Archive for February, 2012

28
Feb
12

Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood, Claressa Shields: Recent press for our Olympic boxing heroines

Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood, Claressa Shields: Recent press for U. S. Olympic boxing heroines

Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields, Queen Underwood, 2012 Olympic Trials Champions, Credit: James Snook/US Presswire

Gosh!  Has the United States finally woken up to the fact that women can actually box!!!

A spate of articles following the triumphs of Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and 16- year-old Claressa Shields at the first-ever U. S. women’s boxing Olympic trials certainly seems to have brought home the fact that this generation of female amateur fighters are forces to be reckoned with in and out of the ring.

Here are some links to some truly to some recent press on these amazing women!

Marlen Esparza – Flyweight Olympic Contender

Marlen Esparza throwing an upper cut to Tyrieshia Douglas who announced she is turning pro. Credit: AP

One Step Closer to her Olympic dream – CNN by Elizabeth M. Nunez

Houston’s Marlen Esparza wins US women’s boxing trials – KHOU.com/AP

Queen Underwood – Lightweight Olympic Contender

Queen Underwood in her corner, Credit: Sue Jaye Johnson

Local boxer Queen Underwood on Q it Up Sports – Video piece from Q13 Fox Sports.

Queen Underwood shifts her attention to worlds – Queen’s blog on ESPN-W

The Living Nightmare, Quanitta Underwood: A Contender for Olympic Gold and a Survivor – New York Times by Barry Bearak

Claressa Shields – Middleweight Olympic Contender

Claressa Shields, Credit: Sue Jaye Johnson

Straight Out of Flint: Girl Boxer Aims For Olympics – NPR radio segment plus pictures and story.

Teen Contender Claressa Shields: Women Box Podcast from WNYC – Women Box Podcast segment

Video: Claressa ‘T-Rex” Shields’ Olympic Boxing trials championship is capped off with a magical Flint homecoming – Mlive.com by Eric Woodyard

27
Feb
12

Female Slave as Boxer: The remarkable life of Sylvie Dubois

Female Slave as Boxer: The remarkable life of Sylvie Dubois!

Sylvie (Sylvia) Dubois, Born March 5, 1768, Credit: NYPL

Sylvie Dubois (Sylvia in some texts) was said to have lived to 122 years of age, and at 116 was memorialized in the book, A Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt her Mistress and Gand her Freedom by C. W. Larison.   

The text itself, written in 1884 was done so by a man who’d invented his own Phonic Orthography to “capture” language — and while portions of the original text can be read online at Google Scholar, it must be realized that the “lens” for C. W. Larison’s questions and interpretations were in accordance with late 19th century views of women and race.

Sylvie Dubois remains a fascinating figure and as noted in Boxing Historian Christopher James Shelton’s recent article, American slave boxer: Sylvie Dubois, she lived a remarkable life.

Shelton wrote that Sylvie Dubois grew up in New Jersey, becoming the property of a French businessman identified as a Mr. Dubois after her mother, Dorcas, failed to repay a loan.  Sylvie eventually came to work for Mr. Dubois in his tavern in Great Bend, Pennsylvania becoming as Shelton says, his “trusted partner” as well as the opportunity to earn money, but still — as a slave.  Using her quick intelligence and wit, and purportedly at 5’10” and over 200 pounds, she became invaluable as a bouncer and pugilist, fighting what Shelton calls, “impromptu” bare knuckle/wrestling bouts.

Sylvie, however, was still a slave, subject to the cruel abuses of her slave masters, which not only included Mr. Dubois, but his wife who was purportedly particularly hard on her.  In a what became a final showdown, Mrs. Dubois was said to have slapped Sylvie across the face for some infraction or another whereupon Sylvie is alleged to have cold-cocked her with one punch to the face.  Sylvie feared for her life, but most amazingly was offered a chance at freedom: Mr. Dubois would grant her freedom provided she got back to New Jersey.

As Shelton states in his article, after a difficult journey, she eventually found her way to the town of New Brunswick, New Jersey, where after reuniting with her mother, she was able to find work as a servant.  Her story of course does not end there!

For further information on Sylvie Dubois’ remarkable life please click on the following links:

Christopher James Shelton: American slave boxer: Sylvie Dubois

C. W. Larison: A Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt her Mistress and Gand her Freedom 

From the Princeton Press, January 26, 1884: Sylvia Dubois, 116 Years Old 

From MELUS,Vol. 20, No 2., a scholarly examination: The Peals of her Terrific Language by Michael C. Berthold

Special thanks to Christopher James Shelton for his insightful work in bringing Sylvie Dubois’ story to life.

26
Feb
12

Erica Farias retains her WBC Female Lightweight Title on 2/25/2012.

Erica Farias retains her WBC Female Lightweight Title on 2/25/2012.

Erica Farias retains her WBC Female Lightweight Title, 2/25/12, Credit: Robi Cobe

Erica Anabella Farias (13-0, 7-KOs) defeated Liliana Palmera (18-8, 12-KOs) to retain the WBC Female Lightweight title in an active bout with a lot of wide bombs and some nice combinations by Farias.

The fight took place at the Club Ingeniero Huergo in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina.  Female boxing is particularly popular in Argentina, and women’s bouts are routinely broadcast on Argentinian television.

Farias let her hands go in the second round to start to take Palmera apart and stayed in control of the fight throughout.  She momentarily rocked Palmera with a flurry of punches at the end of the fourth round and there was some question as to whether Palmera would continue.  The fifth round saw Palmera struggling to get back into the fight, but by the end of the round, the fight was called by TKO.

Video of the complete fight (in Spanish), starts at approximately, 8:00 minutes in.

23
Feb
12

Gleason’s Gym Second Annual All Female Boxing Clinic!

