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APRIL 2004

April 30, 2004 - Hammond Civic Center, Hammond, Indiana
On an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card,  the televised women’s six-round bout featured Junior Lightweights Kristy Rose Follmar, 23, 5’8”, 129, from Muncie, Indiana, who stepped up the competition when she took on the relentless Liz Drew, 32, 5’7”, 131.5.  Drew kept the pressure on Follmar throughout most of the six rounds.  Both boxers were impressive, offering up their own game plan when facing each other in the ring.  Drew wanting to keep it close, fighting inside, and Follmar wanting to fight from the outside.
Follmar won a controversial split decision, with two judges scoring in favor for her 58-56, and one judge for Drew 58-56.  ESPN2 Commentator, Teddy Atlas scored the fight 57-57 (draw).  Follmar improved her record to 12-1-0 (8KO), and Drew is 7-7-0 (2KO). WBC/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Hasim "the Rock" Rahman said shortly after the fight in regards to the Follmar-Drew toe-to-toe battle, “I  think that ESPN should get this tape out to all the heavyweights in the division, if all the heavyweights fought like that, boxing would be in great shape." ESPN2 definitely scored a knockout when they aired this action-packed women’s match!

April 30, 2004 - Dodge Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas
Telefutura - promoted by Golden Boy Promotions
Mariana Juárez, 113.6, of Mexico, stopped
Yvonne Chavez, 113.6, of New Mexico 1:05 of the fourth round. This was a rematch for two. 

April 29, 2004 in Kulturni dum
Czech Republic Eva Liskova won by Won a four-round decision over Pavla Stankeova

April 29, 2004 - Levallois, France
Myriam Lamare won by won a six-round unanimous decision over Larisa Berezenko.

April 27, 2004 - Oceania amateur boxing championships,  Tonga, New Zealand - Amateurs 
Five New Zealand female boxers fought for gold medals after going directly through to the finals. Stephanie Perry, of Christchurch, Odette van der Meer, of Palmerston North, Kelly Halling, of Tauranga, Daniella Smith, of Auckland, and Hamilton's Pono Rangi.   Women's Finals results:  3 51 kg 1/1 Red 2 Flores Tina TAH;  Blue 1 Kori Farr AUS win RSCO2;  4 54 kg 1/1 Red 4 Stephanie Perry NZL 8;  Blue 3 Casey Taylor AUS win 13; 5 57 kg 1/1 Red 5 Julie Ryan AUS win 16;   Blue 6 Shannon O`Connell AU2 6;  6 60 kg 1/1 Red 8 Erin McGowan AUS win RSCO2; Blue 9 Kelly Halling NZL.

April 24, 2004 -Winnipeg, Canada
Shadina Pennybaker, 151, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, defeated Jo-Anne Brooks, 152, of Winnipeg with a six-round split decision.  Final judges scoring was 58-56 (Brooks), 60-54 and 58-56 (Pennybaker).  Pennybaker is now 8-4-1 (2KO), and Brooks is now 5-1-0 (2KO).

April 24, 2004 - Chiapas, Mexico
Jacqueline Nava, 118,  won by a six-round unanimous decision over Jazmin Rosita Rivas, 116 3/4.

April 24, 2004 - Reliant Park, Houston, Texas
Marie Lucy Contreras, 119, of Houston. Texas, making her pro debut, won by a four-round unanimous decision over Evangelina Abeyta, 120, of Denver, Colorado. Contreras is now 1-0-0 (0KO), and Abeyta is 1-7-0 (0KO).

April 24, 2004 in Savannah, Georgia
Donna Lee Biggers won by TKO2 over Kim Jeffries. Biggers is now 6-0-0 (5KO), and Jeffries is 0-2-0 (0KO). 

April 24, 2004 - Staples Center, Los Angeles, California - HBO card
WBAN Members Photo Gallery #165) Sumya Anani , 142. Shawnee, Kansas,  won a six-round unanimous decision over Lisa Holewyne, 144, Austin, Texas.  Holewyne was dropped in the third round, and the fight ended with a 60-53 on all judges scorecards in favor on Anani. Anani improved her record to 22-1-1 (9KO), and  Holewyne is now 19-13-1 (5KO). 

April 24, 2004 - City Hall in Komarno, Komarno, Slovakia
On a Felix-Promotion, Hungarian Krisztina Belinszky  outpointed pro debuter Eva Ott, also from Hungary in a scheduled four round Flyweight bout.  Final judges scores were 40-36 on all cards. Belinszky is now 4-4-2 (1KO), and Ott is 0-1-0 (0KO). 

