FLASH FROM THE PAST
name is Amber Edwina Hunt, and she fought in amateur bouts that were
considered exhibitions in 1977...
(MAY 27, 2007) WBAN has been abIe to make
contact with AMBER EDWINA HUNT (Amber Balts), who gained notoriety
media publicity in 1977, when it was reported that she had become
close friends with Gary Mark Gilmore who eventually was executed.
and we hope to get a biography and story up
soon about Amber.
Amber has a fascinating story to tell,
In a documented story about Amber, the following was stated. Her
past story made it in Time magazine, People Magazine, and Boxing
Illustrated, and others.
An excerpt from that article by Beverly Patrick, said, "Gary
Mark Gilmore will be best remembered as the murderer who was executed by a
firing squad on Jan. 17. The first time in 10 years that the death penalty
was imposed in the United States. However, one might have a tough time
convincing an 11-year-old girl in Salt Lake City, Utah, and her parents
that Gilmore was a bad person." Amber was a
fifth-grade student at Arlington Elementary School at the time and
the article reported that Amber had earned eight straight wins
against male opponents.
In 1977, Gary Gillmore Faced Firing Squad, First US Execution In
More fight information was in this article
that said, "Amber, a 65-pounder, Amber won her first six
exhibition encounters by first-round stoppages before advancing to Golden
Gloves Junior Olympic Competition. Her debut in this class resulted in a
first-round win, and Amber followed this up with another stoppage triumph
against Freddie Gonzales at 55 seconds of the second round."
Amber's coach was Chapple Hayashi of the Police
The article went on to say, "Although
she exchanged letters with Gilmore and he gave her more than $1,200 worth
of gifts. One of Gilmore's gifts, a complete eight-millimeter movie
outfit, that had helped Amber further her fistic ambitions. Her father
films all her bouts and then they study the films to refine her
Apparently, Amber wrote to Gilmore quite a
bit, and even wanted to visit him in prison, although according to this
article, Gilmore was denied visitors because he did not follow the prison
rules and had attempted suicide. The article gives some comments
Gilmore said to Amber, "you're the most fantastic little girl I've
ever heard of. You have the makings, the heart of a true champion. Do I
like you? Baby, I love you."
More records to straighten
Terry Nye, Leah Mellinger's
ex-trainer -manager contacted me and told me that there was a
"History First" made when he had his fighter, Leah Mellinger,
was the first to be the main event on a card, that was on the February 21,
1998 event. But, WBAN discovered that the History first actually
occurred October 21, 1983.....sorry Nye, Darlina
Valdez and Holley McDaniel beat you out! Not only that Valdez and
McDaniel fought 15 round, three minute rounds according to a newspaper
article for the championship another history first!
. . . .
Darlina pleases crowd
in boxing win
The Albuquerque Tribune
Saturday, October 22,
Viva Darlina! Viva
The noisy partisan crowd of more than 1,000 paid tribute
to Darlina Valdezs stamina and boxing technique Friday, and shouted her name as
womens pro boxing was introduced to Civic Auditorium.
The tiny women boxers vindicated the sour taste that
Jerry Quarry left in the mouths of boxing aficionados in his ring comeback Aug. 31 when he
KOd Vic Guerra of Omaha, Neb. In 21 seconds of the first round.
And the ones who missed the crowning of "Darling
Darlina" of Sante Fe as the world womens bantamweight champion will get another
chance to see the pert and vivacious boxer in action on Dec. 2.
Thats when Vern Stevenson (also promoter) of
Fresno, the director of the Womens International Boxing Association (WIBA), plans to
send top talent here for another womens boxing card to Promoter Joe Louis Murphy.
Its a sure bet that "Darling Darlina,"
as the fans nicknamed their new sports heroine, will be on the Dec. 2 card even though the
main attraction that night will be Canadian Rene Browning, the No. 1 world
lightweight Star, who will face either, Debra Wright or Yvonne Buckley of New York.
Valdez proving to many doubting boxing aficionados that
theres a legitimate place for women in the broken bleak sport earned a unanimous
verdict over Holly McDaniel of Muncie, Ind. In the FIRST 15-ROUND MATCH (THREE
MINUTE ROUNDS) in the history of womens boxing.
Valdez (4-1) nursed bruises under both eyes, but showed
no visible signs of exhaustion as she reviewed her biggest war ever.
Referee Larry Chavez scored it 149-141; judge Walter
Brown Jr. 137-133; and judge Hugh Bishop showed it 149-143 The Tribunes scorecard
"I just concentrated on keeping my jab in her face
and followed up with left-right combinations, said Valdez. "I will be better prepared
when I face her again."
McDaniel, with a deep purple welt under her left eye,
wasnt discouraged in losing her first of six fights. "I will meet her again for
the title. Shes a great champion," McDaniel said. "She was more aggressive
than I was."
The supporting(undercard) card was outstanding
as Harold Romero and Aturo Martinez of San Antonio fought to a draw in the 4-round
semifinal while Charlie Gallegos and Fermin Garcia of Albuquerque won the other two bouts.