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WBAN AWARDS 2001
The Good, the Bad, and the
NOT so Good! 
So here it goes.....

 


 

 

 

FIGHTER (PRO BOXER ) OF THE YEAR
SUMYA "THE ISLAND GIRL"  ANANI       
Sumya Anani, 17-1-1 (6KO) had lost to only one boxer in her pro career – Britt VanBuskirk. Anani faced VanBuskirk in a 10-round WIBF title fight, with one weeks notice. One month later, Anani again stepped in the ring for another world title shot with another federation, and fought "Cheetah" Fredia Gibbs that ended in a draw. Anani also fought and defeated Liz Mueller for the IBA 135-lb World title, which brought her up to fighting three world championships, winning two, and tying with one in the year 2001.
 


 

 

 

FIGHTER (AMATEUR BOXER ) OF THE YEAR
CARINA MORENO
Moreno is a top-ranked amateur boxer, rated #1 in the 106 lb. weight division. Moreno won 2001 women’s National Golden Gloves; 2001 USA Boxing National; and 2001 Women’s Continental championship.  Moreno also won a bronze at the  Women’s World’s.
 


 

 

 

"BEST-KEPT" SECRET - BOXER OF THE YEAR
VERONICA SIMMONS                

Veronica Simmons, 168, has an extensive amateur record, and  is a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, three time USA Boxing national women's champion and 1999 Feenix Box Cup world champion
. She is 2-0-0 (2KO) as a pro, and will fight any and everyone who will step up to the plate.  
 


 

 

 

THE MOST ENTERTAINING BOXERS 
OF THE YEAR (TIED)
FREDIA "THE CHEETAH" GIBBS                  
VALERIE "THE WOLFE" MAHFOOD   

Fredia Gibbs and Valerie Mahfood were tied for the "most entertaining" this year.   Gibbs comes out in her "Cheetah" attire---she wears a pair of marquee-type glasses, and boxes with a flair that has the boxing fans on the edge of their seat. The Wolfe" Valerie Mahfood comes to the ring with music blasting, "Who let the dogs out". Mahfood dresses in a wolfe-like boxing outfit. Her Mohawk hair-do matches precisely the color of her boxing gear. Wolfe has the letters "W-O-L-F-E" shaved out on the side of her head. On the other side of her head, there is a  shaved imprint of a wolfe's paw.  Mahfood has the entertaining antics that is well-suited with how she projects herself in the game. 
 


 

 

 

MOST IMPROVED BOXER OF THE YEAR
GLORIA RAMIREZ                                     

Ramirez has stuck with this sport, taking the "ups and downs" the sport has dealt to her. Because..... Ramirez has not been afraid to learn her skills in the ring without worrying about that "almighty boxing record", she has improved to the point of becoming a serious contender to be reckoned with in the ring with any of the best in the sport today. 
   


 

 

 

MOST INSPIRATIONAL BOXER OF THE YEAR
BRENDA BELL-DREXEL                             

Drexel gives new meaning to "fearless." She has fought fighters in their home turf, with little notice and ducks no one. She keeps a positive attitude and inspires anyone who has the pleasure of meeting her. She had four major opponents this year with no inferior opponents on her record. Drexel finished up the year by clearly defeating Snodene Blakeney, just prior to Blakeney fighting for a WIBA World title fight against Chevelle Hallback.
   


 

 

 

MOST ACCOMPLISHED BOXER OF THE YEAR
ANN WOLFE                                              
Wolfe had five fights this year, winning them all. Four out of the five fights were by way of knockout/Technical knockout---topped with winning the WIBA 154-lb World title, IFBA Super-middleweight world title, and successfully defending it. Wolfe has come a long, LONG way from her beginnings in this sport.  Wolfe once lived on the streets with her kids, lost her mother at a young age to cancer, and also lost her father and brother after they were murdered...
   


 

 

 

TOP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 
JESSICA FLAHARTY (3-4-1)                 
Flaharty first participated in the amateurs and accumulated a 12-6 record before turning pro in February 2001 of this year.  She fought some very good competition in those eight fights that included three matches with Yolanda Gonzalez (WBAN's January 2002 Fighter of the month), Lisa Foster, Lakeysa Williams, and Gracie Roca.
   


