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A historic day in London Town as women's boxing 'arrives' after a 108 years wait
by Michael O'Neill-August 5, 2012

(AUG 5)A fascinating day’s boxing in prospect as women's boxing is admitted to the Olympic Games some 108 years after the men first took part in the 1904 Games in St Louis.  Full Story with Draw Sheets

2012 Olympics in London - Official Draw Sheets
July 28, 2012

(JULY 28) WBAN has received the OFFICIAL DRAW SHEETS from London, via Christy Halbert!  WBAN has made these sheets available to the public.  To download the PDF's, (three of them) go here.  Draw Sheet -1, Draw Sheet-2, Draw Sheet-3.

The Path to Gold is Set for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team in London
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing-July 27, 2012

(JULY 27) The path to gold was set on Friday for the 12 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the official event draw on Friday at the ExCel Centre in London. The brackets in the 13 Olympic weight classes were drawn in front of representatives from all of the participating nations. Three U.S. boxers  ..Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor & Queen Underwood to star in Official London 2012 film
By Michael O’Neill-July, 22, 2012

(JULY 22) We now know that the official London 2012 Olympics film will be written, produced and directed by Caroline Rowland of the London-based New Moon organisation.  The film, simply named “ FIRST” has been approved by both the International Olympic Committee and the London 2012 Full Story

Flash from the Past! First TV Interview of Katie Taylor at Age 15
July 5, 2012

(JULY 5) Check out the very first TV interview that Katie Taylor of Ireland, who will be in the 2012 Olympics in London.  She talks about how she began boxing at age 12, and that at the age of 15, she gives insight as to what she would like to do in the sport.  There is also some footage of her father/trainer..Video

Marlen Esparza Featured in July Issue Vogue Magazine!
June 20, 2012

(JUNE 20) WBAN received some exciting news that one of our USA amateur boxers who will be competing in the 2012 Olympics in London was featured in VOGUE magazine.  We received a press release stating..Full Story

Queen Underwood: New Olympic Addition
by Bernie McCoy -June 19, 2012

(JUNE 19) In a media teleconference, originating from Colorado Springs, USA Boxing introduced Queen Underwood as the newest addition to the 2012 Olympic female boxing squad. Underwood, who will compete as a lightweight, joins flyweight Marlen Esparaza and middleweight Claressa Shields r...Full Story

Canadian boxer Mary Spencer given wild-card spot for London Games-
June 19, 2012

(JUNE 19) WINDSOR, Ont. - With her cherished Olympic dream locked in the grip of some faceless bureaucrats, Mary Spencer did what she does best. She fought her way through the adversity ..Full  

AIBA confirms Olympic seeding and has an exclusive interview with Katie Taylor
by Michael O'Neill-June 1, 2012

(JUNE 1) The AIBA have re-confirmed that there will be but 2 seeded boxers in each of the three Women’s weight divisions at the 30th Olympiad in London later this Summer.    Full Story

Day Three at the 7th Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao
by Michael O'Neill -May 13, 2012

MAY 13) Today saw the first appearance of ‘Magnificent Mary’, at flyweight, at the 7th AIBA World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao as Indian ‘living legend’ and five times AIBA World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte came face to face with Japan’s Asian championships bronze medallist, Ayako Minowa. In truth it was a one-sided encounter since Mary won their bout as easily as Full Story

Day Two at the 7th Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao
by Michael O'Neill-May 12, 2012

(MAY 12) Claressa Maria Shields and Quanitta Lee Underwood scored impressive wins for USA Boxing Saturday on the second day of the 7th AIBA Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China. An exceptionally busy day in the ring but no major surprises.  Shields, the 17 years old High School student from Flint was much too powerful for Indian champion, Pooja Rani winning their 75kg bout as easily as the 27: 10 victory  . .Full Story

7th Women's World Boxing Championship - and only Olympic qualifier
By Michael O’Neill-May 11, 2012

(MAY 11) The 7th edition of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships got under way at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Stadium, in Qinhuangdao, China Friday where some 343 contestants from 77 are scheduled to take part, a new record for the event . In three weight categories, Flyweight 51kg, Lightweight 60kg, and Middleweight 75kg, there is even more than the world title at stake since the top eight in each, automatically qualify for a place in the 30th Olympiad in London later this Summer ..Full Story

