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Request for on-air voices during the Olympic Team Trials!

Request for on-air voices during the Olympic Team Trials!

Women's Amateur Boxing, Credit: USA Boxing

The following has been forwarded to Girlboxing from Christy Halbert, USA Boxing and the folks at WNYC.org who will be airing a radio show every day this week to coincide with with Olympic Team Trials! Please answer the call!!!  Please also be sure and subscribe to the podcasts here!


Dear current and former boxers and coaches,

We want your help! This is not a plea for money – it’s a plea for your voice. As you know, this year women will box for the first time in the Olympic games. We want you to tell us what you’re thinking, feeling, and remembering.

Women Box: Fighting to Make History is a radio, photography, and web project (from WNYC Radio, the NPR affiliate in New York City) exploring the lives and minds of women boxers – especially those competing for a spot on the very first U.S. women’s Olympic boxing team. Our website, www.wnyc.org/womenbox includes beautiful photographs of women boxers, radio stories and interviews that take listeners inside their lives and minds, a Q&A with Coach Christy Halbert (head of USA Boxing’s Task Force on Women), and more.

Our work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, on NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition Sunday, as well as on WNYC Radio and www.wnyc.org/womenbox.

We will be airing a radio show (via podcast and the internet) everyday the week of February 13th as the women’s boxing Olympic trials take place outside of Spokane, Washington.

We want your voice on our show AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

It’s very easy – just call 646-829-4064 and simply leave us a voicemail message. We need your name and its spelling, a brief introduction to who you are (especially in the boxing world), and your thoughts and feelings this year (or this week or this moment) as young women from all over the country begin to compete for a spot on the first women’s Olympic boxing team. We also need your phone number, so we can call you back with any questions.

Your message may last for at least three minutes (it may also be as short and sweet as you desire). If you get cut off and need more time, feel free to call back and continue. If you have a land line (instead of a cell phone), please use it!

At least some part of your message will be incorporated into our broadcast at some point next week. You’ll find the audio of each episode on our website – www.wnyc.org/womenbox.

Please take a few minutes to call us as soon as you have a moment. We will only be able to incorporate messages that come in within the next few days. We look forward to hearing from you!

Marianne McCune, Reporter for WNYC Radio
and Sue Jaye Johnson , Photojournalist

USA Boxing’s 2nd Women’s Int’l Dual Series!!!


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USA Boxing’s 2nd Women’s Int’l Dual Series!!!


The second annual Women’s International Dual Series will be held from November 15 – 18, 2011 in Oxnard, California.  Given that the upcoming debut of women’s boxing in the 2012 Olympics, this years women’s boxing boxing series should be particularly memorable!

The event will host elite amateur boxers from six nations in the three Olympic weight classes (Flyweight-112 lbs, Lightweight-132 lbs and Middleweight-165 lbs) and will include fighters from Mexico, Canada, Russia, Germany and Poland, and four squads from the United States.  It should be noted that all 12 of the fighters representing the U. S. have qualified for the first-ever  trials for the U. S. Olympic Team tentatively scheduled for February of 2012.

This gives everyone the opportunity to cheer for these fabulous athletes who have worked so hard to get this far!

Following on the heals of the recently contested Pan American Games and European Women’s Boxing championships, the Dual Series competition will be a wonderful opportunity for these incredible fighters to further hone their skills ahead of next years Olympics.

The tournament itself will be a round-robin style competition giving each boxer an opportunity to face a different opponent on each day of the competition — with events starting at 6:00 PM each evening.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 per day for adults and $5 for kids, 6-17. Ringside seats can purchased for $20 and children under five will be admitted free. For more information, go to www.oxnardpalboxing.com.

The roster for the games as published by USA Boxing is as follows!

U.S. Rosters

Red Team One

112 lbs: Poula Estrada, Palmdale, Calif.

132 lbs: N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio

165 lbs: Alyssa Defazio, Wittman, Ariz.
Coach: Bruce Kawano, Pearl City, Hawaii

Coach: Anthony Huizar, Whittier, Calif.

Red Team Two

112 lbs: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.

132 lbs: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif.

165 lbs: Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Coach: Gloria Peek, Norfolk, Va.

Coach: Jose Banales, Las Vegas, Nev.

Blue Team One

112 lbs: Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz.

132 lbs: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla.

165 lbs: Tiffanie Ward, Hacienda Heights, Calif.

Coach: Rocky Garza, Oxnard, Calif.

Coach: Vernon Lee, San Diego, Calif.

Blue Team Two

112 lbs: Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md.

132 lbs: Lisa Porter, Valley Village, Calif.

165 lbs: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md.

Coach: Christy Halbert, Nashville, Tenn.

Coach: Fausto de la Torre, Pasadena, Calif.

International Rosters

112 lbs: Silvia Torres
132 lbs: Cinthya Robles
165 lbs: Alma Ibarra

Flyweights/112 lbs
Karolina Michalczuk
Sandra Drabik

Lightweight/132 lbs
Karolina Graczyk
Sandra Kruk

Middleweight/165 lbs
Lidia Fidura
Katarzyna Furmaniak


112 lbs: Elena Savelyeva
132 lbs: Sofya Ochigava
165 lbs: Nadezhda Torlopova

112 lbs: Azize Nimani
132 lbs: Julia Irmen

Freddie Roach volunteers to help coach Team USA Men’s and Women’s Boxing Olympians!

Freddie Roach volunteers to help coach Team USA Men’s and Women’s Boxing Olympians!

USA Boxing’s Men’s and Women’s Olympic hopefuls will be joined by volunteer coach, Freddie Roach who has opened up his heart and his gym, Wild Card Boxing Club, to the elite athletes who will comprise Team USA’s 2012 Boxing Olympians.

In a press release issued by USA Boxing, Freddie Roach is quoted as saying, “An Olympic medal is one of the greatest accomplishments in all of sport, and I promise to do all I can to ensure that these young men and women are fully prepared to go to London to proudly represent our country,” said Roach.

The 2012 Olympics will mark the first time women’s boxing will be recognized as an Olympic sport — so what better gift than Freddie Roach’s remarkable skills as a trainer for the women who will represent Team USA!

As United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun put it, “I’d like to thank Freddie and his team for their willingness to help our boxers achieve their highest potential.”  Blackmun further stated that he is “thrilled that we were able to make this happen and can’t wait to see the results.”

USA Boxing also noted that “the program … is designed to act as a resource for up to ten medal-potential athletes to attend multi-day training sessions at the Wild Card Gym with their personal coaches and USA Boxing’s National Coach Joe Zanders. These sessions will be established under the leadership of Freddie Roach and his staff and will be used to help provide feedback and strategy on the athletes’ preparation for the Olympic Games. The USOC will support this program as an add-on to the 2011-12 approved high performance plan with the intent of providing a unique and valuable resource for the designated athletes as a supplement to the existing coaching structure.”

Freddie Roach and his team will begin their participation with USA Boxing at an upcoming high performance retreat at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co.

Girlboxing would like to send a shout out to Freddie for offering this great opportunity!

For further information click here and here.