“Empire’s Collide” in Elite Boxing Style
October 01, 2010
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(CHINATOWN, NEW YORK) – This evening marked the first time the Chinese National Team has competed against the U.S. National Team on American soil. The action began at 7:30 p.m. in Capitale’s Ballroom with an extravagant setting put together by Dino Duva/Global Sports Entertainment. This excellent venue gave a cultural feel to the event as media crowded the ring for to capture a shot of the international action.

As both teams prepared of the start of the dual, 1984 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 1983 Pan American Games Silver Medalist, Evander Holyfield, visited with the U.S. team to share words of encouragement as they prepared to compete. This elite atmosphere continued when 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and 1982 World Champion, Mark Berland joined Holyfield and the delegation in the ring for introductions.

Following an exchange of friendly gifts between the teams the evening of spectacular international boxing began. The night started with a 21-10 decision in favor of China’s bantamweight Cancan Ren. Ren defeated 2010 U.S. National Championship Runner-Up Tyreishia Douglas from Baltimore, Maryl. In the men’s bantamweight division China’s Jiawei Zhang stopped Ricky Rodriguez, Greenley, Colo. in the second round with a little over a minute to go.

In the women’s light-welterweight division Patricia Manuel (Commerce, Calif.) gave the U.S. their first win of the night after coming back in the fourth round. Manuel worked her way back to defeat China’s Cheng Dong 11-10. In the lightweight division, Eric Flores from Ingle, Calif. won after a level three tie-breaker. Flores ended the bout with defeating Qing Hu from China, 2-1.

In the first international bout of his career, Michael Reed from Walkdorf, Maryl., defeated China’s Bilige Huricha in an 18-15 decision. “For my first international fight, I felt like I gained a lot of experience from it…after the first round I was a little confused, but I adjusted to their style and won my fight”, said Reed.

In the sixth bout of the evening China’s welterweight, Qiong Maimaitit, defeated Alex Martin from Crest Hill, Illin. in a 14-6 decision. Another U.S. boxer competing internationally for the first time, light-heavyweight Alyssa DeFazio, Phoenix, Ariz. won on decision against China’s Jinzi Li, 7-6 after a level two tie-breaker. Bringing home yet another U.S. win, middleweight Jesse Hart from nearby Philadelphia, Penn. won a dominating 15-7 decision over China’s Jianting Zhang. In the ninth bout of the night China’s Fanlong Meng won on an 18-2 decision against Marquice Weston from Tacoma, Wash.

Facing 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming, Santos Vasquez from Reno, Nev. lost a 15-2 decision. Rounding out the night with the U.S. winning five bouts and the Chinese winning five bouts Danny Kelly (Washington, D.C.) took on 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Zhilei Zhang. Zhang won a 16-8 decision.

A majority of the U.S. National Team will travel to San Antonio, Texas tomorrow for the 2010 National PAL.

Final Results Below

112lbs/Female: Cancan Ren, China, dec. Tyreishia Douglas, Balitomore, Maryl., 21-10

123lbs/ Jiawel Zhang, China, stopped Ricky Rodriguez, Greeley, Colo., RSC-2

132lbs/Female: Patricia Manuel, Commerce, Calif., dec. Cheng Dong, China, 11-10

132 lbs : Eric Flores, Ingle, Calif., dec. Qing Hu, China, 2-1 (tie-breaker after 9-9)

141 lbs: Michael Reed, Waldorf, Calif., dec. Bilige Huricha, China, 18-15

152 lbs: Qiong Maimaitit, China, dec. Alex Martin, Crest Hill, Illin., 14-6

165 lbs/Female: Alyssa Defazio, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Jinzi Li, China, 7-6 (tie-breaker after 15-15)

165 lbs: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Penn., dec. Jianting Zhang, China, 15-7

178 lbs: Fanlong Meng, China, dec. Marquis Weston, Tacoma, Wash., 18-2

108 lbs: Zou Shiming, China, dec. Santos Vasquez, Reno, Nev., 15-2

201+ lbs: Zhilei Zhang, China, dec. Danny Kelly, Washington D.C., 16-8

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Team USA to Face off with China in the “Empires Collide” International Boxing Dual on October 1 in New York City

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Team USA will return to international boxing action on October 1 in “Empires Collide”, a dual match with China, on October 1, at Capitale in New York, N.Y (Chinatown). The 13-bout event will feature all the Olympic boxing weight classes, with 10 men’s matches and three women’s contests in a potential preview of the competitors who will box in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Patricia Manuel-Light Welterweight/132 lb/60 kg-2010 USA Boxing National Champion - Silver (courtesy

On the women’s side, two former USA Boxing National Champions and a 2010 USA Boxing National Championships flyweight silver medalist will represent the United States in the three new Olympic weight divisions. 2009 National Champions, lightweight Patricia Manuel (Commerce, Calif.) and middleweight Alyssa DeFazio (Phoenix, Ariz.) will look to extend their success to the international playing field with victories in New York.

