Archive for October, 2011

28
Oct
11

Women’s Boxing: Update on Ishika Lay

Women’s Boxing: Update on Ishika Lay.

Girlboxing received an email from John M. Phillips the attorney for Ishika Lay and her family. As you may recall, Ishika collapsed during a boxing match on October 4th at the recent 2011 PAL Championships.  She has been in critical condition at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital since her collapse.

While there is some cause for cautious optimism, the family has asked that we all keep Ishika in our thoughts and prayers.  The update is as follows:

The family continues to appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers.   Ishika is still in intensive care, but has had remarkable signs of recovery over the past few days. She is breathing on her own, moving her arms and legs some and is showing great signs of improvement. Please join me and continue to keep this inspirational young lady in your thoughts and prayers.  
It is believed that Ishika suffered from second-impact syndrome, which is where the brain suffers two traumas in a short period of time and is often fatal.  The second trauma is often insignificant, but leads to the most dire consequences.  Head injuries have been taken lightly for far too long and the long term effects are devastating.
As a side note, we are in the process of scheduling a head injury awareness day and provide free medical directives and living wills, so people can be better prepared to deal with the consequences of an unexpected debilitating injury.  Donations will be accepted to benefit Ishika Lay. 
Updated information will be posted as received.
Video about Ishika Lay:

26
Oct
11

Women’s Boxing: This is what women’s Olympic boxing comes down to … skirts!?!

Women’s Boxing:  This is what Women’s Olympic boxing comes down to … skirts!?!

BBC Sports has a piece entitled, Women’s boxing split as governing body suggests skirts, they report on the recommendation made last year by the AIBA that women wear skirts in the ring at international competitions. Apparently this reared its head at the recently completed European Competitions with some nations opining that it makes a more “womanly impression.”

I’m sorry for the venom I’m about to spew but, WTF???

Female boxers are doing everything they can to get the recognition they deserve just to get in the ring, never mind have fair matches, get media coverage and opportunities to have their athleticism legitimized, and this is what the AIBA came up with as their great contribution!  Women should wear skirts in competition at the Olympics!!!

Isn’t it bad enough that the rounds are limited to two minutes instead of three???

Or the fact that there are only three weight classes in the Olympics in 2012???

As far as I’m concerned this is just BULLSH*T!!!

Have a read and spew.

Maybe I’m too damned old to think the notion of “optional” has meaning — as far as I’m concerned putting a woman in a mini-skirt smacks of nothing more than sexism pure and simple.  And heck, if a woman wants to wear a skirt in the ring great, and to that end, plenty of men wear them, but right, when a man wears a skirt in the ring it’s considered “gladiatorial.”

Give us a break already!

PS – Be sure and check out Michael Rivest’s exceptional article entitled A Conversation with Dr. C.K. Wu – More on Warriors in Skirts

24
Oct
11

Women’s Boxing Championship Results: 10/22-23/2011

Women’s Boxing Championship Results: 10/22-23/2011

Susi Kentikian is still the WIBF, WBA and WBO Flyweight Champion!

Susi Kentikian delivers a tough blow to Teeraporn Pannimit

German-Armenian boxer Susi “Killer Queen” Kentikian (29-0, 16-KOs) continued her powerful march to greatness by defeating Thailand’s own Teeraporn Pannimit (14-4, 5-KOs) with a score of 100-90 by all three judges after the ten round bout. The fight was presented at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. (Fight video link below!)

Christine Hammer retains WBO and WBF Middleweight Titles!

Christina Hammer and Vashon Living

Hailing from Germany by way of Kazakhstan, Christina Hammer (11-0, 7-KOs) put in another stellar performance by unanimously defeating of Vashon Living (5-2, 1-KO) of Houston, Texas.  Living proved herself to be a tough competitor, but could not match Hammer’s strength and ring savvy. The judges scored the bout 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

Ogleidis Suarez new interim WBA Female Featherweight Champion by split decision.

Ogleidis Suárez vs. Katy Wilson Castillo, Photo Credit: Jorge Isaac Olmos M. - DIAaDIA

Venezualan fighter Ogleidis Suarez (16-2-1, 7-KO’s) defeated the Domenican Republic’s own Katy “Super Baby” Wilson Castillo (14-0-1, 9-KO’s) for the interim WBA Female Featherweight Title, by split decision after ten rounds of boxing.  The contest took place at the Areno Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. The judges scored the bout 97-93, 94-96, 94-96. (Round ten below)

Here’s the Susi Kentikian v. Teeraporn Pannimit Fight Video!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Here’s Ogleidis Suarez v. Katy Wilson Castillo, Round 10 Action

23
Oct
11

Women’s Boxing: Pan Am Games & Olympic Trials!

