Ava Knight named WBAN's November 2011 Fighter of the Month! (OCT 31) WBAN would like to congratulate Ava Knight for being out pick for the WBAN November 2011 Fighter of the month! She had a fantastic win this weekend when she stopped highly regarded Arely Mucino. Sue TL Fox
Gaines Talks about taking her fight with Moreno on Short Notice
(OCT 31) WBAN received an "open letter" from female boxer Sharon Gaines, who just fought Carina Moreno on Friday, in Salinas, California.
But I would like to say something about this before posting the letter. I wanted to personally thank Gaines for giving some kind of acknowledgement to WBAN, about taking this fight after seeing it posted on the site.
I feel that it is important for the female boxers to know that WBAN will post "Do you want to fight" stories---and that many, MANY boxers, have benefited from sending us these stories to publish, and that it has helped facilitate getting them an opponent.
Sharon Gaines wrote the following to WBAN:
Hi Sue! Well....I FINALLY got a fight again. Had to take it after calling in when I saw it posted on WBAN that Carina was looking for an opponent. I want to thank you for keeping the site so current.
I have let it be known many times I'd rematch Carina and her trainer, Rick Noble, among others, have all my contact information. As a matter of fact, they just reached me a couple months ago via email to see if I was still active as a fighter. And of course I said yes!
I never got a call to re-match her. Then I see on WBAN she is looking for an opponent. I knew I needed to do anything to revitalize my career and put my name back out there, so I called and took the fight. Things were finalized not until around 3 p.m., Wednesday. (Gaines and Moreno fought on Friday)
Let me give you a quick synopsis of events:
Once we agreed to fight I had to start booking medical appointments. Made eye exam for 7:45 a.m., Thursday morning, followed by blood work, followed by 10:30 appointment for physical and neuro. I had personal training clients to meet after that. Done with clients at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday and had to hit gym to start sweating off weight. In between all this I'm calling all my other clients for the next two days to cancel.
Thursday morning: I make all my medical appointments and am done at noon, but still have 2-3 lbs to lose and must be at airport by 2:00 p.m. Hit sauna and gym, finish making weight (they are picking us up from airport and straight to the weigh-in so weight must be on point before leaving). Make it to airport with coach Steve Boe (Boe's Boxing of Las Vegas) just in time for flight. My usual coach and corner, Chris Ben, cannot go on short notice so I would be working with a new corner.
We are picked up from airport at 4:30 p.m., in San Jose in a small two-seater pick up truck. I ride the 45-50 minutes to the weigh-in venue in a child seat squished behind the front seat (my coach Steve would have taken that seat for me if he could have fit!). It was a long---crampy ride. We got to the weigh-in venue, made weight, no problem, and then it was just, try and relax, and strategize as much as we could until fight time.
The fight night itself was hectic as we were a swing bout. We gloved up and warmed up around 8:00 p.m., but did not fight until around 10:00 p.m. due to being the swing bout. We ended up being the last fight of night.
I do wish I'd had more time to prepare and strategize, but I am proud that I took fight and have stayed in ring shape month after month after month of NO fight offers. I have NO excuses. I've been working on improving my technique and simply needed to execute better. This was a totally winnable fight for me despite the circumstances. I hope that I at least have the respect of the boxing community. And hopefully this will put me "back on the map." Video highlights of the fight
Comments by Fox:
Sharon---you are highly respected without a doubt by boxing fans, and WBAN. A boxer who stays in shape, even though faced with inactivity is the ultimate of respect from the boxing community. You took on one of the best female boxers (Moreno) in the ring, and hats off to both you for making this an exciting fight for the card, and giving women's boxing a shot in the arm which is greatly needed.
by Sue TL Fox
Knight Wins by KO - A True Warrior in the sport (OCT 30) Last night, in Colima, Mexico, Ava Knight faced Arely Mucino, in a title bout. Knight was victorious when she stopped Mucino by KO in the second round! Knight won the IBF flyweight world title. WBAN congratulates Knight for stepping up to the plate with a worthy opponent for a title belt. In another female bout on the card, Maureen Shea, took on another new boxer in the sport, stopping her opponent in the fifth round.
Moreno Wins by Decision
(OCT 30) On Friday night in Salinas, California, Carina Moreno fought Sharon Gaines in a six rounder. Moreno defeated Gaines by a unanimous decision. Gaines took this fight on short notice. We will have more posted soon on this bout.
Trivilino Wins at Ares Promotions "Trick or Beat"
(OCT 30) In the co-main event, Jaci ‘The Force’ Trivilino, 125, Plattsburgh, pounded out a unanimous points win over the sledgehammer-fisted Angel ‘Non-Stop’ Gladney, 125, Columbia, SC in a lively scrap at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY.
Trivilino’s two-fisted swarming attack to the head and body proved too much for Gladney to handle as she was repeatedly beaten to the punch. Jaci effectively avoided Gladney’s counters by stepping laterally and countering with snappy right hands to the head and left hooks to the body.
