Stiff left jabs, hard landing
right hooks, solid body punches, and flying sweat. The
women showed they could fight at Scranton's Cultural
Center on Wednesday night in very tenacious competition.
After several bleeding noses and a lot of grunts, fans
screaming "knock her head off" were not
Thirty female fighters from all
over the country, including two local girls, competed
at the Everlast Women's National Championships
sponsored by United States Amateur Boxing, Inc. the
national governing body for Olympic style boxing. The
winners of these quarterfinals will move on to
semi-final competition, concluding with the final
national championship on Saturday.
The bouts are two three-minute
rounds in weight classes from 106 lbs. to 201+lbs.
Unfortunately for the local
heroes, Avoca's Christina Munski, (6 wins and 3
losses) at 119lbs., and North Bend's Sherry Wertz, 106
lbs. there will not be any representatives from
Northeast Pennsylvania at the finals.
"I did not do what I was
supposed to," Munski said, losing 25 - 2 in a
lopsided match with California's Jamie Baron.
"I'll be back," she added pointing out her
opponent was a "great boxer and hard
Wertz felt she got a "raw
deal" in her loss to Cathy Herway from Texas.
"Every punch I threw landed," she said.
"I bloodied her nose but the judges gave it to
her because she was on the offensive," Wertz
said. A married mother of one daughter who she claims
is her "biggest fan", Wertz promises she
will return to national competition.
Fourteen of the fifteen bouts
went the distance. Only one fight was stopped one
minute into the second round when Elizabeth Mueller
from New London Connecticut stopped Utah's Jamie Day.
"These bouts are very technical but do not lack
intensity," Neuendorf said.
In one contest in the 119 lb.
weight class, Deborah Stein from New York City came
back after being knocked down in the second round by
Teresa O'Toole from North Carolina. "I had to
keep going even though I was dazed," Stein said.
Her comeback in the third round surprised O'Toole who
thought she "really had her opponent."
"This is a very important
event for women's boxing," said Kevin Neuendorf,
Public Relations representative for USA Boxing.
"The winners will compete in the world's first
international women's boxing competition in Finland
The fighters come from all
different backgrounds, including a television news
anchor, an author of a book on veterinarian medicine,
and former women's marines.
Neuendorf is confident the next
two day's competition will get more intense as the
best meet in the ring. Krysti Rosario from California
says she's just getting warmed up after her win over
Illinois' Amber Gideon in the 132 lb. weight class.
"I'm studying my next fighter closely and I'm
looking forward to tomorrow."
Neuendorf said USA Boxing chose
to conduct this tournament in Northeast Pennsylvania
because of the hospitality and the success of other
women's boxing matches held here. "This is a very
young program but it is growing fast," he said.
The semifinals will be held at
the cultural center at 12 noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday,
April 22. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.,
Saturday, April 24 at the University of Scranton's
John Long Center.
Tickets are $20 for ringside, $7
Bout 1- Light flyweight, 106
lbs., Herway wins decision over Wertz, 15 - 10
Bout 2- Light flyweight, 106
lbs., Sproul wins decision over Sells, 9 - 6
Bout 3- Light flyweight, 106
lbs., Carillo wins decision over Madewell, 4 - 2
Bout 4- Light flyweight, 106
lbs., Caples wins decision over Yin, 30 - 2
Bout 5- Bantanweight, 119 lbs.,
Stein wins decision over O'Toole, 13 - 11
Bout 6- Bantamweight, 119 lbs.,
Baron wins decision over Munski, 25 - 2
Bout 7- Bantamweight, 119 lbs.,
Valez wins decision over Alcivar, 28 - 27
Bout 8- Bantamweight, 119 lbs.,
Vela wins decision over Salcido, 17 - 12
Bout 9-Lightweight, 132 lbs.,
Rosario wins decision over Gideon, 18 - 13
Bout 10- Lightweight, 132 lbs.,
Howe wins decision over Fucci, 11 - 10
Bout 11- Lightweight, 132 lbs.,
Mueller wins by RSC (referee stops contest), 1 minute
into the second round, over Day
Bout 12- Lightweight, 132 lbs.,
Lewis wins decision over Bridges, 18 - 14
Bout 13- Welterweight, 147 lbs.,
Brown wins decision over Bullock, 17 - 7
Bout 14- Welterweight, 147 lbs.,
Pryor wins decision over Lugg, 26 - 1
Bout 15- Welterweight, 147 lbs.,
Huchber wins decision over Hynes, 15 - 4
Amateur women boxers from across
the country battled through the semifinal competition
on Thursday at Scranton's Cultural Center, to decide
who will fight for the gold medal at the Everlast
Women's Amateur Boxing National Championships.
