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07
Feb
14

Friday night at the women’s boxing fights – 2/7/2014

Friday night at the women’s boxing fights – 2/7/2014

Friday Night Fights

Here we are again fight fans! And if Chicago-based new boxing sensation and 6-time Golden Gloves champ Kristen Gearhart (2-0) who is fighting Alliana Jones (1-0) on the ESPN Friday Night Fights card doesn’t get on the air — female boxers will still find themselves shut out of the major US TV networks this weekend.

As alternative …. we have tonight’s fight card with two sensational fights from this past week!

First up is Canadian fighter Lindsay Garbett (8-7-s, 3-KOs) vs. Chinese fighter Xu Chun Yan (4-3, 1-KO) who fought for the vacant WBC International Female Featherweight championship in Haikou, China on February 5, 2014. Garbett lost the battle by majority decision and according to CanadianBoxiana.com told her fans, “Unfortunately I lost a majority decision. I left it all out there and I knew what I had to do. Couldn’t get it done this time. I Had a great time and can’t wait to come home! Thanks again everyone for all the support. I’m so grateful!”

Both are very skilled boxers–and the audience was very attentive. You be the judge! (BTW, Commentary is in Mandarin)

For the main event, here is the complete Cecilia Braekhus (24-0, 7 KOs) vs. Myriam Lamare (22-4, 10-KOs) fight for the WBA, WBC and WBO female welterweight championship held on 2/1/2014. Braekhus took the fight by unanimous decision on points.

Lamare had her pro debut in 2003 and has fought Jane Couch, Belinda Laracuente, Anne Sophie Mathis, Holly Holm, Ann Saccurato and Chevelle Hallback along the way among others. Her only losses other than to Braekhus, had been against Holm and Mathis (twice). Lamare also fought as an amateur

Braekhus, listed as number 1 on everyone’s p-4-p list seems unstoppable with mad, crazy skills and an iron will to win, but let me tell you, Lamare’s no slouch either. The fight, likely Lamare’s last, is all Braekhus, but still a pleasure to watch–with a very lively crowd! (Commentary in Norwegian)

 

31
Jan
14

Friday night at the women’s boxing fights!

Friday night at the women’s boxing fights!

Friday Night Fights

Okay so, ESPN Friday Night Fights, HBO, Showbox, NBC Sports, Fox Sports all seem to have forgotten that there are a heck of a lot of great women’s boxing bouts.  For tonight’s “card” I’ll start with a title bout from last week’s USA Boxing Nationals and add in some golden oldies.  Enjoy!

First up, our Gold Medal winner Claressa Shields battling Franchon Crews to take the USA Boxing 2014 Middleweight Title!

Next … Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7-KOs) vs. Oxandia Castillo (12-1-2, 9-KOs) from 8/9/2013. This was Braekhus’ last fight–she fights the great champion Myriam Lamare tomorrow night.

Here’s the weigh-in for what should be an awesome battle, tomorrow’s bout (Feb 1st) between Cecilia Braekhus and Myriam Lamare for the WBC, WBA & WBO Female Welterweight titles!

One of the greats! Ana Maria Torres (28-3-3, 16-KO) vs. Jackie Nava (23-4-3, 12-KOs) in their first battle on 4/11/2011 at the World Trade Center, Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico. What a war!

Ana Maria Torres vs. Jackie Nava II from July 30, 2011 at the Metropolitan Arena, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.

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.

 

 

13
Aug
11

Great Women’s Boxing: Kaliesha West’s WBO title defense on 8/20!

>>>UPDATE>>>

Kaliesha West and Jessica Villafranca, Photo: HG Boxing

In true warrior fashion, Kaliesha West defended her WBO title against challenger Jessica Villafranca through ten rounds of exciting non-stop action!  The judges scored the bout 97-95, 99-91, and 96-94.  With her win, Kaliesha not only improves her record to 14-1-3, 4-KO’s, but also shows her ability to compete on a wider international stage. Kudo’s to Kaliesha and her team for making the decision to jump to the next level!

Great Women’s Boxing:  Kaliesha West’s WBO title defense on 8/20!