Gladney tired visibly after the fourth round, managed to avoid a stoppage loss by retreating and only engaging Trivilino in spots over the final two rounds.
Each judge scored 60-54 in favor of Jaci Trivilino who moved to 8-3-2 with 1 kayo. With the loss, Angel Gladney drops to 6-5-1 with 5 kayos, but received heavy applause for her effort. This author scored the bout: 60-54 Trivilino.
On the undercard, in a sadly familiar story, Sarah ‘The Knockout’ Kuhn, 145, Schoharie, appeared to have won clearly, over the skilled, but amateurish Jeanine ‘Kali’ Reis, 146, Lincoln, Rhode Island, but the judges had more to do with the outcome of the fight than the fighters.
Sarah Kuhn controlled the action throughout, successfully evading Reis’s jab which allowed her to get inside and underneath her taller opponent. When there, Kuhn countered with blistering right hands and left hooks.
Jeanine Reis stood too tall on the inside and was relegated to absorbing Kuhn’s punches and clinching.
Kuhn snapped her opponents head back with the first punch of the fight, momentarily stunned Reis with a well placed left hook to the chin in the third, and completely dominated the fifth.
Reis displayed good long-range boxing skills, threw nice three-punch combinations, but waited too long to counter mistakes with her right hand causing her punch output to be pedestrian. Reis’s best round was the fourth when she asserted herself early in the round, but fell back into the pattern of waiting for a perfect opportunity to counter allowing Kuhn to rally.
In the end, the fight was declared a draw. The decision of the judges was less than warmly received by the near capacity crowd. Scores: 58-57 Reis, 58-56 Kuhn, 57-57 even. I saw it 60-54 for Kuhn. Kuhn moves to 3-2-1 with a lone kayo win. The draw now moves Jeanine Reis to 2-1-1 with a kayo.
Promoter: Ares Promotions
Attendance: 1,800 * estimate
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Announcer: Michael Rivest
Time Keeper: Carol Blair
by Mark Jones
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(OCT 29) WBAN received an updated press release that announced world champion Sergio Martinez, who will be a special guest of honor at the boxing event on November 20th. WBAN will be at this event covering the behind the scenes and more!
The release stated the following:
Sampson Boxing LLC in association with Station Casinos make their Nevada promotional debut on Sunday November 20, 2011 at the TEXAS Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sampson Boxing will present a LIVE BOXING event and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Shelter of Hope.
The Main Event is scheduled for 10 rounds, for the IBF Female, Super Bantamweight title. Miami, Florida's (via Puerto Rico) IBF Champion, Ada Velez (19-3-3, 6 KO’s) vs. the pride of Las Vegas, Melinda “La Maravilla” Cooper (21-1, 11 KO's). This is a rematch of their 3-31-2011 fight where Velez won the vacant tile in a very close split decision and in doing so handed Cooper the first loss of her career.
The co-main event will also be a 10 round IBF Female, Featherweight title bout. The champion from Miami, FL., Stacey “Stay Lo” Rielle (10-3, 4 KO's) vs. the Dominican Republic's (Santo Domingo) Dahiana Santana (27-6, 12 KO's). This fight will also be a rematch of their 3-31-2011 fight where Reille claimed the vacant title with a very close split decision win.
An 8 round Heavyweight division extravaganza, featuring the son of Russia, “Mago” Magomed Abdusalamov (10-0, 10 KO's) vs. Rich “Super” Power (15-1, 11 KO's).
In the Welterweight division, in a 6 round bout; from Santa Marta, Panama, Azael “Turbo” Cosio (11-1-2, 8 KO's).
In the Super Middleweight division, in a 6 round bout; from Bogota Colombia, Alexander Brand (14-0, 13 KO's).
In addition, local favorite, TaTina "Lil Tyson" Anderson will be in a 4/6 rounder against the infamous TBA and Irma Garcia Nunez, the winner of the WBC reality show “Reto de Campeones” will be meeting that same TBA.
A guest of honor appearance by WBC Diamond, Middleweight title holder, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will be present for two hours before the fights for fan pictures, signing autographs and in support of the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Shelter.
Tickets will be available at texasstation.com, Station Casino Box Offices, every Mariana's Supermarkets and Moda Latina stores as of October 24, 2011. TEXAS Station Gambling Hall and Hotel: 2101 Texas Star Ln., North Las Vegas. Doors open at 2:30 pm and the fights will start at 3:00 pm. Ticket prices are: $25.00 for General Admission and $75.00 for Ringside. The event will be televised LIVE by: MAPI T.V., Supercanal, Dominican View, Tele-El Salvador, TDS, Comcast, Cable-vision, RCN, Time Warner, Verizon and Fios. Viewing countries: The United States (Dallas, Tampa, Baltimore, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Ft. Wayne, Richmond, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Providence, Buffalo, Harrisburg and Syracuse), Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, South America and Russia.