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Carlette Ewell
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Carlette "The Truth" Ewell was born on August 20, 1971 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.  Her love for boxing began at a tender age when she and her father would sit in their living room on Saturday nights to watch boxing on TV.  Some of her favorites in the sport were Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Jerry Cooney, Larry Holmes, and her two all-time favorites Muhammad Ali and Carl "The Truth" Williams.  

In 1985-1986 Ewell received the MVP Award for Basketball at her High School. She also ran on the all-county track team in 1986-1987. After transferring from Glenn High School, she lettered in Chorus / Music in 1988-1989 at RJ Reynolds High.

Ewell told WBAN, "I met my current trainer and former New York State Heavyweight Champion, Mr. Eddie Gregg in 1999. I started training in the sport of boxing to lose weight. I continued to train and made the decision to box in the amateurs.  I lost my three amateur bouts."

After participating in Toughwoman contests and winning the North Carolina Toughwoman championship in both 2000 and 2001, Carlette decided to turn to pro boxing.

She made her pro debut on April 20, 2002 in Greensboro, North Carolina, winning by TKO at 1:00 of the second round over Denise Grant, another debut fighter. 

On July 20, 2002 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina she won a four-round unanimous decision over Xynthia Jones, who was making her own debut.

Ewell was next invited to participate in the first Honey 'B' Boxing & Entertainment women's Amateur and Professional Exhibition card in New York.  She told WBAN, "The boxer whom I was to face was Keisha 'Awesome' Snow.  I was excited. I must admit, to my current bouts, she has been the toughest, roughest, hard-hitting boxer I have faced.  It was a great exhibition. Our exhibition match was voted best match of the night."

January 18, 2003 at Civic Arena in Huntington, West Virginia, southpaw heavyweight Nikki Eplion of South Point, Ohio knocked  Carlette out in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder that was the main event of a card featuring a Toughman contest. Eplion improved to 5-0-2 (3 KO) with this win.   Ewell told WBAN "my trainer and I drove from North Carolina to West Virginia and my promoters drove from Atlanta, GA. I allowed myself to be taken out of the game mentally with the focus on the outside of the ring instead of the inside of the ring." 

Carlette Ewell vs. MahfoodEwell reflects on her fight with Eplion and said that she was glad that experience came to her early in her boxing career,  because she now understands that she is a professional boxer in a professional career so she must prepare herself mentally as well as physically.

On April 4, 2003 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (186 lbs) won by a third-round TKO over Kimberly Massey (201 lbs), who was making her pro debut.

On August 9, 2004 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, Carlette TKO'd debut fighter Kathy Goins in the first round of a 175-lb bout.

On August 19, 2003 at Trap Nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee, Carlette (177 lbs) KO'd Ebony Teague (179 lbs) of Indianapolis, Indiana in the first round. The fight was a brawl until until the stronger Ewell landed several hard shots that dropped the younger Teague for the count. Teague fell to 0-2.

Fighting Valerie Mahfood in February 2004
Copyrighted photo taken by Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry.

On February 20, 2004 at Ford Theater in Beaumont, Texas, Valerie Mahfood (169 lbs) of Beaumont won an eight round split (78-74,78-74,75-77) decision over Carlette (175 lbs). The split decision for Mahfood pleased her fans, but many at the fight felt that it was much closer than the scorecards that had favored Mahfood. The fighters had traded rounds back and forth for most of the bout. Ewell lost some rounds by not throwing enough punches and backing up, while Mahfood lost rounds when the slower Ewell came forward with left hooks and uppercuts at close quarters.  Mahfood improved to 16-7-0 (8 KO).  (See Photo Gallery #147 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

Ewell was scheduled to fight on May 30, 2004, in Washington D.C. but her opponent, Angela Simpson was a "no show" according to Ewell.

