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  Rhonda Luna....
By David A. Avila
September 30, 2004

(SEPT 30) WBAN has posted five huge digital photo galleries of the Laila Ali vs. Gwendolyn O'Neil, short mpegs (#211 & #208); Leatitia Robinson vs. Mahfood (#213); Trisha Hill vs. Lisa Pederson (#210); Janaya Davis vs. Kerin (#212) and Weigh-in of boxers (#207).)).  Members login

  Tonight: Stars out at “Bayside Brawl”
Source: Press Release
October 1, 2004

(OCT 1) PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -Boxing stars from the past and present will be out tonight for “Bayside Brawl,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. Jamie "Hurricane" Clampitt will be fighting Brenda Bell-Drexel. WBAN has Ken Castro ringside covering the event!

  Weekend Results!
September 28, 2004

(SEPT 28)  WBAN has received many results from the weekend that include the following. On September 25th, Bonnie Mann TKO3 Michelle Ewing in North Carolina; In  Memphis, Tennessee,  Christie Nickel, stopped Kim Cabrena in the first round..

Hill - Pederson Bout
and More!

September 28, 2004

(SEPT 28) WBAN will continue to add galleries of all of the fights that took place in Atlanta.  We have behind the scenes,Trisha Hill - Lisa Pederson, and Janaya Davis - Elizabeth Kerin bouts to post. Galleries to be posted later today! 

Post Conference of the Ali-O'Neil Event!
September 27, 2004

(SEPT 27) WBAN has just posted an MPEG (Video) Gallery #208 of the Post Fight (short clips) Conference of Laila "She Bee Stingin" Ali and Gwendolyn O'Neil.  WBAN will be posting many photo galleries from this event! Members Login to WBAN Records siteMPEGS

Csabi Wins In Hungary
By JollyDee
September 26, 2004

(SEPT 26) Last night at the Sporthall of Nagykálló Hungary, Dr. Bettina Csabi fought local hero Viktoria Milo for vacant WIBF-GBU super flyweight title. The bout was qualitative and balanced as well. Bettina's jabs were dominating the match (Full Report on Results)


Quick Results in Atlanta!
September 25, 2004

(SEPT 25) Last night in Atlanta, Georgia, Laila Ali, 174 1/4, KO3 Gwendolyn O'Neil, 175, Ali new IWBF Champ; Leatitia Robinson, 168 1/4, UD10 Valerie Mahfood, 168 3/4. Robinson new IBA Cont. Champ; Janaya Davis defeats Elizabeth Kerin, 168; and Trish Hill, 130, decision win over Lisa Pedersen, 130.

Weights from Nyiregyhaza!
Photos and Story By
JollyDee of Hungary
September 24, 2004

(SEPT 24) A problem occurred about tomorrow’s world championship bout, since the world No.1 bantamweight dr. Bettina Csabi weighed in over the 115lbs/52,183kg limit of the super-flyweight division. The weigh-in ceremony of Felix-Promotion’s Saturday evening card at ...More

Be On the Lookout for St. John!
September 24, 2004

(SEPT 24) Tomorrow night, on the new show with Leeza Gibbons, "What should you do" on Lifetime, will air, featuring Mia St. John.  St. John talks about her jet ski injury in 2002, which was a near fatal injury.  Mia's leg developed gangrene, and she nearly lost her leg.  Mia on crutches at the time!

  Jeffries Wins IBA title!
September 24, 2004

(SEPT 24) Last night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Kelsey Jeffries, 121 1/2,  of Gilroy, California won by a 10-round majority decision over Jerri Sitzes, 122,  in a 10-round super-bantamweight IBA title bout. Final judges scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Jeffries, and 95-95 even. WBAN will have a hot fight gallery posted soon by Jesus Sanchez who was ringside for WBAN at this event!

Condolences to the Toughill Family..
September 24, 2004


(SEPT 24) Erin Toughill's baby sister, Megan Toughill, was killed in a car wreck on Sunday, September 19, 2004 at  2:30 AM while driving on the freeway in Orange County, California.  Prayers go out to the Toughill family. Erin told WBAN, "She was a beautiful soul and will now enter heaven as an angel which will watch over us all!" (photo on left)


Follmar Headlines Card...
September 24, 2004
(Updated with listing opponent)

(SEPT 24) On September 26, 2004, on the “Under the Sun” card,  in Gary Indiana, and promoted by F & F , in the main event, Kristy Follmar of Cedar Lake, Vs. Vicki Clardy, will be featured on the card.  Also, Lois Theobald of Crystal Lake, Illinois will be making her pro debut. VIP $50 reserved table seat $35 gen. Adm. $20. Charge by phone 312-559-1212.

