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Four Female Muay Thai Bouts Scheduled for Virginia in Novemeber

Casey Terrell

Thai Championship Boxing will be hold a card Nov. 17 in Chantilly, VA with four female fighters scheduled.

In a 120 pound title fight, Casey Terrell will take on Lauren Piemontese, which will serve as the co-main event. In other action, Jessica Palencar will take on Jen Gaines at 135. In an amateur bouts, Leanne Tagle will take on Nico Ball; while Tania Sneed will take on Krissy Howard.

More info and tickets are available ThaiChampionshipBoxing.com.

Video – Julie Kitchen Invades the Dragon’s Den

Julie Kitchen wants to start her own “Ultimate Fighter” for women, and is going into the “Dragon’s Den” to get investors.

“Dragon’s Den” is the UK’s version of ABC’s hit series “Shark Tank” in the U.S., in which entrepreneurs seek money from million and billionaires for their projects. Kitchen is hoping to get funding for a TV project, which will be like the Oxygen series “Fightgirls”.

The episode will air Sunday in the UK on BBC 2.

Here is a small clip of Kitchen on the show.

Van Soest vs. Sitzes Signed for Lions Fights 7

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Two of the top prospects in Muay Thai will duke it out at the Hard Rock in Vegas Oct. 13.

Undefeated WBC International Super Bantamweight champ Jeri Sitzes will defend her belt against undefeated Tiffany Van Soest at Lion Promotions 7.

Sitzes successfully defend her belt twice last year (one at LFP 2) and is returning to the kickboxing ring after a years absence. She also has a 3-1 record in MMA, and 14-10-1 in boxing.

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Van Soest has been on a roll since her pro debut last year, getting three wins this year alone. She fought Jemyma Betrian to a majority draw in August.

Another female match is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. No word on if the event will be streamed.

Heavyweights Carlette Ewell and Gwendolyn O’Neil Ready for Rubber Match

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The two best heavyweight female boxers are ready to battle in what will be a rubber match of their trilogy of fights.

Carlette ‘The Truth’ Ewell and Gwendolyn ‘Stealth’ Bomber’ O’Neil will throw down  Saturday for the WIBA and UBA heavyweight titles Lawrence Joel Coliseum Annex in Wiston-Salem, NC. O’Neil won their first encounter by split decision in 2008, with Ewell getting a unanimous decision in their second outing five months later.

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Since the loss, O’Neil (18-7-1) won five out of her last six, defeating Pauline London for the WIBA strap a year ago.

Ewell (15-7-1) is coming off a split draw with Sonya Lamonakis earlier this year; having defeated Tiffany Woodard twice after her win over O’Neil.

No word on if the fight will be televised or streamed on Saturday.

Commission Overturns Decision On-site for Katia Alvarino and Roxana Beatriz Laborde

Katia Alvariño

Laborde

In what was a weird situation in Uraguay,  as the Uruguayan Boxing Federation overturned a decision in a boxing bout between Katia Alvarino and Roxana Beatriz Laborde.

The judges originally scored an unanimous decision for Alvarino, but the commission promptly on the spot declared it a no contest for the Argentine fighter; feeling that “it was an unfair result for Laborde”.

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Although no video is up on this fight yet, it would be interesting to see. Plus, would this be a good or bad thing for MMA?

This opens the door to a lot of questions.

 

 

Jordan Baars Takes Amazon of K1 Grand Prix Title

Photo Courtesy Kickfighter.de

Some of Europe’s best fighters came together in Ruhrstadt, Germany to crown the best K-1 female kick boxer this past weekend.

Dutch kickboxer and #1 seed Jorina Baars won the Amazon of K1 Grand Prix Saturday as she won three matches to be crowned the tournament’s second ever champion. Baars would be the only in the tournament to get a KO, blasting Julia Symannek in the opening round. Baars would defeat #2 seed Katrin Dirrheimer in the finals.