Gleason’s Gym Second Annual All Female Boxing Clinic!

The World Famous Gleason’s Gym and Brooklyn’s own treasure, will be hosting the second annual All Female Boxing Clinic on April 19, 20 and 21, 2012!

There will be two days of boxing basics followed by a sanctioned all female boxing show.  The training will be handled by Gleason’s top female trainers and our female World Champions.

The amateur show will be sanctioned by USABoxingmetro and will be video-streamed live on www.gofightlive.tv with Gleason’s own Sonya Lamonakis providing the on-air commentary.

Last year’s All Female Boxing Clinic was highly successful with contingents from Great Britain and Germany joining women from all across the United States, as well as former Australian national champion Mischa Merz.

From the Girlboxing perspective, it’s a fantastic opportunity for novices on through established boxers to hone their skills plus have the opportunity to work out with some of the best in the business!

If you are interested contact Bruce Silverglade at Gleason’s Gym.

The telephone number is: 718 797 2872 and the email address is: info@gleasonsgym.net.  You can also check out Gleason’s website here.

The cost of the clinic is $299.00.

Bruce Silverglade was kind enough to sit down with Girlboxing last year, this is what he had to say!

22
Feb
12

Wordless Wednesday, 2/22/2012, Training.

Wordless Wednesday, 2/22/2012, Training.

Belinda Laracuente and Little Bit, Fall 2011, Gleason’s Gym

Wordless Wednesday is a group of bloggers who give words a rest once a week.

21
Feb
12

To skirt or not to skirt: Choice is the answer!

To skirt or not to skirt: choice is the answer!

Marzia Davide (Red) and Usha Nagisetty, 9/12/2009, Credit: Alberto Pizzoli, AFP/Getty Images

Score one for common sense and the best intentions of each member team of the International Amateur Boxing Association (“AIBA”):  rather than requiring female boxers to wear skirts compulsorily, the AIBA has made it optional, thanks no doubt to the over 58,000 signatures received from an online petition strongly opposed to the imposition of mandatory boxing skirts.

Dr. Wu, head of the AIBA spoke at the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport noting, “We have never asked the women to wear skirts, compulsorily … some women want to wear shorts and some want to wear skirts … So the decision we have made is that we shall make it optional because many boxers are undecided.”

Dr. Wu further noted that there had been concerns raised by certain of the national federations to the skirting question which led to the decision to make it optional based on the decision of each individual member group.

Given the vehement opposition of boxers such as Ireland’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor, the decision is a wise one.  The fact that the issue has come up at all at a time when the boxers should be focused on training in advance of the 2012 London summer games has been a distraction at best and a reminder of how far women’s boxing has yet to travel as an accepted sport.

For Americans who’ve just been treated to the first ever women’s boxing Olympic Trials this past week in Spokane, Washington, the news comes as a nice asterisk on a week of joyous celebration of the sport.  From the perspective of Girlboxing, we wish the issue had never surfaced, but given that the Polish national team has already adopted the boxing skirt as part of the uniform, we do welcome the decision as the wise course.

19
Feb
12

The Three Women’s Boxing U. S. Olympic Trials Champions: Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood, Claressa Shields!

The Three Women’s Boxing U. S. Olympic Trials Champions: Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood, Claressa Shields!

Three Olympic Trials Champions, Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields, Queen Underwood, Credit: USA Boxing

From the elite list of 24 women’s amateur boxing champions that came to Spokane, Washington to fulfill their Olympic dreams, it is now down to three:  Flyweight Champion, Marlen Esparza, Lightweight Champion, Queen Underwood and Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields.

In a night of historic significance in the annals of the Olympic Sports movement and importantly, women’s sports these three champions gave everything in pursuit of their goal to represent the United States at the 2012 World Championships — with the hopes of grabbing a berth at the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer.

The non-stop action began with a thrilling battle between flyweights Marlen Esparza and challenger Tyrieshia Douglas.  Both fighters have met twice before in the USA Boxing National Championships finals, but it was Esparza’s night once again as she built up points round after round with her stinging outside/inside game and commanding ring generalship for a final score of 32-17.

Queen Underwood & Mikaela Mayer, 2/18/2012, Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Home town favorite and lighweight Olympic hopeful Queen Underwood, in her second U. S. Olympic Trials bout with challenger Mikaela Mayer fought another tough close bout through four rounds of tactical, smart fighting with her taller opponent. Mayer was able to get within three points of Underwood, but Queen prevailed with a final score of 22-19.

Claressa Shields & Tika Hemingway, 2/18/2012, Credit: James Snook/US Presswire

In the final bout of the evening, 16-year-old middleweight, Claressa Shields, continued her unbeaten record in her bruising battle with Tika Hemingway.  This was also their second meeting in the U. S. Olympic Trials. Shields fought off a constant onslaught from Hemingway which saw her pushed into the ropes, however, through sheer nerve and power she was able to claim victory with a 23-18 decision.  Claressa was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament to round out her evening of triumph.

Even in victory, the three champions must prepare for the road ahead: a tough series of matches at the 2012 Women’s World Championships in China.  The Tournament will begin in early May and only the the top eight in each weight class will qualify for the London Olympics.  According to USA Boxing, “a tripartite commission will select an additional four in each of the three weight divisions that will advance to London.”  

Let us all lend our support to these outstanding women as they work towards achieving their historical goals of being the first representatives of the United States to compete in a women’s boxing event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Press coverage includes the following:

USA Boxing, Greg Beacham/AP for the Seattle TimesWashington Post, ESPNLos Angeles Times, Flint Journal and Spokesman-Review

In case you missed any of the action, you can watch videos of the historical tournament here.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Finals Results

112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., 32-17

132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash., dec. Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., 22-19

165 lbs: Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich., dec. Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa. 23-18




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