April 23, 2004 - Port St. Lucie, Florida
In front of over 900 boxing fans, pro debuter Alexandra "Sweet and Sour"  Maloy, 5'10", won a four-round majority decision over Yvonne Reis in a scheduled super-middleweight bout. Maloy is now 1-0-0 (0KO).

April 23, 2004 - Radisson Hotel, Wichita, Kansas
Heavyweights Monica McGowan, 215,  TKO'd Mona Nelson, 202, Mount Pleasant, Texas,  :55 seconds in the third round.   McGowan improved her record to 9-3-0 (6 KO). Nelson is now 1-2-0 (0KO).  

April 23, 2004 in Souhport, QLD, Australia
Kino Malpartia won by six-round majority decision over Holly Ferneley.  Malpartia improved her record to 3-0-0 (0KO).  Ferneley is now 1-5-1.

April 23, 2004 - Myyrmäki Sporthouse, Vantaa
Super Featherweight Petra Jachmanova won a four-round unanimous decision over Lea Houtsonen.  This was the first win for Jachmanova as a pro.

April 22, 2004 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cindy Christian, pro debut, and Sherri Warren, pro debut, fought to a four-round draw. 

April 21, 2004 - John Q. Hammonds Center, in Joplin, Missouri
In the main event, Franchesca Alcanter, now 12-5-1 (6KO),  of Kansas City, Kansas, stopped Crystal Bolles, 2-7-0 (0KO).  of Miami, Oklahoma, :59 seconds of the third round.

April 17, 2004, Fönix Sport Center, Debrecen, Hungary Bantamweight Bettina Csábi, 114 3/4, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Galina Koleva Ivanova, 116¼, winning the Vacant WIBF-GBU Bantamweight Title.  Also, Flyweight Viktoria Milo, 111 lbs., won a 10-round unanimous decision over Svetla Taskova,105¼, winning the WIBF-GBU Flyweight Title. Final Judges scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 98-94.  Logged on records site

April 17, 2004, Hershey Centre Mississauga, Ontario
WBAN Members Photo Gallery #164)
Sandy Tsagouris, 123 lbs., of Brampton, Ontario, won her pro debut over Olga Heron, 126, of Mississauga, in a four-round unanimous decision.  Final judges scores were 40-37, 40-36, and 40-36.   

April 17, 2004 in Sala de Armas, Mexico City, Mexico
Delia Lopez and Gloria Rios fought to a ten-round draw. The two were fighting for the Mexican Women's Junior Flyweight Title.  Final scoring was  96-94, 94-97, 96-96.  Lopez record is now 6-0-2 (3KO), and Rios is 3-4-1 (0KO).  

April 17, 2004 in Dombasle, France
Anne Sophie Mathis won by TKO6 over Daniela David.

April 16, 2004 - Stafford Center, Houston, TexasHouston, Texas, promoter: Vertex Boxing and Corona Beer
WBAN Members MPEGS/Photo Gallery #163)
Valerie "The Wolfe" Mahfood, 165 lbs.,  had a six-round majority draw with Kathy Rivers, 175 lbs.  This was a rematch for the two.  The final judges scores was 56-58, 57-57, and 57-57.  WBAN's Correspondent Patricia Butaud said that the fight was a very good and tough fight.

April 16, 2004 - Gund Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
On the undercard, Mary Jo Sanders, 140.7, won a six-round unanimous decision over Layla McCarter, 137, of Las Vegas. The fight was televised on Telefutura.

April 16, 2004  - Denver Athletic Club, Denver, Colorado
Angie Poe, 139,  won a four-round majority decision over pro debuter Sarina Hayden, 133. Poe improved her record to 2-2-0 (1KO). 

April 15, 2004 - at the Palace, in Lemoore, California
WBAN Members MPEGS/Photo Gallery #162)
Jessica Rakoczy, 132.5, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Mia St. John, 138.5 in the co-main, and Tania Gomez, 134.5, won a 4-round unanimous decision over Tracy Carlton, 134 3/4. s site

April 15, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas
Valeria Flores won by a four-round split decision over over Carol Harris. 

April 10, 2004 - Club Justo José de Urquiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Southpaw Patricia Alejandra Quirico, 126, of Argentina, TKO’d Paraguay Brazilian Deusa Rodriguez, 126, in the second round of a scheduled 10-rounder title fight for the South American Featherweight belt. The fight was stopped when Quirico threw a barrage of combinations at all angles to the body, and Rodriguez offered little defense. Quirico is now 4-1-0 (4KO).

April 10, 2004 - Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Welterweight Holly Holm, 140, TKO1 Janae Romero-Archuleta in a scheduled six rounder.  Also, Super Bantamweight Jackie Chavez, 124, won a six-round split decision over Mercedes Mercury, 125.

April 10, 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya
Zarrika Fatuma won a four-round decision over Agnes Adong.

