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Boxing; Adams, Taylor, Ren, Harrington & Ryan star on a hectic day in Astana
by Michael O'Neill
(additional reporting AIBA)
May 23, 2016

(MAY 23) Tuesday sees the quarter-finals of the 2016 AIBA Women’s Worlds in Astana as far as the 3 Olympic weights are concerned with these taking place at the Barys Arena in the evening session.  Earlier in the day, the quarter finals take place in the non-Olympic weights so a hectic day for all concerned in Kazakhstan.  Full Story

The United States' Marlen Esparza and Shadasia Green Earn Victories in their Tournament Operners
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 23, 2016

(MAY 23)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and international newcomer Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) both earned preliminary victories on Monday afternoon at the 2016 Women's World Championships at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan. Junior and Youth World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) dropped her second round bout in the light welterweight division in her first elite World ...Full Story

Hyun-Mi Choi, Moon Chul Suh & Leatitia Arzalier New WBF Champions
May 22, 2016

(MAY 22) On Saturday, May 21, 2016,  saw three new World Boxing Federation (WBF) Champions crowned in front of sizable crowds and massive TV audiences, as entertaining title fights took place as far apart as Jinju in South Korea and Balaruc les Bains in France.  Full Story

Review of AIBA Women's World championships
by Michael O'Neill
(additional reporting AIBA)
May 22, 2016

(MAY 22)  Saturday sees day 3 of the 2016 AIBA women’s world championships (and final Olympic qualifier for women), at the Barys Arena in Astana with few shocks so far but still a long way to go. Here on WBAN we brought you news of Team USA boxers and their fine wins so far so my updates will concentrate on the action relating to boxers from ....Full Story

Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields and two-time World Champion Jajaira Gozalez Score TKO Victories
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
May 21, 2016

(MAY 21) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.  - The United States squad moved to a perfect 5-0 in 2016 Women's World Championships competition with three victories on Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan....Full Story

Blueprint Boxing Promotions Signs Former two-time World Champion Kaliesha West
Source/Press Release
May 20, 2016

BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA - Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former two time, two division world champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West to a promotional agreement. (Announced on May 17, 2016).   West (16-2, 4 KOs) is a former two time, two division world champion who is ready, willing and able to get in the ring and become a three time world champion in 2016.  Full Story

Da Costa Takes On Macedo In First WBF World Championship Defense
May 20, 2016

(MAY 20)  World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Light Flyweight Champion Anne Sophie Da Costa will defend her title for the first time on Saturday May 28 at the Salle Frederique Bronquard in Tinqueux, France, only a stones-throw from her hometown of Reims, when she takes on Soledad Macedo from Uruguay.   Full Story

Virginia Fuchs and Mikaela Mayer record opening  Round Wins at the 2016 Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo: Facebook
May 20,  2016

(MAY 20)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships began with preliminary round bouts in the three Olympic weight divisions on Thursday. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) both earned first round victories on the opening day of competition. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields..Full Story

La Mamba Negra: The Open Vein - a Day off with Pro-Boxer Christina Linardatou Duran
Story and Photos by: Zak Varvaresso
Website:  www.varvaresso.com
May 19, 2016

Neighbourhood of Patisia -located 15 minutes away from the city center- is an open place which brings a sense of community into the normal chaos of Athens. Taking the day off from her practice, Christina took a walk with me through her neighborhood down the Patision Street, one of the major and busiest roads of central Athens.  Full Story 

Blueprint Boxing Promotions Signs Former WBO Flyweight Champ Melissa McMorrow
Source/Press Release
May 19, 2016

(MAY 19)  BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA –  Blueprint Boxing Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of former three time world flyweight champion “Mighty” Melissa McMorrow to it’s talent roster of world class boxers.  McMorrow (10-5, 1 KOs) is a former three time world champion who in her last fight defeated previously...Full Story

Raquel Miller to Fight on  Square Warriors Professional Boxing Event May 21st!
Source/Press Release/WBAN
May 19, 2016

(MAY 19)  San Francisco - come out and support San Francisco native and former top USA amateur boxer Raquel Miller as she embarks on a new journey making her professional boxing debut at the Richmond Auditorium Center in Richmond, Ca.  ... Full Story

More than 275 Athletes from 70 Nations Scheduled to Compete in the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photo/courtesy/USA Boxing
May 17, 2016

