Posts Tagged ‘Frida Wallberg

28
Jan
14

Boxer Diana Prazak – Bittersweet …

Boxer Diana Prazak – Bittersweet …

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Australia’s boxing phenomenon Diana Prazak (12-2, 8-KOs) won her WBC Female Super-Featherweight title in dramatic fashion in June 2013 when her knock out of Swedish boxer Frida Wallberg (11-1, 2-KOs) left Wallberg to suffer from a burst blood vessel at the outer edge between the meninges and the brain. What was lost in the frightening minutes and hours until word was received that Wallberg would likely recover, was the fighting brilliance of Prazak who under the tutelage of the great Lucia Rijker had come a long way in the six months since she fought a respectable bout against Holly Holm (33-2-3, 9-Kos) in December 2012, and further still from her first professional fight less than two years before that.

Prazak will be defending her title on March 1, 2014 against boxer Shannon O’Connell (8-2-0, 5 KOs) at The Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, and has otherwise been very busy keeping up with her training.

She’s also the subject of a documentary by Dutch filmmaker Marieke Niestadt, tracing Prasak’s experiences in the run up to her epic battle in the ring with Wallberg and its aftermath. The film is an official selection of the upcoming Macon Film Festival 2014 and the Charleston International Film Festival 2014.  If the trailer is indicative of anything, it is a sensitive portrayal of Diana Prazak’s boxing journey.

For more information on the film, click the link: www.mariekeniestadt.com/bittersweet

15
Jun
13

Women’s Boxing champ Frida Wallberg KO sends her to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.

UPDATE 3 (6/16/2013):  The Swedish press is reporting some very good news. It seems Frida Wallberg is off the respirator, awake and talking. It’s also been reported that the bleed was not an internal brain hemorrhage, but a blood vessel at the outer edge between the meninges and the brain. This is excellent in terms of her recovery and likely she will be kept in the hospital for another 5-6 days so that she can continue to be assessed and have the rest she needs. Meanwhile, the matter is being investigated by Swedish boxing authorities.

Women’s Boxing champ Frida Wallberg KO sends her to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. UPDATE 1  & 2 (below)

Boxer Frida Wallberg being assisted by Lucia Rijker and opponent Diana Prazak shortly after Wallberg's devastating KO loss to Prazak on 6/14/2013. Credit: Maja Suslin/Scanpix

Boxer Frida Wallberg being assisted by Lucia Rijker and opponent Diana Prazak shortly after Wallberg’s devastating KO loss to Prazak on 6/14/2013. Credit: Maja Suslin/Scanpix

Swedish Boxer Frida Wallberg (11-1, 2-KOs) suffered a devastating KO in her title fight against the new WBC super featherweight champion, Australian fighter Diana Prazak (12-2, 8-KOs). It has left the wildly popular Wallberg in an intensive care bed at the Karolinksa Hospital in Sweden on a respirator. She was placed in a medically induced coma after receiving emergency surgery to relieve the pressure on her brain from a cerebral hemorrhage. Surgery took place in the early morning hours after the bout.

Prazak spent the night pummeling Wallberg with bombs and rocked her in the 7th round with a sweeping left according to a report on boxingscene.com. Wallberg buckled under the force of the blow, but continued the round.  In the 8th round, seemingly still under the effects of the 7th round blow, Wallberg was on the receiving end of Prazak’s hard punching. Wallberg was knocked to the canvas by short left hook, but after getting up and receiving an 8-count from the referee, Bela Florian, she continued only to be hit by a short right hook which sent her to the deck again.  Bela Florian called the fight at that point and Prazak was given the KO win.

Wallberg was assisted to the corner by Florian, her nose bleeding and tentative in her movements. Even as she was being examined by the ring doctor, one could observe her visibly slumping and hanging on to the ropes. Still he walked away, and it was the quick thinking of Prasak’s trainer, Lucia Rijker who while celebrating her own fighter’s victory saw that Wallberg was in trouble and ran to her aid. Rijker demanded that the doctor return and that Wallberg be given serious medical aid. Wallberg was subsequently attended to and brought out of the ring on a stretcher.

Wallberg’s boyfriend, Robert Ludwig later told the Swedish press that she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage described as a stroke. In other reports, it has been said that doctors may try to revive Wallberg at some point today to assess her condition.

UPDATE 1: According to press accounts from Sweden, Frida was partially brought out of her coma and has had her medications reduced to assist in the process of bringing her to consciousness. That will reportedly happen at about 4:00 PM, 6.15.2013, Swedish Time. No word was given on the state of her injuries or likely prognosis. The press is continuing to state that she suffered a stroke.