Scheduled for this Saturday, boxing enthusiasts can
expect more technical skill, some old rivalries, and
strong desire to take home the gold. Competing on the
national level requires these boxers to perform at
their best, said Kevin Neuendorfer, from United State
Boxing, Inc., the event's governing body.
Fight fans saw four bouts
stopped early because of the punishing action. New
York's Deborah Stein, 119 lbs., could not muster
another comeback after being knocked down in the
second round, like she did in Wednesday's
California's Jamie Baron
flattened Stein with a right hook that caused the
referee to stop the bout 40 seconds into the second
round. Baron said she is looking forward to Saturday's
finals. "I want this championship!" Baron
Krysti Rosario, 132 lbs., from
California, who dominated Jennifer Howe, from Utah,
with a lightning fast left jab predicts she will
"win the gold" medal on Saturday. Rosario is
a returning champion who won the 1998 Everlast Women's
Championships. Rosario expects Saturdays match against
Connecticut's Elizabeth Meuller to challenge her
skills. "I rely on my trainer and I work to
perfect my skills," she said.
Meuller who squeaked by
California's Lisa Lewis said watching her opponent
over the previous eliminations bouts gave her some
tools to her win. Meuller stayed on the offensive.
"I figured I needed to stay on top of her to win
and that's what I did," she said. She will also
work with her trainer to prepare for Rosario.
Linda Carrillo a California
light flyweight, is another returning champion.
Carrillo defeated Yvonne Caples, also of California,
by scoring a tie-breaking point with three seconds
left in the last round. She said "no one at this
level should be underestimated."
One Pennsylvanian will make it
to the finals. Pittsburgh native Sherry Huchber
defeated Stephanie Jaramillo from New Mexico with a
right hand punch she landed at will in the third
Two New York girls in the
flyweight division will meet for the third time on
Saturday at the finals. Jamie McGrath and Stella
Nijhof both scored substantial wins in the semifinals,
and McGrath feels Nijhof may be "out for
"We know each other's
styles," McGrath said, but she is not sure if
that will give either boxer the advantage. "I won
the last three times we met," McGrath said.
Nijhof said "she's ready to
beat McGrath this time" and "we'll see on
Kanicia Elay defeated Crystal
Pinager in the light heavyweight division by
"throwing punches to make her head snap
back," she said. Elay, who threw herself to the
mat when the decision was given said "technique
is the way to win" at this level of competition.
She lost the last three times she faced Pinager.
Saturday night's championships
will be held at the University of Scranton's John Long
Center, starting at 6 pm, for the winner, and the
others take home a bronze medal.
Thursday, April 22, Semi-final
Bout 1 - 100 pounds, Peters wins
by walkover over Garcia
Bout 2 - Flyweight, 112 lbs.,
McGrath wins decision over Strode, 20 - 8
Bout 3 - Flyweight, 112 lbs.,
Nijhof wins decision over Scott, 14 - 2
Bout 4 - Featherweight, 125
lbs., Fabian wins by disqualification of Humphrey, 39
seconds into the third round.
Bout 5 - Featherweight, 125
lbs., Avalos wins decision over Hedges, 11 - 2
Bout 6 - Light welterweight, 139
lbs., Gutierrez wins decision over Santaw, 26 - 11
Bout 7 - Light welterweight, 139
lbs., Martin wins by RSC
(referee stops contest) over
McFerson, 15 seconds into third round.
Bout 8 - Light middleweight, 156
lbs., Stone wins decision over Emery, 9 - 6
Bout 9 - Light middleweight, 156
lbs., Mistretta wins decision over Mann, 9 - 0
Bout 10 - Light Heavyweight, 176
lbs., Eley wins decision over Pinager, 15 - 5
Bout 11 - Super heavyweight,
+201 lbs., Baskett wins by RSC over Pankratz, 1 minute
50 seconds into the first round.
Bout 12 - Super heavyweight,
+201 lbs., Chairez wins by walkover over Bailly 6 pm
Bout 1 - Light flyweight, 106
lbs., Herway wins by RSC over Sprowl 1 minute 43
seconds into the second round.
Bout 2 - Light flyweight, 106
lbs., Carrillo wins decision over Caples, 5 - 4.