  Fight Against Hunger
Source: Press Release
September 23, 2004

(SEPT 23) Springfield, Mo — Professional Boxing will take place at University Plaza Convention Center Friday October 15th to benefit Ozarks food pantries. Billed as “The Fight Against Hunger” spectators are asked to bring nonperishable food items to the fight and deposit in collection boxes. The Main Event ..Full Story

  Weigh-In Today in Atlanta!
Source: Chris White
September 23, 2004

(SEPT 23) WBAN contacted Chris White of Absoloot Boxing, and got the following rundown on the women's matches of an eight-bout card!  The main event will be Laila Ali vs. Gwendolyn O'Neil, 10 round IWBA light-heavyweight world title fight; Valerie Mahfood vs. Laeticia Robinson; Janaya Davis vs. Elizabeth Kerin; and Trish Hill vs. Lisa Pedersen.  Weigh-in to be held at 4:00pm.  

Those "Friendly Confines"
By Bernie McCoy

September 22, 2004

(SEPT 22) It was the redoubtable Harry Caray who first called that wonderful old ball park on the corner of Clark and Addison in Chicago "the friendly confines." It was a near perfect place to watch a ball game on a summer day and was, according to urban legend, a friendly place for the homestanding Cubs to play. We've seen, lately, that "friendly confines" are not, by any means, limited to Clark and Addison on the North Side of ...Full Story

  Rakoczy to go into Surgery!
September 22, 2004

(SEPT 22) WBAN would like to wish IBA world champion Jessica Rakoczy well, when she goes into surgery today to repair some badly strained ligaments in her ankle.  She will be in Baltimore, Maryland for this procedure.  Rakoczy had injured her ankle when she fought Lisa Lewis in February, and then she fought St. John, Ramirez, Pereira with stress fractures, that led to the torn ligaments.

  Serrano to fight In West Virginia
September 22, 2004

(SEPT 22) On September 30, 2004, in Chester, West Virginia, Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano, 7-0-0 (5KO), of Queens, New York, will be fighting undefeated Leslie Perela, 2-0-0 (2 KO) in a scheduled four-round bout on the undercard. The mainliner will feature Verquan Kimbrough vs Edwardo Valdez..


Public Challenge to Mary
Jo Sanders!!!

By Sumya 'The Island Girl' Anani

September 21, 2004

(SEPT 21) Mary Jo, Congratulations for defeating Witherspoon! In July, Bobby Dobbs offered you the chance to have a world title fight with me on an ESPN2 event. Your team said you weren’t ready!! When will you be ready?
Boxrec has me at #1 and you at #2. I'm the WIBA 140 World Champ, you're the # 1 contender & IBA 140 Continental Champ. You've defended your title! You've had your tune-up against Witherspoon! What are you waiting for?

  Caple's Opponent is awarded WIBA World Title Belt after having a Majority Draw?!!!
September 20, 2004

(SEPT 20) Just when WBAN thinks they have heard it ALL,  another Wing-Dinger flies out from left field!  On September 18th, United States boxers, Yvonne Caples and Missy Fiorentino went to Japan to fight on a card, and both were fighting for a  WIBA world title belt against Japan's female boxers.  Caples reported to WBAN that after having a "majority draw" against Japan's Yuko Sodoka that Sodoka was awarded with the WIBA World title belt!  Full Story  WIBA Response to article

  Laura Serrano Weds in Mexico!
September 20, 2004

(SEPT 20)  One of the top women boxers in the world, Laura Serrano, got married on September 17, 2004.  She got married in the "Basilica de Guadalupe" one of the  most prominent churches in Mexico. Serrano and her new husband are honeymooning in Huatulco beaches in Oaxaca State. Wedding Photos by Victor Fonseca

