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WBAN [Women Boxing Archive Network] Created by Sue TL Fox,  is celebrating one of the most significant and important history-firsts in the sport when for the first time female boxers will be competing in the Olympics and held as a medal event.  In the 2012 Olympics that will take place in London this summer, there will be three weight classes of female boxers vying for the "Gold" in the flyweight (106-112 pounds), lightweight (123-       132 pounds), and middleweight (152-165 pounds) division.  The women's weight classes are not consecutive, meaning that a female boxer will have to fit into one of the designated ranges in order to compete. Boxing will be held at the ExCeL Exhibition Center in London. The boxing competition at the 2012 Olympic Games took place from July 28 - August 12. 286 boxers will compete, with 36 women taking part in the boxing competition at the Olympic Games for the first time ever.







Adams, Taylor and Shields strike Olympic Gold in London
by Michael O'Neill
August 9, 2012

(AUGUST 9) A great day’s boxing at the ExCeL Centre here in London’s Docklands brought the historic first edition of women’s boxing in the 30th Olympiad to a close with universal praise from not only the AIBA but also from within the boxing community, from other sports stars, male and female and from the vast majority of the media present.  Full Story

Shields, Adams, Torlpova and Taylor star on semi-finals day at the ExCeL
by Michael O'Neill
August 8, 2012

(AUGUST 8) Another 11,000 ‘full house’ here at the ExCeL Centre Arena in London Docklands today for the Women’s semi-finals at the XXX Olympiad. The atmosphere once again, as for the first two days , was ‘electric’ and again those present saw some first class boxing . Most of the crowd this reporter spoke with professed to be ‘seriously impressed’ with the high quality of the action they saw and literally hundreds had simply turned up in the vain hope of finding a ticket – those were mainly ‘new’ supporters of women's boxing as a result of the action they witnessed on TV over the first two days.  Full Story

Taylor excels at the ExCeL
by Michael O'Neill
August 6, 2012

(AUGUST 6) Another magnificent advertisement for women’s boxing today at the ExCeL Centre in London which reached the quarter finals stage. Not a spare seat to be found in the 10,000 seater arena and hundreds more outside seeking that elusive non-available ticket.Across the Irish Sea, in the seaside resort of Bray, home of World Champion(60kg) Katie Taylor, Gardaí (police) estimated that in excess of 6,000 people had turned out on the seafront to cheer on their favourite, on big screens, as she faced up to Team GB’s Natasha Jonas.  The atmosphere within the ExCeL Centre was truly electric – the British fans have been hugely supportive of all their Olympic athletes, and with some justification – today was no exception yet they were out sung by their Irish neighbours whose chants of "Olé, olé olé “ and rendering of “ The Fields of Athenry” almost brought the house down.  Full Story

Olympic Games - Day 1 review from London
(with additional reporting from
by Michael O'Neill
August 5, 2012

 (AUGUST 5) An excellent first day’s boxing at the XXX Olympiad here at London’s ExCeL Centre ended with India’s Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte, better known as Mary Kom , being the ‘star’ of the show. The five times World AIBA Pinweight (46 kg) Champion had moved up two weights to enable her to take part in this historic event and many wondered if she could reproduce her form of yesteryear for surely nothing else would suffice in a tournament that included such as Cancan Ren of China, GB’s Nikki Adams and Russia’s 2010 AIBA and 2011 European Champion, Elena Savelyeva. .  Full Story

A historic day in London Town as women's boxing 'arrives' after a 108 years wait
by Michael O'Neill
August 5, 2012

 (AUGUST 5) A fascinating day’s boxing in prospect as women's boxing is admitted to the Olympic Games some 108 years after the men first took part in the 1904 Games in St Louis. The good news for the AIBA is that all four days sessions have “sold out” according to a spokesperson for the London Organising Committee.  The honour of being the first women in the ring falls to Russia’s Elena Savelyeva and Hye Song Kim of the Peoples Republic of Korea.  Full Story

AIBA chief backs female boxers to shine at Games
Copyrighted: Jagran Post
Photo: AIBA
July 30, 2012

 (JULY 30) LONDON - The man who lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to give women's boxing its Games debut in has backed the 36 pioneer female fighters to impress at London 2012. And Dr Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Association of Amateur Boxing (AIBA), expects them to perform so well that their numbers will be increased come the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Full Story

2012 Olympics in London - Official Draw Sheets
July 28, 2012

 (JULY 28) WBAN has received the OFFICIAL DRAW SHEETS from London, via Christy Halbert!  WBAN has made these sheets available to the public.  To download the PDF's, (three of them) go here.  Draw Sheet -1, Draw Sheet-2, Draw Sheet-3.