All I can say is what a great summer for women’s boxing!

Next up, California’s fabulous Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (12-1-3, 4-KO’s) will take on Mexico’s Jessica Villafranca (12-2-0, 6-KO’s) in a 10-round WBO Female Bantamweight championship battle at the Black Pyramid Casino in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.  The bout will be aired on Mexico’s Televisa network at 8:00 PM, CT as part of the HG Boxing’s “Triple Corona” card.

This will be Kaliesha West’s debut fight under the auspices of promoter Hector Garcia, who adds West to HG Boxing’s other phenomenal women’s boxing champions including Ana Maria Torres and Arely Mucino.  This is great for women’s boxing in general — and a terrific opportunity for Kaliesha to get to the next level in her career.

For further information on Kaliesha West you can add her official fan page on Facebook here. You can also follow Kaliesha West on twitter: @kwildwildwest.

02
Aug
11

Women’s Boxing/Women’s MMA

Women’s Boxing/Women’s MMA

NBC sports has a piece on their website by Rick Chandler entitled The Beatdown: The Future of Women’s MMA that’s plain old got me down.  I admit that I’m new to MMA — and while I’ve done the odd piece about it, I haven’t got much experience with the sport and only watch it occasionally on television when there’s no boxing on.  That’s usually meant catching part of a Strikeforce fight card on Showtime.

What had struck me about Strikeforce was the fact that there is always at least one women’s bout on the card, not to mention the seeming popularity of the women’s bouts.  Just this weekend I watched the Women’s Welterweight Championship bout between Marloes “Rumina” Coenen and Miesha “Takedown” Tate. Tate pulled out a convincing upset win over Coenen — and again, as a novice to watching the sport with about zero understanding of the politics of Strikeforce, et al, found it to be quite an interesting addition to the world of women’s sports in general.

With Chandler’s piece, however, come all sorts of questions as to whether women’s participation in the sport of MMA will continue at all — or as Chandler writes will “the answer … be found by simply looking at women’s boxing. Wait is there still women’s boxing?”

Ugh!  What!?!  Is there still women’s boxing? Pa-lease!

Chandler’s thesis is that with Strikeforce’s recent sale to Zuffa (the UFC’s parent company), a situation may have been set up whereby the Strikeforce roster will be swallowed up by the UFC and the women’s roster jettisoned in the process. Chandler further opines that the UFC doesn’t have the same interest in the women’s side of the sport as Strikeforce because there aren’t enough “stars” if you will, with the name recognition to draw in the crowds.

So what it boils down to (I think) is this:

a. Strikeforce found it to be “good” business to develop male and female talent and as such has found success and a growing *interest* in women’s MMA bouts and the fighters who compete in them.  (I’ll add that I’ve been applauding them all along and — how sad is this — tauting them as a model of inclusion because they televise women’s bouts!)

b. Along comes UFC and the potential for jettisoning the women’s roster of the “old” Strikeforce and a repositioning of the brand towards a more exclusively male roster.  Hmm… no longer good business???

c.  It’s the fault of women’s MMA (women’s boxing … and women’s sports in general) for not engendering (pun intended) enough interest in women’s athletics, because (1) women fighters are not attractive when they beat the crap out of each other and (2) to quote Chandler again, “the appeal for the best female fight is not as high as for just an average male fight in the sport. If you’re not attracting eyeballs, it’s harder to stay in business. Being included with a primarily male organization was a huge bonus for the women.”

So back to the contradiction again.  If women’s MMA was so horrible why buy Strikeforce in the first place?!?

I don’t know about you, but I find this logic to be very twisted indeed.  And P.S. — in watching the Tate-Coenen fight I didn’t think about gender, I thought about fighting!  Was it interesting?  Were they skilled?  Weaknesses/strengths and so on.

Enough already.

If a fighter has the courage to put herself in the ring why should it matter how big her breasts are or whether she has a cute booty!   A fight is a fight.  Put Torres-Nava I or II up against any fight card from over this past weekend and what will you come up with in terms of skills, heart, stamina and to use the word again pure courage.  I can tell you the answer, none.