  Rubalcalva Stops Abel
By Mara Castillon
September 18, 2004

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA-Despite Julie Rubalcalva engaging in only her third professional fight, her opponent Gina Abel was out-classed in a bout scheduled for four rounds at the Irvine Marriott on Thursday.  "When I first saw her throw punches I said to myself what is this?" said Rubalcalva of her Texan opponent in a fight card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.  Full Story

  Schouten to fight Ivanova
September 17, 2004

(SEPT 17) On November 6, 2004, promoted by Top Sports Group, at the Velodrome (cycling stadium, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Esther Schouten, 15-1-0 (6KO), of the Netherlands,  will be defending her WIBF Super Bantamweight title against Galina  Ivanova, 5-4-1 (0KO), of Bulgaria,  in a 10-round WIBF Super Bantamweight title bout. 


Reis to fight Toughill
September 17, 2004

(SEPT 17) WBAN has been notified today that contracts have been signed for Yvonne Reis, 3-4-1 (0KO), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to fight. Erin Toughill, 5-1-1 (0KO), of California, for the GBU Intercontinental title, in a ten round bout. The fight will take place on October 22, 2004, in Sarasota, Florida.

  Today: Laura Serrano to
tie the knot!
September 17, 2004

(SEPT 17) Today Laura Serrano will be getting married!   She will get married in the "Basilica de Guadalupe" one of the  most prominent churches in Mexico. Serrano and her husband-to-be, will then honeymoon in Huatulco beaches in Oaxaca State.

  Like Mother...Like

September 16, 2004

(SEPT 16) There is a new up-and-coming boxer on the scene, and she is related to retired pro boxer Kelly Whaley!  Whaley's daughter, Katie Whaley made her amateur debut September 13th,  at the Washington County Fair here in Southern Utah. Katie, a southpaw at 105 pounds and 15 years old, fought Adie Torres, 18, to a draw. More


Regina Halmich Talks
about fight
September 15, 2004

(SEPT 15)  WBAN received an open letter from Regina Halmich in regards to her latest fight with Elena Reid. Halmich said the following:  "Dear Sue Fox, my English is not so good, but I think it´s important that I write you a letter. First,  I would like to say, that I think the fight between me and Elena Reid was a big fight with a lot of action. I would like to say thanks to Elena Reid for this fight. The decision was very close, I know that. And I´m not very happy about that and I really do not feel like a winner. The results show, that this fight must come again! More

  The Buzzz is STILL a hummin'!
By Sue TL Fox
September 15, 2004

(SEPT 15) WBAN has updated the latest comments made by media, and the public about the Regina Halmich vs. Elena "Baby Doll" Reid fight that took place on September 11, 2004, in Germany where Reid was handed a controversial Draw decision when most thought that Reid had won the bout! To Read the latest comments,
 go here!


Latest Amateur Boxing News From Europe!...
By Sonia Grande --WBAN's Italy Correspondent
September 15, 2004

(SEPT 15) Great performance for the Italian team that was involved in the  "Witch cup" Hungarian Tournament, in Pecs, Hungary,  last week (Sept. 8-11). The Italian team presented four fighters at this tournament: Carmela Chiacchio (46kg) that ....More


Boxing Action in Germany!
September 14, 2004

(SEPT 14)  On September 21, 2004 in Hamburg, Germany, there will be two women's matches on the card.  First  Ina Menzer, 3-0-0, of Aachen, Germany, will be taking on  Viktoria Oleynik. AND in a second fight, Alesia Graf, 5-0-0, (1KO), of Stuttgart, Germany will be fighting Ekaterina Tsepeleva, 1-1-0, of Russia.

Boxing Action in Germany!
September 14, 2004
(SEPT 14) On September 21, 2004 in Hamburg, Germany, there will be two women's matches on the card. First Ina Menzer, 3-0-0, of Aachen, Germany, will be taking on Viktoria Oleynik. AND in a second fight, Alesia Graf, 5-0-0, (1KO), of Stuttgart, Germany will be fighting Ekaterina Tsepeleva, 1-1-0, of Russia.