The Path to Gold is Set for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team in London
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
July 27, 2012

(JULY 27) The path to gold was set on Friday for the 12 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the official event draw on Friday at the ExCel Centre in London. The brackets in the 13 Olympic weight classes were drawn in front of representatives from all of the participating nations. Three U.S. boxers received first round byes with the remaining nine American athletes learning the identity of their opening day opponents.  The women’s draw was done first and both flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) received byes in their opening round bouts. Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) will face home nation boxer Natasha Jones of Great Britain in her Olympic Games opener on August 5. ..Full Story

Boxing: Katie Taylor & Queen Underwood to star in Official London 2012 film
By Michael O’Neill
July, 22, 2012

(JULY 22) We now know that the official London 2012 Olympics film will be written, produced and directed by Caroline Rowland of the London-based New Moon organisation.  The film, simply named “ FIRST” has been approved by both the International Olympic Committee and the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).  Full Story

Flash from the Past! First TV Interview of Katie Taylor at Age 15 
July 5, 2012

(JULY 5) Check out the very first TV interview that Katie Taylor of Ireland, who will be in the 2012 Olympics in London.  She talks about how she began boxing at age 12, and that at the age of 15, she gives insight as to what she would like to do in the sport.  There is also some footage of her father/trainer..Video

Underwood, Lacatus and Oubtil all get tickets to London
June 29, 2012
Photo: RTE.IE

(JUNE 29) China's Dong Cheng, Morocco's Mahjouba Oubtil, Romania's Mihaela Lacatus and Queen Underwood of the USA have received wild card entries to the Olympic Games in Katie Taylor's lightweight class. The quartet...Full Story on

Marlen Esparza Featured in July Issue Vogue Magazine!
June 20, 2012
Photo: Vogue

(JUNE 20) WBAN received some exciting news that one of our USA amateur boxers who will be competing in the 2012 Olympics in London was featured in VOGUE magazine.  We received a press release stating the following: ..Full Story

Queen Underwood: New Olympic Addition
by Bernie McCoy
June 19, 2012

(JUNE 19) In a media teleconference, originating from Colorado Springs, USA Boxing introduced Queen Underwood as the newest addition to the 2012 Olympic female boxing squad. Underwood, who will compete as a lightweight, joins flyweight Marlen Esparaza and middleweight Claressa Shields on the three woman US squad that will compete in London in July. The Seattle based fighter was presented to the press by Tony Bartkowski, USA Boxing Executive Director...Full Story

Canadian boxer Mary Spencer given wild-card spot for London Games
June 19, 2012

(JUNE 19) WINDSOR, Ont. - With her cherished Olympic dream locked in the grip of some faceless bureaucrats, Mary Spencer did what she does best. She fought her way through the adversity.  A three-time world champion in women`s boxing, Spencer finally received word Monday from Boxing Canada that she was headed to the 2012 Summer Games in London.
The International Amateur Boxing Association and the International Olympic Committee bestowed a ``quota spot'' to Spencer in the 75-kilogram division, one agonizing week later than expected.  ``This is not the way I planned on qualifying, but now that I`ve reached that milestone, my goal is the same. It`s to bring back the gold medal,'' Spencer said during a news conference at her home gym in Windsor. ``It`s going to make it extra sweet because of the circumstances.'' ...

AIBA confirms Olympic seeding and has an exclusive interview with Katie Taylor
by Michael O'Neill
June 1, 2012
Photo: Katie Taylor

(JUNE 1) The AIBA have re-confirmed that there will be but 2 seeded boxers in each of the three Women’s weight divisions at the 30th Olympiad in London later this Summer.    Full Story

Part Two-: The best of the rest of finals day at the AIBA 7th Women's World Championships-By Michael O’Neill
May 21, 2012

 (MAY 21) China's President's Cup winner 20-year-old Xu Shiqi opened her light flyweight final with more effective punches against Philippines' AIBA Women's World Championships bronze medallist Josie Gabuco and led by 5:3 after four minutes fight. The Chinese boxer who moved down a division before the tournament lost the third round and had only one point advantage before the final frame. The 25-year-old Filipino fighter changed the fighting distance in the final round and that resulted a close victory for Gabuco which was the first ever gold medal for the Philippines in the history of the AIBA Women's World Championships...Full Story

Part One-The finals: The Olympic weights –
51kg, 60kg and 75kg.