 

 

 

FUTURE STARS OF THE YEAR (TIED)
MELINDA COOPER
Age 16, (Las Vegas) - Amateur Boxer
112 lb. Weight Class
CHRIS MARTINON
Age 14, (California) - Amateur Boxer
106 lb. Weight Class                
Both boxers are undefeated in 2001; both won USA Boxing National Championship; NationalGolden gloves; National PAL; and Ringside Nationals; and both are very talented boxers.
   


 

 

 

GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP FOR THE YEAR
GINA NICHOLAS                                        
VALERIE MAHFOOD                                   
These two exceptional and top women boxers of the world tied for the "Good Sportsmanship" for the year.   Gina Nicholas was chosen by WBAN.  Valerie Mahfood was nominated by boxing fans who wrote into WBAN saying that they felt Mahfood deserved this award for the way she gave her opponent, Kendra Lenhart credit for her knockout of Mahfood. Mahfood made no excuses and gave credit to her opponent for a job well-done.
   


 

 

 

BAD SPORTSMANSHIP OF THE YEAR
MIA "THE KNOCKOUT" ST. JOHN              

WBAN got many responses  for nominations this year for the "worst sport" in 2001---And that honor (or dishonor) goes to  Mia "The Knockout" St. John.   Fans pointed out that St. John's response to her  fight and only loss from Rolanda Andrews was less than admirable.  St. John  was quoted as saying  to the affect that Andrews beat her (Mia) with a "lucky punch" and that Rolanda would fade back into oblivion. Mia went on to say about her opponent, "She does not replace me, I am still Mia St. John. Christy and I will make the biggest purse in the history of women's boxing." 
   


 

 

 

BIGGEST "KNOCKOUT" UPSET OF THE YEAR
ROLANDA ANDREWS KO'D  MIA ST. JOHN   
Rolanda sported a 4-4-0 (1KO) record when climbing into that squared circle to fight THE undefeated Mia "The Knockout" St. John who had a flawless record of  22-0-1 (12 KO).   Little could have many predicted that Rolanda would hand over Mia’s first loss, with an impressive second round KO---AND in the process gave new meaning to St. John’s ring name, Mia "the Knocked-Out" St. John.  


 

 

 

TOP THREE TELEVISED FIGHTS OF THE YEAR
CHRISTY MARTIN VS. KATHY COLLINS (PAY-PER-VIEW)
SUMYA ANANI VS. FREDIA GIBBS (DIRECT TV)
LAURA SERRANO VS. CHEVELLE HALLBACK (FOX SPORTS NET) 
WBAN asked boxing fans to vote for their most favorite boxing match that had happened in the year 2001.  These were the three top fights that were chosen by WBAN and boxing fans.  


 

 

 

BEST SPORTS NETWORK OF THE YEAR THAT FEATURED WOMEN'S BOXING
#1 ESPN2 
ESPN2 has continued to be the leading boxing sports network to consistently have more women boxers on their televised cards.

Honorable mention:  FOX SPORTS NET
At the beginning of 2001, it looked like Fox Sports Net would be more like the "weakest link" for women's boxing on television, but they began to put on some very good and higher calibre matches throughout the year. 


 

 

 

THE WORST SPORTS NETWORK OF THE YEAR FOR WOMEN'S BOXING (TIED)
HBO
SHOWTIME 
There are only two words for HBO and Showtime. They positively suck! Okay, that was three words. 


 

 

 

THE "NOW YOU SEE IT-NOW YOU DON'T" AWARD
PATRICIA DEMICK VS. KARLA REDO
WIBA INTERCONTINENTAL WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
On August 23, of this year at the Chili Pepper Nightclub, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Patricia Demick fought a "hard-fought" eight-round title fight against Karla Redo. These boxers were fighting for the WIBA Intercontinental Welterweight Title. The fight was "Power against Speed." Demick knocked Karla down in the second round, and she took an eight count...The fight was declared a split decision, naming Demick as the new WIBA champion. The belt was placed on Demick, and all was well....ah...until they retallied the scores! Karla Redo was the actual winner and was brought back up to receive her belt. Karla was so excited about winning the fight that she fell to the canvas and cried.... Ryan Wissow who was the representative for the WIBA said, "the first round was a feel out round, and then Demick dropped Redo in the 2nd round. What would transpire for the rest of the way was a very close grueling fight with both fighters landing bombs. When the decision was first announced, it was announced as a split decision, for Patricia Demick. So I put the belt around her waist, congratulated Demick and her team, then I walked out of the ring. Then I saw them call Karla back into the ring, and they took the belt off of Demick and put it on Redo! The announcer got the scores wrong. Karla Redo in fact had won the decision."
   