Bout 3 - Bantamweight, 119 lbs.,
Baron wins by RSC over Stein, 40 seconds into round 2
Bout 4 - Bantamweight, 119 lbs.,
Valez wins by walkover over Vela
Bout 5 - Lightweight, 132 lbs.,
Rosario wins decision over Howe, 39 - 5
Bout 6 - Lightweight, 132 lbs.,
Mueller wins decision over Lewis, 7 - 6
Bout 7 - Welterweight, 147 lbs.,
Pryor wins decision over Brown, 9 - 0
Bout 8 - Welterweight, 147 lbs.,
Huchber wins decision over Jaramillo, 12 - 10
Bout 9 - Heavyweight, 201 lbs.,
Jackson wins decision over Green, 11- 2
The women's amateur boxers
champions fought for the gold Saturday night at the
University of Scranton's John J. Long Center. The
final bouts of the 1999 Everlast Women's National
Championships brought the audience to their feet, and
will provide representative from the United States to
compete in May's international competition in Finland.
Pittsburgh's Sherry Huchber said
she worked hard and was honored to get to the
championship level each of the last two years. She was
defeated by New York's Micki Pryor in their 147-pound
bout. She said Pryor's hard punches and inside boxing
kept her from gaining gold.
"The hardest part is the
mental aspect of competing all week long through the
elimination rounds," Huchber said. Huchber plans
to go back to the gym and "try again."
Brooklyn's Veronica Simmons, the
165 lb light heavyweight and three time gold medal
winner in the Everlast championships flattened her
opponent seconds into the first round. Simmons is
ranked number one in her weight class by United States
Simmons won the Golden Gloves in
three different weight divisions and really wants to
box in the upcoming international women's
championships to be held in Finland in May of this
year. "After that, I'm probably going to turn
professional," Simmons said.
The New York rivalry between
Jamie McGrath and Stella Nijhof in the 119 lbs
division, clashed for the fourth time and McGrath won
again. "She was more aggressive than I expected,
so I boxed using jabs and combinations to beat
her." McGrath said she learned how to master
Nijhof's "awkward style." During their bout,
alternating sections of the audience chanted their
Deirdre Fabian, 125 lbs from
North Carolina, felt this year would be her chance to
win gold, after two previous silver. "It felt
different this time, like it was there for me to
have," Fabian said after beating California's
Linda Carillo, 106 lbs. from
California won the gold for the second year in a row
despite the attack by Cathy Herway from Texas. Herway,
who said the silver would not be good enough this
year, could not withstand Carrillo's scoring.
"She tried to brawl," Carillo said
attributing her win to her game of "cat and
In the 201 lb division, Gigi
Jackson and Linsandra Velasquez brought the crowd to
their feet as they slugged it out in the third round
of their bout.
In the junior division, Evelyn
Sanchez, 106 lbs., from Texas warns her debut in the
senior division next year will be a good one.
"I'm going to be tougher and harder to beat next
year." Sanchez looks forward to competition in
the 2004 Olympics.
Eight of Saturday's champions
will be selected to compete based on their experience
and performance during this championship tournament.
Twelve of the seventeen bouts
went the distance.
The event was sponsored by the
Northeast Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau,
USA Boxing, and several local businesses. The USA said
conducting the tournament in Scranton was a pleasure
because of the local support of boxing fans and the
Junior Division (15 - 16 year
Bout 1, 106 lbs., Sanchez wins
by RSC (Referee Stops Contest) over Crowder, 49
seconds into round three.
Bout 2, 125 lbs., Ramos wins
decision over Claussen, 20 - 7
Bout 3, 132 lbs., Herrera wins
decision over O'Banion, 38 - 23
Uncontested Bout, Hathaway wins
Bout 4, 95 lbs., Ortiz wins by
disqualification over Lefebvre
Bout 5, 112 lbs., McGrath wins
decision over Nijhof, 19 - 2
Bout 6, 119 lbs., Valez wins
decision over Baron,, 13 - 2
Bout 7, 125 lbs., Fabian wins
decision over Avalos, 19 - 12
Bout 8, 139 lbs., Gutierrez wins
decision over Martin, 10 - 7
Bout 9, 147 lbs., Pryor wins
decision over Huchber, 14 - 2
Bout 10, 106 lbs., Carrillo wins
decision over Herway, 24 - 6
Bout 11, 100 lbs., Peters wins
by RSC over Tremblay, 1 minute, 57 seconds into the
Bout 12, 132 lbs., Mueller wins
decision over Rosario, 26 - 3
Bout 13, 156 lbs., Stone wins
decision over Mistretta, 16 - 5
Bout 14, 165 lbs., Simmons wins
by RSC over Matty, 52 seconds into the first round
Bout 15, 178 lbs., Eley wins
decision over Sema, 23 - 5
Bout 16, 201 lbs., Jackson wins
decision over Velasquez,21-7
Bout 17, +201 lbs., Baskett wins
decision over Chairez, 6 - 3