We are making HERSTORY!
My dear friend , coach and Olympic Torch Award winner, Christy Halbert will be on WNYC, Feb. 10 for a live radio interview on Leonard Lopat Show at 12:30 EST.
Then tonight on the show Greenspace which will be video webcast at www.nyc.org, click on Greenspace at 7pm EST. Live show with live audience and its SOLD OUT!
On November 19, New Rochelle native Natalie Gonzalez of the Main Street Boxing Club capped her comeback to the squared circle by seizing the 2010 Metro Boxing title in the 106 lb division. In what was considered an upset by boxing cognoscenti, Gonzalez defeated Long Island’s seventeen year old rising star Brittney Delgado of the Heavy Hitters Boxing Club of Bohemia in a bout contested at the Elmcor Recreation Center in Queens.
Raised with some hardship by her single mother, Natalie admitted to being under considerable pressures and having to endure some “rough stuff” during her formative years. She had not participated in any sports previously when she enrolled in the Solar Gym in White Plains at age fourteen, discovering that hitting the heavy bag served as a good outlet for underlying anger. She quickly was noticed and given formal instruction by WBC female lightweight champion Ann-Marie Saccurato and her LA boxing Team. She earned a reputation as an emerging prospect and had engaged in over ten contests. Gonzalez’ fledgling career came to an abrupt halt at age seventeen when she became pregnant.
Six months after the successful delivery of her daughter, Natalie returned to her fistic routine with the new address of Main Street Boxing at 310 Main Street in New Rochelle. She had maintained her good physical condition during her sabbatical making things easier for co-trainers Ryan O’Leary, Angel Bovee, and Willie Soto. Her daily regimen at the gym includes a half-hour of running on the treadmill, two rounds of jumping rope, two rounds of shadow boxing, and then ‘hitting the mitts’ with Ryan mixed in with round on the heavy bag and speed bag. Three times a week she participates in sparring sessions with teammates Lindsay Tolpa and Michelle Herzl in addition to some of her male stablemates.
Trainer Ryan O’Leary speaks highly of his charge. “She’s busy, busy, busy. She’s very accurate and has tremendous footwork. She knows how to punch and move. She gives angles and is light on her feet. On a personal level, she is quiet and friendly. I embarrass her when I talk about her as she is very shy and modest. As well, she is very supportive of the other boxers, especially the females.”
Natalie describes herself as a quick and hard hitter. She notes that although she is not a southpaw, she carries a quite a wallop in her left hand. This is quite advantageous for her as she can switch stances effectively in the middle of an exchange a la Marvelous Marvin Hagler. In actuality, she feels she is far from a complete fighter and lately has been working to improve her straight right hand. She does not follow the professional ranks closely and does not model her style after any particular pugilist.
Gonzalez describes the Delgado fight as her best and hardest fight to date. Natalie states that “Brittney gave me a tough fight. We are similar fighters in style. My more powerful punches gave me the edge. It was a close fight.” On viewing a tape of the bout, this moderately impartial observer would agree with O’Leary; Natalie is very modest. The fight was competitive, but Gonzalez led from the start to the finish of the four two-minute rounds. All three judges agreed and gave her every round of the set-to.
Of Colombian and Puerto Rican ancestry, Natalie has lived her entire life in New Rochelle. She resides with her mother, Silvia, her daughter, Kaelynn, and her brother, Nene, and is greatly appreciative of her mother’s continuing sacrifices on her behalf. Natalie does not restrict herself to her mother’s Colombian entrees, as her youth allows her to sample the multiplicity of fast food options available in the Queen City without any adverse consequences.
A graduate of New Rochelle High School, Natalie has enrolled in the Nursing program at Bronx Community College. Warming up with two courses in math and psychology this semester, she aims to transition towards a full time schedule as she acclimates herself to the academic environment. She looks forward to her clinical rotations in the hospitals, although that eventuality remains a few years hence.
Natalie’s next major competition will be the New York Golden Gloves tournament beginning in late January. She will compete in the Open Class of the 106 lb division. She is considering a future professional career. Much depends on the results of the upcoming competition. Even at the highest levels, female professional boxing is not a particularly lucrative occupation, so boxing’s gain might not necessarily be nursing’s loss. There’s yet another reason why you should always be nice to the nurses.