Crittenton Services bestows Bright Light Youth Award to National Boxing Champ
May 9, 2012

(MAY 9)  Today at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington will celebrate 124 years of promoting the healthy development of teen girls. The High Tea will honor a distinguished group of women who have demonstrated leadership, commitment and dedication to making a difference in the lives of women and girls. It will also give voice to 80 talented teen girls – girls who are eager to show us what they have learned and even more eager to advocate for other teen girls.  Full Story

The gloves are on: Meet the British women adding punch to the Olympics' newest sport -By Emily Dugan / - April 4, 2012

(APR 4) Seconds away, round one: women's boxing is to become an Olympic sport for the first time at London 2012. In this exclusive report, we go behind the scenes with Team GB to meet the young athletes who are going for gold.  The rat-a-tat-tat of five pairs of fists pummelling punchbags echoes around a hall in Sheffield's English Institute of Sport. The sound Full Story on

Five U.S. Boxers to Compete on the Opening Day in Canada
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing -April 4, 2012

2012 Women’s Continental Championships action will begin tonight at the NAV Center in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada and five U.S. boxers will the ring on the first day of competition. Light flyweight Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.), bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and ....Full Story

Katie Taylor set for Olympic qualifiers
by Michael O'Neill -Credit: Sports News Ireland -April 4, 2012

Katie Taylor today joins the Irish training camp in Ukraine, part of her preparation for the 2012 World Championships in China next month but before leaving added two more comprehensive wins to her record, now standing at 124 wins from 131 contests. Here we take a look at this weekends bouts in Cork and Dungarvan. Full Story on WBAN

International Boxing Championships to Be Held in Cornwall Source: Press Release -March 26, 2012

The Canadian Amateur Boxing Association is holding the 2012 Women's Elite Continental Boxing Championships at the NAV CENTRE in Cornwall, Ontario, from April 4th to April 7th.  15 countries have registered and close to 150 athletes and officials have confirmed their participation. These championships are being held under the Association International ..Full Story

Historic Night at National Stadium
By Michael O’Neill Credit: 24, 2012

A historic first ever women’s boxing international in Ireland last night was inevitably dominated by Katie Taylor whose 25-5 win over Dutch champion Jessica Belder was watched by a few hundred spectators in the Stadium and countless others at home and abroad via the IABA’s welcome ‘Live streaming’ coverage of all eight bouts.  As another step on the Road to London (hopefully) via the World’s in Qinhuangdao, China this was a good start to a busy week which will also see ....Full Story

Canadian Mary Spencer Picks up Sponsorship from Covergirl
March 9, 2012

 In a press release that was distributed to Canadian online news sources, they have reported that one of Canadian's top amateur female boxers, Mary Spencer and other female and male athletes have been signed with Procter & Gamble Canada. WBAN would like to say congratulations to not only Spencer but all the other fine athletes named in the press release.    Full Story

2012 Olympic Updates naming eight Kenya Female Boxers on Team
March 7, 2012

(MARCH 7) On the Standard Media online website, they have reported that the Ministry of Sports said that they lack confidence in the men’s team picked to represent the country in the May Olympic qualifiers in Morocco. In the article they quote Sports Secretary Wilson Lagat saying that the team of 22 men excludes boxers from Armed Forces and Administration Police... More Details

Mary Kom training out of her skin for London Olympics
Source: India Times -February 26, 2012

(FEB 26) PUNE: MC Mary Kom is leaving no stone unturned in her quest for Olympic glory. With less than five months to go for the London Games, the five-time world boxing champion flew down to Pune from NIS, Patiala last week to train under well-known coach Charles Atkinson for a month. "I wanted to train alone... away from all the distractions," said the 28-year-old...Full Story Link on India Times

Organisers look to feature Taylor in official celebratory film - Irish Times
February 25, 2012

(FEB 25) The world champion lightweight boxer from Bray has yet to qualify for the Olympics, but the committee has contacted her father and coach Peter with an express view to include Katie in a celebratory film which will be shown in all venues throughout the Games by the host network, BBC and America’s NBC.  The film will have an expected cumulative audience...Link to Story

