May 31, 2002, San Diego,
At the Scottish Rite Center, in San Diego, California, and promoted
by Worldwide Boxing Promotions, Mary Lehman, 38, won a
four-round majority decision over Annalisa Middleton of
Oxnard. The San Diego-Union Tribune reported that after the fight,
Lehman announced, "I’m a fighter. I’ve always been a
fighter, but I never had an opportunity to be my true self."
WBAN congratulates Lehman for her first win. Lehman has worked very
hard to get to the point of turning pro. She has been boxing for
three years, while being a practicing Civil Attorney, and wife and
mother of two twin girls. Lehman is now 1-0-0 (0KO), and Middleton fell to
May 25, 2002 - Las
Vegas Hilton - Las Vegas, Nevada
Mandy Lynn Lapointe, 115, TKO1 :25 seconds Stephanie
Dobbs, 113. Lapointe improves her record to 2-1-1 (1KO).
Dobbs is now 0-2-0 (0KO). BILV Butch Gottlieb was covering this fight.
May 25, 2002 - Delray Beach Tennis
Center, in Boynton,
Del Ray Beach Florida Karla Redo, 139.5,
TKO'd Myrian Bazile, 138, 1:43 in the first
round in a scheduled six-round junior welterweight bout. According to news sources,
Bazile’s corner could take no
more of the punishment Redo was doing to their fighter, and they
threw in the towel. Bazile was making her pro debut.
May 25, 2002 - Muay Thai
Event, Promoted by Stan Peterec, Victoria, BC Canada
Luraina Undershute of British Columbia knocked out Marise
Clement in the 3rd round of a scheduled 5-round kickboxing match
last night. Undershute, an actress, was returning to competition
after taking time off to work on films. In the other women’s
bout, Jodi Hensel won by decision over Shannon Larsen
in a 4-round modified Muay Thai rules fight. A 3rd women’s
bout featuring highly regarded Keri Crothers was cancelled
when her opponent, Linda Loyce from Fairtex Gym in
California, failed to show up. Undershute, Hensel, and
Crothers are all trained by Stan Peterec, whose gym, Peterec’s
Martial Arts Center, organized
May 24, 2002 - Madrid,
At polideportivo Magariños, Maria Jose Rosa, Spain, 11-0-0 (1KO), won a ten-round unanimous
decision over "winless as a pro" Sonia Pereira,
Portugal, in (can you believe it) a title fight! You guessed it
folks….The WIBF had a title fight (Euro) with a boxer
that has failed to win ONE pro fight as a boxer! The scoring of this
match was 100-90, 100-90, 100-91. BUT...it gets better.....
Pereira has not only fought a world title fight last night, but
on 09/29/01, in Offenfach,
Germany, she fought Nadia Loritz in a GBU 112 lb. world
championship fight…and lost; On 10/28/00,
in Vienne, Austria, Pereira fought Kristina Krek in a WIBF
World title fight…and lost; On 10/23/99,
in Frankfort, Germany, Daisy Lang won a 10-round decision
over Pereira, 113, for a WIBF title and you guessed it…she lost;
and on 05/05/95, In Germany, Regina
Halmich stopped Pereira in the seventh round for a a European
title. So for being winless at NOW 0-7-0, Pereira has now fought
three world titles, and three European titles.
May 24, 2002, Budapest
Hungary Report by Jolly Dee: Poland's world champion, Agnieszka
Rylik faced a relatively
untested American opponent, Ragan Pudwill, in Rylik's
world title defence. Rylik looked fierce in her traditional black
boxing attire. In the first round, it was a tentative round for
both fighters. Rylik gauged Pudwill's ability, before looking
to step in. In the second round, Rylik became more
aggressive and began to dominant the round. Rylik began
scoring at will, stepping in and out with great accuracy.