By Michael O’Neill
With additional reporting
May 20, 2012
Photo: Ren Cancan

(MAY 20) Saturday was finals day in the 7th AIBA Women's World Boxing championships in Qinhuangdao, North East China which has also served as the only female Olympic Qualifier. Once again the main focus of attention was on the three Olympic weights 51 kg, 60kg and 75kg. We had already seen many surprises this week none more so than in the 75kg category where favourite, Canada’s Mary Spencer and United States sensation Claressa Shields were early casualties. ..Full Story

Katie Taylor Qualified for Olympic Games...But Clearly wants more
By Michael O'Neill
May 18, 2012

(MAY 18) Katie Taylor has already qualified for the Olympic Games but has made it quite clear that she dearly wants to go to the ExCeL Centre as the World Champion for the fourth time.   On Friday morning (today-timezone in China) she meets the ever improving 19 years old, Mavzuna Chorieva, the Tajikistan champion with the winner destined for Saturday morning's final against either Russia's Sofya Ochigava or England's Natasha Jonas...Full Story       All News Stories - 2012 China Championships

New Zealand Women Boxers eliminated at World Championships in China
May 15, 2012
© Fairfax News
Photo credit: John Selkirk/Fairfax Media

New Zealand's Alexis Pritchard has been bundled out of the women's world amateur boxing championships in Qinghuangdao, China.  Pritchard, a seven-time national champion who was considered New Zealand's best chance of making it to the Olympic Games, was thrashed 28-9 in her second round lightweight bout against crack American Quanitta Underwood.  Having won her first round bout by walkover, Pritchard was outclassed by the five-time United States champion who is considered to be America's best female boxing medal hope in London. Fellow New Zealand Olympic middleweight hopeful Hurricane Doyle also bowed out in the second round, beaten 22-13 by Dutchwoman Nouchka Fontijn. She had beaten Korean Un Hui Jang 12-7 on an RSC (referee stopping contest) decision in the first round.  The world championships double as an Olympic qualifying event, with boxers having to finish in the top six in their weight class to qualify for London.  Link

Underwood, Brown and Crews Advance at the 2012 World Championships While Shields Suffers Her First Loss
by Julie Goldsticker
May 15, 2012

(MAY 15) Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) moved one step closer to a berth in the 2012 Olympic Games with a convincing victory in her second bout of the 2012 World Championships on Monday in Qinhuangdao, China. Seventeen-year-old middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) suffered the first loss of six-year boxing career, but due to AIBA’s qualifying procedures, she could still have a shot at the Olympic Games. Featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) each won their opening bouts on Monday to...Full Story

Team USA’s Esparza and Cruz the Open 2012 World Championships in Victorious Fashion While Miller Notches Second Win
by Julie Goldsticker
May 15, 2012

(MAY 15) Former flyweight foes Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) opened 2012 Women's World Championships with first round victories in Qinhuangdao, China on Sunday. Esparza, who competes in the flyweight division, took her first step toward international qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London with an opening bout win in the qualifying tournament.  Esparza faced Argentina's Paola Benavidez in the flyweight preliminary round contest and she continued her impressive results against opponents from her continent, winning a 20-10 decision. Benavidez kept the bout close through the first two rounds as Esparza took a 3-1 lead after the first round and held...Full Story

Sarita upsets world champion in women's boxing
by ibnlive.incom news
May 15, 2012

(MAY 15) New Delhi: India's L Sarita Devi (60kg) stunned defending champion and world number 2 Gulsum Tatar of Turkey to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the seventh World Women's Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China on Monday and inch closer to qualifying for the London Olympics. Asian champion Sarita, who is competing in just her second international event after jumping two divisions, defeated Tatar 14-13 in a see-saw contest to continue her bid for one of the two Olympic slots, which are available for India in this division. Women's boxing is making Olympic debut in London in three weight divisions – 51kg, 60kg and 75kg.

Day Three at the 7th Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao
by Michael O'Neill
May 13, 2012
Photo: Mery Kom (red)

(MAY 13) Today saw the first appearance of ‘Magnificent Mary’, at flyweight, at the 7th AIBA World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao as Indian ‘living legend’ and five times AIBA World Champion Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte came face to face with Japan’s Asian championships bronze medallist, Ayako Minowa. In truth it was a one-sided encounter since Mary won their bout as easily as the 20:9 judges verdict suggests. She now meets Norway's European Championships quarter-finalist 22-year-old Marielle Hansen. Marielle is ‘one for the future’ but it will be a major shock if she defeats.. Full Story

Day Two at the 7th Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao
by Michael O'Neill
May 12, 2012

(MAY 12) Claressa Maria Shields and Quanitta Lee Underwood scored impressive wins for USA Boxing Saturday on the second day of the 7th AIBA Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China. An exceptionally busy day in the ring but no major surprises.  Shields, the 17 years old High School student from Flint was much too powerful for Indian champion, Pooja Rani winning their 75kg bout as easily as the 27: 10 victory  . .Full Story

The 2012 Women’s World Championships Draw is Completed in Qinhuangdao, China [Interesting Altered Olympic Qualification Process]
by Julie Goldsticker -
 USA Boxing
May 11, 2012

