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MAY 2016

Braekhus awarded IBF "Female fighter of the year"
Source/Press Release/IBF
Photo: PR/courtesy
May 28, 2016

(MAY 28) Five times World Champion and female superstar Cecilia Braekhus was thrilled after participating at the 33rd IBF convention in Beijing, China this week.  The colombian-born Norwegian holds all five titles (WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and IBO) in the welterweight division, and is reckon as pound-for-pound the best female fighter in the world. .... Full Story

Mexico:  Tonight Lourdes Juarez vs. Suri Tapia
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
May 28, 2016

(MAY 28) Tonight at the Centro de Convenciones, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, there will be a female bout featured on the card that will have Lourdes Juarez, 15-2-0 (2KO), vs. Suri Tapia, fighting in a non-title flyweight bout.  The two weighed in at 108 yesterday on the scales.   In addition there are three male bouts on the card.... Full Story

Team USA's Claressa Shields and Shadasia Green Clinch Final Round Berths at the 2016 Berths Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo: Facebook
May 26, 2016

(MAY 26)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and American heavyweight Shadasia Green ... Full Story

Five American Boxers Clinch Medals with Quarterfinal Victories at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 25, 2016

(MAY 25) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Five American boxers advanced to the semifinal round with quarterfinal wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza... Full Story

Boxing; Adams, Taylor, Ren, Harrington & Ryan star on a hectic day in Astana
by Michael O'Neill
(additional reporting AIBA)
May 23, 2016

(MAY 23) Tuesday sees the quarter-finals of the 2016 AIBA Women’s Worlds in Astana as far as the 3 Olympic weights are concerned with these taking place at the Barys Arena in the evening session.  Earlier in the day, the quarter finals take place in the non-Olympic weights so a hectic day for all concerned in Kazakhstan.  Full Story

The United States' Marlen Esparza and Shadasia Green Earn Victories in their Tournament Operners
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 23, 2016

(MAY 23)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and international newcomer Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) both earned preliminary victories on Monday afternoon at the 2016 Women's World Championships at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan. Junior and Youth World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) dropped her second round bout in the light welterweight division in her first elite World ...Full Story

Hyun-Mi Choi, Moon Chul Suh & Leatitia Arzalier New WBF Champions
May 22, 2016

(MAY 22) On Saturday, May 21, 2016,  saw three new World Boxing Federation (WBF) Champions crowned in front of sizable crowds and massive TV audiences, as entertaining title fights took place as far apart as Jinju in South Korea and Balaruc les Bains in France.  Full Story

Review of AIBA Women's World championships
by Michael O'Neill
(additional reporting AIBA)
May 22, 2016

(MAY 22)  Saturday sees day 3 of the 2016 AIBA women’s world championships (and final Olympic qualifier for women), at the Barys Arena in Astana with few shocks so far but still a long way to go. Here on WBAN we brought you news of Team USA boxers and their fine wins so far so my updates will concentrate on the action relating to boxers from ....Full Story

Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and two-time World Champion Jajaira Gozalez Score TKO Victories
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 21, 2016

(MAY 21) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.  - The United States squad moved to a perfect 5-0 in 2016 Women's World Championships competition with three victories on Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan....Full Story

Blueprint Boxing Promotions Signs Former two-time World Champion Kaliesha West
Source/Press Release
May 20, 2016

BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA - Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former two time, two division world champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West to a promotional agreement. (Announced on May 17, 2016).   West (16-2, 4 KOs) is a former two time, two division world champion who is ready, willing and able to get in the ring and become a three time world champion in 2016.  Full Story

Da Costa Takes On Macedo In First WBF World Championship Defense
May 20, 2016

(MAY 20)  World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight Champion Anne Sophie Da Costa will defend her title for the first time on Saturday May 28 at the Salle Frederique Bronquard in Tinqueux, France, only a stones-throw from her hometown of Reims, when she takes on Soledad Macedo from Uruguay.   Full Story

Virginia Fuchs and Mikaela Mayer record opening  Round Wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo: Facebook
May 20,  2016

(MAY 20)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships began with preliminary round bouts in the three Olympic weight divisions on Thursday. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) both earned first round victories on the opening day of competition. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields..Full Story

La Mamba Negra: The Open Vein - a Day off with Pro-Boxer Christina Linardatou Duran
Story and Photos by: Zak Varvaresso
Website:  www.varvaresso.com
May 19, 2016

Neighbourhood of Patisia -located 15 minutes away from the city center- is an open place which brings a sense of community into the normal chaos of Athens. Taking the day off from her practice, Christina took a walk with me through her neighborhood down the Patision Street, one of the major and busiest roads of central Athens.  Full Story 

Blueprint Boxing Promotions Signs Former WBO Flyweight Champ Melissa McMorrow
Source/Press Release
May 19, 2016

(MAY 19)  BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA –  Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former three time world flyweight champion “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow to it’s talent roster of world class boxers.  McMorrow (10-5, 1 KOs) is a former three time world champion who in her last fight defeated previously...Full Story

Raquel Miller to Fight on  Square Warriors Professional Boxing Event May 21st!
Source/Press Release/WBAN
May 19, 2016