Pudwill on the other hand looked blown already, getting hit with
alarming frequency. In the third round, Rylik delivered hard
and often blows. Pudwill was dropped in this round, but
managed to get up and taking the count and was saved by the end of
the round. In the fourth round, Pudwill was dropped again
early in the round, and allowed to continue. But, the next
knockdown spelled the end for the American's game challenge. Agnieszka Rylik, Poland,
KO4 Ragan Pudwill, United
States. This was a 10-round scheduled fight – Junior Welterweights
– defense WIBF. Rylik improved her record to 12-0-0 (11 KO), and
Pudwill fell to 3-7-0.
May 24, 2002–
Wonderland Ballroom, Revere, Mass.
On a Rich Cappiello Promotions card, Ann Marie Saccurato TKO2
Ann Marie Francey in a scheduled four-round welterweight bout.
May 24, 2002,
Shadina Pennybaker scored a UD over Sabrina Hall, 40-36,
40-36 and 39-37. No knockdowns. Pennybaker is improved her record to
5-1-0 (2KO), and Hall is now 11-2-1 (2KO).
May 24, 2002 -Rhodes-On-The-Pawtuxet
Cranston, Rhode Island Missy Fiorentino, Cranston, and Cincinnati's Vikki
Clardy (3-3) went toe-to-toe in a featherweight battle, with
Fiorentino landing a big left hook to score a second-round
knockout. Fiorentino is now 3-0-0 (3KO), and Clardy is 3-3-0.
May 23, 2002 – Houston,
Texas Super-middleweights Yolanda Swindell,
won a four-round unanimous decision over decision over Geneva
Buckhalter, Columbus, Mississippi. Swindell improved her record
to 2-0-0 (1KO). Buckhalter fell to 2-10-1 (2KO).
May 22, 2002 - Westwego,
At the "Fight Night" at the Alario Center, Kenner
Louisiana’s Angie Bordelon, won a four-round unanimous
decision over Irichelle Duran in a featherweight bout. News
sources reported that Duran was getting clipped with constant right
hands, and that in the second round, Duran was knocked down. Judges
scoring on this bout was 39-36. Bordelon improved her record to
3-6-0 (0 KO), and Duran is now 1-2-0 (1KO).
May 22, 2002 - Kansas City, Missouri Mary Elizabeth Ortega of Kansas City TKO2 Willicia Moorehead
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a scheduled 4-round lightweight bout. Ortega
improved her record to 21-1-0 (5KO), and Moorehead fell to 2-9-0.
May 20, 2002, Budapest, Hungary
– Blue Alligator Box Promotion and Golden Gloves Ltd. In a Jr. Lightweight bout, Angela Nagy, Hungary won a six-round decision over Katalin Hanko,
Hungary; Jr. Bantamweight bout, Reka Krempf, Hungary won a four-round decision over
Reka Pecsi-Huszar, Hungary; and in a Flyweight bout, Maria
Narozsnik, Hungary won a six-round decision over Olena
Samoday, of Hungary.
May 18, 2002 -Silver Star Casino,
Choctaw, MS EDITORIAL BY TL
Last night at the Silver Star
Casino, in Choctaw, Mississippi, Mia St. John apparently scooted by with
winning a controversial majority decision over a brand new woman boxer who
was reported to have a 2-0-0 record as a pro with an amateur background,
Kristy Follmar. (WBAN has Follmar's record at 1-0-0 with her only
win as a pro fighting Yvonne Sidney out of Wisconsin. (News sources (Fightnews.com)
reported that St. John "escaped with an unexplainable majority
decision". The crowd booed loudly at the unbelievable
decision, of 39-37, 39-37, and 38-38.
May 18, 2002, - Madrid, Spain
Silvia Leon, Spain, won a
unanimous decision over Julia Shvets, Russia.
May 18, 2002 – Portland Boxing
Club - Portland, Maine – Amateurs
Former kickboxer Lisa Kuronya, Freeport, Maine, 27 years old, 5’11",
144 lbs., TKO1 1:13 seconds with an onslaught of jabs and
straight right hands to the head on Canadian Sabrina Beland.