(MAY 11) The Women’s World Championships official event draw was held today in Qinhuangdao, China and the three potential Olympians from the United States and six fellow World Championship team members know the road that lies ahead for each of them in the key international tournament.  An altered Olympic qualification process focused on continental quotas was announced at the event’s technical meeting on Thursday, and the United States’ three Olympic hopefuls will now have a slightly different road than initially thought to advance to London. While eight boxers from each Olympic weight class will still earn berths in China, the selections will be based on how they finish in comparison with the other boxers from their continent. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) will need to place in the top two from the Americas while lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) requires a first place finish in the continent. Due to this wrinkle in the qualification process, it could be the end of the tournament before the full list of 2012 Olympic Games competitors is announced.  Full Story

7th Women's World Boxing Championship - and only Olympic qualifier
By Michael O’Neill
May 11, 2012

(MAY 11) The 7th edition of the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships got under way at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Stadium, in Qinhuangdao, China Friday where some 343 contestants from 77 are scheduled to take part, a new record for the event . In three weight categories, Flyweight 51kg, Lightweight 60kg, and Middleweight 75kg, there is even more than the world title at stake since the top eight in each, automatically qualify for a place in the 30th Olympiad in London later this Summer. Host nation, China has entered all ten weight divisions, so too Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Turkey and Ukraine, while the United States, Canada, France, Romania and Kenya all send nine representatives each. Vietnam and Australia supply eight whilst seven each from Germany, Poland, Serbia, DPR Korea and Venezuela have entered this qualification event  ..Full Story

Very Cool News...Laila Ali to be part of NBC's Olympics Coverage! 
May 10, 2012

(MAY 10) WBAN just found out that Laila Ali   will be part of NBC's Olympics coverage as an analyst for women's boxing; she'll be based at their New York studios. Laila Ali was born five years after the 1972 passage of Title IX, during the initial surge of women's athletics. But when she turned to boxing at age 18, there was a competition that was out of reach for her.
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Crittenton Services bestows Bright Light Youth Award to National Boxing Champ
May 9, 2012
Source/Press Release
Photo: Courtesy

(MAY 9)  Today at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington will celebrate 124 years of promoting the healthy development of teen girls. The High Tea will honor a distinguished group of women who have demonstrated leadership, commitment and dedication to making a difference in the lives of women and girls. It will also give voice to 80 talented teen girls – girls who are eager to show us what they have learned and even more eager to advocate for other teen girls.  Full Story

One “Extraordinary Women of the Ring”!
By Michele Chong
April 30, 2012
Original article, dated 04/25/12
Published on

(APR 30)  Krysti Rosario is one of the most dedicated individuals in the sport of boxing. You may not recognize her name but those in the amateur boxing world will quickly recognize her as one of the best USA Boxing and AIBA officials working as a referee and a judge today. With her blonde ponytail and slender build, the Southern California former  fighter still maintains her championship form.  Women in boxing aren’t so rare these days, especially with females being allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time ever–beginning in London this summer. Full Story

Adams Leading name to compete for GB in World Championships in China
Laurie Whitwell
April 13, 2012

(APR 13) European boxing champion Nicola Adams is the leading name in a small British squad being sent to the women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, next month.  The flyweight from Leeds is a strong contender for gold at the Olympics, which will have women’s boxing for the first time in its history.  Joining her in China will be middleweight Savannah Marshall from Hartlepool, and Liverpudlian lightweight Natasha Jonas, who won gold in last November’s test event in London.
 Full Story on

Saluting the pioneers of women's boxing
by Mary Spencer

Source: Press Release
April 6, 2012

(APR 6) So I read on Twitter the other day that we're less than four months away from the 2012 London Olympics. It's strange to be reminded. I've been doing this for over 10 years and it's always been the same. At 5 a.m., I get a wake-up call from Charlie (my coach) and I'm at the gym for 6:00, lacing up my shoes for some road work or lacing up the gloves for some sparring. Either way, it's what I've gotten used to doing six days a week. I love it.  Charlie and I have trained to make me a better boxer each and every time I perform. It started with my first national championship in 2004 and we haven't looked back since. Since then I've won nine Canadian titles and three world championships.  Full Story

Five U.S. Boxers to Compete on the Opening Day in Canada
by Julie Goldsticker/USA Boxing
April 4, 2012

(APR 4)  (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – 2012 Women’s Continental Championships action will begin tonight at the NAV Center in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada and five U.S. boxers will the ring on the first day of competition. Light flyweight Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.), bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) will all compete in Wednesday night’s action....Full Story


Katie Taylor set for Olympic qualifiers
by Michael O'Neill
Credit: Sports News Ireland
April 4, 2012