All I can say at this point is GRRRRRRR.

And please, feel free to opine away!

31
Jul
11

FLASH: Torres beats Nava in 10-round battle!

FLASH:  Torres beats Nava in 10-round battle!

Torres v. Nava II, Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Torres v. Nava II, Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

In a bout that purportedly lived up to the hype, Ana Maria Torres edged out Jackie Nava with all three judges scoring the bout 96-94.  With her win, Torres gains the WBC Diamond Belt.

Their battle was fierce, courageous and bloody — with both fighters giving their all as they pushed through their 10 rounds of non-stop action.

With her win Ana Maria ‘Guerrera’ Torres improves her record (26-3-3, 15 KOs).

29
Jul
11

Reminder! Great Women’s Boxing on 7/30. Mcleod-Wells v. McMorrow & Nava v. Torres!!

Reminder!  Great Women’s Boxing on 7/30.  Mcleod-Wells v. McMorrow & Nava v. Torres!

Keisher "Fire" Mcleod Wells (R) and Melissa "Mighty" McMorrow

 McLeod-Wells v. McMorrow

In a rematch of their 6-round fight from this past February which had Gleason’s own Keisher “Fire” McLeod Wells (4-1, 1KO) on top  — Fire will be facing California’s Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow (5-2-3) in the ring on Saturday night, July 30th, only this time in an 8-round bout with the New York State Flyweight Championship belt on the line. McMorrow picked up the belt in a split decision against New York’s Eileen Olszewski on June 24, 2011.

The bout, part of Lou DiBella‘s Broadway Boxing series also comes with DiBella’s commitment to feature at least one women’s bout on all of his future fight cards.  This is welcome news for the sport of Women’s Boxing and Girlboxing sends a huge shout out to the DiBella Entertainment organization for their continued support!

The fight will be held at Aviator Sports & Event Center @ Floyd Bennet Field, 3149 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn New York.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting Gleason’s Gym (718-797-2872 – credit card accepted).  Pricing for tickets: $55 (General Standing), $75 (Seating), $125 (Ringside), $1,500 (VIP Table: 10 persons/Table).

Nava v. Torres

Ana Maria Torres (l) vs. Jackie Nava

Jackie Nava v. Ana Maria Torres, Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Jackie Nava v. Ana Maria Torres, Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Where can you find Women’s Boxing at its best you ask? Try flying down to the Metropolitan Center in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas for the chance to see the rematch between Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11KO’s) and Ana Maria Torres (25-3-3, 15 KO’s), arguably on everyone’s top ten list of women fighters these days.

Their last outing in April was a 95-95 draw on all three judges cards, and as I keep saying their bout was as fierce a boxing battle as ever you’ll see. (Link to article & videos)

In the last presser before Saturday’s battle, Fight News quotes both boxers as saying:

Ana Maria Torres: “The first fight was very tough, we feel that we won it, but this time to avoid doubt look for the knockout with intelligence, without rushing, but just win round after round if the fight would go to decision.”

Jackie Nava: “It would have special meaning to win the Diamond belt. Plus at this point in my career, I am a very experienced fighter who has faced any challenges that has come…the fight will be a war in the ring, I’ll start with great determination and intensity unlike the first fight.”

Thankfully, the fight will be broadcast on Mexican television, which means we get a shot at seeing the fight on YouTube — it’ll also likely be carried live on a video stream so look for it if you want to see this non-stop action fight live.

16
Jul
11

Getting your motivation on.

Getting your motivation on.

Pawel Wolak v. Delvin Rodriguez, Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

I’m often the first to complain about the mamby-pamby state of so-called “elite” boxing lately especially on PPV, HBO and Showtime … but I’ll also give credit we’re it’s due and must give a huge shout-out to Pawel “Raging bull” Wolak (29-1, 19 KO’s) and Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14 KO’s) for the gutsy, end-to-end display of superlative boxing skills, motivation and heart they showed last night in their ten-round “barn-burner” as the Main Event broadcast on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

To quote my young one, OMG!  Wolak was a mac-truck that wouldn’t stop coming and Rodriguez, having come off a self-imposed year + out of the ring, eased into the fight with poise, toughness and an agility that allowed him to fight a taller man’s tactics by gaining the distance he needed to land his very effective and repeated rights that eventuated in Wolak’s cro-magnum sized brow by the seventh round of the bout.

