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Duda Yankovich Arrives in Albuquerque!
May 31, 2009

(MAY 31) Today Duda Yankovich and her team from Brazil arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in anticipation of her fighting multi-world champion Holly Holm, of New Mexico,  on June 5th. Yankovich said, "I did not travel over 10,000 miles to lose. I expect to win and get some respect from the..Full Story

Last Response to Team Pucek
By Brooke Dierdorff
May 31, 2009

(MAY 31) This will be my last response to Pucek and her team. They are a waste of time and words...I don't even know who you are no one does..I never back Full Story

Two Women's Bouts on New Mexico Card
Source: Press Release
May 30, 2009

(MAY 30) New Mexico’s top female fighter, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm will get into the ring with Brazil’s Female World Champion Duda “The Cameleon” Yankovich on June 5th, 2009.
Holm’s victory over tough Myriam Lamare in January of this year has not deterred Holm from challenging another world champion. Holm, who has not lost a fight since 2004, is relentless in protecting her WIBA world championship title..Full Story

Team Knight Issues Challenge
May 30, 2009

(MAY 30) WBAN received a challenge from Team Knight in regards to Ava Knight [ranked #7 as a bantamweight with WBAN] fighting Alesia Graf, 23-1-0 (9 KOs), of Stuttgart, Germany,  Team Knight said the following: Full Story

Pucek To Dierdorff; Now its time to Fight
Dave Allison of
Team Pucek
May 29, 2009

(MAY 29) As the manager/Trainer of Sarah Pucek I feel we need to clear some items up regarding the challenge to Ms. Dierdorff. I am simply trying to facilitate a fight and am not engaging in some personal diatribe. There is a recession and Casinos are cutting budgets all over. The Emerald Queen and Halquist ..Full Story

McLeod-Wells Wins in Panama!
May 29, 2009

(MAY 29) On Thursday night, at the Hotel El Panama, in Panama City,   Keisher McLeod-Wells, now 2-0 (1KO), of New York, USA, won a four-round unanimous decision over local boxer Abigail Billar, now 2-2-1 (1KO).

Kentikian to fight Gutierrez
May 29, 2009

(MAY 29) On July 4, 2009, at the Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, Carolina "Chapita" Gutiérrez will be facing Susi "Killer Queen" Kentikian, 24-0-0 (16 KO),  in a 10-round world title bout, where Kentikian will.defend her WIBF - WBA title belts.

Dierdorff:  "Give me
a call back with a real offer and we can

By Brooke Dierdorff
May 28, 2009

(MAY 28) On May 24th, WBAN received a public challenge from Team Sarah Pucek, where they have made a tentative offer for Brooke Dierdorff to fight Pucek.  On May 24th, WBAN sent Dierdorff the challenge via email prior to posting the Pucek challenge.  Dierdorff responded, and told WBAN that they [Team Pucek} could call her manager. WBAN forwarded..Full Story

The Return of Jolene Blackshear
Interviewed by
Bob Marovitz
May 27, 2009

When you speak of the talented female boxers of the 90's
Jolene Blackshear was one of the best pound-for-pound
flyweights. She fought Yvonne Trevino, Anissa Zamarron and Margaret Siderhoff in toe-to-toe fights in her career. Jolene came out of a nine-year retirement to fight up and coming Melissa McMorrow in San Jose in May and won that bout. In the following interview Jolene talks about the retirement...Full Story

Update: Tyson's Daughter Passes Away
May 27, 2009

(MAY 27) WBAN posted a news release about Mike Tyson's 4-year old daughter, Exodus, who was in critical condition after a tragic accident at home. We have learned that Exodus passed away yesterday.  Out deepest condolences go out to Tyson and his family.  You Tube

Morelli to fight Nowack
in Aachen

by Torben L. of Denmark
May 26, 2009

(MAY 26) The German based Italian welterweight, Lucia Morelli has accepted a fight on very short notice for a Card in Aachen on Saturday May 30th. She will fight Jaqueline ..Full Story

Yuratovac to fight Braekhus
May 26, 2009

(MAY 26)  On May 30, 2009, at the Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, Cecilia Braekhus,11-0 (2KO), of Bergen, Norway,  will face Amy Yuratovac, 6-2, of Hammond, Indiana. The two will be fighting 10 rounds for WBA-WBC welterweight titles.