April 10, 2004 - Next Level Sports and Fitness Center, Kansas City, MI
Franchesca Alcanter, won a four-round unanimous decision over Liz Drew. All judges scorecards were 39-37. Alcanter is now 11-5-1 (5KO), and Drew is 7-6-0 (2KO). WBAN hopes to get the video footage of this fight.

April 10, 2004 - Manchester, UK
WBAN Members Photo Gallery #161)
Aga Rylik, now 15-1-0 (11KO) of Poland, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Eliza Olson, now 7-3-2 (2KO), of the United States, and won the WIBF Junior Welterweight title.   JollyDee's Report: The women boxers fought for both the  vacant WIBO Junior Welterweight world title and Rylik's WIBF junior welterweight title. The bout was qualitative and balanced as well. Rylik's jabs were dominating the match but the Olson was better in in close fighting and her uppercuts were very dangerous. At the beginning of the match,  Rylik was dominant,  however in the middle of the fight Olson, succeeded in taking charge. In the end Rylik was able to take on the match again because of her stamina. When the fight ended, both boxers believed to be the winner. On the cards Rylik was the victorious (98-94, 98-94, and 97-94) however in my opinion 97-94 was the most objective. Additional Report

April 9, 2004 - Italy
Sonia Grande,  pro debut in Italy,  and won her first pro fight.  Grande won by a six-round unanimous decision over Petra Jachmanova of Slovenia @ 60kg. Grande has been giving boxing fans all the hottest news from Italy via WBAN for quite a while! 

April 8, 2004 -Argosy Casino Atrium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Terri Moss, 110,  won a four-round unanimous decision over pro debuter Elizabeth Gandy, 115.

April 8, 2004 - Wyndham Inn, Baltimore, Maryland
Experience proved the difference as Vaia Zaganas, 103 1/2,  captured the NABA strawweight title with a unanimous decision over gutsy Stephanie Dobbs, 101 3/4.  Using her movement and jab, Zaganas piled on the points in a 10-round title bout held at The Wyndham Inn in front of a large crowd. Now the Las Vegas resident owns two world title belts including the IFBA.   The judges scored the fight 100-90, 99-91, 98-92 for Zaganas.   Despite the clear-cut win, Zaganas said her opponent had vastly improved.  “She showed me a couple of new things, she is improving,” said Zaganas (16-3, 6 KOs) after the fight. “She has nothing to be ashamed of.”  Dobbs said she practiced many new aspects in the gym but learning them and using them for a title fight was like cramming for a test.   “A lot of stuff is newly learned, I’ve only been at this game for two years,” said Dobbs (10-14-2, 5 KOs), who is managed by her husband Bobby Dobbs. “A lot of it is thinking. Sometimes I do something in the ring and I don’t even know I did it.”  The Oklahoma fighter plans to accumulate more boxing skills and become more instinctive in utilizing some of the subtle points of the game that will make a difference.   “Right now I’m thinking a lot but not doing it naturally,” she said. “I want to do it without thinking.”  Zaganas, a Canadian national and former amateur champion, said her plan was to box aggressively using her strength. One added element to her game was going full steam ahead for all 10 rounds.  “I’m happy about my stamina. It was really good and I got stronger,” said Zaganas, who fought for 10 rounds for the first time. Her previous title fight ended in a technical knockout.   “Vaia was in tremendous shape. She basically out-boxed Stephanie,” said Bobby Dobbs. “She looked real good and I give her credit. I didn’t think she would have the hunger but she did.”   Zaganas credits her newly found energy to a special diet that has helped her overcome her penchant for tiring in the latter rounds. This time she refused to sit down between rounds after the fifth frame.   “Now I know I can be strong the entire distance. I know I can start out strong and stay strong,” she said. “My diet is 100 percent better now.”  Though Dobbs suffered a loss, she was still upbeat about moving ahead and perhaps fighting again for the title soon.  “I am still getting better each time out and feel that my best is yet to come,” Dobbs, 23, said immediately after the fight. “This sport isn't made for quitters. If you can't bear the indignity of losing, then you also can't fully appreciate the thrill of victory.” Dobbs credits her use of head movement and jabs that kept her from getting hit as much as their first fight a year ago. “I made her miss a lot. I caught her with some good shots. I definitely caught her a lot more this time and didn’t get hit a lot this time either,” she said.   Zaganas said she expected the improvements and immediately noticed the difference during the first round.  “I give her credit for coming in really well trained. I could see how she was trying to pick her shots, using defense and using her jab. She improved,” Zaganas, 28, said. “She caught me with one good shot in the first round.” Dobbs said fighting Zaganas again gave her a gauge for her career.  “Congratulations to Vaia Zaganas. A very good fighter who sets the bar for me to reach for,” said Dobbs who will be out of action for approximately six months due to eye surgery. “I will still train and work to be a better fighter so that when I do come back, I will come back with a vengeance.”  The new NABA champion Zaganas plans to jump back in the ring later this month. She also plans to unify the division before moving on to the higher weight class.  “It was a good fight, a crowd pleasing fight,” said Zaganas. “I’d like to fight often if I can.”Report by: Mara Castillon  Dobbs Open Letter about the fight 