 

 

 

THE MOST TALKATIVE BOXER OF THE YEAR
JACQUI FRAZIER

Have boxing fans seen anyone else that could have compared with this lady? She bragged, she promised to kick Laila’s booty (which she did not by the way.) She went on, and on, and sometimes unfortunately talking "on"……
   


 

 

 

MOST CONTROVERSIAL FIGHT OF THE YEAR
DAISY LANG VS. MICHELLE SUTCLIFFE

On September 29, 2001, in Hamburg, Germany, Daisy Lang fought Michelle Sutcliffe for the WIBF World Junior Bantamweight title. The fight came to an end when Lang failed to answer the bell for the 8th round due to a bad gash over her left eye. However, because the injury was held to have resulted from a clash of heads, the fight went to the cards and Lang was declared the unanimous winner (68-66; 67-66; 68-66). One boxing fan, Jon Fox, said, "I have two problems with this. Firstly, it is correct that there was a meeting of heads early in round 7, but no blood was in evidence until late in the round after Sutcliffe had landed in the area of Lang's left eye with at least 3 good overhead rights. Secondly, at the end of round 7, I had Sutcliffe winning by 69-66." Another boxing fan said, "There has just been a robbery in Germany. Daisy Lang was deemed by the ringside doctor, to not be able to continue, because of a cut caused by her opponent’s punches, YET Lang did NOT lose. In fact she was given the decision because she was ahead on points. She WON. What a fix!"
   


 

 

 

BIGGEST HYPES OF THE YEAR IN THE SPORT
Talk of a Christy Martin Vs. Lucia Rijker fight - didn't happen.
Talk of a Christy Martin Vs. Mia St. John fight - didn't happen.
Talk of a Christy Martin Vs. Laila Ali fight - didn't happen.

A lot of trash talk, but very little action in these particular matchups.  It would be nice just to see Rijker fight---ANYONE (that was a viable opponent) at this point. St. John, as much as it would benefit her and Martin's pocketbook is far from a legitimate match.  Ali is NOT in Martin's weight class, unless Martin was to pork up, fight Ali, and then go to Jenny Craig.  How about in the year 2002, Christy Martin vs. Sumya Anani, remember...ah the girl that gave Martin a licking in 1998!  
   


 

 

 

MOST "OUTLANDISH" COMMENT IN 2001 MADE BY A BOXER 
Freeda Foreman
"Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde don't belong in the same ring as me," said Foreman. "As far as I'm concerned, when they fight each other, it's an eliminator to fight me. And the winner will become the loser. I'll knock either of them out," she added. "Isn't it interesting how neither of them will step up and fight me first? They don't want to risk their big payday."  (Excerpt from press release).
   


 

 

 

MOST PUBLICIZED WOMEN'S BOUT OF THE YEAR
LAILA ALI VS. JACQUI FRAZIER (Pay-Per-View)
You can love them---you can dislike them.....But…in the year 2001, this fight was clearly the winner that received the most publicity for women’s boxing. Ali and Frazier also pulled off a surprise for skeptics when they fought a hard-fought eight-rounder that had boxing fans off their seats---and in many cases had journalists eating their words, when they wrote scorching editorials just prior to their fight.
   


 

 

 

TOP HOT COMMENTS PICKED BY WBAN FROM BOXING FANS WHO WROTE IN TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WBAN AWARDS 2001

Highlight: With an eye toward the future of women's boxing, the best thing to happen to the sport in 2001 was the World Amateur Championships that were recently held in Scranton, PA. If women's boxing is going to flourish in the 21st Century, it's imperative to have a very strong amateur base. Its inclusion in a future Olympics as a medal sport will signal its arrival and full acceptance on the global sport scene. Good work this year by USA Boxing and AIBA for their efforts in this direction.

Lowlight: To Ryan Wissow for letting a Championship farce take place between Frazier and Taylor. Neither "fighter" even remotely deserved a title fight. One is a "has been" and the other a wannabe.   I'm beginning to see why this sport is getting trash talk from within. This is a sad day. Letting things like this happen will lead to the retirement of many good fighters and understandably so. What is he thinking?