UPDATE 2: Wallberg was reportedly awakened, was able to move her fingers and answers questions, but from what could be gleaned, she has likely been re-sedated somewhat to allow her time to heal. There is some cause for optimism, but no answer yet on whether she will make a full recovery from the stroke–and things are still very serious at this point. She remains in the hospital in intensive care.

Whatever happens, under Swedish boxing rules, Wallberg will no longer be able to box professionally in Sweden.  It is also said that she had an MRI two weeks ago as part of her pre-fight medical which showed no signs of abnormality or vessel weakness.

Wallberg’s last fight was 14 months ago against the tough Brooklyn fighter, Amanda Serrano (17-1, 12-KOs). Wallberg won the fight by decision in her native Sweden. Prazak on the other hand most recently fought Holly Holm (33-2, KOs-9) for a shot at the then vacant IBAF and WBF female light welterweight titles. It was Prazak’s only loss.

Responding to questions about Wallberg in a post-fight interview, Prazak with her coach Rijker was overwhelmed by the quick succession of winning the title after a long hard road of training — and the sense that her only way to defeat Wallberg to take the title was by KO, given that the fight was on Wallberg’s home turf in Sweden — and the devastation of knowing that Prazak was so seriously injured.  As Prazak said on her Facebook page last night, “All fighters want the win by KO … just what we had planned and trained for [came] at a big cost.” She went on to say, “My prayers and thoughts are with Frida and her loved ones. Please send your prayers and thoughts for her too.”

Ishika Lay in Recovery, Photo: Florida Times Union

Ishika Lay in Recovery, Photo: Florida Times Union

The injury sustained by Wallberg and subsequent surgery is reminiscent of the devastation suffered by Ishika Lay in November 2011. During Lay’s bid for the National Golden Gloves in the run-up to the Olympic Trials, she collapsed in the ring, the likely victim of second impact syndrome–a form of brain injury that occurs when brain injuries are not given adequate time to heal.

Whenever this happens in boxing — questions arise as to the role that coaches, managers, referees and ringside physicians play in the health and safety of fighters in the ring. The safety of fighters outside the ring, during training, is just as important, if not more so, and it is up to those who care for their fighters to take the precautions necessary to keep their boxers safe–incorporating the adage “when in doubt sit it out.”

It is helpful that in Sweden fighters are required to have brain scans on a regular basis. The fact that Wallberg was cleared two weeks prior to the fight is also good. What we don’t know is whether she sustained any serious head blows in the interval between her MRI and the day of the fight that could have compromised her in some way. By all reports both fighters had tough training camps in preparation for the bout–Wallberg had also been coming to the fight after a 14 month layoff and whether that had anything to do with the severity of her injury is also unknown.

What we do know is that boxers, hockey players, football players, MMA fighters and other athletes in close contact sports sustain traumatic brain injuries–the question is how can we all help protect these remarkable athletes from further trauma. We know that fighters in particular aim for the KO. It is the “cookies” in boxing–and let’s face it, is what garners the big money fights on the men’s side of game, and while women make a pittance by comparison, the KO remains the holy grail.

Making sports illegal is certainly not the answer, but making sports safer with headgear that can minimize the impact of such injuries, as well as vigilance in the gym, on the playing field and in the ring, would seem to be a step in the right direction. Rethinking the importance of big hits is also something to consider–though that is an unlikely change.

03
May
12

2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships set for May 9 – May 20!

2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships set for May 9 – May 20!


Talk about exciting, the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be taking place in Qinhuangdao, China. The event will not only determine the world championship status in the competing weight classes but is the *only* qualifying event for this summer’s historic debut of Women’s Boxing at the London 2012 Olympics in the three Olympic weight divisions.

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

Competitors from all of the world will be arriving in China to face off against each other in the tournament. USA Boxing’s full field of National Champions is set to leave on May 3rd. The team includes the three Olympic hopefuls, Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Claressa Shields, representing the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight divisions respectively.

Under the rules of the Olympic qualifying event portion of the competition, only the top eight competitors in each of the Olympic weight divisions will be selected to represent their nations in the Olympics this summer.

This year’s tournament is the seventh AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The first was held in in late 2001 in Scranton, PA, USA.

Notable luminaries from that first tournament included Sweden’s Frida Wallberg who won a gold medal in the 63.5kg weight class and France’s Myriam Lamare who won the silver. Both of these remarkable athletes have carved out fantastic professional careers. Mary Kom, who will be vying for an Olympic berth on India’s Team also competed in 2001, winning a silver medal in the 48KG division.