(MAY 17)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (May 17, 2016) - All of the preparations are complete and USA Boxing's elite women are ready to face the best boxers in the world at the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, May 19-27 in Astana, Kazakhstan. More than 70 countries are slated to be represented by 276 athletes in the ninth edition of the event.  Full Story

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold
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Source/Press Release
Photo/Courtesy T-Rex
May 17, 2016

(MAY 17) The film is T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, about Claressa Shields, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing in 2012. She was 17 at the time; and is currently training in Colorado Springs to compete in this summer’s games. If she wins gold again, she would be the first US boxer, man or woman, to win back-to-back gold medals.  Full Story

Korean Sensation Hyun-Mi Choi Going For WBF World Crown
Source: Press Release
May 15, 2016

(MAY 15)  Korean boxing sensation Hyun-Mi-Choi is looking to build on one of the most extraordinary resumes in female boxing, when she takes on former world champion Unathi Myekeni from South Africa for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Super Featherweight title on Saturday May 21 in Jinju, South Korea. Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor remains AIBA 60kg World no.1 ahead of 2016 Women's Worlds in Astana
by Michael O'Neill
May 14, 2016

(MAY 14) Friday 13th – lucky for some though not for all but it was an optimistic Team Ireland who set off on Friday for Astana, Kazakhstan where the 2016 AIBA World Championships for women get under way on 19th May.  Full Story

In the Line of Fire:  Former boxer Ann Carrizales and police officer featured in Discovery Show!
May 14, 2016

(MAY 14)  (New York, N.Y.) –Across the United States every day, brave men and women in blue risk their lives to serve and protect all Americans. For the second year, Investigation Discovery (ID) turns its cameras on the professionals to explore the critical role so many officers play in protecting and serving. Presented by legal analyst Rikki Klieman, IN THE LINE OF FIRE brings viewers into the heat of the moment to experience the stunning split-second decisions that changed the course of events and tells, first-hand, emotional stories of survival from the police officers themselves. In celebration of National Police Week (Sunday, May 15-Saturday, May 21), IN THE LINE OF FIRE is set to premiere exclusively on ID on Sunday, May 15 at 8/7c.  Full Story

European Premiere of "With This Ring" set for Oxford's famous Wolfson College on 17th May
by Michael O'Neill
May 13, 2016

(MAY 13)  We’ve seen a few documentaries of late - and about time too - on the subject of women’s boxing, both ‘Amateur’ and ‘Professional’.  One such new production will be of special interest to followers of USA Boxing since it features reigning Olympic champion Claressa Shields. ..Full Story

Women of Boxing Descend on the Big Apple For Raging Babe Brunch: New York, New York
Source/Press Release
May 12, 2016

(MAY 12) NEW YORK -The Raging Babe Brunch continues to forge connections between women of diverse backgrounds, companies and areas of expertise, all sharing in common their connections to the Sweet Science. On June 11th, the heels of Raging Babes from across the East Coast and beyond, hit the...Full Story

USA Boxing's Elite Women Prepare to take on the World's Best at the 2016 Women's World Championships
by Julie Goldsticker
May 6, 2016

(MAY 6) USA Boxing's elite women are preparing to take on the best female boxers in the world May 16-28 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ten American women will compete in the biennial event, which will also serve as the final Olympic qualifier in the three women's Olympic ..Full Story

The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016
by Michael O'Neill
May 6, 2016
Photo: Lisa Whiteside
Copyrighted: Boxing England

(MAY 6) The 129th England Boxing Elite National Championships 2016 saw Lisa Whiteside become a five-time national champion and three other boxers become two-time winners last weekend. 76 men and 39 women competed at the England Boxing Elite National..Full Story

Cecilia Braekhus to fight July 9th on huge card
May 3, 2016


 (MAY 3) There is an Internet report that Johnathon Banks, the trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, Dillian Whyte and Cecilia Braekhus confirmed the multi-world Welterweight champion Braekhus will be co-feature on the Heavyweight World title fight between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at The M.E.N Arena in Manchester on 9th July 2016. WBAN will keep boxing folks up on this bit of great news!

Marston to Challenge Tshabalala for Her World Crown on July 2nd
May 3, 2016

(MAY 3) Over the past week or so the World’s press have been focusing heavily on the recently announced 9th July Tyson Fury-Wladimir Klitschko WBO-WBA-IBO Unified Heavyweight Championships rematch. Quite rightly so, it’s a huge fight, however just one week earlier, an equally World significant unification bout is also...Full Story

Results from Mexico:  Three Female Bouts on Card
May 1, 2016


(MAY 1) Last night at the Deportivo Tolti, Tultitlán, México, Viridiana Garcia, 121¼, won a four-round unanimous decision over Fernanda Diaz Ramos, 122 1/4; super bantamweight, Maria Elena Villalobos, 119 1/4, lost to Yesenia Tovar, 118 3/4, by an eight round split decision; and lightweight Beatriz Jimenez, won a four-round unanimous decision over Cynthia Hernandez.