Alyssa DeFazio-Light Heavyweight/165 lb/75 kg-2010 USA Boxing National Champion - Bronze (courtesy of

Manuel and DeFazio will take on China’s top women, fresh off their silver medals at the 2010 Women’s World Championships. Manuel will battle Cheng Dong while DeFazio faces 2008 World Champion Jinzi Li. 2010 flyweight silver medalist Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, Md.) will face a stern test in her bout as well, as she challenges two-time World ChampionCancan Ren of China.

The event was developed by longtime boxing promoter Dino Duva, son of legendary promoter Lou Duva,  and his business partners. Duva and his partners helped develop the Chinese national team for more than a year, part of an arrangement with the Chinese Boxing Federation that has included extended training in the United States.


The United States’ Andrecia Wasson Wins World Championships Gold in Barbados

Julie Goldsticker September 20, 2010

Andrecia Wasson (Blue) vs England's Savannah Marshall (photo courtesy of

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Eighteen-year-old Andrecia Wasson (Center Line, Mich.) claimed the first women’s world title nearly a decade for the United States with a victory in final round action on Saturday in Bridgetown, Barbados. Wasson closed her first ever World Championships with a nail biter victory over familiar foe, Savannah Marshall of England. Marshall was a member of the Great Britain squad that participated in the preparatory training camp with the United States in Hollywood, Fla., prior to the teams traveling to Barbados.

Andrecia Wasson (USA Boxing)

The two boxers closed the tournament in a low scoring welterweight championship bout, but Wasson pulled used her outstanding defense to pull out a 5-4 decision over Marshall. The bout started slowly with Wasson holding a 2-0 victory after two rounds of boxing. Marshall picked up her output in the third round, but Wasson managed to hold on to a one point lead as the bout moved into final round action with the scoreboard reading 4-3. Wasson held on to her razor-thin one minute lead in the final to win the 5-4 final decision and World Championships gold.

The World Championships gold is the second for Wasson in the last two years following a silver medal at the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships. It is the first for Women’s World Championships title for the United States since Devonne Canady won a heavyweight title in the first-ever event in 2001 in Scranton, Pa. Wasson will be joined on the medal stand by U.S. lightweight bronze medalist Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and light welterweight bronze medalist Cashmere Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio).

The 2010 World Champions represented nine different nations with only Russia winning claiming two gold medalists in Barbados.

U.S. Results

152 lbs: Andrecia Wasson, Center Line, Mich./USA dec. Savannah Marshall, ENG, 5-4


US Team advances 3 athletes to Women’s Worlds Semifinals

The US Team was once again the victors in 3 out of 4 bouts, in the quarterfinal rounds of the 2010 AIBA Women’s World Championships. The US Team looks strong heading into the semifinal rounds, and gold is on everyone’s mind.

Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) shut down her opponent Denitsa Eliseeva of Bulgaria winning the bout on points, 6-3. Underwood will now face Katie Taylor of Ireland in the semifinals. Underwood and, two time world champion, Taylor, have a history of bouts together. Most recently the two boxed in 2009, when Taylor defeated Underwood. This match-up will prove to be one of the toughest hurdles for Underwood to capture the gold.

In a close evening bout, Cashmere Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio) was triumphant, defeating Suk Yong Ri of Korea, 11-10. After a successful first two rounds, Jackson’s competition turned on the heat holding Jackson to one point in the third round bringing the score to the Korean’s favor, 9-7. Jackson’s determination set in during the fourth round and she came out victorious, winning the close bout on points.

Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, Mich.) overwhelmed her Australian opponent, Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen in the evening session of the quarterfinals. With Wasson’s strong jabs, she sent her opponent, Fischer-Rasmussen, to the corner to receive medical treatment twice during the four rounds of boxing. The bout ended when the referee stopped the contest in the fourth round.

Denise Rico (Los Angeles, Cali.) was defeated in the last US bout of the evening to Yunfei Li of China. Rico held strong throughout the bout, but ultimately was held to zero points in the final two rounds. The Chinese delegation has had a very strong showing in the 2010 Women’s Worlds, advancing 7 of ten athletes into the semifinal round of competition.

The tournament is put on hold today as a rest day for all athletes. Even though the athletes are presumably anxious to get back into the ring, the rest day will provide them time to refocus and rest their bodies.