Here are the results courtesy of our friend Edgar in Germany:

Quarterfinal matches

  • Katrin Dirrheimer def. Chrisoula Mirtsou by decision
  • Hatice Özyurt def. Lisa Schewe by decision
  • Martina Jindrova def. Anke van Gestel by decision
  • Jorina Baars def. Julia Symannek by KO round 2

Semi-Finals

  • Katrin Dirrheimer def. Hatice Özyurt by decision
  • Jorina Baars def. Martina Jindroa by decision

Final

  • Jorina Baars def. Katrin Dirrheimer by decision

Kaliesha West to Face Christina Ruiz for IFBA Super Bantamweight Title

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Via Press Release

MORENO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. – On Saturday night, October 6, 2012, current World Boxing Organization (WBO) Bantamweight Champion, Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (Moreno Valley, California, 15-1-3, 4 KOs), will move up in weight when she faces(San Antonio, Texas, 6-4-2, 4 KOs) at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, California. West-Ruiz will be a 10-round bout for the vacant International Female Boxing Association (IFBA) Super Bantamweight Title.

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The contest will be featured as the main event of the boxing card entitled, “KO Cancer – Boxing For The Cure,” presented by Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, in association with Diamond’s Love Foundation and The Susan G. Komen Foundation. The event was created to help the fight against cancer and to increase cancer awareness. West-Cruz will receive coverage from several outlets, including Verizon’s FOX International television channel, MundoFox, Ringside TV, and Fox Sports Radio. Some notable women’s boxing match-ups featured on the undercard include Holly “Lil Bear” Lawson vs. Tammie “The Tasmanian Devil” Johnson and Katarina “Guantes” De La Cruz vs. Blanca Raymundo.

Kaliesha West is happy about getting an opportunity to fight so close to her hometown.

“I am going to have a lot of friends and family come out for my fight. My last few fights have been in Mexico, so it feels great to come home. I’m excited to make history as being the first world title fight to be featured on Sugar Shane Mosley’s professional card. Women do belong in the sport, fighting on the same cards with the men.”

Juan West, Kaliesha’s father, manager, and trainer, shared his thoughts.

“This will be Kaliesha’s first main event in the United States on an all-boxing card. Kaliesha’s supporters will be able to attend the open workout at her hometown high school to see her practice, and then come to fight night on October 6th to see her perform.”

Kaliesha West discussed her progress in training camp.

“Camp has been going well. I’m training hard, working on my endurance, and hope to put on a great performance.” Coach West added, “Kaliesha is right on schedule and is training hard. I can see her drive and determination to make a statement in this fight.”

Kaliesha talked about her opponent and said…

“Christina Ruiz is an aggressive fighter that fights with passion and determination. I have the utmost respect for her because of her accomplishments in the sport of boxing and I will not take this fight lightly.”

Juan West added…

“I’ve followed Christina Ruiz for years and was really impressed by her knockout of Emily Klinefelter. We respect her punching power. Kaliesha has speed and Ruiz has power, and typically, speed vs. power battles are exciting for the fans. Kaliesha will have to box impressively on the inside, put together her combinations, and show professional poise. On October 6, she who wants it most will take home the IFBA Title belt.”

Following the success of the women boxers in the 2012 Olympic games, Kaliesha West wants to carry on the legacy of great female fighters. She said…

“Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields, and Katy Taylor epitomized what women’s boxing is all about. The women’s boxing events in London sold out and were extremely exciting to watch. Claressa was able to dominate, even though she had to move up in weight in order to compete. She’s a great ambassador for the sport. I admired her will power to succeed and win the gold.”

Juan West thought that the 2012 Olympics demonstrated the high skill level now found in women’s boxing.

“The skills displayed in the Olympics are the result of these women having solid amateur boxing backgrounds. In London, the women’s boxers captured the hearts of the Olympic fans and their performance hopefully opened doors for other amateurs and current pros in the sport.”

On September 20, 2012, at 3:45pm, Kaliesha West will hold an open workout at Canyon Springs High School. The workout will take place in the school gymnasium and is open to the media and general public. Canyon Springs High School is located at 23100 Cougar Canyon Drive, Moreno Valley, CA, 92557. Kaliesha West would like to thank LaDonna Jempson and the MVHCC for helping coordinate the open workout. West would also like to thank her Adidas sponsorship for their support in helping Team West adequately prepare for this fight.