(APR 4)Katie Taylor today joins the Irish training camp in Ukraine, part of her preparation for the 2012 World Championships in China next month but before leaving added two more comprehensive wins to her record, now standing at 124 wins from 131 contests. Here we take a look at this weekends bouts in Cork and Dungarvan. Full Story on WBAN


The gloves are on: Meet the British women adding punch to the Olympics' newest sport
By Emily Dugan /
April 4, 2012


(APR 4) Seconds away, round one: women's boxing is to become an Olympic sport for the first time at London 2012. In this exclusive report, we go behind the scenes with Team GB to meet the young athletes who are going for gold.  The rat-a-tat-tat of five pairs of fists pummelling punchbags echoes around a hall in Sheffield's English Institute of Sport. The sound is interrupted only by the clicking of three skipping ropes, as the country's future Olympic boxing stars begin a day of intensive training.  A near-identical scene has taken place before every Olympic Games for decades, as the chosen few to represent Great Britain go through the necessary and gruelling fitness preparation. Full Story on

MC Mary Kom and Sarita Devi Win Gold at the Sixth Asian Women’s Boxing Championship
March 27, 2012

(MAR 27) On Sunday, India’s MC Mary Kom and Sarita Devi won gold at the Sixth Asian Women’s Boxing Championship. The event took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. India hopes that with the success of Kom and Devi, that they will be a hopeful in the qualification tournament that takes place in China to move onto the 2012 Olympics in London. According to, Mary Kom moved up into the flyweight class. Her original weight was 46kg. After switching to 51 kg, she did manage to clinch an Asian Games bronze medal in 2010. Also, that Laishram Sarita Devi moved up into the lightweight class with her eyes firmly set on the upcoming London Olympic Games.


Historic Night at National Stadium
By Michael O’Neill
March 24, 2012


(MAR 24)  A historic first ever women’s boxing international in Ireland last night was inevitably dominated by Katie Taylor whose 25-5 win over Dutch champion Jessica Belder was watched by a few hundred spectators in the Stadium and countless others at home and abroad via the IABA’s welcome ‘Live streaming’ coverage of all eight bouts.  As another step on the Road to London (hopefully) via the World’s in Qinhuangdao, China this was a good start to a busy week which will also see her fight in Cavan (against the same opponent tomorrow), in Cork on 30th against 2011 Golden Gloves champion, Liz Leddy from Portland, Maine (USA) and in Dungarvan on 31st March when she meets N'yteeyah Sherman, the highly promising, 6ft tall, 19 yrs old from Barberton, Ohio who came within a single point of defeating Queen Underwood at the recent U.S Olympic Trials. ...Full Story

Sadaf Rahmi:  'I'll proudly fight for women and Afghanistan' 
March 11, 2012

(MAR 11) If it's unusual to see a woman representing Afghanistan at the Olympic Games, her choice of sport is even more surprising. Sadaf Rahimi – the only female member of the national team, and only the third female Olympic athlete to represent the country – is a boxer...Full Story on the Guardian  Photo Credits: Guardian AP Photo

Canadian Mary Spencer Picks up Sponsorship from Covergirl
March 9, 2012
Release Credit:
Business Wire

(MAR 9) In a press release that was distributed to Canadian online news sources, they have reported that one of Canadian's top amateur female boxers, Mary Spencer and other female and male athletes have been signed with Procter & Gamble Canada. WBAN would like to say congratulations to not only Spencer but all the other fine athletes named in the press release.    Full Story

2012 Olympic Coverage: NBC and YouTube Team up
March 9, 2012
Photo credit: Sue TL Fox

(MAR 9) Great news out this week about - NBC and (Google) YouTube partnering to show every ounce of footage of the 2012 Olympic Games, via live stream. They plan to show over 3,600 hours of Olympic coverage. The streaming will be on a designated sites using its player. More to follow on this...Sue TL Fox

2012 Olympic Updates naming eight Kenya Female Boxers on Team
March 7, 2012

(MARCH 7) On the Standard Media online website, they have reported that the Ministry of Sports said that they lack confidence in the men’s team picked to represent the country in the May Olympic qualifiers in Morocco. In the article they quote Sports Secretary Wilson Lagat saying that the team of 22 men excludes boxers from Armed Forces and Administration Police and therefore is not strong enough to represent the country. According to this news source, Kenya will be sending a women’s team to China next month for the Olympics qualifiers. The female are-48kg: Christine Shisoka; 52kgs: Mary Wambui; 54kgs: Ruth Odongo; 57kgs: Rebah Matanda; 60kgs: Mary Muthoni; 64kgs: Cecilia Nyaranga; 69kgs: Durry Wanjiku and 75kgs: Elizabeth Adhiambo (Nairobi).  More Details