To inquire about membership in Main Street Fitness and Boxing and its various exercise programs, please call 914-636-2811 or contact owner Michael Stellate at email@example.com or Ryan O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm by Michael Rivest
Link to article: http://blog.timesunion.com/boxing/date/2010/04/page/4/
2000 Empire State Games Gold Medalist
2000 National Golden Gloves Champion
2001 Light Middleweight US National Champion
2001 Team USA, First-ever World Championships
2002 Light Welter Weight US National Champion
2002 Caption, Team USA World Championships
2004 New York Golden Gloves Champion
2004 Bronze Medalist US Nationals
2004 National Police Athletic League Champion
2004 Ringside World Champion
2004 National Golden Gloves Champion
2004 WBAN November Fighter of the Month
2005 New York Golden Gloves Champion
2005 National Police Athletic League Champion
2005 National Golden Gloves Champion
2006 Empire State Games Gold Medalist
2006 Silver Medalist US Nationals
2007 New York Golden Gloves Champion
2009 Manager, Team USA Women’s Continentals
2006- Present: Chair, USA Boxing Athlete Advisory Council
Sometimes, you just have to get a person’s list of accomplishments out of the way all at once. Such is the case with Angel Bovee. You could go crazy trying to weave a prodigious list like that into the narrative of your story. Besides, Bovee has more important things to talk about than history.
Angel is an advocate for women’s boxing – always has been. “When I started training, I did it with the Olympic Games in mind. Of course, I knew women boxers weren’t included in the Olympics, but there was hope for a quick end to the problem.”
2001 Team USA (Bovee is back row, last on right)
“By 2002 we (USA) had all the requirements to have women get admitted,” she said. Before a sport can be considered for inclusion by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it must meet certain criteria, such as it has to be practiced by a certain number of countries, it has to have a certain number of world championships, things like that.
Since 2004, boxing had been the only summer Olympic sport to not include women. Even wrestling (added in 2004), Judo, Taekwondo did. The absence was all the more glaring since women’s amateur boxing had the affiliation of 120 countries worldwide, three times the required number.
“But it was rejected in 2004 and then again in 2008,” Angel said. Although the IOC voted to include women’s boxing in the 2012 London Olympics when they met last August, it was with serious and startling limitations. “The victory was bittersweet,” she said. “Only three weight divisions were admitted.”
“I used to have more patience about these things, but I find myself getting angry now. It’s like Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome,” she joked, but she was sadly a little serious, too. You bang your head against the wall of prejudice long enough and it takes its toll.
The three weight division decision means the 36 women who will compete in London (compared to 246 men) will have to cram into three weight classes: flyweight (106 to 112 pounds), lightweight (123 to 132 pounds), or middleweight (52 to 165 pounds). No other Olympic combat sport has so few weight divisions.
So if you’re a woman and your fighting weight falls in the gaps, you’re out of luck. Unless, or course, you want to gain or lose a whole lot of weight you really shouldn’t. It remains to be seen what USA greats Marlen Esparza and Melissa Roberts (there are more) will do. They, and so many others, will either have to quit or fight at weights unnatural to them.
“We have our foot in the door,” said Bovee, “and it’s my hope that USA Boxing and the other governing bodies will fight for more weight divisions so eventually we will have equitable representation.”
An added frustration for Bovee is people’s reactions to the fact that in order to honor the cap on the number of participating athletes, the three approved weight divisions were not added to the men’s 11, but instead taken from them.
This has caused bad feelings for some folks – male boxers in particular might object because, hey, “now we lose our right to go,” they may reason. “But this doesn’t really reflect an accurate understanding,” Bovee notes, “and for a couple of reasons. There has never been a commitment to 11 weight divisions. There have been as few as five in the history of men’s boxing,” but more importantly, she continued, “other Olympic sports have always shared male/female slots. It’s only boxing that has historically given them all to men for such a long period of time.”
“The three divisions are not being taken from men, as much as what’s being introduced is the same sharing that’s been the case in other Olympic sports for quite some time.”