Lourdes Juarez Returns to ring to face Suri Tapia
Photo/Story by Pepe Rodriguez
April 30, 2016

(APR 30) Another great fight of pink gloves, will be presented by Promociones del Pueblo in Acapulco, Mexico.  On May 28, 2016, Lourdes "La Pequeña Lulu" Juarez, will return to the ring to face Suri "Tsunami" Tapia, in an interesting light-flyweights fight which will be broadcasted to millions of homes by Televisa Deportes ...Full Story

Upcoming Event:  The Rumble in Windsor
Source/Press Release
April 29, 2016

(APR 29)  On May 14, 2016,  Bill O'Brien and O'Brien promotions are presenting The Rumble in Windsor at the Windsor Vermont Rec Center, located at 29 Union St.!  Three HUGE female matches highlight an amazing amateur show. Shelly Walsh of Boston Boxing will meet Lindsey Kyajohnian of Portland boxing in a match of the best 132 pound women in New...Full Story

Boxing Action in France:  Maiva Hamadouche vs. Maria Semertzoglou
April 26, 2016
Photo credit: Facebook/Hamadouche

(APR 26)  This Thursday, April 28th, at the Casino Ruhl, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France,  Maiva Hamadouche, 11-1-0 (10KO), of France, will be fighting Maria Semertzoglou, 5-1-0 (1KO), of Athens, Greece. The two will be fighting in an eight-rounder, non-title bout in the super featherweight division.

Ava Knight Makes a challenge to Kika Chavez
Story/photo by Pepe Rodriguez
April 22, 2016

 (APR 22) WBC Diamond Champion, Ava Knight, said yesterday at a final press conference: “If I beat Judith Rodriguez this Saturday, then I want to fight against Jessica "Kika" Chavez”.Best known as "The Destroyer of Mexicans”, Ava will face this Saturday, Judith “La peligrosa” Rodriguez, a fighter that comes with everything to..Full Story

Ava Knight to fight Judith Rodriguez in Mexico
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez
April 22, 2016

(APR 22)  Tomorrow night at the Centro de Usos Multiples, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, there is one female bout on the card, featuring Ava "Lady of Boxing"  Knight, 13-2-4 (5KO), of Chico, California will be fighting Judith "La Peligrosa" Rodriquez,  8-9-0 (5KO).  Earlier today the weigh-in took place, and the following boxers...Full Story

USA Boxing's Claressa Shields AND Shakur Stevenson Featured in Powerade's "Just a Kid" Campaign Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
Photos:  Business Wire
April 21, 2016

(APR 21)  COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Two of USA Boxing's most accomplished athletes are being featured in POWERADE's inspirational "Just a Kid" campaign as they head in to the 2016 Olympic Games. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Junior and Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) are both being highlighted for their amazing accomplishments as such a young age.  Full Story

Lauren demands number boy for World title defence
Source/Press Release
Sauerland Promotions
April 19, 2016

 (APR 19) Swedish boxer Mikaela Lauren has said she will refuse to fight on Saturday night unless her promoter replaces the ‘sexist’ number girls with a male equivalent.  Lauren is scheduled to defend her WBC Female World Super Welterweight title against former IBF World Champion Ivana Habazin as part of a blockbuster bill at the...Full Story

Results from Argentina:  Carolina Duer Wins By Decision
April 17, 2016

(APR 17) On Friday night at the Polideportivo Cooperativa Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina,  Carolina "La Colorada" Duer, 122, 18-3-1 (5KO), won a six-round bout by unanimous decision over  Vanesa "La Salvaje" Calderon, 122, 5-10-0 (1KO).   Both boxers are from Argentina.