Barbados 2010, Lightweight Medal Winners

The last AIBA sponsored Women’s World Championship (the 6th) was held in Barbardos in September of 2010.

Among other memorable bouts, Ireland’s Katie Taylor (blue) defeated Cheng Dong (red) of China for the 60KG Lightweight Gold Medal.

01
May
12

Frida Wallberg v. Amanda Serrano Fight!

Frida Wallberg v. Amanda Serrano Fight!

Frida Wallberg (11-0, 2 KOs) and Amanda Serrano (14-1-1, 9 KOs) fought a tough, tactical ten round championship fight this past Friday, April 27, 2012 at the Cloetta Center in Linköping, Sweden.

By the time the bout was over, Wallberg had broken Serrano’s unbeaten record for the WBC Women’s Lightweight Championship belt. The battle was fought in Wallberg’s home country of Sweden, and while fighters have complained in the past about the “hometown advantage,” this was clearly not the case here.  The judges scored the bout 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92.

“I gave it my all,”  Serrano is quoted as saying. “I know I landed some good shots in the fight and I’m not ashamed of my performance. Frida Wallberg is a great fighter and I take nothing away from her victory. I’m going to bounce back from this bump in the road and work my way back to the top. I want to thank all my fans who’ve been there for me and I promise I’ll be back.”

Full two-part video had been up on YouTube last night but has been pulled down.  I found another video and while not complete, it does provide 13 minutes of action.

 

01
Sep
11

Weekend Women’s Boxing: 9/2 – 9/3/2011

>>>Update!>>>

Frida “Golden Girl” Wallberg defeated Olivia Gerula in a ten round decision to retain her WBC Super Featherweight Title.  In a unanimous decision, the judges scored the bout 99-91, 98-92 and 98-92.  As quoted in the Winnipeg Free Press, Gerula said,”Frida was the better fighter and this time around she deserved the win.”

 

Weekend Women’s Boxing: 9/2 & 9/3/2011

Friday, September 2nd

Relew, Chubut, Argentina!

Soledad Edith Matthysee

In what appears to be some lopsided match making, the 31 year old, Argentinian fighters from Rafaela, Santa Fe,

Natalia del Pilar Burga

Soledad Edith Matthysee (8-2, 1-KO) will be taking on 32 year old Natalia del Pilar Burga (5-11-1) originally from Rosario de la Frontera in Salta in a scheduled 8-round bout.

The fight is being promoted by Walter Dario Matthysse.

Saturday, September 3rd

Hotel Sheraton, Colon City, Panama

Abigail Villar (L) and Yaditza Perez

The 21-year old Panamanian fighters Abigail Villar (4-5-3, 2-KO’s) will be fighting a rematch against Yaditza Perez (2-6)  in an 8-round bout for the WBC Latino Light Flyweight Title.  Villar has previously fought and lost in her bids for the interim WBC Female Flyweight Title and the WBC Youth Female Light Flyweight Title.  Kiesher Mcleod-Wells also bested Villar in their 2009 fight at the Hotel El Panama in Panama City.

Also on the card will be a 4-round  super featherweight bout pitting Migdalia Asprilla (2-1-1, 2-KO’s) against Cecilia Montezuma making her professional debut.

Karlstad CCC, Karlstad Sweden

Frida Wallberg (L) vs. Olivia Gerula, Foto: fridawallberg.com

Swedish WBC Female Super Featherweight Title holder, 28 year old Frida “Golden Girl” Wallberg (9-0, 2 KO’s) will be fighting a rematch against the 32 year old Canadian challenger Olivia Gerula (13-11-2, 3-KO’s) in a 10-round main event contest.  Gerula had been the previous title holder having successfully defended the title against three challengers.  In their first outing Wallberg won by a close decision with the scores 77-75, 78-75, 78-75.

Mikaela Lauren

Also on the fight card will be a 6-round female welterweight bout will pitting Sweden’s own Mikaela Lauren (10-1, 2-KO’s) against Serbia’s Eva Halasi (9-4, 8-KO’s).

Eva Halasi, Phote: Wende

In her last outing, Halasi was defeated by German fighter Jennifer Retzke for the vacant IBF Female Light Middleweight Title.

The card is being promoted by Anders Holmber of Pugnus Boxing Promotions.

For a preview of some terrific boxing, check out the videos of Wallberg v. Gerula I!




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