McLeod-Wells Ventures into Panama
May 26, 2009

(MAY 26) This Thursday,  Keisher McLeod-Wells, 1-0 (1KO), of New York, USA, will be fighting at the Hotel El Panama, in Panama City. Keisher will be fighting Abigail Billar, 2-1-1 (1KO), of Panama in a four-round bout.

Nunez Out;
Pucek Challenges Dierdorff

By Team Pucek
May 24, 2009

(MAY 24) Sarah Pucek wanted to establish herself as the #1 Featherweight in the Pacific Northwest before challenging for other titles. To achieve this, team Pucek thought it was only right to fight the best in the region so they challenged Merced Nunez last April, Nunez pulled out of the April fight due to an injury and the fight was placed for June 20. The Matchmaker for the Emerald Queen informed Pucek’s Trainer/Manager Dave Allison Friday that he received a call from the Nunez camp, telling him the fight was off and Merced was retiring..Full Story

Garside Returns to Duncan, B.C.
By Margaret Canty
May 23, 2009

(MAY 23) Border City's Jeannine "Heartless" Garside, a Duncan-born-and-raised boxer, is set to fight for a title in front of a home crowd at the Island Savings Centre. Garside will take on Brooklyn's Dominga Olivo for the WBC International Featherweight Title on June 6.  "This is the first time this has ever happened on Vancouver Island, let alone in Duncan," said Wally Petrovic, owner of Final Round Martial Arts...Full Story

Women's Boxing at the Olympics
by Bernard O'Neill
May 21, 2009

(MAY 21) The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge has given the most positive indication yet that women's boxing will be included in the 2012 Olympics in London.  Rogge, a Belgium national, was in Dublin, Ireland yesterday for the unveiling of a bust of former..Full Story

Be on the lookout for Carina Moreno on May 22!
by Mario Serrano
May 19, 2009

(MAY 19) Watsonville California-- Telemundo's Ramon Diaz showcases the talents of four-time world champion, Carina "La Reina" Moreno, in a story called "La Reina De Los Punos" set to be televised on Wednesday May 22, 2009.  Full Story

McMorrow Takes Fight on Short Notice--and Wins!
May 18, 2009

(MAY 18)  On May 14, 2009, at the Irvine Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Irvine, California, Lil' warrior Melissa McMorrow went right back into the ring after having a fight earlier in the month against Jolene Blackshear. McMorrow won the short-notice fight by a six-round majority decision over Suszannah Warner. The fight was on a Roy Englebrecht Promotional card.  Full Story

Oliveras Wins by Decision
May 17, 2009

(MAY 17) Last night at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Alejandra Oliveras, 125½, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Adriana Salles, 125¼. The two were fighting for the WBA Fed. featherweight title.  Final judges scores were 98-97 on all cards.

Hokmi Defeats Ferenci
May 17, 2009

(MAY 17) On Friday night, at the Stade Joffre Lefebvre, Lingolsheim, Bas-Rhin, France,  Nadia Hokmi, now 12-6-1 (8KO), of, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France,  won by a second round RTD over Klaudia Ferenci, of Slovakia,  now 1-4-0.

Fight Turned from Draw to Decision?
May 16, 2009

(MAY 16) This week WBAN received a letter from boxer, Kristine Shergold, in regards to her fight that she had against Suzanne Hemsley on May 10, 2009, at the Heritage Hotel.Full Story

Colorado’s All-Female Amateur Boxing Event
May 15, 2009

(MAY 15) Women’s boxing in Colorado is finally getting its own venue in which to shine. A-1 Boxing and Fitness in Aurora will showcase female boxing on June 27. Currently...Full Story

Video Streaming: Piazza vs. Taskova
May 14, 2009

(MAY 14) WBAN has received exclusive video of the Loredana Piazza vs. Svetla Taskova six round bout that took place in Udine, Italy. Footage was taken by Denis Sonego.  To check out this rare footage we received from Italy, go here