Weigh-ins for Kaliesha’s fight will take place on Friday night, October 5, 2012, at 5:30pm, during the intermission of the KO Cancer Amateur Show, located at the Finish Line Sports Grill. On Kaliesha’s fight night, Saturday night, October 6, 2012, the doors will open at the Finish Line Sports Grill for boxing festivities at 2pm, with the first fight starting at 6pm. Ticket prices are $100 (VIP) and $50. Tickets for Kaliesha’s fight will be available for purchase online by visiting http://knockingoutcancer.eventbrite.com or by calling Diamond’s Love Foundation at (909) 622 9092. The Finish Line Sports Grill is located at 2201 N. White Ave., Pomona, CA, 91767.

Similarly to her father, Kaliesha West was born in South Haven, Michigan. At the age of five, she relocated with her family to Moreno Valley, California, and she began boxing five years later. In Southern California, she was a decorated amateur boxing star. She competed as a member of the USA Boxing Program, winning 98 amateur bouts, and several championships, including the 2003 National Golden Gloves. West opted to turn pro in 2006 when she received the news that women’s boxing was not going to be showcased during the 2008 Olympic games.

Kaliesha West began her pro career in 2006, when she was just eighteen years old. On September 18, 2010, at age twenty-two, she won the vacant Women’s WBO Bantamweight title on the under card of the Mosley-Mora Golden Boy Promotions PPV by defeating Angel Gladney via a seventh-round knockout. The fight took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and was held during the Mexican Bicentennial Celebration. West, now twenty-four, last fought on April 14, 2012, when she defeated Claudia Lopez by unanimous decision, in Rosarito, Mexico.

For the latest updates on Kaliesha West, “Like” her official Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/OfficialKalieshaWest

Follow Kaliesha West on Twitter: @kwildwildwest or http://www.twitter.com/kwildwildwest

Mia St. John Added to K-1 Broadcast Team on Spike

Just because she isn’t fighting anymore doesn’t mean Mia St. John will be slowing down.

St. John announced she will be a part of the broadcast team for the upcoming K-1 kickboxing events that will stream on Spike.com starting this Saturday. The events will move to Spike TV in 2013.

The card this weekend will emanate from the Memorial Events Arena in Los Angeles. No word on if female fighters will be added in the future.

Muay Thai Authority – Nakamoto Defeats Kitchen; Van Soest & Betrian Draws

Courtesy Muay Thai Authority

WCK Muay Thaiwas in full swing at Pala Casino in Pala, CA last night. The main event was the highly anticipated fight between America’s Miriam Nakamoto and England’s Julie Kitchen, and the bout did not disappoint.

Nakamoto and Kitchen had their full arsenal on display as they fought back and forth for five hard fought rounds. With all the build up leading up to the fight there was no let down and the fans were treated to a great fight. Both fighters answered the other’s strikes with their own. The fight was extremely close and in the end the judges awarded Nakamoto the victory by unanimous decision…

Mia St. John Defeats Christy Martin; Both Call it a Career

Martin (White) & St. John (Pink) Courtesy Fight News

Two legends of the sport stepped into the ring for the final time Tuesday night at the Table Mountain Casino in California. Both will be consider the voices of the first generation of pro female boxers.

Mia St. John avenged her loss to Christy Martin in a rematch from their battle ten years ago by getting a unanimous decision.  After their historic bout, both fighters announced they were retiring.

St. John’s ends her career at 47-11-2, while Martin end it at 49-7-3.

“Me and Christy have definitely had our ups and downs and I won’t say we like each other, but we definitely respect each other,” St. John stated to BoxingScene.com. “We put up with so much crap from the media and from the critics that we relate to each other, and that bonds us.”

“We started together, we’re ending together. We’re two legends and we’re going out at the same time.”

St. John and Martin can be considered two of the fighters that make female boxing popular in it’s first golden age in the 90’s. Martin has won the WBC title light middleweight twice during her career; while St. John won her second WBC title Tuesday. Martin in particular was the first female fighter to be featured on a major boxing PPV. Both have hall of fame careers.

They helped grow the sport, and get many younger fighters involved. To see their careers end  at this moment is poetic, seeing the women’s boxing scene is getting hot once again. They paved the way for many females to get into the sport and shine on an international stage.

St. John will continue to work outside the sport to promote to sport. Martin will take a good time off from the limelight to spend time with family and friends.

They will be missed, but will always be remembered.