The fight was called a majority draw with one judge scoring it 97-93 Rodriguez and the other two 95-95. Rodriguez no doubt will feel a bit robbed as in my scoring, he had the slightest edge, but in terms of the fight itself — much as I’ve written before about the first meeting of Jackie Nava and Ana Maria Torres — the draw is also very satisfying because when both boxers put their hearts and souls into it we all win. Yes, we love the notion of titles and champions and have a gazillion belts out their to honor our winners, at the end of it, the timelessness of the sport of boxing wins when fighters are well-matched, referees smart and intelligent, judges honest and the fans 100% behind both fighters from start to finish.

Another step in the right direction for the sport of boxing — men’s and women’s — was the New Jersey Boxing Commission’s decision to suspend all three judges over the controversal scoring in last week’s Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara fight which had two judges scoring the win for Williams who so obviously lost the bout, and one judge scoring it a draw.  This is a tremendous win for boxing — as men’s and women’s efforts are misjudged with far too often for the good of the sport.

Tenth Round Action 

12
Jul
11

Women’s Boxing Updates

Women’s Boxing Updates.

Ana Maria Torres!

Ana Maria Torres, Photo Credit: Enrigue Perez Heurta, Demotix

Ana Maria Torres who will be meeting Jackie Nava on July 30th in a rematch of their “battle royal” from last April was honored in Mexico City, Mexico by the president of the boxing commission, Rafael Herrera Lemus for her twelve years at the forefront of women’s boxing in Mexico and the world.

Long considered a leader in women’s sports in Mexico, she has become an important role model and inspiration for women all over Mexico.  Girlboxing sends our warmest congratulations to Ana Maria Torres for her continued success in the women’s boxing.

WBAN Top Ten TIPS for Women Boxers + a new member of the WBAN Resource Team

Over at Women Boxing Archive Network (WBAN), Sue Fox has a terrific piece out today with her top ten tips for women boxers — or how best to promote oneself.  Her ideas are solid gold for any women interested in propelling their professional boxing careers. This must read piece is here.

WBAN has also announced that Mischa Merz has joined the WBAN Resource Team. Mischa recently published her second memoir, The Sweetest Thing.  Making her home in Melbourne, is a talented fighter and former National champion.

Argentinian Women Boxers!

Argentina's Yesica Bopp (left) won the WBA/WBO light flyweight title in June, Credit: Reuters (curtesy BBC)

The BBC’s website carried a terrific piece on the state of women’s boxing in Argentina on July 2nd.  Entitled, Why Argentina is producing women boxing champions the piece notes that note only are women joining the sport for the love it, but are also finding that they can earn a decent living. Women are gaining sponsors, and finding respect in the sport that includes national TV coverage — something sorely lacking in the United States.  The article is well worth the read if for no other reason than to show the state of women’s boxing as a global phenomenon in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

07
Jul
11

Great women’s boxing on July 30th: Nava v. Torres!

Great women’s boxing on July 30:  Nava v. Torres!

One of the great fights this past spring was the WBC championship battle between Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11KO’s) and Ana Maria Torres (25-3-3, 15 KO’s).  After ten fierce rounds, the bout was scored a draw (95-95 by all three judges) leaving neither side particularly happy and setting up the possibility of a rematch.

To the delight of fans, come July 30th these two women warriors will have the chance to ply their remarkable skills a second time on the “Accounts Receivable” card being promoted by Zanfer and HG Boxing at the Metropolitan Center in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.

For a preview of the great boxing to come — here’s the video of their first meeting curtesy of YouTube.  We are talking ten non-stop action rounds!

 

 

 

03
Jun
11

Friday Night Fights – of our own!

Friday Night Fights — of our own!

Okay … so when was the last time Friday Night Fights had a women’s bout???  Hmm.