By Sumya 'Island Girl' Anani
September 13, 2004
(SEPT 13) WBAN has received an open letter from Sumya Anani to Mary Jo Sanders, who is set to fight on September 16th, and does not have an opponent. Anani wrote, "Mary Jo, you have an upcoming fight that is posted on WBAN for September 16 (3 days away) still listed as a "TBA"....I'm offering one of my belts...It's your hometown, your crowd, probably your promoter too. You've known for quite awhile that you were going to fight on the 16th. What's up with the fights lately that list TBA's days before the fight? Does TBA mean "To Best Avoid letting an opponent properly prepare for a fight?" Sumya 'Island Girl' Anani"

McConnell Takes Tough opponent in
second pro bout!

September 13, 2004

(SEPT 13) On Saturday, September 11, at the Silver Reef Casino, Ferndale, Washington, Molly McConnell won a unanimous decision over Claudia Valenciana, now 7-2-0 (4KO), and #1 ranked Light middleweight in the United States. After the first round of getting used to Valenciana's mauling approach to boxing. Molly went on to win the last three rounds handedly with scores of 39-37 on all three judges cards. Valenciana weighed in two pounds over her contract weight of 147 and according to Bill Mertzl, refused to lose the two pounds saying; "we'll just go home". Molly accepted the bout and at fight time Valenciana weighed 158. This was a BIG order for McConnell who boxes as a Light Welterweight, however the BIG order was handled with ease. Molly's record improves to 2-0. (Source: Bill Mertz /McConnell's trainer)

Ogg Wins in 12 Second Knockout!
By Durell Wambolt
September 13, 2004

Knockout photos added to "Knockout" Segment!
(SEPT 13) On Saturday, September 11, at the Cabbagetown Gym, in Toronto, Canada, Amateur boxer Jenn Ogg, and reigning women’s world lightweight boxing champion, knocked out Wendy Lee in just 12 quick seconds! Durell Wambolt caught the action and told WBAN, “It was an awesome display of power! Ogg has 67amateur bouts 60-7, and is a London police officer. She just recently announced her upcoming retirement from boxing, and plans to make her last appearance on October 15th, as the headliner of the second Banger in the Hangar dinner-boxing card at the London Convention Centre.

Top Comments: Reid - Halmich
September 13, 2004
Do you have a comment?

(SEPT 13) In the decision made in Germany of the Reid vs. Halmich fight predictable? Ah...yes...Hopeful that a fair decision would be made if Elena "Baby Doll" Reed fought hometown queen Halmich and beat her....absolutely. But that is only in a perfect world---and last night proved again, that there is no "perfect world" in the sport of boxing. Hear what some boxing fans and some of the media had to say about this controversial decision between Reid and Halmich!

Reid and Halmich Draw!
September 12, 2004

Reid and Halmich Draw!
(SEPT 12) Last night in Karlsruhe, Germany Regina Halmich and Elena "Baby Doll" Reid fought to a controversial draw. WBAN has already received many emails from fans in Germany stating that Reid was "Ripped off". Judges scoring: Roger Tillemann (Belgian) 93-97 for Reid; Leslek Jankowiak (Polish) 97-97; Oliver Evers (German) 98-/94 for Halmich. Also, Silke Weickenmeier fought an uneventful 10-round WIBF title fight against Austria Urena and won easily by a unanimous decision.... Report to be posted soon! Huge Photo Gallery!

Belinszky Wins World Title!
Photo and report
by JollyDee of Hungary
September 10, 2004
Exclusive Photo Galleries #203 & 204

(SEPT 10) Tonight, Felix Promotion in cooperated with Fair-Play promotion presented a professional boxing gala in the City Sport Hall, Tököl, Hungary, which featured three women's bout. After the long inactivity period Piroska Beki (6-2-0; 2KO's) winning by scheduled four round split decision over Agnes Varga (0-2-0) in a featherweight division. Beki dominated her opponent every rounds, but knocked down in the 2nd round with a lucky-punch.
Full Story

Update: Laila Ali -vs- Gwendolyn O'Neil
source: press release
September 10, 2004

(SEPT 10) On Friday September 24th, 2004 at 7:00pm, Absoloot Entertainment is bringing World Championship Boxing to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The Triple Crown Super Middleweight Champion, Laila Ali (18-0 15 KO's) will move up to light heavyweight to challenge the newly crowned WIBA Light Heavyweight champ Gwendolyn O'Neil. WBAN received an emailed poster of this event. For boxing fans who would like the full-version emailed to them, contact WBAN for the request! More on the event

Cooper to fight in Las Vegas!
September 10, 2004

(SEPT 10) On September 17, 2004, at the Orleans Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Melinda Cooper will be fighting a six-rounder on the undercard. Guilty Boxing would like to set up a title fight for Cooper in her next bout. No opponent has been named.