The Final Trio of London Hopefuls Claim U.S. Olympic Team Trials Final Round Berths in Spokane -by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing
 February 18, 2012

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials Championship bouts are now set following three challengers bracket final round contests at Northern Quest Resort. All six competitors in Friday’s action were battling to stay alive in the first-ever Olympic Trials, and the intensity of the action reflected the night’s high stakes. Flyweight Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, Md.) was...Full Story

Claressa Shields is an upset winner - February 17, 2012
Special report on ESPN

 Claressa Shields is 16 and a great boxer and a possible Olympian; but she is also a teenager.  So even though the referee raised her arm in triumph after her victory over Tika Hemingway, sending Shields to Saturday's championship round of the U.S. women's Olympic boxing trials, it didn't matter. As reporters peppered her with questions Thursday night..Full Story on ESPN

Kalispel Tribe Honors Olympic Hopefuls with a Culturally Significant Award- February 17, 2012

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is honored to create the historic award USA Boxing will present each weight class champion at the US Olympic Team Trials for Women‟s Boxing. The Tribe is proud to participate in recognizing these athletes as they move forward to represent the United States in London as women's boxing makes its Olympic debut...Full Story

Women's Boxing: U.S. Olympic Team Trials Day 5 Weigh In - Huffington Post - Sarah Deming- February 17, 2012

I dragged myself out of bed this morning to peep the 7 AM weigh-in. Each day's boxers must show up on weight or else forfeit their matches. Because there are only three Olympic weight classes for women, several of the fighters in this tournament are..Link to article

Women Boxers Chasing their Dream - MSN/
AP Article - February 16, 2012

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) Christina Cruz and Queen Underwood both devoted their lives to boxing several years before women had any hope of Olympic glory. They pursued their sport on love and faith, determined to be prepared for any opportunity to make a career out of fighting That opportunity arrives this week at the first US Olympic team trials for women's boxing. Over the next week at a resort-casino outside Spokane, 24 fighters will compete for just three spots on the national team and the chance to earn an Olympic berth at the world championships in .....Full Story

US women's boxing trials get brutal in stoppages - by Greg Beacham - Seattle Times - February 16, 2012

Tyrieshia Douglas emphatically avoided elimination from the first U.S. Olympic women's boxing team trials on Wednesday night, stopping Taversha Norwood in the fourth round of their flyweight bout.
Lightweight Mikaela Mayer also recorded a fourth-round stoppage, dominating Asia Stevenson in the semifinals of the challengers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament.  ..
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US women's boxing: the road to London 2012 begins in Spokane- the Guardian February 16, 2012

Claressa Shields was a newborn when the Golden Gloves organization reluctantly allowed women to compete in 1995 - in what was the last significant development for US women's boxing prior to this week's Olympic trials in Spokane, Washington. If the 16 year old middleweight from Flint, Michigan is feeling the weight of history in the m aking though, it's hardly showing - at time of writing she's cruising through the winner's bracket in this double-elimination tournament, the champions of which will represent the US at the World Championships in China in May, and from there...Full Story

Women's Boxing: U.S. Olympic Team Trials Day 4
Huffington Post - by Sarah Deming

This was the third night of hard work for the twelve fighters in the challengers bracket. Six go home, leaving just twelve in the running for the U.S. Olympic team. Tyrieshia Douglas handed Taversha Norwood the first stoppage of the tournament at one minute and eighteen seconds into the fourth round. In amateur boxing, a referee gives a boxer a "standing eight count" when she appears dazed or has received too many blows. Three standing eight counts in one round -- or four standing eight counts in the entire fight -- and it's over. Douglas controlled this fight from early on, and she smelled blood in the last round, mixing digging body shots in with Full Story

U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Boxing -- Day 3: Boxing Love
Huffington Post - by Sarah Deming

A heartbreaking Valentine's Day for five of the women in the U.S. Olympic trials, who were eliminated in tonight's bouts or forced to withdraw for medical reasons. This leaves 18 still vying for the three Olympic berths.  Hometown favorite Alex Love came out very strong against boxer-puncher Marlen Esparza of Houston, but Esparza turned it on in the later rounds, delivering a truly impressive boxing display. She's the most versatile fighter in the tournament and the only girl I've seen who's effective going backwards. 22-12 for Esparza......Full Story