Kuronya did not waste time in forcing Beland into a standing
eight-count within the first 30 seconds of the round. Kuronya said
to the Press Herald, "This is the sport for me, I've been hit
and hurt and it doesn't bother me. You get used to it and block it
out of your mind." Three of the other canadians scheduled to
fight in the amateur event in a rematch did not have the proper
identification to cross the border and were turned away. Kuronya is
now 5-0-0 (3KO) as an amateur.
May 17, 2002 – Argosy Atrium,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana Trisha Hill, who fought two highly acclaimed Muay Thai bouts
with Angela Rivera as well as compiling an excellent amateur
boxing record, made her pro boxing debut and fought Sue Bennett in a
lightweight bout. All judges scoring was 40-36. Hill comes from the
amateur ranks, and was nominated as "WBAN Fighter of the
month" last year.
May 17, 2002, Austin, Texas
There were two exciting women's matches on the card and two
exhibition matches. In the first women's match of the
night Linda Tenberg, 125, Austin, Texas, fought out-of-towner
Gloria Ramirez in a four-rounder. Hometown fans were
rooting for Tenberg, but Ramirez came out the winner.
Ramirez won the fight by a split decision, 37-39 (Ramirez), 39-37 (Tenberg),
and 39-37 (Ramirez). Ramirez improved her record to 9-11-3 (2KO), and Tenberg fell to
6-5-0 (2KO). The card then featured two women's
exhibition matches. Anissa Zamarron, 104, first fought a Isabel
Manyseng for two rounds, and then she fought Maribel Zurita in another exhibition that was a two-round
slugfest. Zamarron and her two opponents wore headgear.
In the second sanctioned match of the night, Delia
"The Chiquita" Gonzalez, 110, took on hometown
fighter, Jay Vega, 111 3/4, in a six-rounder. Gonzalez
and Vega fought toe-to-toe throughout the six rounds with Gonzalez
pulling the fight off with a unanimous decision! Not bad in
tonight's action where both boxers, Ramirez and Gonzalez fought
hometown favorites....Gonzalez improves her record to 12-7-4 (3KO),
and Vega suffered her first loss as a professional and is now 4-1-0
May 17, 2002 - Orleans
Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
In front of a packed house at the Orleans, Melinda Cooper, 116, now
2-0-0 (2KO) won by a TKO in the second round
after, her opponent Elizabeth Cervantes, 115, did not come
out for the third round. Cooper,
at only 18 years old, and only two pro fights under her belt, she is
quickly demonstrating that she has the potential of being a top
fighter in the sport.
May 15, 2002 Treasure Chest Casino, in
Kenner, Louisiana There were four action-packed women's matches on the card! Lisa
"Too Fierce" Foster, 121, 5-3-1 (2KO) fought Kathy
Williams, 119 1/4, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 13-4-0 (4KO)
for the vacant IFBA Jr. Featherweight belt in a scheduled 10-rounder and STOPPED Williams 1:19
seconds in the ninth round. Scotty Johnson who was ON SCENE at
the fights said that Foster knocked Williams down in the first
round, and that in the ninth, when Williams was knocked down, the
ref stopped the fight. The fight between Jr. Middleweights Sunshine
Fettkether, 2-2-2 (0KO), Phoenix, Arizona and Dakota Stone, 5-1-3 (0KO), of Seattle, Washington ended in a six-round
majority draw; Canadian Vaia Zaganas, 4-1-0 (2KO) won a six-round unanimous decision over New Yorker
Dee Hamaguchi, 0-3-1 (0KO) with final judges scoring of 60-54
60-54 58-56; Raquelle Tebo,
3-1-1, Las Vegas, Nevada, won a unanimous decision over Carla
Wilcox, 1-2-0 (0KO), of Seattle, Washington.
May 11, 2002 Colorado Springs,
At the Southern Colorado Expo,Nikki Conant, Las Vegas, Nevada, making her pro debut stopped
Allegra Smith, early in the first round of a scheduled 168-lb four rounder. Ref Curtis Thrasher stopped the fight that was reported to have been a "mismatch" when Smith offered little defense to Conant's barrage of combinations and turned her back during the beginning of the match.