Lowlight: USA boxing held their women’s Nationals that determined the world team within one week of the 9-11 disaster. This should have been delayed, regardless of any logistical situation. Only 50 women in all entered this very important qualifying tournament. This is one reason why the U.S. did so poorly in the worlds.

Lowlights: Once again, the National silver gloves refuses to allow girls in their National tournament. It is Ray Rogers, the president of the National Silver Gloves, and the board of National silver Gloves call. Apparently there is pending litigation about this issue.

Highlights: This year there were over 120 women who entered the national Women’s Golden Gloves, and even better is that their were over 40 Junior Olympic age girls (age 10-16), included in this 120+. Both a statistical record for a women’s tournament.

Highlights/Awards comments: Good events - Inaugural AIBA Amateur World Titles, Pardo's All-women card, (even if he did do the wrong thing by some people, the idea was good & some boxers benefited from the exposure) & one brief stand-out fight from Rolanda Andrews, exposing an over-hyped boxer. Good sportsmanship award should go to Val Mahfood (interview with Fox) for comments after her KO loss to Lenhart. She's always been a good sport. Great Pretender award should go to Juli-Julie Crockett. A close 2nd for being a Great Pretender is Mia St. John---But she is the undisputed champion for Bad sportsmanship. Example of that would be St. John’s comments on Fightnews/insidewomensboxing Nov.12: Andrews supposedly beat her with a lucky punch and would fade back into oblivion, `she does not replace me, I am still Mia St. John..... Christy and I will make the biggest purse in the history of womens boxing..' Does WBAN have greed & arrogance awards as well? People who claim to have lost to a `lucky punch' always want a rematch. MSJ hasn't mentioned it.

Highlights/Lowlights: I think the first-ever amateur world championships in Scranton deserves a mention. The fact that we now see AIBA sanctioned European and World Championships is a very good sign that the sport is getting accepted and growing world wide. It is also a good sign for the future of the pro game; The GOOD of 2001: The 2nd round knockout of Mia St.John by Yolanda Andrews. Say hello to a reality check, Mia!; The BAD of 2001: Ali - Frazier 4. Women's boxing definitely does not need this kind of phony hoopla event. To be taken seriously the sport needs TV exposure of the more talented women on a regular basis; The UGLY of 2001: Don King, Bob Arum, Cedric Kurshner, et. al., who unfortunately control all the purse strings in boxing and who would top this category in any year; And the BEST thing in Women's boxing for 2001 was this website.....!!

Good Guy Award - The award for the person with the most forgiving heart and good guy award for 2nd chances would be Sue Fox when she decides to return the FORUM. There are just no others (I have looked and looked) that serve the many purposes that yours did. Come on, let’s get the gang back together!!! Bill Whaley

Good and Bad: Mia St John of course is the bad and also the good because she got what was coming.......

Hightlights/Lowlights: 2001-"Best"-Sue Fox and WBAN. "Worse"-Female Boxing becoming a Side Show of Boxing -"Ugly"-The General State of Boxing- It makes an honest lawyer look like Sister Theresa! 
Richard Weintraub, Attorney at law

Highlights/Lowlights: Best Fight: Christy Martin vs. Kathy Collins [PPV] great fight, the commentators even said it was the most exciting fight on the undercard--Great for boxing; Worst Fight: Mia St. John vs. Rolanda Andrews... just because Mia is so hyped and at the forefront of women's boxing, and looked just awful on National T.V.; Surprise of the Year: Ali vs. Frazier-Lyde wasn't half bad. I'd say it ended up being good for the sport - although they *could* have included another women's bout or two on the undercard, it was great that the main event of the PPV was a women's fight; Worst of the Worst: okay, this wasn't women's boxing, although some un-pc males would call it that: Hector Camacho Jr. being a wussy-boy and quitting in his fight against Jesse James Leija. I was there. Leija was bleeding worse. Camacho Jr. could have kept fighting, his cut was nothing. I would say it was a waste of my hard-earned dollars, but in a sense, I'm glad I was there to witness this travesty of boxing first-hand. I don't know how Jr. can walk around with his head up; Curiouser and curiouser: ESPN2 and Fox Sports Net actually showed a few women's matches! I practically had a heart attack when they came on. Let's hope they do in more in '02.

