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The "Best" , The "Hottest "  and the "Nott-est" in the sport in 2017!

Another year has gone by and it is time to have the "Hot" and "Nots" Picks for 2017! WBAN has elected to list more than one boxer in certain categories to give our due respect for those fighters who have worked hard throughout the year to qualify for that top pick!


Cecilia Braekhus
32-0-0 (9KO)
Bergen, Norway

Fighter of the year
 of the Year 2017

Cecilia Braekhus
"First Lady"

Cecilia "First Lady" Braekhus has had quite a year in 2017.  In February of 2017, in a Five-Star Boxrec matchup against Klara Svensson, she defended her five world titles (IBF, IBO,  WBA, WBC, WBO), winning by a unanimous decision;  then in June of this year, she fought in yet another five-star Boxrec bout against Erica Farias, defeating Erica by decision, a top-rated unification world title bout that included the (IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, WBO) world titles, again successfully defending her five world title; and lastly in October, she defeated Mikaela Lauren, rated four-stars with Boxrec, by a sixth round TKO, in a scheduled ten rounder, defending her five titles (IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC, WBO).  She still has remained undefeated after fighting a little over ten years, with a boxing record of 32-0-0 (9KO).  Braekhus,  fought all top-rated opponents in 2017, with all bouts being for five world titles on the line. Braekhus has made her own history in Norway, created her own Boxing Promotional company, and was WBAN's top pick of "Fighter of the Month" three times in 2017! More on Braekhus;
Braekhus makes history

Amanda Serrano
34-1-1 (26KO)
Brooklyn NY, USA

Highest Achievements of the year 2017

Amanda Serrano
"The Real Deal"

Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano has had a fantastic 2017 year in and out of the ring! She won the WBC Diamond title, the WBAN World title, as well as becoming the first female to win a world title in five divisions. She was featured in the main event twice on Showtime Boxing Extreme and she was added to the Puerto Rico Sports Museum alongside her sister Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano. There was a beautiful mural painted of she and CIndy in their neighborhood, and just signed a great opportunity for an MMA deal. She also won the Ring 8 NYS Female Fighter of the Year. Out of the ring, she has been featured in 15 magazines, with two on the cover. Lastly, this great multi-world champion was nominated Univision’s Athletes of the year. Amanda was WBAN's top female boxer of the month twice in 2017!

Katie Taylor
8-0-0 (4KO)
Bray, Ireland


Top European Fighter
of the Year 2017

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is from Bray, Ireland, where she has held the WBA lightweight title since October 2017, and successfully defended against Jessica McCaskill in a five-star bout in December of 2017. As a prodigious amateur boxer, Taylor won five consecutive gold medals at the Women's World Championships, gold six times at the European Championships, and gold five times at the European Union Championships. As Wiki stated, "she was the flag bearer for Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony before going on to win an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division.   She has had seven fights in 2017 and in this short time of turning pro she has already accomplished becoming a world champion. More On Katie Taylor

Mariana Juarez
47-9-4 (18KO)
Mexico City, Mexico


Top Latina Fighter
of the Year 2017

Mariana Juarez

Mariana "Barbie" Juarez, had a fantastic year in 2017, with having three professional fights, all for defending her WBC Bantamweight world title, and winning all three fights.In April of 2017, when she had fought Catherine Phiri, according to online media sources, she drew more than 400,000 fans to watch her fight against Phiri.  Juarez has been boxing professionally since 1998, accumulating 60 professional fights.   Photo credit: Boxrec

Claressa Shields
4-0-0 (2KO)
Flint, Michigan

Hottest Rising Star In Boxing 2017
Claressa "T-Rex" Shields

Claressa "T-Rex" Shields is a two-time Gold Medal winner in the Olympics, first earning her first Gold in 2012, and then in 2016.    In March of 2017 she fought Szilvia Szabados for the NABF middleweight title, and winning by a TKO in the fourth round. This bout was featured as the main event on ShoBox and was the first time for a female bout to be in the main event with this Network.  In June, She headlined the "Detroit Brawl," facing Sydney LeBlanc in her first scheduled eight-round bout, winning that bout by decision. In August she defeated Nikki Adler for the WBC Super Middleweight belt, and the vacant IBF belt which was featured on Showtime. Outside the ring, she won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award for "Biggest Powerhouse."