Upcoming 2012 Asian Confederation Women's Boxing Championship
Source: Times of India
March 1, 2012

(MAR 1) From March 16-26, in the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, the 2012 Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championship will be held. According to local news source Times of India, the tournament should serve as a good preparatory event for the female boxers who are participating in the 2012 AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championships, May 9-20, in Qinhuangdao, China. In the news article by Times of India, they stated the following: “Veteran boxers L Sarita Devi and MC Mary Kom have accomplished insurmountable feats at this level of the game. Full Story



Mary Kom training out of her skin for London Olympics
Source: India Times
February 26, 2012


(FEB 26) PUNE: MC Mary Kom is leaving no stone unturned in her quest for Olympic glory. With less than five months to go for the London Games, the five-time world boxing champion flew down to Pune from NIS, Patiala last week to train under well-known coach Charles Atkinson for a month. "I wanted to train alone... away from all the distractions," said the 28-year-old mother of two who hails from Manipur.Full Story Link on India Times



Organisers look to feature Taylor in official celebratory film - Irish Times
February 25, 2012


(FEB 25) The world champion lightweight boxer from Bray has yet to qualify for the Olympics, but the committee has contacted her father and coach Peter with an express view to include Katie in a celebratory film which will be shown in all venues throughout the Games by the host network, BBC and America’s NBC.  The film will have an expected cumulative audience of four billion people, with the opening ceremony alone likely to attract an audience of up to one billion.  The 2008 Beijing Olympics is the record holder for a multi-day broadcast. It was estimated by Nielsen Media Research that up to 4.7 billion individual viewers (70 per cent of the world’s population) watched some part of the coverage of the Games. Link to Story



The Final Trio of London Hopefuls Claim U.S. Olympic Team Trials Final Round Berths in Spokane
by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing 
February 18, 2012


(SPOKANE, WASH.) – The U.S. Olympic Team Trials Championship bouts are now set following three challengers bracket final round contests at Northern Quest Resort. All six competitors in Friday’s action were battling to stay alive in the first-ever Olympic Trials, and the intensity of the action reflected the night’s high stakes. Flyweight Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, Md.) was competing in her fifth bout in as many days but didn’t show any signs of fatigue in her contest with Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.). Douglas held a slim two-point advantage going into the final round, and she didn’t leave anything to chance over the final two minutes. The two-time USA Boxing National ...Full Story


 Kalispel Tribe Honors Olympic Hopefuls with a Culturally Significant Award
Source/Press Release
 February 17, 2012


(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Six action-filled bouts highlighted Thursday night’s competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing at the Northern Quest Resort. The winners bracket competitors returned to action on Thursday to battle for a coveted spot in Saturday’s championship bout. The challengers bracket boxers took the ring as well, fighting for their tournament lives in...Full Story


Three London Hopefuls Advance to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing in Spokane
by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing 
 February 17, 2012

(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Six action-filled bouts highlighted Thursday night’s competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing at the Northern Quest Resort. The winners bracket competitors returned to action on Thursday to battle for a coveted spot in Saturday’s championship bout. The challengers bracket boxers took the ring as well, fighting for their tournament lives in...Full Story

The Challengers Bracket Boxers Fight to Stay Alive at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing
by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing 
February 16, 2012
Photos by Sue TL Fox
 (More photos to be posted soon of each fight)

(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Twelve boxers battled for their tournament lives on Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing. The evening’s action at the Northern Quest Resort featured solely challengers bracket bouts while the winners bracket’s contestants enjoyed a night off.  Full Story


History is Made as the First U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Opens Action in Spokane -
 by Julie Goldsticker - USA Boxing 
Flash Photo Slideshow:  by Sue TL Fox

(FEB 14)  – The moment that female boxers have dreamt about finally arrived on Monday night at the Pend Oreille Pavilion in Airway Heights, Wash., as 23 boxers took the ring for opening round action at the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing. Monday’s competition featured quarterfinal competition in all three Olympic weight divisions with 12 boxers advancing to semifinal action in the winners bracket and 11 contestants dropping into the challengers bracket.  The flyweight division opened the action with six-time national champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) enjoying the honor of being the first boxer to take the ring at the inaugural Olympic Trials for Women’s Boxing. Yet, due to an injury to her opponent, Cynthia Moreno (Phoenix, Ariz.), Esparza won the bout on walkover.  Full Story