May 11, 2002 - Germany Nadja Loritz was supposed to fight Anca
Moise of Roumania. However, Anca pulled out of the fight and
was substituted by Anca Perijoc,
also from Roumania. According to the article, Nadja accepted
that the substitute was 6,5 kgs (14 lbs) over the limit. Loritz won
by a second round knockout.
Excerpt out of a German newspaper: "The same thing almost
happened to the ladies fight, but it was possible to get a
substitute. Anca was ready to step in for Anca Moise in the
fight against Nadja Loritz, world champion of Global Boxing Union (GBU),
who wants to swim along on the "boxing beauty wave" with
Regina Halmich and Daisy Lang. Nadja Loritz, 34 from Koblenz, sees
herself as a challenger for the starlet Halmich, and did not want to
miss her fight, and accepted the the girl from Roumania weighed in
6.5 kgs (14 lbs) over the limit. The German girl won the fight by
knockout in the second round."
May 11, 2002, Greek Club in
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Nicola Cubillo, 111 3/4, KO1 Amy Cameron, 106 3/4, for
the Queensland Junior Bantamweight title.
May 9, 2002, Sunset Hills,
Missouri Renee Douglas won a four-round unanimous decision over Jerri
Skyles in a featherweight bout. WBAN’s insider reported that
Douglas controlled the fight with good defense and precise
May 7, 2002, in Little Rock, Arkansas Patricia Demick, 138, won a controversial six-round split
decision over Brenda Bell-Drexel, 142.
In an exhibition, Melissa Shaffer, making her pro debut won by a
unanimous decision over Sara Goodson.
May 11, 2002 - Brooklyn, Maryland -Amateur BROOKLYN, Md.- (May 7)- Here at Thunder Dome,
not your ordinary venue for a boxing card to take place, Baltimore and D.C.’s
up and coming amateur talent once again had the opportunity to show off
their skills before local family and friends. Thunder Dome, Brooklyn’s
answer for Philadelphia’s Blue Horizon, is structurally similar to the
famous two-story boxing venue, where many viewings of USA’s Tuesday Night
Fights took place. The only thing missing on this night was the color and
commentaries of Sean O’Grady and Al Albert.
In a women’s novice match at 139 pounds, Tricia Hanson, from the
Brooklyn Boxing Club, pretty much had her way with a newcomer in Rochelle
Detter, also from Nye’s. Hanson, coming off of her first loss as an
amateur, immediately stalked Detter from the get go and was relentlessly
dictating the action with an ‘in your face’ and toe-to-toe attack. The
referee, after having issued a few standing eight counts to Detter, stopped
the contest in the third round and awarded the match to Hanson. The
eighth match of the evening was also a women’s match at 156 pounds. April
Alvarez, from the Midtown Boxing Club, valiantly tried to overcome the
reach advantage that Christina Mellies, from Sugar Ray Leonard’s
had over her. Alvarez immediately crowded the taller Mellies from the start
of round one and tried to work the body, however, due to the experience of
Mellies, Alvarez was unable to sustain her inside body attack. Mellies
established a jab halfway through the first and never relinquished it from
then on. Mellies won the match by decision.
May 5, 2002 - "Brawl ‘til They
Fall" Tony Fortino Grand Hall, Convention Center, Pueblo,
Colorado In front of an estimated 350 boxing fans at the Tony Fortino
Grand Hall, Convention Center, and promoted by Aguilar and Toribio
Promotions, Terri Cruz, 123.4, of Denver, Colorado stopped her opponent
Brandy Leon, 129.6, of Prescott, Arizona, 1:22 of the first round
in the scheduled 125-lb six-round semi-main event. Cruz
improved her record to 5-2-2 (3KO), and Leon fell to 1-7-0.
May 4, 2002 – Cow Palace, San
Francisco Golden Gloves Championships - Amateurs
In the 71st run of the SF Golden Gloves Championships, Cynthia
Talmadge won a close decision over Cleo Chan of King’s
Gym, in the 119 lb. Division, in the special seniors division. The
special seniors division is for boxers with less than 10 fights.