Photos have been updated! Pictures from the quarterfinal match-ups can be found in the 2010 Women’s World Championships photo gallery, check them out by clicking HERE!

Results, September 15:

Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA, dec. Denitsa Eliseeva, Bulgaria, 6-3

Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, dec. Suk Yong Ri, Korea, 11-10

Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich./USA, stopped Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen, Australia, RSCI-4

Yunfei Li, China, dec. Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Cali./USA, 10-2

Semifinal Match-ups, Friday, September 17:

Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA v. Katie Taylor, Ireland

Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA v. Vera Slugina, Russia

Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich./USA v. TingTing Yang, China


Katie Taylor receives the best boxer award in Barbados from AIBA President C.K. Wu

Irish lightweight Katie Taylor adds a third world title to her collection as she defeated China’s Cheng Dong 18-5 at the World Women’s Boxing Championships in Barbados.  Taylor then received the best boxer in the tournament award.

Mary Kom Takes Fifth Title in Barbados

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Mary Kom celebrates her fifth world title

Mary Kom from India today took a fifth AIBA World Championship title at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados, beating Romania’s Steluta Duta convincingly to take the light flyweight title. Ireland’s Katie Taylor proved quick to recover from yesterday’s shake-up against Queen Underwood of the USA and stormed ahead to an 18:5 victory against China’s Dong Cheng in a repeat of the 2008 final in Ningbo. She also picked up her second consecutive best boxer award.

Kom was overcome with emotion after her win. “I would like to thank my husband and my sponsor for both giving me the will power and encouraging me. I’m really really happy and I thank God,” she said. Kom won her first title in 2001, at the age of 18 and has now taken gold medals at the past four AIBA Women’s World Championships.

There was a large Irish contingent supporting Katie Taylor in the arena and the 24-year-old was happy enough to pick up individual points against Dong in the early stages of her final, then surged ahead in the second round to finish eight points clear. But even with such a wide leading margin, it is in her nature to attack and she extended her lead further in the third and fourth rounds to close out the bout 18:5.

“Yesterday I had to give credit to Queen Underwood. She boxed really well,” said the Bray woman. “She made it very hard for me and I felt very tired in the ring. Today I felt a lot better and I just kept her arm on the jab. I’ve had a lot of tough fights before but in a major championship I’ve never felt that way before. My main focus now is the Olympic Games and we will see what happens after that.”

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Team USA Shines with Four Wins out of Four

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India’s Laishram Devi against Russia’s Aleksandra Kuleshova
The second day at the AIBA Women’s World Championships at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados saw action in the flyweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions. A strong showing by the American team produced victories in each of these four weight divisions, rivalled only by China, who qualified three boxers for the final 32.
As the new Olympic division, the 51kg flyweight category is the most popular of the competition, with some 50 boxers competing for the title. Two of those are reigning World Champions, China’s Ren Cancan, who has moved down from 52kg and North Korea’s Kim Hyang Ok, who took the title at 50kg in 2008. Both easily advanced to the next round today. China’s solid run for the day continued with a close 8:7 victory for Asian Champion Yang Tingting over France’s Gihade Lagmiry in the welterweight division and a win for World Champion Li Jinzi at middleweight. She dismissed Romania’s Paraschiva Fetti 11:4.
The opening bout of the day saw another victory for the training camp when El Salvador’s Yajaira Pena overcame Switzerland’s Tsering Tashi 5:1 in the flyweight division to book her place in the final 32.
Sri Lanka’s success story at the tournament continued with a clear 14:1 win for Nilmini Jayashinghe – another “Road to Barbados” training camp graduate – over Ireland’s Ceire Smith. She found the bout easy, but may think differently of her next contest, since she faces 2008 World Champion Ren Cancan.
“I thought it would be a hard fight,” she said, “because I’ve heard of Katie Taylor and Ireland is a strong boxing nation. But it was easy.”

The USA’s Tiffanie Hearn denied New Zealand a second victory of the day and made it four out of four for the American team. Hearn beat Magan Maka by a close 7:6 to add to victories by Marlen Esparza at flyweight, Cashmere Jackson at light welterweight and Andrecia Wasson at welterweight. Wasson eliminated Canada’s PanAmerican Champion Kandi Wyatt by a decisive 17:3.


AIBA’s Biggest-Ever Women’s Competition Comes to Barbados
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Reigning World Champions Gulsum Tatar and Semsi Yarali from
Turkey (Photo: Tibor Kinceses)

The biggest-ever women’s boxing competition – the 6th edition of the AIBA Women’s World Championships – is coming to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, from September 9 until September 18.