Feliciano defeats Jennings for UBF International Title
Photo Credit: Royal Rampage
April 17, 2016

(APR 17) Last night at The Trusts Arena in Auckland, New Zealand women's Boxing was alive and well as promoter Lisa Lewis of Royal Rampage Promotions put on a show of historic proportions, 7 of the 9 bouts were women bouts, 4 of those were for UBF [Universal Boxing Federation International Championship] and ..Full Story

Worldwide Women's Boxing Action this Weekend!
by Sue TL Fox
April 15, 2016
Photo: Mary Ann Owen

(APR 15) This weekend we have quite a few have many female bouts on cards worldwide that is very exciting to see in the sport.  Here are the following bouts scheduled this weekend! Tonight at the Polideportivo Cooperativa Tortuguitas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carolina "La Colorada" Duer, 122, 17-3-1 (5KO), will be facing Vanesa ...Full Story

Adams, Taylor & Alekseevna go marching on in Samsun
by Michael O'Neill
April 15, 2016

(APR 15)  Wednesday saw a packed schedule of quarter-final action at the AIBA European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Turkey, as the ten men’s and three women’s weight categories took to the ring knowing that a win puts them within one match of a Rio 2016 quota..Full Story

Christina Desmond shocks top seed Nouchka Fontijn in Samsun
by Michael O'Neill
Additional reporting/AIBA & IABA
April 14,  2016
Photo credit: John Delea

(APR 14) The AIBA European Olympic Qualification event saw no fewer than 54 preliminary-round bouts across two sessions in Samsun on Monday, with the winners securing their passage through to the quarter-finals and taking a big step towards a quota place for Rio 2016. Full Story

Amira Hamzaoui To Make Second WBF World Title Defense April 23
April 14, 2016
Photo: Facebook

(APR 14) World Boxing Federation (WBF) Womens World Flyweight Champion Amira Hamzaoui will make her second title defense on Saturday April 23 at the Hall des Sports Pierre Gaspard in her hometown of Epernay, France, when she takes on Mexican Isabel “La Estrella” Milan.  Full Story

Four Female Bouts on Japan Card
Photos/results by Samart
April 12, 2016

(APR 12)  On Sunday night (April 10th) at Soka City Culture Hall in Saitama, Japan there were four female bouts featured on the card.  The bouts that took place:  Naoko Shibata vs. Tanuthong Sor Kunlawong - IBF light flyweight champion Naoko Shibata wins by a 3rd round TKO in a scheduled eight round bout at a catchweight ..Full Story

Mia St. John:  Fighting Four round bout to Support Mental Health and Domestic Violence
April 10, 2016

(APR 10)  On April 16th at the Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Lisa Lewis and I will be fighting a four round fight to support ‪‎Mental Health‬ ‪and Domestic Violence‬. Mia St. John told WBAN, " We are donating our purses to causes very dear to hearts. Every T-Shirt you buy goes directly to the El Saber es Poder...Full Story

Neriman Istik stars on opening day of European qualifiers in Samsun
by Michael O'Neill
April 10,  2016

(APR 10)The 2016 EUBC/AIBA European Olympic qualifiers opened in Samsun, Turkey on Saturday and with few surprises in the preliminary rounds of either the male or female tournaments.  After the general weigh-in, official draw and opening ceremony, the first bouts of the competition got underway...Full Story

2016 AIBA Women's World Championships Astana 19th/27th May
by Michael O'Neill
April 9, 2016

(APR 9) As we previously informed you here on WBAN, the AIBA in their wisdom postponed the 2016 Women’s World Championships which were due to take place February 1st to 14th until the new dates 19th to 27th May.  The event was to have delivered the first 12 quota places for women for the Rio Games , but an International Boxing Association (AIBA) spokesperson admitted in November that it would have to be delayed by three months so that organisers had more time to get ready.  Full Story

New Zealand Fight Fans In for a Royal Treat on April 16th
April 7, 2016

(APR 7) On April 16, 2016, Auckland City  is set for Royal Rumble.   New Zealand fights fans are in for a royal treat as of this week, as the "who’s who" of female boxing are arrive in Auckland for next weekends Royal Rampage. For the first time in history New Zealand will host four major female world titles on one night.   Full Story

Ireland’s three female competitors at the European Olympic qualifier in Samsun, Turkey
by Michael O'Neill
(with additional reporting IABA and AIBA staff)
April 5, 2016

(APR 5)  Ireland’s three female competitors at the European Olympic qualifier in Samsun, Turkey are today finishing their intensive pre-tournament training camp in Assisi, Italy before moving on to the Black Sea port later in the week.  Full Story

China set to take all three Women's Golds in Qian 'an?
by Michael O'Neill
April 1, 2016
Photo: Courtesy

(APR 1) The ASBC Boxing Confederation Championships (& Olympic qualifiers) have now reached the final stages in Qian ‘an China with Saturday seeing all three women’s finals. Ren Cancan, Yin Junhua and Li Qian are strong favourites for the Gold medals especially on ‘home soil’ and with several thousand home fans cheering their..Full Story

Jelena Mrdjenovich Named WBAN's April 2016 Fighter of the Month!
April 1,  2016


 (APR 1) WBAN would like to congratulate Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich, who has been named our April 2016 Fighter of the month.  Mrdjenovich had a fantastic win recently when she avenged her loss to  Edith Soledad Matthysse, winning by a unanimous decision for the  WBA/WBC featherweight title.