>>>UPDATE >>>

Girlboxing is sorry to report that Franchon Crews  lost her quarter-final bout tonight, however, she fought a tough, close fight and deserves our profound thanks and applause for all of her incredible efforts!  Three cheers for Franchon Crews!!!

Women’s Boxing: Pan Am Games & Olympic Trials!

Queen Underwood ahead of her Pan Am Games fight, Photo: Pat Graham/AP

While it is true that both Christina Cruz and Queen Underwood endured tough, tough close bouts which found them on the losing end of the quarter-finals at the 2011 Pan Am Games, their accomplishments must be applauded loudly and often as we fete two of the three first time USA Boxing participants in Women’s Boxing at the Games!

Girlboxing for one sends out a HUGE shout out to these formidable athletes with the hope that they will both shake off their losses and come back strong at the up coming first-ever Olympic Trials for Women’s Boxing ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games!

Up next, Franchon Crews in her quarter-final bout against Canada’s Mary Spencer on October 23rd (later today)!

BTW, here’s the link to Franchon’s very fun blog post from USA Boxing.

If you want to watch the Pan American Games Live click here!

The Olympic Trials Participants are as follows!!!  

The three winners will then compete in the sole international Olympic qualifier, the Women’s World Championships, scheduled to run from May 21-June 3 in Qinhuangdao, China.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Qualified Athletes

Flyweight/112 lbs

1. Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y. (Pan American Games representative)
2. Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas (USA Boxing National Championships)
3. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md. (USA Boxing National Championships)
4. Poula Estrada, Palmdale, Calif. (USA Boxing Championships)
5. Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz. (Golden Gloves Championships)
6. Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas (National PAL Championships)
7. Alex Love, Monroe, Wash. (National PAL Championships)
8. Taversha Norwood, Marietta, Ga. (National PAL Championships)

Lightweight/132 lbs

1. Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash. (Pan American Games representative)
2. Tiara Brown, Lehigh, Fla. (USA Boxing National Championships)
3. Lisa Porter, Northridge, Calif. (USA Boxing National Championships)
4. N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio (USA Boxing National Championships)
5. Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif. (Golden Gloves Championships)
6. Patricia Manuel Long Beach, Calif. (National PAL Championships)
7. Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y. (National PAL Championships)
8. Asia Stevenson, Washington DC (National PAL Championships)

Middleweight/165 lbs

1. Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md. (Pan American Games representative
2. Alyssa DeFazio, Peoria, Ariz. (USA Boxing National Championships)
3. Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa. (USA Boxing National Championships)
4. Tiffanie Ward, Hacienda Heights, Calif. (USA Boxing National Championships)
5. Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky. (Golden Gloves Championships)
6. Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich. (National PAL Championships)
7. Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich. (National PAL Championships)
8. Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif. (National PAL Championships)

19
Oct
11

Wordless Wednesday Video: Ramadan v. Rivas, IBF Female Bantamweight Title Bout!

Wordless Wednesday Video: Ramadan v. Rivas, IBF Female Bantamweight Title Bout!

Ramadan (r) v. Rivas, Photo: Canelo Promotions

Great, non-stop action fight!

Only problem, there doesn’t appear to be any sound — upside??  You get to make the calls!

Enjoy!

 

 

16
Oct
11

Women’s Championship Boxing Results – 10/15/2011

Women’s Championship Boxing Results – 10/15/2011


Yazmin Rivas defeats Susie Ramadan for IBF Female Bantamweight Title

Yazmin Rivas, Photo: Canelo Promotions

Mexican flyweight, Yazmin Rivas (23-7-0, 9-KO’s) won the vacant IBF Female Bantamweight championship title last night against Australia’s own Susie Ramadan (21-1-0, 8-KO) by unanimous decision after ten rounds of boxing at the Centro Internacional de Convenciones in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The judges scored the highly competitive bout 97-93, 97-93, 96-94 in favor of Rivas who also won the vacant NABF Women’s Flyweight title back in July against Gabriella Gonzalez (5-3-0, 1-KO).

Janeth Perez defeats Yanina Acuna to retain the WBA Female Bantamweight Title

Janeth Perez (l) defeats Yanina Acuna, Photo: Canelo Promotions

In a second fight on the same card at  the Centro Internacional de Convenciones, Mexican fighter Janeth Perez, (14-0-1, 4-KOs) successfully defended her WBA Female Bantamweight championship title against Yanina Natalia Acuna (10-4-2 (3-KO) by unanimous decision.  The judges scored the bout 99-91, 98-92, 99-91 in favor of Perez who had previously won the vacant title in July 2011 against Argentinian fighter Yolis Muffago Franco (10-5-2, 3-KOs).