Talmadge and Chan fought ferociously for three rounds. Talmadge was
able to throw more combinations and to connect more than Chan.
Talmadge is now 2-0-0 as an amateur.
May 4, 2002 in México City, México Erika Chavarria TKO1 Lorena Roque in a scheduled
four-round featherweight bout.
May 3, 2002, Columbus, Ohio
On an L & M Productions card in
Columbus, Ohio, Kelli Cofer, 124, TKO’d Tamika
Smith, 120.5, Cincinatti, Ohio 1:57 of the second round.
Smith was making her pro debut, and has a reported and unconfirmed
amateur background. WBAN’s inside reporter said Cofer knocked
Smith down in the second round after a good series of solid shots,
and that Smith showed a lot of heart and was tough. Smith did get on
her feet before the countdown, but was unable to continue and the
ref stopped the fight.
May 3, 2002, Durango, Colorado
In one of the most exciting fights of the night, the co-main event
that featured a six-rounder with women boxers in the bantamweight
division with Adriana Delgado and Monica Michel ended in a draw. Judges scoring was 59-55, 58-56, and
May 3, 2002, San Antonio, Texas Maribel Zuritawon a unanimous decision overGracie
Oliverez in an exciting four-rounds. Final scoring for all three
judges was 39-37.
May 2, 2002 -Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Report by Craig Ogawa: Featherweight Jo Jo Wyman defeated
Jessica Mohs by unanimous decision before an overflow
crowd Thursday night, derailing Mohs sudden, sharp ascent through
the division ranks. Wyman, a southpaw and nifty counterpuncher
with great lateral movement, crippled Mohs with a punishing shot to
the body in round 2 and had Mohs struggling to hang on in the 4th,
according to Wyman’s trainer, Victor Hernandez. Sidestepping Mohs’
attack, Hernandez said Wyman successfully came over with right hooks
to counteract the impressive power that Mohs has shown in recent
victories, including a shocking one-sided battering of highly-rated
Karen Martin (who lost a much closer fight by majority decision to
Wyman in January). Wyman, who earned praise from ESPN’s Teddy Atlas in her loss to
undefeated Laura Serrano in March, will continue her string
of tough matches against another undefeated woman, impressive
Corinne Van Ryckdegroot, on the June 8th undercard of Lennox Lewis
vs. Mike Tyson in Memphis, Tennessee. Meanwhile, Mohs had been
mowing them down since re-entering the sport she left reluctantly
more than a decade ago when she was 13. After a 1st-round
knockout of promising newcomer Rita Valentini, Mohs exploded
again in the first against Martin, knocking her down 3 times en
route to a stunning victory and suddenly establishing herself as a
dangerous, unknown force in the featherweight division.
Against Wyman, however, she didn’t seem to come out with the same
energy, said promoter Roy Engelbrecht. Betwen rounds, her
corner told her she had to step up the pace, he said. But it
can be hard to press the attack when you can’t find a target and,
as Engelbrecht noted, “JoJo’s a total pro, she’s one of
the best.” Wyman has matured into one of the most sophisticated
boxers out there and her ring movement can easily neutralize the
power of less experienced opponents. She’s also a strong,
silent type. If Wyman was at all worried about the sheer, raw force
of Mohs, she didn’t show it, according to her training partner, #2
ranked flyweight Wendy Rodriguez (although Rodriguez’s own
first impression of Mohs was how big she looked!)
Wyman weighed in at 124 pounds. Mohs, WBAN's Fighter of the month and subject of a fascinating profile by
senior editor Brian Ackley, weighed
in at 125. The semi-main event was part of a private, industry
convention and fundraiser for the NAIOP, an association of
commercial real estate developers and investors. Roy Engelbrecht,
who continues to run the
successful promotions group he started since selling it to Oscar de
la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, coordinated the program.
Report by Craig Ogawa. (A special thanks to Craig for submitting
this report!) Wyman improved
her record to 9-4-1 (0KO), and Mohs is now 5-4-0 (1KO).