Not in the mood for the non-stop “pithy” banter of Teddy and friends?

I say … how about some Friday Night Fights of our own!

Well here goes … with special, special thanks to the diehards out there that take the time to post these remarkable women’s bouts on YouTube!

Bout #1: Great boxing!  Ana Maria “La Guerrera Azteca” Torres vs. Jackie “La Princesa” Nava!   (From 4/16/2011) Ten rounds of pure non-stop action!  (Shown in two parts)

Bout # 2:  Jr. Middleweights! Layla McCarter vs. Cimberly Harris in Colorado (From 2/12/2011)

Bout #3:  Yesica Bopp vs. Romina Alcantar.  From April 2011. Action starts about 6:00 in. (From April 3, 2011)

26
Apr
11

Women’s Boxing: Thinking about “What Matters, What May Never”

Women’s Boxing: Thinking about “What Matters, What May Never”

Chris Namus (left) and Leli Luz Flores, Monetevido, Credit: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images

Lyle Fitzsimmons over at Boxing Scene.com has a provocative piece about the state of women’s boxing.

Entitled “Reading the Reactions:  What Matters, What May Never,” his thesis is that despite great strides in women’s boxing and his own personal hucksterism, if he judges support for the sport based on reactions to his columns it barely registers as a blip on the screen.

Given the momentum of a steady increase in positive press, such phenomenal fights as the recent Torres vs. Nava battle and the fact that women boxers are filling the seats with paying customers at stadiums and other venues all over the world, Fitzsimmons’ prognosis is depressing indeed.

Perhaps part of the problem is that here in the United States it’s hard to see a women’s bout unless one is willing to watch small market presentations, streaming-video on a laptop or after the fact YouTube videos. I mean lets face it, when was the last time HBO, Showtime or Friday Night Fights bothered to put a women’s bout on the air?  In HBO’s defense, at least they’ve had women’s bouts on their two most recent undercards!

There’s also the issue of breaking through the “novelty” aspects of the sport that continue as an underlying current in mainstream discussions of the women’s boxing.  Meanwhile, phenomenal female fighters in the amateur and pro-ranks continue to ply their trade with hard work and a sense of mission that sees them moving forward no matter the vitriol that is thrown their way in comment boxes across the internet or, as in the case of Fitzsimmons’ thesis, a lack of interest all together.

Even given that I am biased by Girlboxing’s support of the sport, the butts in the seats seem to tell a different tale as a world-wide phenomenon, and while Fitzsimmons laments that the coming 2012 Olympics are a ho-hum moment to his readers, I would posit that given how far the sport has come in less than 20 years is something to spur optimism for its future.

I know I keep harping on this one, but that fact that there is an Afghan Women’s Boxing Team at all sends the message that this sport is not going away, and despite the purported lack of interest among fanatical fans with nothing better to do than opine as to the prospects for the upcoming Pacquaio-Mosely fight, Philippine Pac-women fill the house as did Ana Julatan, the great Philippine-American fighter in her recent main event championship bout in Riverside, California.

Women’s boxing is not going away — and whether there is ever another women’s championship bout on one of the major outlets or not, it is still seen and supported by serious fans of the sport throughout the United States — and in terms of the international embrace of the sport is regularly televised as mainstream national events with huge support from the sports establishment, especially in places such as Mexico, Argentina and Uruguay.

Again, ticket sales don’t lie and seats are being sold — and even if Fitzsimmons’ readers don’t “get it,” the sport is evolving with new generations of fighters crossing the ropes and putting their hearts and souls on the line to make their way as boxers if for nothing else, than for love of the sport.

20
Apr
11

Great women’s boxing: Torres vs. Nava!

Great women’s boxing: Torres vs. Nava!

Ana Maria Torres (24-3-2, 14 K.O.’s) vs. Jackie Nava (24-3-2, 11 K.O.’s) … we’re talking a must see Main Event 10-round WBC championship women’s bout fought on April 16, 2011 in Veracruz, Mexico.  All three cards had the fight as a unanimous draw — 95-95!  We’re talking fight of the year!

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the action live … get some popcorn and enjoy the ride!




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