Legendary Gary P.A.L. Gym  Reopened
May 13, 2009

(MAY 13) MERRILLVILLE, IND -  The Gary P.A.L. Program was the starting point for some of the world's greatest fighters including former world champion Angel Manfredy and the current WBC International Super Lightweight and NABC Lightweight Champion "Merciless" Mary McGee.  Full Story

National Female Championships 2009
May 13, 2009

(MAY 13) The National Amateur Boxing Association of England Female Championships is underway. Preliminary and quarter finals are taking place across the country leading to the semi finals being held on 31st May and the finals being held on 7th June. Both events are in Manchester. With 154 boxers taking part, the ABAE have been overwhelmed with a 50% increase in entries this year demonstrating the...Full Story

Amateur Boxing Action in Egypt
by Amr Hussein
May 12, 2009
photo: generic

(MAY 12) In some rare and very appreciated coverage of the sport, we received a fight report from a boxing tournament that took place on Friday, May 8, 2009,  in Cairo, Egypt. (If anyone has photos or video of this event, WBAN would like to get those). The following report is as follows by Amr Hussein: Last Friday, I attended a female boxing tournament in Cairo, Egypt, although most of the girls are still amateurs, I was really impressed by how far they have come since I first saw them in 2001. The girls came from different places in Egypt to the..Full Story

Hemsley Wins by Points
May 12, 2009

(MAY 12) On Sunday, at the Heritage Hotel, in Derby, United Kingdom, lightweight Suzanne Hemsley, 134¾, won a six-rounder by points over Kristine Shergold, 130½. The final scoring was 58-57.  Flash Photo Slideshow by Jane Warburton

Two Womens' Bouts in
Las Vegas
Photos/report by Mary Ann Owen
May 11, 2009
Huge photo gallery #502 & Flash Photo Slideshow

(MAY 11) On Saturday night, at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada, there were two womens' bouts on the card. Both of the female bouts served women's boxing very well.
In one bout, Melissa Hernandez, 125, won by unanimous decision over Jeri Sitzes; 123. Final judges scores were 60-54, 69-55, and 59-55. In the second bout...Full Report

Olivia Gerula: A Long Climb to the Top
by Bernie McCoy

May 11, 2009

(MAY 11) "We wish we had another ten just like her." Are these words about the next young "phenom" projected to scale the ranks of Women's boxing? No, this pronouncement comes from Butch Gottlieb, veteran boxing manager and Las Vegas fixture, who fits seamlessly into the "been there, seen that" part of the sport. And his words don't refer to the newest ..Full Story

Breitenstein Wins by TKO
May 11, 2009
source/Terri Moss

(MAY 11) On Friday night, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, in  Atlanta, Georgia, Jackie Brietenstien won by a TKO in the first round over Kimberly Moore of North Carolina. The fight was scheduled for four rounds.

Harvison vs. Garvin in Tulsa
by Bobby Dobbs
May 10, 2009

 (MAY 10) In Tulsa, Oklahoma,  on Saturday former National Amateur Champion Brittany Harvison made her pro debut against Rozanne Garvin from New Mexico. This was one of the best female fights I have ever seen. Full Story

Photos: Blackshear vs. McMorrow
May 10, 2009

(MAY 10) WBAN just posted a huge Photo Gallery #501, with over 50 photos, and a Flash Photo Slideshow of the fight between Jolene Blackshear vs. Melissa McMorrow [Report] that just took place on May 7th, in San Jose, Ca.

Two Women's Bouts on Vegas Card!
May 9, 2009

(MAY 9) Tonight at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, in Las Vegas,  Melissa Hernandez will face Jeri Sitzes; and Donatella Hutlin will fight Jasica Rojo. Check out the Weigh-in Flash Photo Slideshow - Photos by Mary Ann Owen!

Tonight: Amanda Serrano vs. Brittany Cruz
May 9, 2009

(MAY 9) Tonight (Saturday), at the Double Tree Hotel, in Orlando, Florida, Amanda Serrano, will be fighting on the undercard in a four-rounder. At weigh-in: Serrano, 125, Cruz, 124.

Evette Collazo to fight on June 12th Card
May 8, 2009

(MAY 8) On June 12, 2009, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, in Tinley Park, Illinois, Evette Collazo, 4-0, will be featured on the undercard. No opponent has been named. Main event: Michael Walker vs.Waite.