M.C. Mary Kom
Photo Credit: Google

Most in the AIBA ‘amateur’ sport had written her off but now she hopes to win the Gold in Tokyo 2020.

 Amateur Boxer
of the Year 2017

M.C. Mary Kom

M.C Mary Kom (48) kg for an unprecedented 5th Gold medal at the ASBC Asian Confederation Championships in Vietnam in November 2017.

“I am really happy the way this championship has panned out. I would like to dedicate this victory to all those who have supported me even though the world had written me off. I would like to thank my coaching staff who worked hard with me over the last few months,” said Mary Kom, now aged 35 after her 5th Gold and a Silver in her 6th ASBC final.


Jyoti Singh
Photo Credit: Facebook



 Youth Female Amateur Boxer
of the Year 2017

Jyoti Singh

Youth Female ‘Amateur’ of the Year: Jyoti Singh who annexed the 2017 Flyweight World title on home soil in Guwahati, India. She had only recently moved up to Flyweight but defeated all comers including Russian favourite Ekaterina Molchanova. That Gold medal performance also guaranteed the young Indian a place in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Citlalli Ortiz
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Her eventual aim? After winning AIBA Senior Elite titles she hopes to turn Pro...

 One to Watch in 2018

Citlalli Ortiz

Honourable mention to Team USA’s WBC ‘amateur’ female champion Citlalli Ortiz, relatively unknown on the International circuit. She boxes out of the Lee Espinoza Coachella Boxing Club. 

Having defeated the champions of Ireland, Kazakhstan and Russia, Ortiz dominated throughout AIBA Youth tournament to take her first international title and has the ability to shine at Senior Elite level.


Nicola Adams
3-0-0 (2KO)

Natasha  Jones
4-0-0 (4KO)

Mikaela Mayer
3-0-0 (2KO)

Top Amateur Boxers Who Turned Pro!

Nicola Adams
Natasha Jonas 
Mikaela Mayer
A Great pool of talent who
has now turned pro!

Nicola "The Lioness" Adams a two-time Gold Medal winner in the Olympics, first earning her first Gold in 2012, and then in 2016 made her pro debut in April of 2017.  She made her pro debut on April 8, 2017.   She won by points in her debut, but stopped her next two opponents in her following fights.  She is now 3-0-0 (2KO).

London 2012 Olympian Natasha Jonas signed with Matchroom Boxing and made her professional debut in June of 2017.  She in that short time has already accumulated a 4-0-0 (4KO) record, having four pro bouts in the last six months of 2017.

US Olympic boxer Mikaela Mayer, signed with Top Rank and made her pro debut on August 5, 2017.  She has won all of her bouts in 2017, and now is at 3-0-0 (2KO).   She gave up her dreams to win a gold in the Olympics but she told the Associate Press, ""I just felt I wanted a bigger stage, more of a challenge. But it was a really hard decision for me. I went back and forth with it for months."


Inspirational Boxer
of the Year 2017
Claressa "T-Rex" Shields


Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, has done what many fighters male or female could only dream of or hope for to accomplish in the sport.  Winning two gold medals in 2012 and 2016, and being one of the first females to compete in the "first time in history" in the Olympics that took place in London.  She became a world champion in  2017 after making her pro debut in 2016.  She had three bouts in 2017, fighting for the NABF title in a six-rounder against Szilvia Szabados stopping Szabados in the fourth round (History first being shown on ShoBox); she went on to fight Sydney LeBlanc winning the vacant Silver WBC Super Middleweight belt in a scheduled eight round bout, winning by a unanimous decision; and lastly, winning by a fifth round TKO over Nikki Adlerfor the vacant IBF super middleweight title, and WBC Super Middleweight world title in a ten rounder, among many other accomplishments of this boxer who is helping pave the way for other female boxers...Shields was our top pick in September 2017 as Fighter of the month.


Angelique Ducehmin
26-Years Old

Special Final Tribute in 2017
 Angelique Ducehmin
RIP Angelique

WBAN would like to pay a special Final Tribute to France's World Champion Angelique Ducehmin, just 26 years old who passed away in 2017.  Ducehmin was a professional female boxer with a undefeated boxing record of 14-0 (3KO), winning the WBF Featherweight World title on May 12, 2017 when she defeated Ericka Rousseau by a ten-round unanimous decision.  