On June 5, 2004 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Carlette (175 lbs) defeated Gwen Wood (166 lbs) of Glenn Easton, West Virginia, when Gwen's corner threw in the towel after the second round. The first round had been a war with Wood trying to take the fight to Ewell in toe-to-toe action. Ewell finally settled down and began to use her reach and  strength to control the pace. After hurting Wood with a body shot and uppercut combination, Ewell worked her over for the last 25 seconds of the second round. Wood, clearly hurt by Ewell's ferocious body attack, was unable to continue and fell to 0-3 with the loss.

Rematch with Valerie Mahfood in August 2004
Copyrighted photo taken by Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry.

On August 28, 2004 at Grand Casino Coushatta Pavillion in Kinder, Louisiana Valerie Mahfood (169 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (97-93,97-93,97-94) decision over Carlette (169 lbs) for the IBA Continental Light Heavyweight title. The rematch bout was the card's co-main event. Valerie Mahfood boxed early in this bout while Carlette preferred to go straight ahead and take the fight to her. It became more of a slugfest in the middle rounds when Mahfood began to trade with Ewell on the inside, a strategy that Valerie abandoned in the later going as Ewell began to land more punishing shots. Mahfood improved to 17-7-1 (8 KOs) with the win. (For more on this fight, see Photo/MPEG Galleries #197 and #198 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On October 16, 2004 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (180 lbs) TKO'd 43-year-old pro debuter Ramona Crim (182 lbs) of Covington, Kentucky at 0:39 in the fourth round.

vs Leanna OwensOn January 15, 2005 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (173 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (39-37,39-37,40-36) decision over Leanna Owens (172 lbs) of Covington, Kentucky.  Owens fell to 1-2-1 (0 KO).

On April 16, 2005 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (180 lbs) TKO’d Ramona Crim (180 lbs) of Covington, KY at 0:22 in the fourth round to win the WBE Light Heavyweight title. Crim fell to 0-2. 

On August 13, 2005 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette improved her record to 10-3-0 (7 KO) with a first round TKO of Tristen Jones of Wilson, NC, who fell to 0-2-0. 

On November 5, 2005 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (170 lbs) lost by a second-round TKO to Ijeoma Egbunine (170 lbs) of Marietta, Georgia for the WBE Light Heavyweight and Super Middleweight Titles. The catch weight bout was the card's Main Event. According to WBAN's insider, Ewell and Equbinine were in top condition for this bout. "In round one, Ewell moved well as a boxer, and was impressive in how she has improved as a boxer.  Ewell (was) known more as a brawler, the latter style may have suited her more when fighting Egbunine, sticking to more of her old style and making a war out of it. By trying to box “the boxer” Egbunine ----used her height and reach to her advantage." Ewell went down in both rounds before referee Bill Clancy stopped the bout at 1:15 in the second.  The crowd was reported to have been “stunned” as they thought their hometown favorite (Ewell) would win the bout. Instead, Egbunine improved to 6-1 (4 KO's).

Ragosina knocks Ewell to the canvas

On April 15, 2006 at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany, Natascha Ragosina (168 lbs)  retained her WIBF Super Middleweight belt and gained the GBU belt with a TKO win over Carlette (173 lbs). The referee stopped the fight at 1:23 into the fifth round after Ewell remained wobbly after surviving a knockdown by a hard right from Ragosina. According to WBAN correspondent Torben Lodberg: "Ewell was a very game opponent and managed to put pressure on Ragosina when she got in close, but she had to work very hard to get in there. As the fight progressed, Ragosina took full advantage of her longer reach and her very good boxing skills. Ewell kept coming forward, but her attempts to close was paid for by a lot of good jabs from Ragosina. Halfway into to fifth round, Ewell was stunned by a hard right hand, and Ragosina set in the chase, resulting in another right that sent Carletta Ewell to the floor. She beat the count, but the renewed bombardment from from Ragosina made the referee stop the fight." Ragosina improved to 11-0 (8 KO's).