Highlights - by Valerie Mahfood: I was sitting at my desk thinking about your "2001 picks" for the year and how I felt about last years. I thought I'd write my piece of mind. For what's it's worth, this is how I feel. If you'd like to print it, it would be okay. Harry and Austin might even like what I had to say this time.........usually, I make them worry.  About this time every year we are inundated with "Best of the Year" awards:  fight of the year, boxer of the year, best knock out punch, come back kids,  you name it and people will generally rank it. While these lists are entertaining (especially when I'm on them), they don't always pronounce everything behind the reasons why something is as it claims to be…..am I making sense?  At heart today are my coaches: Harry Murdock and Austin Green. Last year one of the regular commentators on the message boards promoted an opinion poll in which boxing fans were encouraged to vote on who they believed was the best "Coach of the Year." Only one of my coaches was listed, Harry, but in my heart I felt the other was implied (Austin). I waited for the votes to be cast and the decision was announced. My guys didn't win.  Of course, it didn't matter to them. And at first, it didn't matter to me. It was just an opinion poll and when you think about it, whose opinion was it really? Did the people voting know my coaches? Did they know the other coaches nominated? For that matter, who even nominated the coaches? Were they selected only as a reflection of the fighters they train........?  As you can see, my supply of questions was relentless. I can only presume these challenges to last year's decision comes from my unwillingness to accept my coaches as any thing less than the mark of excellence. But mind you, this isn't an issue of pride on my part. I don't want them to be honored because they're part of a championship team. No, I want them to be recognized for the men that they are and the sacrifices they've made. If I never lose again, it won't change the fact that the only reason I ever won was because they continued to believe in me long after I stopped believing in myself.  Over the past six years, I've been through a range of experiences. While I don't believe the things I've seen are any different then the next female boxer; (the disillusionment, the heartache, and happiness) I do believe the way I was carried through them has made all the difference in how I feel about the sport I live in today. When I look back I laugh out loud at al the good times I've had. And even in the bad times, I still smile with resolution that what I did then is what I still believe today to be the best that I could have done. The source, the absolute source of my conviction lays in the men who train me. When I cry, they gently wipe my tears away. When I'm upset, they listen to me talk long after I've stop making sense. When I'm hurt, they comfort me. When I'm hungry, they feed me. If I'm scared, they reassure me.   In short, with them I don't have to worry about being a champion. I don't have to be strong. I only have to be myself. I can lean on them and with them I can find the faith to face my fears. Because of them, I can look my opponent in the eye and still believe that I am good enough to defeat her.  Don't get me wrong. I'm not always a bundle of nerves. I've had more good times then bad. And when I'm happy, they're sincerely happy for me. I've seen Harry laugh so hard he cried and Austin has almost choked to death trying to stop from cracking up. My God, we have had so much fun together. If I tried to tell you of even half the joy we've shared, I think I might actually get tired of talking (imagine that.....).   I know that as people get older they look back on their lives and think to themselves that those were the good old days. If they had known then how it would have ended, they would have enjoyed their time a little more. They would have taken the time out to notice what a beautiful place life can be...............Well, I realize now that these are the best days of my life. I'm thankful for the people that share them with me. Harry and Austin are more than just my trainers, they're my friends. I appreciate their presence in my life. It goes beyond telling me how to throw a punch or jump a rope. They share with me a common connection, the bond of human experience. I truly enjoy their company. I love them both as sincerely as I've ever loved another man, or woman, in my life.  With that being said, it wouldn't matter to me whether they win any "best" award. What matters to me is that they be aware that I realize how much of an influence they've made in my life. Boxing aside, they're still wonderful men. And if I had my way, that would be the award I would bestow upon them. Not just "Trainer of the Year", that's to limiting. Rather, "Men of the Year" because it acknowledges them for everything else they are besides just boxing coaches.  I love them both..........I love you both. Sincerely, The Big Bad Wolfe or to Harry and Austin: just plain val............Mahfood.


A FEW WORDS FROM FOX:

WBAN asked boxing fans to contribute their ideas of who should be nominated. WBAN received many emails from boxing fans, and would like to say thank you for many of the award picks. Sue TL Fox 

 
     
     

 

     
     
     
   
 
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