2017 WBAN Fighters
of the Month
Special Mention!

Marcela Acuna/Jan
Amanda Serrano/Feb
Cecelia Braekhus/Mar
Alondra Garcia/Apr
Esmeralda Moreno/May
Lupita Martinez /June
Cecilia Braekhus /July
Amanda Serrano/Aug
Claressa Shields /Sept
Jessica Chavez /Oct
Cecilia Braekhus/Nov
Kenia Enriquez/Dec
WBAN would like to give a special mention to the female boxers who were our top picks throughout the year of 2017, as our "Fighters of the Month". When you consider all the many fights that go on each month with the high amount of professional female boxers on the scene, it is very difficult to be picked as a "Fighter of the month".   Congratulations to each of these female boxers who was WBAN's top picks for each month!

Top Fights for the Year

Amanda Serrano vs. Yazmin Rivas
Mayerlin Rivas vs. Dayana Cordero
Katie Taylor vs. Jessica McCaskill
Naoko Fujioka vs. Yokaste Valle
Jessica Chavez vs. Esmeralda Moreno
Arely Mucino vs. Tenkai Tsunami
Esmeralda Moreno vs. Ibeth Zamora Silva
Mariana Juarez vs. Catherine Phiri

Missed one?..send link to WBAN to view video of a fight you feel should be listed ----Email: wban100@aol.com


Five countries win golds as 2017 AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships come to a close in Guwahati
(NOV 26)  Sunday witnessed ten thrilling finals of the 2017 Women’s Youth World Championships in the north-east India city of Guwahati, at which Russia, Kazakhstan, USA and South Korea topped the podium along with the hosts India whose boxers dominated the lighter weight categories. A total of 160 boxers from 31 countries began the week-long tournament, which also made available four quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.  Full Story

Lucia Rijker Inducted in the Fifth Annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
(AUG 13) Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino hosted the Fifth annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Awards dinner last night, former Female Boxer Lucia Rijker was inducted with boxing legends like Michael and Leon Spinks, Tommy Hearns, Michael Carbajal, Erik Morales...Full Story

Jill Diamond to be honored at Raging Babe Brunch: Shine Bright on September 16th(AUG 8) LAS VEGAS - On September 16th, on the morning of boxing's next mega-fight, Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin, boxing's "Raging Babes" will gather at Mandalay Bay to celebrate and honor WBC Cares Chair and Journalist Jill Diamond at the Raging Babe Brunch, dubbed "Shine Bright." Diamond joins an exclusive group of women who have received the award - a group that includes promoters, journalists and executives who blazed the trail for other women in the boxing industry.  Full Story

Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano donates her WBO 118 lb. World Title to the Sports Museum
(JUNE 24)  WBAN's top pick for "Cool Story of the Week" Features Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano, 32-1-1 (24 KO), from Brooklyn, New York, born in Puerto Rick, and a multi-world champion, including our WBAN world title holder.  This week she donated her WBO World title belt to the Sports Museum.  Full Story

Shawn Porter, Layla McCarter Named Nevada Pro Boxers of the Year
(AUG 3) LAS VEGAS  – Former world champions Shawn Porter and Layla McCarter were chosen as Nevada Men’s and Women’s Pro Boxers of the Year, respectively, and will be honored by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at a gala induction ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Caesars Palace.  Full Story

Cool Story of the Week: The Serrano Sisters Honored with a Beautiful Mural in their Bushwick Neighborhood!
(JULY 24) There was a very exciting, surprising, and high honor for world champions Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano and Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano.  The two came back recently from Puerto Rick yesterday to see a beautiful Mural of the two!  Full Story

Cool Event of the week: The Highlands Neighborhood Association "National Night Out" in Longview 
(AUG 5) This week I had a great opportunity to attend the National Night Out, that took place on August 1st in Longview, Washington. In particular I attending the event to meet up with boxing coach and who started the Highlands Neighborhood Association (HNA) Lions Den Boxing gym, Juan Rodriguez, who invited WBAN to be there to check out the new boxing gym that is being developed for the community.  Full Story

Pro Boxer Amanda Serrano and  and 31st Annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony
NEW YORK (December 11, 2017) - Less than 24 hours after he defeated previously undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl "Hi Tech" Lomachenko attended yesterday's (Sunday, Dec. 9) 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony to accept the Ring 8 2017 Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award....
Full Story

