a cut over the left eye, and the fight was stopped.  The decision was a technical draw for the two.

  Results:  Tenberg Wins
by Decision 
May 8, 2004

(MAY 8)  Last night at the Convention Center, in Austin, Texas, Linda Tenberg, 125, of Austin, Texas won a four-round unanimous decision over Kim Colbert, 131, in a scheduled four-round featherweight bout on the undercard.

Weigh-in in Biloxi!
(Exclusive photo Gallery #167 on
WBAN's member's site)
May 7, 2004
©Photos by Patricia Butaud
and Janis Guidry

(MAY 7) Today in Biloxi, Mississippi, the weigh-in was held for tomorrow's night of action!  There are two women's matches on the card, with the main event, featuring Vonda Ward, of Ohio, facing Ann Wolfe in a 10-round IBA 175 lb. World championship. Ward weighing in at 170 lbs., and Ann Wolfe at 172 lbs. In a second women's match, Mia St. John, will be fighting Lana Alexander in a four or six rounder (unk)  on the undercard. St. John weighedin at at 132 lbs., and Lana weighed in 130 lbs.  ©Photos by Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry. (Top photo-Ward/Wolfe Lower photo-St. John)


Tonight:  Boxing Action in Texas!
May 7, 2004

(MAY 7) Tonight at the Convention Center, in Austin, Texas, local boxer Linda Tenberg will be fighting Kim Colbert in a four-round featherweight bout on the undercard.  Also, on another card, at the International Ballroom, in Houston, Texas, Middleweight Akondayne Fountain will take on Trini Guzman in a four rounder.

  Leatitia Robinson Responds to Laila Ali!
Open letter by
Leatitia Robinson
May 7, 2004

(MAY 7)  Leatitia Robinson contacted WBAN with a response to Laila Ali after comments were made in regards to her (Robinson) from Ali…Robinson said the following, “Ali said she offered me a fight. She didn’t truly intend to fight me. Her matchmaker wanted me to fight for a sum of money that was ridiculous. Absolutely I turned that fight down! I would love to fight her. I will win. I had to ask myself though, what happens after I beat Ali for...More

  Toughill Gets “Tough” about Ali’s latest comments!
Open letter by Erin Toughill
May 7, 2004

(MAY 7)  Laila “She-Bee Stingin” Ali says that she will move up in weight class to 175, due to no one left in the 168 lb division.  Well...ah...Erin Toughill took exception to
those comments! 
Toughill contacted WBAN with an open letter about Ali posted on WBAN!  More

"Honey Girl".....A Conversation with
Melissa Del Valle

By Bernie McCoy
May 6, 2004


(MAY 6) Melissa "Honey Girl" Del Valle may be the ultimate "road game" fighter, being the only woman boxer who's gone into two of the more intimidating "road" venues. Melissa went eight rounds with Isra Girgrah in Washington, DC in a bout promoted by....Isra Girgrah; in other words Del Valle was fighting the woman who was paying the judges. Melissa also fought ten rounds with Jenifer Alcorn in Lemoore, CA, a venue from which Alcorn rarely strayed and which was probably the ultimate "home court" in Women's boxing.  Full Story

  All-Women's Card to take place in Denver!

(MAY 6) On May 23, in Denver, CO, there will be an All-Women's Card.  The card is promoted by Airtight Boxing, and the following boxers will be featured: Terri Cruz vs Leona Brown Mia St. John vs Melissa Yanas;  Mercedes Mercury vs TBA;Martha Orozco vs Serena Hayden. Other fights to be announced soon.


Duron Responds to Team Rodriguez
May 6, 2004

(MAY 6) On May 13, 2004, in San Diego, CA, Wendy Rodriguez is scheduled to fight a six-rounder. The challenge from Team Rodriguez has been given to Mary Duron, where there seems to be a "grudge match" in the making.  Duron's Team responded to Rodriguez's public challenge. They said, "First of all we never negotiated a six-round fight---we responded to Team Rodriguez that the only way we would fight her is for a ten-round title fight.  Also we have only been asked to fight Wendy on one occasion before the public challenge and that was with one weeks notice.  Please let Team Rodriguez know that we will fight Wendy only when it involves 10 rounds and the title on the line.  We also will need at least six weeks notice to prepare properly for a championship fight.  Mary hasn't fought in over eight months and is not going to just step in the ring for a cheesy six-rounder---we need to make this worth our time! Thanks Team Duron"