Mary Kom goes marching on in Quian'an Olympic qualifier - Tuesday's update
by Michael O'Neill
April 1,  2016

 (APR 1) Tuesday brought some shock results in the women’s quarter-finals at the 2016 Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifiers in Qian’an and none more so that the defeat of London 2012 bronze medallist Mavzuna Chorieva the...Full Story

Kenia Enriquez Holds Second Annual Amateur Tournament
Photos: Richie Lopez
March 29, 2016

(MAR 29)  This past Saturday afternoon, March 26th, inside the Perro Salado Hall in the Zona Rio of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, former WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (15-1, 7KO) hosted her second annual all-female invitational amateur tournament. With fighters coming in from .. Full Story

Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers Update
by Michael O'Neill
March 29, 2016

(MAR 29)  The 2016 Asian/Oceanian Olympic qualifying tournament opened in Qianan, China with but few surprises in the opening sessions of either men’s or women’s preliminaries.  Disappointment though for Australia’s Kristy Harris in the women’s 51kg class, going under 3:0 to Thailand’s Peamwilai Laopeam. Defeat too for leading Indian 75kg fighter Pooja Rani a narrow 2:1 spilt decision against  Tajikistani Shoira Zulkaynarova. So here courtesy of the ASBC and AIBA we take a look at a few of the highlights, thus far, from China.  Full Story

Ladies Fight Night - Still Time for Female Amateur Fighters to Register for this event!
March 29, 2016

(MAR 29)   Atlanta, GA: There is still time for female amateur fighters to register for Ladies Fight Night, which will be April 30 and May 1 at Buckhead Fight Club, in Atlanta, GA. "We have gotten a wide response, and I'm excited to see this come together!" said Terri Moss. "We've got fighters from Texas, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Illinois and Florida so far, and want to give anyone a chance to register and participate!"  Full Story

2016 Freep Film Festival Kicks off "T-Rex" featuring Claressa Shields Journey winning the Gold
March 26, 2016
Photo: Facebook/public

(MAR 26) The 2016 Freep Film Festival kicks off this Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Detroit debut of "T-Rex" in the DFT.  "T-Rex” chronicles the journey of Flint’s Claressa (T-Rex) Shields as she pursues her goal of winning the gold in women’s boxing at the l .. Full Story

Stockholm prepares for biggest boxing event in almost fifty-years
March 23, 2016
Photo Credit: KGZ Fougstedt
Source/Sauderland Promotions

 (MAR 23)   In September 1968, Jimmy Ellis retained the World Heavyweight title with a controversial fifteen-round decision over Floyd Patterson at the Råsunda Football Stadium in Stockholm. 48 years later, big-time boxing returns to the Swedish capital when the Nordic Fight Night hits the Hovet on April 23... Full Story

Mikaela Mayer Qualifies for the Olympics on a Gold Medal Day for Team USA
by Julie Goldsticker/
USA Boxing
March 20, 2016
Photos: USA Boxing PR

(MAR 20) BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA -The day that Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been working toward for the past six years finally came on Saturday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires. The American lightweight clinched her berth in the 2016 Olympic Games with a gold medal victory in Argentina. She was one of four victories on an undefeated day for the United States. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) both joined Mayer atop the medal stand with victories in their gold medal bouts and flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) earned a win in her consolation match.   Full Story

The Ladies Roll and Paul Kroll Takes a Welterweight Victory at Americas Qualifier
by Julie Goldsticker/
USA Boxing
March 15, 2015
Photo: Fuchs/Facebook

(MAR 15) BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (MARCH 14, 2016) - It was Ladies Night for the American women on Monday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina as all three earned quarterfinal wins in the Olympic qualifying event. Welterweight Paul Kroll (Philadelphia, Pa.) started the day off with a U.S. victory in the early session while Pan American Games champion Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) dropped his flyweight contest.  Full Story






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