On April 14, 2007 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum Annex, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (188 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (79-73,79-73,79-73) decision over Alexandra Maloy (179 lbs) of Tampa, Florida for the UBC America's Cruiserweight Title. Maloy fell to 2-3-2 (0 KO's)

On June 23, 2007 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Carlette (195 lbs) won by a retirement over pro debuter Kelly Young (247 lbs) of Salisbury, North Carolina. The fight had been scheduled for six rounds, but at the end of the first round Young complained of a hand injury and the bout was called off.  Ewell improved to 12-5 (9 KO's) with the win.

On February 23, 2008 at Chapparells Community Center in Akron, OH, 6'6" former world heavyweight champion Vonda Ward of Ohio won a clear unanimous (100-90,100-90,99-91) 10-round decision over Carlette. . Ward improved to 23-1 (17 KO's) while Ewell fell to 12-6 (9 KO's).

On June 6, 2008 in St Maartin, Netherlands Antilles, Gwendolyn O'Neil of Guyana won a 10-round split decision over Carlette for the vacant WIBA Light Heavyweight title. O'Neil moved her record to 13-5-1 (7 KO's) with the win.  

On November 1, 2008 in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, Carlette (174 lbs) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Gwendolyn O'Neil (173 lbs) of Guyana in a rematch for the WIBA Light Heavyweight title.  The judges' scores were 97-95, 98-96, 99-95. O'Neil slipped to 13-6-1 (7 KO's).

On June 18,  2010 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Carlette (215 lbs) won a unanimous (78-72,77-73,80-70) eight-round decision over Tiffany Woodard (198 lbs) of Wilson, NC for the vacant UNBC Heavyweight title. According to WBAN's sources, Woodard went down in the third and sixth rounds. We were told that Ewell controlled  the majority of the fight using her jab and fighting in close quarters, letting loose with fierce combinations to the body. The fight was voted by fans as the best fight of the evening. Woodard fell to 2-3.

On October 1, 2011 at the Pavilion Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina Carlette (205 lbs) fought a ten-round rematch with Tiffany 'The Terminator' Woodard (202 lbs) of Wilson, North Carolina, winning by a split (97-93,96-94,94-96) decision. Ewell told WBAN that "Tiffany was extremely game and came in very prepared mentally" and "used more left hooks this fight" but then "began to fade after the seventh round". Ewell injured her right foot at the end of round seven and hobbled for the rest of the fight re-establishing her jab and being able to box versus brawl.  Woodard fell to 4-6-1 (3 KO's).

On January 21, 2012 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, USA, Carlette (208 lbs) battled to a six-round split (58-56,57-57,56-58) draw with Sonya Lamonakis (222 lbs) of New York.  Karl Greenberg reported that: "It wasn't pretty, more pit bulls in a trash bag than butterflies dancing, but the second fight, a women's heavyweight bout between Sonya Lamonakis out of Gleason's Gym and Carlette Ewell from Winston-Salem, was entertaining as hell. The two human fireplugs fought a six rounder that looked like an illegal backwoods war between Staffordshire Terriers. Ewell, in pink, mocked Lamonakis, smiling, urging her to come in.  Lamonakis got the better punches in, but Ewell got her into the ropes and pummeled, though her punches didn't have the starch or the accuracy that Lamonakis' do. By round 3 it was Lamonakis who was talking to Ewell, but it was all action, no strategy breaks, few moments where they stepped back to think. Ewell had Lamonakis against the ropes repeatedly, but the latter dealt the harder, smarter punches. In round 4 Lomanakis connected well, but Ewell was busier, putting Lamonakis against the ropes, firing largely ineffectual jabs and hooks, and using a defense that was nonexistent. Lamonakis again landed big punches at will in the 5th." Carlette moved her record to 15-7-1 (9 KO's) while Lamonakid progressed to 6-0-1 (1 KO).

Carlette vs. Valerie MahfoodEwell earlier told WBAN that her goal was to become a world champion, adding "I believe through Christ all things can and will be done if only the person believes in themself and is willing to follow through." 

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