 

Juarez-Bouvier II: Mariana Juarez defeats Gabriella Bouvier to retain her WBC Female Flyweight Title

Mariana Juarez defeats Gabriella Bouvier, Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Over at the Gimnasio Revolución in Calpulálpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico, Mexican boxer and WBC Female Flyweight title holder Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez (31-5-3, 15-KO’s) overpowered Uruguay’s own Gabriella Bouvier (7-2-1, 1-KO) by TKO at 1:12 into the fourth round of the bout. This was their second meeting since Juarez defeated Bouvier for the title in May 2011 and was Juarez’s third defense of her title.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

The fourth round TKO is here:

15
Oct
11

Publicly speaking about women’s boxing and women’s sports!

Publicly speaking about women’s boxing and women’s sports!

I’m heading into the second day of a student conference at Empire State College. Aside from my jitters at presenting my own paper on the rituals of the boxing ring yesterday (that went well, I’m happy to report), I heard a paper raising the preverbal chicken and egg question about women’s sports.

Is it the media that downplays women’s sports to the point of invisibility or is it society that dictates to the media about our lack of interest.

The speaker did not present a point of view, per se, but did report on the pervasiveness of the practice and pointed out that where women’s sports are reported on — they seemed of the “acceptable” variety such as tennis and figure skating.  I in no way want to to denigrate the amazing athletes who dedicate so much of their lives to those sports — but even in tennis and figure skating, there are issues that get raised in terms of who earns the big bucks and who doesn’t and why (paging race and class anyone?), not to mention the pervasiveness of “cheesecake” images and ad infinitum discussions of what these athletes wear.

I mean really, when speaking of Andre Agassi, do we ask about his outfit??  But we certainly do when it come to Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams.

Given the enthusiasm of the women’s sporting events that I’ve attended both professional and amateur, and given the number of bottoms in the seats, I’ve got to believe that at the very least the costs for putting on those events are covered plus a few dollars for the promoters, so what gives?  And when it comes to Women’s Boxing why is it that we can barely even see a fight, never mind clamor for recognition!

The kicker is, we know that we can see women’s boxing as a televised and supported sport by both the fans and the media — if we live in Mexico or Argentina!

The question is WHY NOT HERE IN THE U.S.??

What is it about women’s sports — and women’s boxing in particular?  I could opine about a lot of things regarding women’s invisibility, but frankly, I just don’t get it.

It is truly time for a change.

Oh, and in case you haven’t seen a women’s bout in a while here’s the WBA Female Flyweight Championship fight with Yesica Bopp (17-7-0, 7-KO’s) vs. Daniella Berbudez (5-1-2) televised in, you guessed it, Argentina on 9/24/11.

PS – A HUGE shout out to the BoxFem channel on YouTube who graciously uploads these bouts!

13
Oct
11

America’s boxing women “got games”!

America’s boxing women “got games”!

First off, the 2011 National PAL results are as follows with three more women added to the roster of female boxers eligible for the first ever women’s Olympic Trials this coming February.  Girlboxing sends a huge shout-out to these incredible athletes — even as we extend our thoughts and prayers to Ishika Lay and her family.

Female
106 lbs: Amy Sowers dec. Colleen Loo, 28-12
112 lbs: Tyrieshia Douglas dec. Virginia Fuchs, 22-12 (Olympic Weight)
119 lbs: Amanda Pavone dec. Araceli Tinoco, 19-14
125 lbs: Shane Ruelas dec. Kristie Simmons, 21-18
132 lbs: N’yteeyah Sherman dec. Patricia Manuel, 21-20 (Olympic Weight)
165 lbs: Claressa Shields dec. Andrecia Wasson, 31-13 (Olympic Weight)
178 lbs: Tyler Lord Wilder stopped Charnita Johnson, RSC-3
In a season of firsts, the Women’s USA Boxing Team who have qualified to participate in the Pan American Games are already hard at work at the Pan American Games Training Camp in Houston, Texas.  The training camp will run through October 14th, ahead of the start of this year’s Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico beginning on October 17th!
Christina Cruz, New York, NY  (112 Weight Class)
Queen Underwood, Seattle, WA (132 Weight Class)
Franchon Crews, Baltimore, MD (165 Weight Class)
12
Oct
11

Women Boxing in a Bookstore?!?

Women Boxing in a Bookstore?!?