April 5, 2004 - Poland - Amateurs
A small representation of  Italian Amateur National Team fought in Poland: Ana Kaspkach defeated in cat - 60 kg Antonella Bellandi by RSCO2 (outscoring); and Manuela Marcenaro easily won on points in cat. - 63 kg., Marzia Davide defeated Carolina in cat. - 55 kg.

April 3, 2004 - Gatton, QLD, Australia
Kino Malpartia won a three-round unanimous decision over Leona Nicholls.

April 3, 2004 - Grady Cole Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
There were two women's bouts on this card, that featured Donna "Nature Girl"  Biggers, 122 lbs.,  TKO'd pro debuter Kristen Masterson, 121 lbs., 1:56 seconds of the second round. According to ringside reports, the fight started off slow, but that in the second round Biggers landed some good right hands that put Kristen down to the canvas. In the second bout, crowd favorite Carrie Flock, 145 lbs., fought pro debuter Jamie Bourgeois, 156 lbs.  Flock made it a short night when she KO'd Bourgeois 19 seconds into the first round.  There were reports that Bourgeois had her nose broken.

April 3, 2004 - Aarhus, Denmark

Super-Featherweights Frida Wallberg, 128.5, now 3-0-0, won a four-round unanimous decision over United States boxer Sharon Gaines, 126.5, now 2-1-0. WBAN's European Correspondent Torben L. reported that Wallberg won by convincing points, and used her extra height and reach very well. 40-36 on all cards

April 3, 2004 - San Felipe, New Mexico
Crystal Hickerson, making her pro debut, won by four-round unanimous decision over Martha Orozca

April 3, 2004, Clarksville, Arkansas, Promotion by Brian Jones
Joy Irvin, 144, TKO'd Brandi Brooks, in a scheduled four-round bout in the Junior Welterweight division. In a second match, Holly Dunaway, 107, TKO'd Alejandra Lopez, 114, in a scheduled four-round Jur. Flyweight bout.  Also, Sarah Goodson won by TKO4 over Nikki Verbeck.

April 3, 2004 - Belgium
Nathalie Toro of Belgium won a 10-round unanimous decision over UK's Jane Couch, and became the new for the Junior Welterweight European Boxing Union Title belt. WBAN's insider who was present at the fight said that it was an "Excellent" bout between the two. Final judges scoring was 97-94, 96-94, and 97-94.

April 2, 2004 in Warren, Michigan
Ingrid Hays won by TKO2 over Tenneh Gaye, pro debut.

April 2, 2004 in Tunica, Mississippi
Miriam Brakache won by a four-round unanimous decision over pro debuter Christy Nickel, of Warren, Michigan; and Ingrid Hays won by TKO2 over pro debuter Tenneh Gaye.

April 2, 2004 - Gimnasio Municipal, Mexicali, BN, Mexico
Jackie Nava, 122, of San Diego, California, stopped Ofelia Dominguez, 122, of Mexico :49 seconds, in the first round with a TKO. The two were fighting for the vacant Mexican Women's Super Bantamweight Title, in a scheduled 10-rounder.. Nava is now 7-1-0 (6KO), and Dominguez is 1-5-1 (0KO)
.It is amazing that this would even BE A title fight.  Dominguez's ONLY win comes from a 0-0-0 boxer in the year 2000, and yet with four straight losses, she gets this title shot.

April 2, 2004 - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
On the card, "Kronk's Return To Glory, The Next Generation", Kara Ro, of Detroit TKO'd Talia Smith, of Ohio, 1:29 in the fourth round. According to WBAN's insider they said that Smith had been knocked down three times with the last knockdown resulting in the fight being stopped.

April 1, 2004-Jefferson City, Missouri, and promoted by Schuster Promotions
Lightweights Liz Drew, 135,  won a six-round unanimous decision over Leslie McNamara, 134.

April 1, 2004 - Hooter's Restaurant, in Selma, Texas
Local Boxers Linda "Terminator" Tenberg, 124.5, of Austin, Texas, stopped Terrie Carrillo, 125.5,  in the third round with a TKO. Tenberg improved her record to 9-9-0 (5KO), and Carrillo remains winless as a pro with a 0-4-1 (0KO) record.



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