Salinas Returns With Big Win!
May 8, 2009

(MAY 8) MANASSAS, VA. Sensational featherweight prospect Jennifer “THE BOLIVIAN QUEEN” Salinas returned to action in a big way this past Saturday night, taking home a third round knockout of Christina Leadbeater at the Patriot’s Center in Fairfax, Virginia.  Full Story

Moreno to make appearance at American Metal & Iron Fight Night
May 7, 2009

(MAY 7) SAN JOSE - CALIFORNIA - Tonight 2009 four-time world champion, Carina "La Reina" Moreno, has been invited by Roy Englebrecht Promotions to make an appearance at American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank set to take place at the HP Pavilion at San Jose Ca. Moreno will sign autographs and meet and greet the fans in attendance. American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank Unveils New...Full Story

Public Challenges in Women's Boxing---Not a New Thing!
By Sue TL Fox
May 5, 2009

(MAY 5) Some may think that women boxers putting out "public challenges" to other female boxers may be something that has transpired in the last 10 years or so.....But WBAN has discovered that the first "Public Challenge" as of this date of the research we have in our archives actually took place on September 22, 1890!   Full Story

WBAN expands
Coverage to Include Argentina!

May 4, 2009
Photo: John Harris

(MAY 4) WBAN has made it's way to ringside coverage in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  On the high-profile boxing card that took place at Luna Park, the coverage included the  Marcela "La Tigresa" Acuna vs. Jackie Nava. WBAN was fortunate to obtained John Harris to provided the coverage ringside. More

McMorrow to fight Cheryl Houlihan
May 4, 2009

(MAY 4) It was announced on Fight Night at the Tank, that will take place on May 7, 2009,  that Jolene Blackshear, 4-2 (2KO), of San Diego, California, would be fighting Melissa McMorrow, 2-0, of San Jose, California.  Full Story

YouTube: Jennifer Barber- WBAN's Top pick this week! 
May 4, 2009

(MAY 4) Take a look at Jennifer "The Razor" Barber as Tyler Lindsay highlights her career. See what makes her Gloves of Gold as she discusses her training, motivation and the state of women's boxing. Video

Klinefelters' Win on Card
May 3, 2009

(MAY 3) On Friday, in Warren, Michigan lightweight Katy Klinefelter won a four-round unanimous decision against Brenda Rodriguez. In another bout, sister Emily Klinefelter TKO2 over Nikia McCargo.  No other details at this time

Women's Boxing Action in Japan!
May 2, 2009
Photos: Samart

(MAY 2) Tonight [Time Zone in Japan] at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, in the co-main event, and televised on Nippon Television, Naomi Togashi won a 10-round unanimous decision over OA Kokietgym [aka: O A Lookkaerai].  The two were fighting for the WBC light flyweight world title.  Final judges scores were 49-92, 96-93, and 96-94.   Full Story

Brietenstien to fight in Atlanta
May 2, 2009

(MAY 2) ATLANTA-GEORGIA The ring will be set and ready for action May 8, 2009, at 8 p.m. as Silverback Entertainment returns in conjunction with the Sweet Auburn Festival to present The Bull-MENGOTTI, an evening of professional boxing at its best. This wholesome family event will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center located at 90 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Full Story

WBAN's May 2009 Rankings!
May 2, 2009

(MAY 2) Dee Williams has posted the latest WBAN May 2009 rankings.  This system is based on Dee's computerized rankings, and they are independent ratings. To check out the latest ratings,  Go Here

Tonight: Togashi to fight in Japan
May 2, 2009

(MAY 2) Tonight at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Naomi Togashi will be fighting O A Lookkaerai of Thailand for a WBC junior flyweight title. Also, Momo Koseki will be fighting Nao Ikeyama. The two will fight for the Atomweight WBC title.

Weigh-In: Menzer-Alcanter
May 1, 2009

(MAY 1) Today the weigh-in was held in Germany for the "Universum Champion Night" boxing card. Ina Menzer, weighed in at 57,1kg, and Franchesca Alcanter, 55,9. The two will be fighting for the WIBF/WBC  titles. Photo: Bobby Dobbs Press Release


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