It’s necessary to note here that Angel Bovee’s frustration is made all the more persuasive by the fact that she is by personality a quiet, gentle person who exudes a live-and-let-live outlook on just about everything. USA Boxing referee Paul Brown captures the sentiment of many when he referred to her as ”one of nicest people I have met in the sport.”
She has has simply grown weary of the fighting the same unfair opponent.
“I suppose I’m most disappointed with the way our own country has handled it,” she said. “Women just aren’t on USA Boxing’s radar.”
“Granted, USA Boxing has lots of problems right now,” Bovee noted, referring to the many fiscal issues with which the organization’s been contending, and the fact that it’s suffered a musical chairs leadership over the past decade.
“I actually believe women’s involvement could save amateur boxing,” Bovee said. “It would engage an entirely new audience,” people who are now utterly disinterested in the sport.
But there are other reasons she feels women’s boxing is perhaps the answer to amateur boxing’s woes. The 37-year-old Bovee’s been doing some interesting research in this area. Her master’s thesis, part of her work toward an M.S. in Recreation Management (SUNY-Cortland) is on the constraints elite level female boxers face in this country.
“It’s quite self-evident, really, but I’ve found that the more constraints you have to face, the higher motivational factors become.” As applied here, for male boxers to get to the Olympics, they have to be driven beyond all imagining, but for women to get there, they have be ready to burst into flames. That type of fire will inevitably translate into exciting – no, thrilling fights – that are bound to get fan attention and, more importantly, new fan attention.
“Lots of people offer the argument that there are now only 3,000 registered women amateur boxers in the US, compared to 27,000 men, and that’s why less attention goes to the women,” Bovee notes, “but you have to ask yourself the extent to which numbers like these are influenced by subtle discrimination at the local level.”
“For instance, there could be 10,000 young women who walked into a boxing gym last year, but if 9,500 walked back out, the real question is why?”
These are things that trouble Angel Bovee nowadays and they are the things she will continue to study in her post-boxing life. After finishing her master’s degree, she plans to get a doctorate and teach on the college level.
Angel Bovee’s accomplishments in the ring are listed up top. Her accomplishments outside the ring are only beginning.
The fighting goes on.
posted by mightygloves.com on December 27, 2009, in Punch Lines By Judi Abate
It's that time of year again, Santa has come and gone and New Year's is just around the corner. The final bell has rung for the end of the boxing year, 2009. Boxing scribes are busy reviewing tapes and compiling their lists of the best and the worst of 2009.
Of course, the Manny versus Cotto was a big event for fight fans this year, but it was hardly the only fight on the planet. I have made my choices for the best and worse that boxing 2009 had to offer. I'm looking forward to a more exciting, enjoyable and entertaining 2010 in the square circle. Keep Boxing Strong!
Best Fight- Williams vs. Martinez
Best Fighter-Manny Pacquiao
Best Women's Fighter- Ann Marie Saccurato
Best KO- Pacquiao vs. Hatton
Best Round- Williams vs. Martinez Rd.1
Pacquiao vs. Cotto Rd.3
Best Prospect- Victor Ortiz
Best Trainer- Freddie Roach
Best Upset- Ward vs. Kessler
Margarito vs. Mosley
Green vs. RJJ
Salago vs. Linares
Best P4P- Manny Pacquiao
Best Comeback- Amir Khan
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Contender to Champion- Yuri Foreman
Best Kept Secret-Denis Boytstov
Best Jab- Miquel Cotto
Best Hook- Solis
Best News- Super 6 tournament
Best Division- Welterweight
"I Told You So"-Malignaggi winning Diaz
Dream Fights of 2010- Cotto vs. Margarito II
Pavlik vs. Martinez
Pavlik vs. Williams
Adamek vs. Haye
Green vs. Dawson
Worst Fight-Haye vs. Valuev
Klitschko vs. Johnson
Camacho Jr. vs. Campas
Worst Mismatch-Klitschko vs. Arreloa
Worst Robbery-martinez vs. Cintron(Draw)
Guzman vs. Funeka
Worst Scandal- Margarito and his hand wraps.
Shocker- Green vs. RJJ
Worst Scoring-Gale E. Van Hoy
Dirtiest-Froch vs. Dirrell
Hard Luck Boxers- BHop
Worst News- RIP Gatti, Forrest and Arguello.
