Women’s Boxing

Female War in Coney Island on TV: Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent

Female War in Coney Island on TV: Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent

By: David A. Avila Aug 19 2016

  By David A. Avila An East Coast battle that was brewing for months finally takes place Sunday in Brooklyn. Brooklyn’s Heather “The Heat” Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) meets Providence’s Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent (18-0, 1 KO) for the vacant WBC International featherweight title at the new Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island. The DiBella Entertainment event will be televised on th...

Claressa Shields and Mikaela Mayer, USA’s One-Two Olympic Punch

Claressa Shields and Mikaela Mayer, USA’s One-Two Olympic Punch

By: David A. Avila Aug 04 2016

Powerful Claressa Shields heads the USA boxing team in Rio and Southern California’s Mikaela Mayer makes up the rest of the one-two female portion of the American team. It’s like the female version of a double-barrel shotgun. Shields captured the gold medal in the 2012 Olympics at age 17 and has not exhibited any sign of slipping since she clobbered her way to the podium in London. Now s...

A Salute to Women Boxers

A Salute to Women Boxers

By: Ted Sares Jul 26 2016

A Salute to Women Boxers - “I hate the term ‘Women’s Boxing.’ This isn’t a team sport. It’s not Basketball. It’s not Baseball. It’s not a Book Club. It’s comprised of freelancers—athletes, coaches, managers, cut men, officials—and gender should have nothing to do with it. So, as far as I’m concerned, there’s only good boxing and bad boxing. Personally, I like good boxing...

Friday Recaps: Appetizers to a Deep Saturday Boxing Menu

Friday Recaps: Appetizers to a Deep Saturday Boxing Menu

By: The Sweet Science Jul 16 2016

Saturday, July 16, will be a busy day on the international boxing scene. There are almost three dozen fights on the docket with the most arresting event being staged in the United States in Birmingham, Alabama. Friday’s activity got the ball rolling with some tasty appetizers. Premier Boxing Champions was at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi for an event televised on ESPN. In the fe...

Layla McCarter vs Melissa Hernandez in Alabama

Layla McCarter vs Melissa Hernandez in Alabama

By: David A. Avila Jul 15 2016

Layla McCarter vs Melissa Hernandez - It’s just one person’s opinion but the most skillful fight on the Alabama fight card for the WBC heavyweight title will be the two women clashing for a fourth time. Layla “Amazing” McCarter (37-13-5, 9 KOs) and Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez (22-6-3, 7 KOs) meet on Saturday, July 16, at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Fox will televise the De...

Triple Threat Gym Training Camp Notes

Triple Threat Gym Training Camp Notes

By: Kid Hersh Jul 13 2016

“Have a safe flight, let me know when you land safely no matter what time it is." My first impression of Triple Threat Gym coach Charles Leverette was surprise.  Really, he wants to know when I touch down despite me already making it clear that it would be in the wee hours of the morning?  Interesting.  That interest would then amplify into curiosity and then eventually into full blown eag...

Pro Boxing Returns to Norway; It’s Legal Again Thanks to Lady Cecilia

Pro Boxing Returns to Norway; It’s Legal Again Thanks to Lady Cecilia

By: The Sweet Science Jun 30 2016

Pro Boxing Returns - On December 17, 2014, by a vote of 54 to 48, the Norwegian Parliament lifted the nation’s ban on professional boxing. But the annulment of the 33-year ban came with a burdensome list of stipulations regarding such matters as drug testing. That has kept would-be promoters at bay -- that and the fact that there are few professional boxers in Norway, reportedly only eight. But...

Deontay Wilder Puts Layla McCarter on his Next Fight Card

Deontay Wilder Puts Layla McCarter on his Next Fight Card

By: David A. Avila Jun 29 2016

Deontay Wilder Puts Layla McCarter - After a confusing couple of months WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay “the Bronze Bomber” Wilder unraveled the title mess and is set to defend against Chris Arreola. Despite the chaos, the champion from Alabama remembered an old promise and kept it. “He asked if I was ready to fight and said he'd like to put me on,” said Layla McCarter, a multi-division...

Heather Hardy is a Big Draw at Barclays. Why No TV?

Heather Hardy is a Big Draw at Barclays. Why No TV?

By: David A. Avila Jun 25 2016

Heather Hardy - When Heather “The Heat” Hardy steps in the arena more ticket buying fans will be there to watch her fight than any other aside from the main event. Hardy packs them in. People can argue about the merits or demerits of female prizefighting. When it comes down to it: can a fighter draw ticket-buying fans to the arena? That’s the true value of any prizefighter. Hardy (1...

Saturday Recap: A Smashing Upset in Chicago; a Bodacious Ladies Day in Venezuela

Saturday Recap: A Smashing Upset in Chicago; a Bodacious Ladies Day in Venezuela

By: The Sweet Science Jun 19 2016

Bodacious Ladies Day - June 18 wasn’t a particularly busy day for boxing by the standards of a Saturday, but there were several notable events that loom large going forward. Joe Smith Jr’s shocking first round knockout of Andrzej Fonfara has the boxing world buzzing and the groundbreaking all-female card in Venezuela was an artistic and commercial success. For Andrzej Fonfara, the match wit...