The first Women’s World Championships was held in Scranton, USA, in 2001, then followed Antalya, Turkey, Podolsk, Russia, New Delhi, India and Ningbo, China as the last venue in 2008. The Women’s World Championships now returns to the American continent after the first edition of the event.

Sensationally 75 nations and 306 boxers will be competing at the AIBA Women’s World Championships and these numbers break every former record in women’s boxing’s history. This will also be the biggest boxing tournament to be held in the South Caribbean region.

Eight countries have entered with full 10-member teams in Barbados: Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, China, India, Canada, United States of America and Kazakhstan, while Australia, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, Hungary, France, Bulgaria, Germany and North Korea will be competing with large teams at the championships.

Of the total, 27 countries are from the European Confederation, 17 each from the Asian and American Confederation, 12 from the African Confederation and two from Oceania. Furthermore, 31 nations will be making their debut at the Women’s World Championships.

AIBA launched a huge training program, called”The Road to Barbados” to prepare women boxers for the 6th Women’s World Championships. A total of forty boxers from each AIBA Confederation have been selected from developing countries and emerging boxing nations to join the training camp.

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The United States’ Top Female Boxers to Compete for a World Championship, September 9-18 in Bridgetown, Barbados

Julie Goldsticker August 12, 2010

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(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Just over a year after the IOC decision to add women’s boxing to the 2012 Olympic Games, the world’s top female boxers will convene in Bridgetown, Barbados for the 2010 AIBA Women’s World Championships. The 2010 event, which will be contested September 9-18, will be the sixth edition of the competition and the first since the IOC announcement. The United States hosted the first Women’s World Championships in Scranton, Pa., in 2001.

The United States squad boasts all ten reigning national champions from the recent USA Boxing National Championships. In addition to national success, four of the boxers representing the United States in Barbados have also enjoyed strong victories at the international level. Five-time national champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) will be competing for the first time internationally at the new Olympic flyweight division, but she already owns international hardware at the light flyweight class. Esparza claimed a bronze medal in her first world championships in 2006 as well as taking gold at the 2008 Pan American Championships. Multi-time national champion Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) made a change in weight classes in 2010 as well, moving to the new Olympic lightweight division after both national and international success at the light welterweight class. A gold medalist in the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships, Underwood will be competing in her second world championships event and first at the lightweight division. Light heavyweight Tyler Lord-Wilder (Lansing, Mich.) is returning to the international scene following a five-year layoff. She will vie for her second World Championships medal in Barbados after claiming bronze in the 2005 edition in Russia. Welterweight Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, Mich.) enjoyed a strong international debut at the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships, taking a silver medal. She will look to return to the medal platform in her first World Championships in Barbados.

The six boxers rounding out the squad will be light flyweight Jessica Ponce (Napa, Calif.), bantamweight Lauren Fisher (Indiana, Pa.), featherweight Jody-Ann Weller (Pomona, N.Y.), light welterweight Cashmere Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio), middleweight Tiffanie Hearn (Louisville, Ky.), and heavyweight Denise Rico (Los Angeles, Calif.) The team will be led by two-time Olympic coach Basheer Abdullah (Fort Carson, Colo.), Bonnie Canino (Hollywood, Fla.) and Bruce Kawano (Pearl City, Hawaii). Dr. Keith Nord (Memphis, Tenn.) will join the squad as the team physician.

Three women’s weight classes will be contested in the 2012 Olympics in London. The three Olympic weight divisions will be flyweight (112 lbs), lightweight (132 lbs) and middleweight (165 lbs).

Prior to traveling to Barbados for the event, the United States squad will take part in a preparatory training camp with the Great Britain team at Canino’s Karate & Boxing Studio in Dania, Fla., from August 28- September 5.

All of the international teams are scheduled to arrive in Barbados on September 6 with competition beginning on September 9. Preliminary round action will run from September 9-14 with quarterfinal action taking place on September 15. Following a rest day on September 16, semifinal action will be contested on September 17 and the event will conclude with final round action on September 18. All of the tournament action will take place at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown, Barbados.

2010 Women’s World Championships Team

106 lbs: Jessica Ponce, Napa, Calif.
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas
119 lbs: Lauren Fisher, Indiana, Pa.
125 lbs: Jody Ann Weller, Pomona, N.Y.
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.
141 lbs: Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio
152 lbs: Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich.
165 lbs: Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky.
178 lbs: Tyler Lord-Wilder, Lansing, Mich.
178+ lbs: Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif.
Coach: Basheer Abdullah, Fort Carson, Colo.
Coach: Bonnie Canino, Hollywood, Fla.
Coach: Bruce Kawano, Pearl City, Hawaii
Physician: Dr. Keith Nord, Memphis, Tenn.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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