It seems that historically, women who had the skills and desire to box were consigned to all manner of places in order to ply their skills.  Last month’s Bookstore Boxing event at BookCourt in Brooklyn was in the grand tradition of those earlier exhibitions.

The twist is that the event included author’s Mischa Merz (“The Sweetest Thing”) and Binnie Klein (“Blows to the Head”) reading excerpts from their books.  The main event featured the incredible boxing prowess of reigning WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Alicia Ashley and 2008 New York Daily News Golden Gloves Champion Camille Currie.

The event also provided some insightful commentary on the challenges facing women who choose to enter the sport professionally — decidedly as a labor of love.

Women’s Boxing at Roseland Dance Hall, NYC, 1920’s or 1930’s

The Boxing Gordon Sisters at Edison Studios, May 6, 1901

Popeye Cartoon, “Never Kick a Woman” (Sporting Goods Store Window), 1930’s

11
Oct
11

Grabbing opportunities …

Grabbing opportunities …

Moore Sisters

I missed my opportunity to go to the gym yesterday.  Mostly because I’ve so little time it was hard to squeeze it in even though I was actually off from work.

On those sorts of days I’m reminded of how even a few minutes of bathroom mirror sparring or my personal favorite, hook the shower curtain keeps boxing as a focal point of the brain and becomes my opportunity.

This puts me in mind to something my daughter just said to me.  “I wish I could go to Steve Jobs funeral. At least I could say that I met him.  He really changed my life.”  Out of the mouth of babes …

Sometimes in the extraordinary we find opportunities for epiphanies that are life altering.  It means taking the risks mindless of the fact that we may not have a net to catch us.  That is certainly a truism of boxing.  We leap as part of a practiced effort of skill and heart.  Sometimes that leap places us in an impossible situation — much as Ishika Lay now lies in a coma in a Toledo, Ohio hospital, it should not, however, negate the choice.

For others of us, it means running a marathon and having a baby as happened yesterday in the Chicago marathon. So much for the idea that women are in a “delicate condition” when they’re “with child” — the kind of stuff women in my generation and older were raised on.

I’m not saying be extraordinary every day — but I guess I am saying follow your heart.  There’s nothing wrong with putting yourself out there.  It’ll add depth and momentum to your life and maybe even put a smile on an 11-year-old face at 6:45 in the morning.

Not exactly on point — but in the “grab the gusto” department, a twitter friend @mjon3105 sent me a link to a film from around 1910 showing two different scenes of a woman boxing. So … yes, the newsreel footage was billed as “Amazon” woman boxing … but, heck, she was boxing! The link is below:

(AMAZONS OF YESTERDAY) – British Pathe.

10
Oct
11

Women’s Boxing: Weekend Championship Results, 10/7-10/8

Women’s Boxing: Weekend Championship Results, 10/7-10/8

Ana Maria Torres Retains WBC Super Flyweight Title against Marisa Portillo!

Ana Maria Torres, 10th Successful Title Defense, Photo Credit: HG Boxing

Boxing sensation and Mexico’s own Ana Maria Torres (27-3-3, 15 KO’s) made a successful title defense against the Argentinian challenger Marisa Johanna Portillo (10-4-2) at Las Cabos in Baja California, Mexico by unanimous decision. The judges scored the obviously lopsided battle 100-89 across all three score cards. American referee David Mendoza took a point from Portillo for excessive holding in the sixth round which explains the judges final scoring in the 10 round bout.

Round Nine action includes the following:

 

 

Yesica Marcos, New Interim WBO Super Bantamweight Champion wins by TKO! 

Yesica Marcos, Interim WBO Super Bantamweight, Photo Credit: Gentileza Diario Uno

Argentina’s own Yesica Marco (18-0-1, 6 KO’s) the current interim WBA Super Bantamweight Title holder fought an impressive five rounds before her Brazilian challenger Simone Da Silva Duarte (10-1-0) threw in the towel for the TKO to become the interim WBO Super Bantamweight Title holder. Marco and Duarte had last met on April 9, 2010, when Marco gained the interim WBA title by unanimous decision after ten hard-fought rounds of boxing. This is Marco’s third successful defense of her interim WBA title. This was also Marco’s first fight in nearly six months having sustained a serious injury to her right shoulder.

The full fight is below (starts around 12:00 minutes in, though the pomp and circumstance is well worth it.  BTW, check out the packed stadium!).

 

Irma Sanchez Retains WBF Flyweight Title!

