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!




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