(MAY 19)  San Francisco - come out and support San Francisco native and former top USA amateur boxer Raquel Miller as she embarks on a new journey making her professional boxing debut at the Richmond Auditorium Center in Richmond, Ca.  ... Full Story

More than 275 Athletes from 70 Nations Scheduled to Compete in the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo/courtesy/USA Boxing
May 17, 2016

(MAY 17)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (May 17, 2016) - All of the preparations are complete and USA Boxing's elite women are ready to face the best boxers in the world at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, May 19-27 in Astana, Kazakhstan. More than 70 countries are slated to be represented by 276 athletes in the ninth edition of the event.  Full Story

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold
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Source/Press Release
Photo/Courtesy T-Rex
May 17, 2016

(MAY 17) The film is T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, about Claressa Shields, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing in 2012. She was 17 at the time; and is currently training in Colorado Springs to compete in this summer’s games. If she wins gold again, she would be the first US boxer, man or woman, to win back-to-back gold medals.  Full Story

Korean Sensation Hyun-Mi Choi Going For WBF World Crown
Source: Press Release
May 15, 2016

(MAY 15)  Korean boxing sensation Hyun-Mi-Choi is looking to build on one of the most extraordinary resumes in female boxing, when she takes on former world champion Unathi Myekeni from South Africa for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Super Featherweight title on Saturday May 21 in Jinju, South Korea. Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor remains AIBA 60kg World no.1 ahead of 2016 Women's Worlds in Astana
by Michael O'Neill
May 14, 2016

(MAY 14) Friday 13th – lucky for some though not for all but it was an optimistic Team Ireland who set off on Friday for Astana, Kazakhstan where the 2016 AIBA World Championships for women get under way on 19th May.  Full Story

In the Line of Fire:  Former boxer Ann Carrizales and police officer featured in Discovery Show!
May 14, 2016

(MAY 14)  (New York, N.Y.) –Across the United States every day, brave men and women in blue risk their lives to serve and protect all Americans. For the second year, Investigation Discovery (ID) turns its cameras on the professionals to explore the critical role so many officers play in protecting and serving. Presented by legal analyst Rikki Klieman, IN THE LINE OF FIRE brings viewers into the heat of the moment to experience the stunning split-second decisions that changed the course of events and tells, first-hand, emotional stories of survival from the police officers themselves. In celebration of National Police Week (Sunday, May 15-Saturday, May 21), IN THE LINE OF FIRE is set to premiere exclusively on ID on Sunday, May 15 at 8/7c.  Full Story

European Premiere of "With This Ring" set for Oxford's famous Wolfson College on 17th May
by Michael O'Neill
May 13, 2016

(MAY 13)  We’ve seen a few documentaries of late - and about time too - on the subject of women’s boxing, both ‘Amateur’ and ‘Professional’.  One such new production will be of special interest to followers of USA Boxing since it features reigning Olympic champion Claressa Shields. ..Full Story

Women of Boxing Descend on the Big Apple For Raging Babe Brunch: New York, New York
Source/Press Release
May 12, 2016

(MAY 12) NEW YORK -The Raging Babe Brunch continues to forge connections between women of diverse backgrounds, companies and areas of expertise, all sharing in common their connections to the Sweet Science. On June 11th, the heels of Raging Babes from across the East Coast and beyond, hit the...Full Story

USA Boxing's Elite Women Prepare to take on the World's Best at the 2016 Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker
May 6, 2016

(MAY 6) USA Boxing's elite women are preparing to take on the best female boxers in the world May 16-28 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ten American women will compete in the biennial event, which will also serve as the final Olympic qualifier in the three women's Olympic ..Full Story

The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016
by Michael O'Neill
May 6, 2016
Photo: Lisa Whiteside
Copyrighted: Boxing England

(MAY 6) The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016 saw Lisa Whiteside become a five-time national champion and three other boxers become two-time winners last weekend. 76 men and 39 women competed at the England Boxing Elite National..Full Story

Cecilia Braekhus to fight July 9th on huge card
May 3, 2016


 (MAY 3) There is an Internet report that Johnathon Banks, the trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and Cecilia Braekhus confirmed the multi-world Welterweight champion Braekhus will be co-feature on the Heavyweight World title fight between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at The M.E.N Arena in Manchester on 9th July 2016. WBAN will keep boxing folks up on this bit of great news!

Marston to Challenge Tshabalala for Her World Crown on July 2nd
May 3, 2016

(MAY 3) Over the past week or so the World’s press have been focusing heavily on the recently announced 9th July Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko WBO-WBA-IBO Unified Heavyweight Championships rematch. Quite rightly so, it’s a huge fight, however just one week earlier, an equally World significant unification bout is also...Full Story

Results from Mexico:  Three Female Bouts on Card
May 1, 2016


(MAY 1) Last night at the Deportivo Tolti, Tultitlán, México, Viridiana Garcia, 121¼, won a four-round unanimous decision over Fernanda Diaz Ramos, 122 1/4; super bantamweight, Maria Elena Villalobos, 119 1/4, lost to Yesenia Tovar, 118 3/4, by an eight round split decision; and lightweight Beatriz Jimenez, won a four-round unanimous decision over Cynthia Hernandez.






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