Halmich to fight Reid
September 9, 2004

(SEPT 9) This Saturday, Regina Halmich will be fighting United States Elena "Baby Doll" Reid at the dm Arena, in Karlsruhe, Germany. Halmich will be defending her WIBF Flyweight title. Also, on the card, Silke Weickenmeier will fight Austria Urena for the WIBF Featherweight Championship. The Halmich - Reid fight will be carried live on ZDF television.

Posted: September 2004 - Dee Williams Rankings!
September 7, 2004

(SEPT 7) WBAN has just posted the latest Dee Williams's computerized rankings. To check out the latest rankings, Go Here! To learn more about Dee's Rankings, Go Here

The 2nd International German Women's Amateur Boxing Championships
Photos and Story By Torben Lodberg

(SEPT 7) The 2nd International German Women’s Amateur Boxing Championships were held at the Bavarian town of Maisach last weekend, in the categories women (born 1985 or earlier) and Juniors (born 1986 and 1987). The championships took place in a three day period, beginning on Friday, September 3. The preliminary bouts were held in August bouts. The Prelims were held at the gymnasium of one of the local schools, while the venue for Saturday’s semi finals and Sunday’s finals was a ...
Photos and Story

Latest News From Italy!
source: Sonia Grande
September 6, 2004

(SEPT 6) In Riccione, from October 3-10, 2004, there will be an Amateur European Championship. Riccione is a beautiful city, on the Adriatic Sea. Also, from September 7-12, many Amateur boxing teams will be busy at the International tournaments in Debracem, Hungary, which included the Italian amateur team. Then the Italian team will leave for Poland to compete dual matches in preparation of the European Championship. Lastly on October 15, in Lastra di Signa, Italy, Sonia De Biase will fight a six rounds. No opponent has been named yet.

Serrano to fight in Philly!
September 4, 2004

(SEPT 4) On October 22, 2004, in Philadelphia, and promoted by Greg Robinson, Super Featherweight Cindy Serrano, 7-0-0 (5KO), of Queens, New York, will be fighting on that card. No opponent has been named at this time. No other details at this time....Sue TL Fox

A Matchmaker and the Future
by Bernie McCoy
September 4, 204

(SEPT 4) Bobby Dobbs and his wife Stephanie are both in the boxing business. Stephanie has had over 30 professional bouts. Bobby had two bouts (one amateur, one professional). Bobby is a tad circumspect about the results, but he's crystal clear about his current involvement in the sport: "My future in..
Full Story

Gaines Defeats McNamara
September 3, 2004

(SEPT 3) Last night at the Harrah's Casino, in Kansas City, Missouri, on the undercard of a Showtime card, and promoted by Titan Entertainment, Sharon Gaines, 120, won a four-round unanimous decision over Leslie McNamara, 121, in a junior featherweight bout.

Contracts are signed!
September 3, 2004

(SEPT 3) Valerie "The Wolfe" Mahfood will be fighting Laeticia Robinson on September 24, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia. Mahfood will be defending her newly "won" light-heavyweight IBA Continental Belt. This fight will be on the undercard of the Laila "She Bee Stingin" Ali vs. Gwendolyn O'Neil mainliner! More to follow on this upcoming card!

Ortiz to fight Cruz for Title
September 2, 2004

(SEPT 2) Jayla Ortiz of Santa Fe, of New Mexico, and Terri Cruz of Denver, Colorado, will be fighting for the vacant Bantamweight IFBA World Title, formally held by Adriana Delgado of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fight will be held October 23, 2004, at the Sky Ute Casino, in Ignacio, Colorado. (Inset photo: Terri Cruz)

Fight Night at the Tank
September 2, 2004
source: press release

SEPT 2) San Jose, CA--- Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E) and Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing announced today that Miller Lite Fight Night at the Tank continues professional boxing action at HP Pavilion at San Jose on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. Featured in the evening’s main event will be Paul
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