The Challengers Bracket Boxers Fight to Stay Alive at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing
by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing
 February 16, 2012 -Photos by Sue TL Fox

(SPOKANE, WASH.)  –U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing action moved into the second day of competition on Tuesday night at the Northern Quest Resort with action in both the winners and challengers brackets. The road to London ended for six boxers with the competitors losing their bouts in the challengers bracket all being eliminated from the tournament. Six boxers advanced on to the winners bracket final bouts with victories in Tuesday night’s action. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) competed in her first contest bout of the event..Full Story

Six London Hopefuls Advance on to the Winners Bracket Finals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing
by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing - February 15, 2012

(SPOKANE, WASH.)  –U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing action moved into the second day of competition on Tuesday night at the Northern Quest Resort with action in both the winners and challengers brackets. The road to London ended for six boxers with the competitors losing their bouts in the challengers bracket all being eliminated from the tournament. Six boxers advanced on to the winners bracket final bouts with victories in Tuesday night’s action. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) competed in her first contest bout of the event..Full Story

History is Made as the First U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Opens Action in Spokane - by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing 
Flash Photo Slideshow:  by Sue TL Fox

(FEB 14)  – The moment that female boxers have dreamt about finally arrived on Monday night at the Pend Oreille Pavilion in Airway Heights, Wash., as 23 boxers took the ring for opening round action at the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing. Monday’s competition featured quarterfinal competition in all three Olympic weight divisions with 12 boxers advancing to semifinal action in the winners bracket and 11 contestants dropping into the challengers bracket.  The flyweight division opened the action with six-time national champion Marlen Esparza  Full Story

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Draw  is Completed in Spokane -by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing  - February 12, 2012

(SPOKANE, WASH.) – The brackets have been set for the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing at Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights, Wash. All 24 participants took part in the event draw on Sunday afternoon in the Kalispel Ballroom where the road to gold was laid out in each of the three Olympic weight divisions.  Full Story

The Living Nightmare [Story on Queen Underwood
- New York Times  - February 12, 2012

(FEB 12) THE TWO SISTERS shared a bed, and each night, with their hearts hammering, they would listen for the turn of the knob and the push of the door.  Quanitta Underwood was 10, her sister Hazzauna, 12. The walls of the house..Link to Story on NY Times

Esparza won't give up Olympic dream without a fight  
Story on - February 11, 2012

(FEB 11) Marlen Esparza has run thousands of miles, done thousands of crunches and thrown thousands of punches. She has put in the work. But after all of that..Link on

Blanchette: Women’s boxing finally arrives
John Blanchette The Spokesman-Review  - February 11, 2012

(FEB 11) For the participants in the first U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing, the view from Spokane rivals the one from atop Everest – with one cruel irony. “For most...Link to Story

Good News for Australian Amateur who won Gold 
Story on WBAN - February 10, 2012

(FEB 10)Last week Jessica "Da Bomb" Retallack, 20 years old, of Australia, won gold in the lightweight division when she competed at the Queensland Boxing Association State Titles. The "Noonsa News" wrote, "the fight was a must win for Jess to continue her goal...Full Story

Three Sisters Don't Pull Punches In Former Men-Only Sport -
by Jessica Robinson -Copyright: February 10, 2012

(FEB 9) WENATCHEE, Wash. - Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in...Story and Radio Interview

To Amateur and Pro Female Boxers in the Sport
by Sue TL Fox -  February 9, 2012

(FEB 9) If ever you took an opportunity to promote your boxing career, whether you are a professional or amateur boxer----this point in time is when to do it.  2012 is going to be one of the most significant and important history-making years of the sport. With female boxing being  Full Story

Latest News on Ireland's Katie Taylor
Story on WBAN -   February 8, 2012

(FEB 8) On March 23, 2012, Katie Taylor and the female Irish boxing team, will fight the team from Holland at the Dublin National Stadium, and on March 25th, in Cavan. Taylor....Full Story

Over 700 Boxers Register for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships
By Julie Goldsticker v-February 2, 2012

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A record breaking number of athletes will compete in the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships, February 26-March 3 at the Fort Carson...Full Story



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