Did the "First Sanctioned" Amateur Female Bout really take place in the USA in 1993?
by Sue TL Fox
February 13, 2012
In March of 1993, it was reported worldwide that Dallas Malloy became the first female to challenge the USA Boxing’s bylaw in a federal court.  Malloy was the first to challenge the USA boxing bylaws. Her dream was to box against other women in the Olympic Games, a goal attainable only as a member of USA Boxing. For months she trained without any immediate hope of competing. Malloy’s lawsuit against USA Boxing would go to trial, unless settled, in December of 1993, before the U.S. District Court in Seattle.   Full Story
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Draw is Completed in Spokane
February 12, 2012
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – The brackets have been set for the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing at Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights, Wash. All 24 participants took part in the event draw on Sunday afternoon in the Kalispel Ballroom where the road to gold was laid out in each of the three Olympic weight divisions. The top four finishers from the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships entered the tournament as the top four seeds. The unseeded boxers each drew a ping pong ball to determine her opening round opponent in the historic event at Sunday’s manual draw. Olympic Trials action will begin on Monday at the Pend Orielle Pavilion at Northern Quest with the 12 bouts of opening round action beginning at 7 p.m.  Link to story
Attention: Amateur Boxers, Trainers - Coaches - US Olympic Trials
by Sue TL Fox
February 11, 2012
(FEB 2) I am set to be in Spokane, Washington, for the whole duration of the US Olympic Trials from February 13 until February 18th, that will have the top 24 amateur female boxers competing in one of the most significant and historical events to happen in the sport.  If you are an amateur boxer, pro boxer, trainer, coach, or any affiliation with any of the above, please contact me at  I would like to meet with as many of you as possible, and also am going to have an exclusion segment on this historical event and any and all stories connected with it. WBAN has been contacted by a production company, that may end up being a great opportunity for some of the USA female boxers who proceed to the Olympics. We will share more of this info as it unfolds.  Contact me as soon as possible, and let me know you will be in Spokane at this history-first event.
To Amateur and Pro Female Boxers in the Sport
by Sue TL Fox
February 9, 2012
(FEB 9) If ever you took an opportunity to promote your boxing career, whether you are a professional or amateur boxer----this point in time is when to do it. 2012 is going to be one of the most significant and important history-making years of the sport. With female boxing being accepted into the 2012 London Olympics, this is definitely the time that the sport has a chance of becoming main stream. I know that many of you who have the talent and skill may think that those two attributes alone will carry you to the level you are seeking in the sport. I will tell you from experience that it not only takes "skill and talent", but a lot of leg work in getting yourself out there to be known so that you receive the opportunities that you so-well deserve.  Women boxers need to network with the boxing community by attending any and all boxing events in your area, that includes weigh-ins, press conferences, the fights, and to talk to the people who are involved in the sport.  WBAN is a perfect place for you to showcase your talent---so I am asking the amateurs and pros, and/or their teams to get us the exposure that you need to let the world know who you are.   If you have stories, updates, photos, videos, email them to We will need permission to have the stories on WBAN.
Three Sisters Don't Pull Punches In Former Men-Only Sport -
by Jessica Robinson
February 9, 2012
WENATCHEE, Wash. - Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London. The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team face off in Spokane Feb. 13-19. It's a big development on the international stage. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest. There's an old apple warehouse outside of Wenatchee, Wash. It’s right along the train tracks.  Story and Radio Interview

To Amateur and Pro Female Boxers in the Sport
by Sue TL Fox
February 9, 2012
(FEB 9) If ever you took an opportunity to promote your boxing career, whether you are a professional or amateur boxer----this point in time is when to do it. 2012 is going to be one of the most significant and important history-making years of the sport. With female boxing being accepted into the 2012 London Olympics, this is definitely the time that the sport has a chance of becoming main stream. I know that many of you who have the talent and skill may think that those two attributes alone will carry you to the level you are seeking in the sport. I will tell you from experience that it not only takes "skill and talent", but a lot of leg work in getting yourself out there to be known so that you receive the opportunities that you so-well deserve.  Women boxers need to network with the boxing community by attending any and all boxing events in your area, that includes weigh-ins, press conferences, the fights, and to talk to the people who are involved in the sport.  WBAN is a perfect place for you to showcase your talent---so I am asking the amateurs and pros, and/or their teams to get us the exposure that you need to let the world know who you are.   If you have stories, updates, photos, videos, email them to We will need permission to have the stories on WBAN.
Latest News on Ireland's Katie Taylor
February 8, 2012
(FEB 8) On March 23, 2012, Katie Taylor and the female Irish boxing team, will fight the team from Holland at the Dublin National Stadium, and on March 25th, in Cavan. Taylor, will also be fighting in at the Roya Hotel, in Bray on February 24-26. According to news sources, Taylor will fight Sandar Brugger of Switzerland, Cindy Orain of France and Ingrid Egner of Norway. Copyrighted Story/More details:
USA Boxing to Host U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing Event Draw
by Julie Goldsticker
February 7, 2012
The historic U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing will officially kick off with the tournament draw and media availability on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Northern Quest resort. All 24 participants as well as USA Boxing officials will be hand for the official event draw, which will determine each of the athletes road to gold in Spokane.  The U.S. Olympic Team Trials event draw will be done manually with each of the four non-seeded boxers pulling a numbered ping-pong ball to determine whom they will face in opening round action on Monday night. Each boxer will do a short face-off with her first round opponent for the assembled media during the official draw. The top four finishers from the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships in the three women’s Olympic weight divisions will be the top four seeds, corresponding with their finish in the tournament.  Full Story
Over 700 Boxers Register for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships
By Julie Goldsticker
February 2, 2012
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A record breaking number of athletes will compete in the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships, February 26-March 3 at the Fort Carson Special Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Registration for the event concluded on Monday and a whopping 718 athletes have signed up to compete in the tournament. The event plays a large role in the Olympic qualifying process for the seven unqualified men’s weight divisions with the 2012 USA Boxing National Champions advancing on to the final, international Olympic qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May. The seven weight classes that remain open for Olympic qualification: are light flyweight (108 lbs.), lightweight (132 lbs.), light welterweight (141 lbs.), middleweight (165 lbs.), light heavyweight (178 lbs.), heavyweight (201 lbs), and super heavyweight (201+ lbs.).   Full Story
Tickets on Sale: U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing
by Julie Goldsticker
January 4, 2012