Oscar De La Hoya to Host 5th Annual After-School Program Giveaway at Garden Grove Boxing
(NOV 7)  Olympic Gold medalist and 10-time boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya will host his fifth annual after school program equipment giveaway in which he will present new-state-of-the-art boxing equipment valued at thousands of dollars to the youth of Garden Grove Boxing. De La Hoya will be on-hand to present the equipment to dozens of youth that train at the gym, while also encouraging them to continue in their training and to lead positive lives. Interviews with Oscar De La Hoya will be available immediately following the presentation.  Full Story

15 Days to go – Mary Kom announced as Ambassador for 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships and official mascot unveiled in Guwahati
(NOV 5)  15 Days to go – Mary Kom announced as Ambassador for 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships and official mascot unveiled in Guwahati.  The world’s top women’s boxing prospects will descend on the Indian city of Guwahati in 15 days’ time for the start of the 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Championships. Running from 19-26 November, it is the first time that a standalone competition for the age group has taken place, reflecting the growth of the sport and level of talent coming through in the new Olympic cycle. Tokyo 2020 will...Full Story

Fuchs Takes Fourth International Gold of 2017 at Balkan Tournament
(OCT 23)  Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) capped off her already impressive 2017 season with her fourth international gold at the 2017 Balkan Tournament in Sophia, Bulgaria.  Fuchs, who finishes the year 16-0 in international tournaments, once again faced Brazilian Grazieli Jesus de Sousa and took the judges card for another unanimous decision victory. The win closes out a dominating...Full Story

Women's Boxing Breaks the Barrier of being main event on major Network:  Showtime
(MAR 11) First off, WBAN would like to congratulates Showtime for allowing women's boxing to finally be televised on their network. With that said, so lets get down to business on this topic.  Now that we are aware of you putting a 1-0-0 (1KO) boxer in a main event for a title, WBAN has many ...Full Story

2017 International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame Inductees Announced 
(JAN 9) The International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) is proud to announce our 2017 IWBHF Inductees.  Those to be honored include Eileen Eaton (posthumous); Holly Holm; Daisy Lang; Ria Ramnarine; Ana Marie Torres; and Ada Velez  Full Story

Saturday - January 14th:  Amanda Serrano Defends WBO Junior Featherweight World title--and WBAN makes a Mark in New York(JAN 8)  Women's boxing is beginning in 2017 with a very exciting world title fight that will take place next Saturday on January 14, 2017.  We have Amanda Serrano vs. Yazmin Rivas fighting for the (Independent/award) WBAN world title, with Serrano defending her WBO Junior Featherweight world title, and the special WBC (super bantam) Diamond belt in this Five-Star rated bout. The fight will be aired on Showtime Extreme.  Full Story


The "NOT SO HOT" In Women's
Boxing For the Year 2017!

AIBA and Ching-Kuo Wu – Joint Statement:  Mr. Wu has decided to step down from his position as AIBA President
(NOV 20) International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Mr Ching-Kuo Wu announced today that they have amicably agreed to resolve the management issues within AIBA and to withdraw and terminate all related pending procedures before civil courts and AIBA Disciplinary Commission.Both parties agreed that at this stage there is no indication of any unethical behaviour by either party.  Full Story

Suspension of AIBA President by Unanimous Vote of the Executive Committee
(NOV 5) The Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association has voted unanimously to provisionally suspend its President Ching-Kuo Wu, pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings for several serious disciplinary charges including financial mismanagement. The decision was taken by a vote of 14-0 at the EC meeting...Full Story

Amateur boxing’s president set to be forced out amid financial turmoil 
(JULY 25) The president of amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, is set to be ousted from his position with instability and financial turmoil growing at the organisation.  Wu Ching-kuo will be asked to step down after 13 members voted to pass a motion of no confidence in the president with a further two...Full Story on The Guardian

Aiba ‘risks bankruptcy’ as civil war erupts at top of amateur boxing
(JULY 22) Amateur boxing’s governing body, Aiba, faces the risk of bankruptcy after demands it immediately pays back millions of pounds in loans and investments it does not have, a senior figure in the organisation has claimed to the Guardian...The revelation comes amid an increasingly bitter civil war inside Aiba, which has led to .. www.theguardian.com

WBAN is looking for a very exciting year and top picks for 2018!




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