Hot Scoop! Ali to defend her IBA Title Against Eplion  

(MAY 6) On June 12, 2004, in Connecticut and promoted by Absoloot Boxing, Laila Ali will be defending her IBA Super-Middleweight title!  Ali will be facing Nikki Eplion, 14-1-2 (8KO). In a Press Release, by the Ali Team, Ali said that she plans to relinquish her titles, and move up to 175 lbs., to fight the winner of the Ann Wolfe-Vonda Ward fight that will take place on May 8th.  Ali went on to say, "There isn’t anyone left for me at 168lbs other than Leticia Robinson who is undefeated," said Laila. "However the fight was already offered to her and her people turned it down. I can’t hold on to titles that I can’t defend against real competition. So I have decided to let them go. I will move up to 175 and fight either Vonda or Ann. It does not matter which one. The outcome will be the same in either fight. I will win by knockout. They both claim that they have wanted me for so long so I am sure the winner will be happy to face me next. So whoever wins this Saturday in next in line for the BEATDOWN. Once I am champ and have cleaned out the light heavyweight division, I will come back down to 168 and take my titles back from whoever has them if she is real challenge for me. If there is no one there for me, I hang up the gloves."

  Latest Update on the Hill - Weickenmeier WIBF Title Bout
May 5, 2004

(MAY 5) WBAN received a press release from the WIBF (Women's International Boxing Federation) in regards to an ongoing issue that has been on the net for the last month or so. The issue concerned the WIBF Featherweight title fight that took place on February 14, 2004 that had Silke Weickenmeier of Germany fighting Trisha "TNT" Hill of the United States, and that took place in Stuttgart, Germany. More


Fettkether to fight Rijker!
May 5, 2004

(MAY 5) On May 20, in Amsterdam, Holland, Sunshine Fettkether will be taking on Lucia Rijker of Holland, in a 10-round non-title fight. Yes...yes... Boxing fans are saying, will this fight really happen in light of Rijker canceling out on her last fight in April...Well according to WBAN's insider, Fettkether has airline tickets, so that IS a good sign!

  Boxing News From Europe!
By Sonia Grande
May 5, 2004

(MAY 5) Young Frida Wallberg, of Sweden, and former amateur world Champion, quickly climbed the World and European Professional ratings.  In the May 2004 WEBA ratings, Wallberg is now listed #1 in the jr. lightweight division. With the European belt..More

  Rodriguez to fight in San Diego!
May 5, 2004

(MAY 5) On May 13, 2004, in San Diego, CA, Wendy Rodriguez is scheduled to fight a six-rounder. The challenge from Team Rodriguez has been given to Mary Duron, where there seems to be a "grudge match" in the making.  Team Rodriguez told WBAN, "This is up to Duron's Team...they said that Wendy was so protected, lets see who ranks out!" ©photo by J.P. Yim

  Olson to fight in Louisiana..
May 4, 2004

(MAY 4) On May 22, 2004, Eliza Olson will be fighting in Kinder, Louisiana, a 10-round title fight for the NABA Junior Welterweight belt.  No opponent has been named at this time, but WBAN would not doubt that Sumya Anani,  the ranked #`1 with the IFBA, and WIBA in the Junior Welterweight division would take on the task!

  Rematch ordered
 by CDBF....

Translated by Ewan Whyte

May 4, 2004

(MAY 4) An interesting tidbit of news!  According to the Boxeo Latino website, after the fight tape was studied by the CBDF (Federal Boxing Commission of Mexico) of the match on the April 17, 2004 fight between the champion, Delia “Japonesita” López, and the challenger, Gloria “Dinamita” Ríos, in the Sala de Armas de la Magdalena Mixihuca, in which the judges gave as a draw, have ordered an immediate rematch.  It did not indicate in this news source to who probably should have won.

  Latest update on Serrano!
May 3, 2004

(MAY 3) On May 28, 2004,  Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano, 4-0-0 (3KO) of Queens,  New York,  will be fighting Shakura Witherspoon, 10-34-1 (3KO), of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, at the Mohegan sun in Connecticut.  Serrano will then fight Lynn Smith, 0-2-0 (0KO)  a week later at the Blue Horizon in Philly!


Check out Dee's May 2004 Computer Rankings!
May 3, 2004

(MAY 3) Many boxing fans have been waiting to see the latest computerized rankings of Dee Williams. Dee had developed this system on the former Women's Boxing Page.  Those computer rankings are now available on WBAN! Dee's Computer Rankings


Follmar Wins by a Split Decision
May 1, 2004

(MAY 1) Last night at the Hammond Civic Center, in Hammond, Indiana,  on an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card,  the televised women’s six-round bout featured Junior Lightweights Kristy Rose Follmar, 23, 5’8”, 129, from Muncie, Indiana, who stepped up the competition when she took on the relentless Liz Drew, 32, 5’7”, 131.5..Full Story





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