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Boxing fans will have the chance to witness history at the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing, and tickets for the inaugural event are available now. The nation’s top 24 female boxers will face off in Olympic Trials action at the Pend Orielle Pavilion at the Northern Quest Resort outside of Spokane, Wash., February 13-18, with each boxer competing for a spot in the first Olympic Games to showcase women’s boxing. The groundbreaking event will feature eight boxers in each of the three Olympic weight classes during the seven-day competition. The tournament is a double elimination format with preliminary action beginning on February 13 and running through final round action on February 18 and 19 (if necessary).

Thirty-Six Elite Boxers Advance to Final Round Action
by Julie Goldsticker
June 24, 2011
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – 2011 USA Boxing Championships competition rolled into the semifinal round on Thursday with one session at the Colorado Springs Christian School. All of the competitors in 13 Olympic weight classes already had a weight lifted off their shoulders, having earned berths in the U.S. Olympic Trials but that didn’t deter them from chasing a national title.  After three days of upsets, seven reigning national champions made a return trip to championship night. Light flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) is now one win away from his fourth straight national championship. Following a tiebreaker victory in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action, Byrd enjoyed a slightly easier day in Thursday’s semifinals. He took a 17-11 decision to move on to a championship bout with David Carlton (Cincinnati, Ohio) on Saturday night....Full Story
The Road to Gold is Set for the Competitors at the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships
by Julie Goldsticker
June 20, 2011
(JUNE 20) Over 500 athletes, boxers, coaches and officials arrived in Colorado Springs on Sunday in preparation for the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships, June 20-25. The event draw took place on Sunday evening, determining the path each athlete will have to navigate to take home a gold medal, and in the 13 Olympic wgt. divisions, a highly coveted U.S.Olympic Team Trials berth. Preliminary action will be contested in eight of the 10 men’s weight classes and all three female Olympic weight divisions on opening day. Monday’s victors will join those who received opening day byes and the less crowded weight classes who will commence preliminary round action on Tuesday.....Full Story
The United States’ Top Female Boxers Begin the Historic Run Toward the Olympic Debut
by Julie Goldsticker
June 14, 2011
(JUNE 14) COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – With just over a year until the Olympic debut of women’s boxing, a talented group of women will descend on Colorado Springs for the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships. For the first-time ever, one event will serve as a qualifying tournament for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for both male and female athletes with the top four finishers in the three female Olympic weight classes and 10 men’s divisions clinching the critical qualifying spots. Both the participant numbers and talent level on the women’s rosters reflect the importance of the tournament with a record-breaking 36 athletes slated to compete in the female lightweight division...Full Story
Sixth European Union Championships - Katowice, Southern Poland
By Michael O’Neill
June 7, 2011
(JUNE 7) The sixth European Union Championships, under the auspices of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) took place in the Southern Poland city of Katowice between 31st May and 5th June.  Ninety three boxers representing twenty nations entered these championships which were held at the Spodek Sports Hall in the Silesian capital – an impressive 12,000 seater arena, which resembles a U.F.O – hence “Spodek” or saucer.  Competing countries included Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.  Only the hosts and the Turkish squad entered competitors in all ten weight classes while Ireland had an unusually large team of eight, several aiming to gain valuable experience of international ...Full Story
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