Poo Or Get Off The Pot-Chavez Jr.
Bloody Mug- Barrera
PPV Rip Off-RJJ vs. Lacey
Disappointing- Kelly Pavlik
Embarrassing- Mayweather ( Not making weight.)
Hang Up Your Gloves,Please.-RJJ
BY PAUL OWEN, FREELANCENOVEMBER 14, 2009
Leaving Edmonton with the WBC lightweight title at the expense of Edmonton's Jelena Mrdjenovich is becoming an old hand for Ann Marie Saccurato.
Saccurato (15-4-2) knocked Mrdjenovich down in the third and fourth rounds and escaped with an emotional 96-94, 94-94, 95-93 majority victory to retain her title belt Friday night at the Redemption boxing card at the Shaw Conference Centre.
"I'm happy with the outcome. I'm not happy with certain things that I couldn't pull off that I would have liked to, technically, in the ring," said Saccurato, who hails from White Plains, N.Y.
The fight started well for Saccurato, as her first punch of the bout caught Mrdjenovich on the left eye, and another shot in the second round swelled up the other. Saccurato then caught Mrdjenovich off balance and sent her to the mat in the third, and again in the fourth with a vicious right hand.
Mrdjenovich fought back after the second knockdown, however, bloodying Saccurato's nose in the sixth round and cutting open her forehead in the ninth.
"I definitely wanted to finish it, but I knew I was jumping in too much. I was getting too anxious and I was falling away from my game plan, so I was just trying to settle down some, which I didn't do as well as I would have liked to," Saccurato explained.
The tide almost turned in Mrdjenovich's favour in the ninth round when Saccurato was penalized a point for punching Mrdjenovich in the back of the head after being repeatedly warned by referee Don Smart, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early lead built by Saccurato.
For Mrdjenovich, the loss marks disappointment after a three-year wait for a rematch with Saccurato after losing to her in a split-decision in November 2006 for the WBC lightweight title.
"All I have to say is that it was a great fight for women's boxing. I thought it wasn't deserving of a draw, but it was a great fight ... and that's what we need," said a curt Mrdjenovich after the fight.
In other action Friday, Ryan Henney of Saskatoon improved to 14-3-0 with a technical knockout of David Whittom when Whittom's corner stopped the fight after the third round. Henney was supposed to be fighting Canadian cruiserweight champ Frank White, but Whittom was substituted when White tore his rotator cuff.
Steve Claggett (5-0-1) remained undefeated with a unanimous victory over Scott Paul or Niagara Falls, Ont. 59-54, 59-54, 60-53 in their lightweight match-up.
Anthony Lessard(8-4-2) avenged a five-year-old loss that resulted in a broken nose in just his second professional fight. Lessard won a unanimous decision over Darren Kenny (5-28-1) in their junior middleweight bout after knocking him down in the fourth round.
"I got hit with a punch that I didn't see, that's why I went down," Kenny admitted. "That's what happens when you're 43."
Lindsay Garbatt (4-2-0) took down hometown favourite Ayana Pelletier with a unanimous victory in their lightweight fight. Despite aggravating an old knee injury in the second round of six, Garbatt was able to overcome Pelletier's reach advantage, drawing blood from her nose and earning the victory.
In the opening bout, Brad Marks (2-0-0) of Edmonton made quick work of Corey Lautischer (0-1-0), also of Edmonton in the latter's professional debut. Marks scored a technical knockout at 1:32.
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DATE: September 25, 2009
CONTACT: Julie Goldsticker (719-440-1050)
Team USA to Compete in the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships, October 5-8 in Guayaquil, Ecuador
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States’ top female boxers will compete in their first international event of the year at the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships, October 5-8 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The competition will be the first women’s tournament for the United States since the August IOC announcement of inclusion of women’s boxing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
More than 13 countries are expected to compete in the event, which will feature the best female athletes from North, Central and South America. Ten U.S. boxers will box in the event with nine reigning number one ranked national champions and one number two ranked athlete representing the United States. First round action will begin on October 5 at the Abel Jimenez Parra Coliseum with semifinal boxing taking place on October 7 and the finals being contested on October 8.
