Posts Tagged ‘Ronica Jeffrey

02
Nov
15

Melissa St. Vil – Ready to Rumble

Melissa St. Vil – Ready to Rumble

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Boxer Melissa St. Vill by the “wall” at Brooklyn’s world famous Gleason’s Gym. Photo credit: Malissa Smith

Melissa St. Vil is a boxer with plans.

Her first plan is to win the UBF World Female Super Featherweight title on November 12th at Martin’s Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD. With her 6-1-3 record, she’ll be fighting the more experienced Jennifer Salinas (17-3-0, 4-KOs), in her backyard, but that doesn’t seem to worry St. Vil. With just seven fights to her credit, she defeated Sarah Kuhn to win the International Women’s Boxing Federation (IWBF) World Welterweight title in August of 2013. And while St. Vil has only had two fights since them (in 2014), she feels confident that she has what it takes to win.

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The Royal Six boxers, Ronica Jeffrey (l) and Melissa St. Vil at the recent Breast Cancer event at Gleason’s Gym. Photo Credit: Malissa Smith

As a member of The Royal Six, a group of New York based female boxing champions (Alicia Ashley, Ronica Jeffrey, Sonya Lamonakis, Keisher “Fire” Mcleod, and Alicia Napoleon), she is actively engaged in promoting the sport, raising money for charity and helping to put together an all female boxing card in the spring.

Winning world championships and promoting female boxing arent’s her only plans. She also wants to give back. To make a place of safety and sanctuary for girls and women to overcome violence and to find a place for themselves in the world. With her infectious laugh, it is hard to imagine that St. Vil would have ever known pain or violence–but she did. As with many of us the world over, it’s the fighting back to take possession of one’s own life that is the biggest challenge.

Melissa was kind enough to take time from her training with Leon “Cat” Taylor and Juan Guzman to speak with Girlboxing readers about her upcoming fight. We didn’t touch upon the dark stuff at all–just talked about boxing, moving on in life and her passion for the sport.

Here’s what she had to say:

05
Sep
15

We only have each other … women’s boxing

We only have each other … women’s boxing

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Six Women’s Boxing Champions at Gleason’s Gym: (l to r) Melissa St. Vil, Fire McLeod, Heather Hardy, Ronica Jeffries, Susie Ramadan, Alicia Ashley. Photo credit: Hosking Promotions

Women’s boxing has garnered a fair amount of press in the United States of late from the split-draw IBF Female Super Bantamweight title fight between Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (24-2-1) and Luna “La Cobrita” Avila (12-2-1) on Shane Mosely’s Pay Per View extravaganza, to the announcement that Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (33-2-3) will fight UFC’s reigning WMMA champion Ronda Rousey in November on the UFC193 card in Melbourne, Australia.

Action will also be heating up in September with a series of bouts featuring East Coast professional female boxers including the return of Alicia “Slick” Ashley (22-10-1) in a WBC Female Superbantamweight title fight on September 15th, Shelito Vincent (14-0) in an 8-rounder at Foxwoods Casino on September 12th (with the top of the card broadcast on NBC), Ronica Jeffrey (13-1) in a 6-rounder on September 11th, and Amanda Serrano in a 6-rounder on September 10th.

Added to that mix will be Australian boxer “Shotgun” Shannon O’Connell (11-3)  making her North American boxing debut in Toronto against Canadian fighter Sandy “Lil Tyson” Tsagouris. The two will battle in an 8-rounder on the undercard of a PBC/Spike TV card headed by the Adonis Stevenson v. Tommy Karpency WBC World light heavyweight title fight.

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(l to r) Susie Ramadan, Alicia Ashley, Shannon O’Connell, Photo Credit: Hosking Promotions

Ahead of her fight, Shannon O’Connell along with two-time world champion Susie Q. Ramadan (23-3) have embarked on a tour of the U.S. with their trainers, promoter Lynden Hosking of Hosking Promotions and U.S. advisor, Eddie Montalvo. The tour has led the two fighters to New York City, and the world-famous Gleason’s Gym where both women had the opportunity to meet with the likes of Keisher “Fire” McLeod, Ronica Jeffries, Melissa St. Vil, Alicia Ashley, and Heather Hardy–a veritable who’s who of women’s boxing champions.

Girlboxing had a chance to meet and talk with O’Connell, Ramadan, promoter Hosking and Heather Hardy who sparred Ramadan for three tough hard-fought rounds.  While the interviews were brief, the sentiment expressed was one of optimism for the sport over all and most importantly of the need for connection and support among the fighters as they battle for recognition and opportunities to practice their art.

Here’s what everyone had to say:

12
Aug
11

Women’s Boxing: “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey Fights for NABF Super Featherweight Title on 8/19/11

>>>UPDATE>>>

Brooklyn’s Queen, “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey defeated Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez to gain the NABF Superfeatherweight title.  The judges scored the six round 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54 — a unanimous win for the hard-hitting Jeffrey. 

Over at WBAN, Sue TL Fox raises an excellent question on why the NABF allows six-rounders for women’s title belts, but schedules ten-rounders for men’s belts.  It just doesn’t make sense.  Check out her important piece here.

Women’s Boxing:  “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey Fights for NABF Super Featherweight Title on 8/19/11

Ronica Jeffrey v. Elizabeth Sherman

Brooklyn’s “Queen” of the ring, Gleason’s Gym denizen and three-time Golden Gloves Champion, Ronica Jeffrey (7-0, 1-KO) will be challenging Ela “Bam Bam” Nunez (9-9-1, 2-KO) for the vacant NABF Super Featherweight championship on Friday, August 19th.

Ela "Bam Bam" Nunez

The bout will be held at the Rollins Center Arena, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Delaware and is scheduled for six rounds. The main event will feature Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, (14-0, 11-KO’s)  vs. Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn, (33-7-1, 22-KO’s) for the interim WBO NABO Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship, title. The winner of the bout will be ranked among the Top 15 heavyweights in the world.

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In speaking with Ronica, she made it clear how important this bout is to her. “Boxing is what I do and enjoy. I’m going in there to give it my all!  This is my first time fighting for a belt and my plan is to get the belt!

“I want to continue boxing until it don’t want me any more,” she went on to say.  “I don’t think I can give it up myself!  After that, I want to help the other girls coming up  … figure a way how to keep myself involved.”

Jeffrey is coming off of two decisive wins in her last two outings.  One, a 4-round win over Elizabeth Sherman on May 27th and the other 6-round win over D. J. Morrison on April 23rd.

Nunez’s suffered two losses in her most recent 6-round bouts against Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, a loss on January  29th and a lost by KO on April 22nd.

There is no word yet whether this fight will be available on streaming video — but it’ll be worth a search on Google!

Tickets for the full fight card are still available and range from $40 to $200 and can be purchased through VIP Services at 800-711-5882 or online at www.doverdowns.com. Anyone over 21 with a ticket will receive a complimentary casino table games match play coupon for $10-$50, valid for 30 days at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. The first bout will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Will call will be open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.




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