Irma Sanchez (L) and Susana Cruz, Photo Credit: HG Boxing

In  a well-fought, surprisingly well-matched, title match, the Women’s WBF Flyweight Champion, Irma “La Guerita” Sanchez (21-5-1, 6 KO’s) was able to retain the championship with a unanimous decision against challenger Susana Cruz Perez (5-3, 2 KO’s).  The contest took place in Los Cabos, Mexico and was promoted by Hector Garcia’s HG Boxing.  As with many of the higher caliber women’s bouts in Mexico, it was a headlining bout televised to a wide audience on the Televisa network.

The judges decision was 97-93, 96-94 and 100-90 in the champion’s favor.  For more information on the bout, check out Saddoboxing.com.

 

 

09
Oct
11

Girlboxing on the Radio!

>>>Update>>>

Here’s a link to the audio on YouTube! 

Girlboxing on the Radio!

Girlboxing will be a guest on the Sports & Courts radio program this morning running from 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET.   The show will be aired on 1010XL – Jax Sports Radio, part of the ESPN radio network.

Tune in if you can, we’ll be talking about the challenges facing Women’s Boxing in the run up to the debut of the sport at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. We’ll also be discussing boxer Ishika Lay’s recent collapse at the 2011 PAL Championships in Toledo, Ohio.  Ishika remains in critical condition — and we’ll be hearing an update on her condition as well as talking about the challenges of keeping safe in the ring.

The link is here:  1010XL Radio  (Once on the site, click on the Listen Live button on the Right side of the screen.)

Sports & Courts Radio Show is the brain child of John M. Phillips a Jacksonville, Florida based attorney with a keen interest in sports, boxing and advocacy for athletes.  His background includes groundbreaking work in the field of traumatic brain injuries.  Website links are here:  Facebook and Sports & Courts Website

08
Oct
11

Girlboxing: One Year On!

Girlboxing: One Year On!

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Girlboxing blog.

As of this piece, that means a total of 335 posts and according to the stats, 90,316 total views.  I find that to be stunning and thank Girlboxing readers for all of your incredible support.

Not only has writing Girlboxing given me the opportunity to add my voice to the conversation about women’s boxing, but it has aided me as I have gotten myself back into the ring.  Just today I had the joy of boxing Lennox Blackmore through four rounds of sparring — mind you getting tagged much of way by straight rights and left hooks, but at least I managed to get out of the way a little more than last week and even managed to get in a few shots of my own plus some counter punching.

As with boxing, writing is a labor of process and discovery that demands a level of truth.  What Girlboxing has given me is the opportunity to discover both — something that is reaffirmed in one way or another every day.  It is hard for me to express just how much this experience has meant to me or how much the interaction with Girlboxing readers has come to mean.  I feel as if I have made some incredible friends — and look forward to continuing the dialogue.

One more thing, I know that my columns have been a bit more scant that usual lately.  Mostly I am up to my “eyeballs” in regular work stuff plus writing my thesis for my master’s degree.  I will, however, try to keep to a minimum of four days a week and more when I can.

Otherwise, thank you all again for dropping by!

All the best,

Malissa Smith

Girlboxer!

05
Oct
11

Christy Martin on ESPN’s E:60 tonight!

Christy Martin on ESPN’s E:60 tonight!

Christy Martin will feature on ESPN’s E:60 tonight (10/5/11) at 8:00 PM.   The piece will trace her life, her boxing triumphs and the personal tragedies that led to her husband Jim Martin’s attempt to take her life.  Jim Martin was also interviewed for the piece.

If you can, do tune in!

All I can say is kudos to ESPN and CNN for putting these feature pieces on the air.  Now if only we can start seeing some televised bouts!

 

03
Oct
11

Women’s Boxing: Anne Sophie Mathis defeats Cindy Serrano.

Women’s Boxing: Anne Sophie Mathis defeats Cindy Serrano.

Anne Sophie Mathis (l) v. Cindy Serrano

Current WBF, WIBA and WIBF Women’s Welterweight title holder Anne Sophie Mathis (25-1, 21-KO’s) defeated Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano (15-4-1, 7 KO’s) with a commanding display of her considerable boxing skills on Saturday night in Yutz, France.  Reporters on the scene noted that Serrano was outclassed, but that her deep reserves of stamina and grit kept her in the game to the finish.  All three judges scored the ten-round bout 100-90.

Boxing Press quoted Mathis as saying, “it was very hot here tonight, but it was a good experience going the distance.  She was tough, and you can’t win by knockout every time.”

Anne Sophie Mathis is slated to fight Holy Holm (30-1-3, 9 KO’s) this coming December on Holly’s home turf in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cindy Serrano’s younger sister Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (12-0-1,8-KO’s) recently grabbed the vacant IBF Super Featherweight title defeating contender Kimberly Conner.




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