The ten boxers competing in Ecuador will be: Light Flyweight National Champion Laura Ramirez (Bronx, N.Y.), Flyweight National Champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas); Bantamweight National Champion Seniesa Estrada (Los Angeles, Calif.); US National Championship featherweight bronze medalist Liz Leddy (Portland, Maine); Lightweight National Champion Patricia Manuel (Gardena, Calif.); Light Welterweight National Champion Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.); Welterweight National Champion Andrecia Wasson (Center Line, Mich.); Middleweight National Champion Alyssa Defazio (Peoria, Ariz.); Light Heavyweight National Champion Tika Hemingway (Pittsburgh, Pa.); and Heavyweight Traynora Locke (Lexington-Fayette, Ky.).
The United States team will be lead by 2001 Women’s World Championship coach Christy Halbert (Nashville, Tenn.) and Amy Griswold (Clayton, N.C.). with former two-time national champion Angel Bovee (Tully, N.Y.) working as the Team Manager. Dr. Martha Dodson (El Paso, Texas) joins the squad as the Team Physician with Brent Venegas (San Rafael, Calif.) working as the AIBA Official.
The United States delegation will depart for Ecuador on October 3 in preparation for the opening day of competition on October 5.
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). It is responsible for the selection and management of the United States Olympic Boxing Team, and for the governance and oversight of USA Boxing’s national organization of 38,000 members, 1,400 individual boxing clubs, and 1,600 sanctioned events annually.
Thank you to Dr. Christy Halbert for making this cause important and working full time and tirelessly behind the scenes this for the last 15 years! Way to go Christy!
For more information visit www.LetThemBox.org
AIBA press Release
AIBA, the International Boxing Association, is proud and honored to welcome women into the world of Olympic boxing following today's historic decision by the International Olympic Committee to include women's boxing from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The announcement in Berlin by IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge means that boxing is no longer the only Olympic sport practiced solely by men. For the thousands of women boxers who train so hard and compete in national, continental and international competition, their dream of one day competing on the biggest stage of all can now become a reality.
The inclusion of women in the Olympic Games has been a key goal for AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu ever since he was elected in 2006. Supported by a dynamic AIBA Women's Commission, Dr Wu has worked tirelessly towards this momentous day.
"Women's Olympic boxing is a vote for the future," said Dr Wu. "AIBA accepted women's boxing into its program as long ago as 1994 and I am thrilled and delighted that, at long last, women can claim their rightful place alongside men on the Olympic boxing program."
Women will compete at three weights in London - flyweight (48 - 51kg), lightweight (56 - 60kg) and middleweight (69 - 75kg) - with 12 boxers taking part at each weight. In order for the total number of boxers to remain at 286 there will be one less weight category in the men's competition, meaning that there will be 10 weights for men.
"The addition of women's boxing means that we finally have a truly universal Olympic Games," Dr Wu continued. "Nevertheless, we will strive to ensure a very successful first Olympic Games for women in London in order that the number of women participating at future Olympic Games may increase."
Dr Rogge said: "I can only rejoice about the decision to include women's boxing in the Olympic Games. (Women's boxing) is a great addition since boxing was the only summer Olympic sport without a female discipline. Women's boxing has progressed a lot in the last five years and it is time to include them."
Dr Wu went on to reveal his plans for the future of women's boxing. "I already have plans to support all national federations who want to develop women's boxing," he said. "AIBA will offer long-term support to talented young boxers, particularly those from emerging nations, and it will create more competitions for women, at both international and continental levels."
But it is not only the boxers that AIBA will help: the development of women referees and judges, women coaches and women leaders in management roles both within AIBA and in the general administration of boxing are equally important medium and long-term goals.
Please click here for a copy of the AIBA Women's Olympic Boxing brochure
AIBA Media Contact: Adam Szreter: +41 79 817 1670
Ms. Saccurato received HONORABLE MENTION from the WBC for fighter of the year for this very feat!
Check out http://www.wbcboxing.com/WBCboxing/Portal/cfpages/contentmgr.cfm?docId=2177&docTipo=1&orderby=docid&sortby=ASC to read more.