2002
Another year has gone by and it is time to have the "hot" picks and "not" picks for  the year 2002! There were definitely the GOOD, the BAD, and the NOT so good this year 
in women's boxing! 

 


 

 

 

FIGHTER (PRO BOXER ) OF THE YEAR
LAILA  ALI      

 
 


 

 

 

MOST OUTSTANDING OF THE YEAR
SUMYA "ISLAND GIRL" ANANI    
  

 


 

 

 


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FIGHTERS (AMATEUR BOXER ) OF THE YEAR-Three-way Tie between these
boxers

CARINA MORENO
TERESA O'TOOLE
CHRIS MARTINON

 


 

 

 

MOST IMPROVED BOXER OF THE YEAR
SUNSHINE FETTKETHER      
                               
In the year 2001, Sunshine began her boxing career with a 0-2-0 loss. In the year 2002, she stayed extremely busy, fighting seven times, not losing one bout, accumulating 5 wins and 2 draws.  Fettkether ended the year 2002 with a hard-fought upset for veter Mitzi Jeter.  Fettkether went 10 rounds with this seasoned fighter and walked away a world champion.  

MOST IMPROVED BOXER OF THE YEAR
KELSEY JEFFRIES

Kel-C fought her way to a world championship this year by taking on opponents with substance to get there. She could have made it an easy road like many others but did not.

   


 

 

 

MOST INSPIRATIONAL
BOXER OF THE YEAR
ANN "BROWN SUGAR"  WOLFE      
      
Ann is considered to be one of the very best in her weight class.  She has truly come a long way to get where she is today.  At  the age of 18, Ann lost both parents. Her mother died of Cancer, her father was murdered. Ann has two daughters and at one time lived on the streets, before becoming a boxer. 
   


 

 

 

MOST ACCOMPLISHED
BOXER OF THE YEAR

LAILA ALI            
 
   


 

 

 

TOP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 
MELINDA COOPER         
       
Melinda is the wave of the future in the sport.  She made history in the state of Nevada, when she received her professional boxing license at 17 years old. Before turning pro, she was an accomplished and multi-titled amateur champion. Cooper began boxing at the rip old age of 12 years old, and turned pro in March of 2002, and has racked up a 6-0-0 (3kO) record! These boxers coming from the amateurs are fighters to be reckoned with as we will probably see an influx of them enter into the pro ranks in another two years. Cooper will turn 18 in a few months....
   


 

 

 

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.
   


 

 

 

BIGGEST "MISMATCH" OF THE YEAR
ANY TOP CONTENDER WHO FOUGHT SHAKURA WITHERSPOON         


 

 

 

BIGGEST "UPSETS"  OF THE YEAR
Mia St. John surviving Christy Martin
One boxing fan wrote: "
Mia pulled off a respectable showing for herself against Christy Martin when most of us, including myself, didn't give her a snowball's chance in hell of even coming out of the matchup in a conscience state. I figured that her career as a 'pugilest' would end on the canvas in the horizontal position, but she proved me wrong and that is to her credit as a serious contender and not just a pretty face that graces the ring to sell tickets for a 'T&A' show. She pulled off an upset simply by not being knocked out by the more experienced Martin."

Para Draine vs. Bridgett Riley
Laila Ali vs. Suzy Taylor
Sunshine Fettkether vs. Mitzi Jeter
   


 

 

 

BIGGEST "KNOCKOUT"  OF THE YEAR
Sumya Anani over Jane Couch


 

 

 

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 2002

Highlight: Laila should be nominated for the following reasons:1)She's an exceptional boxer. She's proved all her critics wrong, who've said that she was only in it for the money and all other negative comments, which they now have to eat. 2) She brings great exposure to women's boxing. Whether it's T.V. commercials, magazine covers, T.V. shows etc. 3) She's a great role model. She wears more than one hat. She's a boxer, an actress, an author, a model, a housewife and more. 4) She's the 2002 recipient of the BET female athlete of the year award. 5) Charity. Laila puts aside time for her and husband's charity. She is reaching out to the community which is very commendable. THE "BELT SNATCHER"

Why Laila Fighter of the Year: She is improving her skills and opponents while Christy Martin, Regina Halmich and Lucia Rijker continue to disappoint.

Why Laila Fighter of the Year: Taking out Mahfood should have been no easy task but Laila made it seem so. Making bold predictions and then following through with them shows a huge amount of confidence. Also, she made me and many others eat a lot of crow.

Why St. John/Martin greatest upset: I thought Christy would repeat what Rolanda Andrews did to Mia KO2.

Why Anani outstanding of the year:  Instead of stalking Chrsity martin, Anani just fights Lisa Holewyne, Jane Couch & Fredia Gibbs.

Lowlight: No Martin vs. Rijker, Anani, Couch or Gibbs; No more Kim Messer or Margaret Sideroff fights; Not enough TV exposure; too many belts; no Halmich vs. Trevino or any top ranked fighter.

Best and Worst Awards:  Best News - more All-female cards. Worst news: only ESPN2 wants to cover women's boxing.


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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