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Interview With New Global Boxing Union Female Light Welterweight and Women’s International Female Light Welterweight Champion Molly McConnell

by on Apr.10, 2011, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists, Guest Columnists

Cyber Boxing Zone contributing writer Greg Beyer

On March 25th 2011 at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriot Hotel in El Paso, Texas, Molly McConnell (142 3/4 lbs of Portland, Oregon) defeated Kita Watkins (142 ½ lbs of Tyler, Texas) by decision in a World Title Fight on a card promoted by Marc Stelley of Bloodsport Championships El Paso.

Molly McConnell, seen here with a fighter at ringside (photo courtesy Greg Beyer)

Molly McConnell, seen here with a fighter at ringside (photo courtesy Greg Beyer)

In boxing, the road to a world title would seem to the naked eye to be a glamorous one. To the fans, professional boxers entering an arena, coming up the aisle and entering the ring it truly does look glamorous. To the fighters,, that may be the only thing glamorous about it. Behind the scenes it is a different story for these warriors who sacrifice so much for a dream that may never appear. The endless hours of training, the injuries that are a guarantee, and the Spartan life style they are forced to live in order to stay in the physical condition it takes to perform at the championship level takes a special type of person.

Newly crowned Junior Welterweight Champion Molly McConnell is a special person. I have followed Molly’s pro career from almost the very start and have come to admire her dedication, her courage and her unending honesty. On March 25th, I awaited the result of her fight with Kita Watkins anxiously, knowing how much they were both forced to go through to finally get together for this fight; this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Molly McConnell vs Kita Watkins Clash for WIBF 143 Title in Tacoma, WA.

by on Sep.18, 2010, under Boxing News

Hard punching Molly McConnell (10-2, 5 KOs) of Portland, Oregon has fought for it in and out of the ring and finally gets her crack at a title on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. McConnell meets canny boxer Kita Watkins (5-7, 1 KO) of Camden, Arkansas in a ten round main event for the WIBF and GBU 143 lb Championship.

The 6 bout show starts at 7 p.m. in Tacoma, Washington at the Tacoma Soccer Center, 2610 Bay Street East. Prices run: $100 or $75 for Ringside, $50 at the Field Level, and $25 for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased online at

The WIBF sanctioning body offered McConnell a title fight quite a while ago, but McConnell says she pitched the notion to several promoters without getting a bite. McConnell figured the $4,000 sanctioning fee for the two titles might be an issue so she lined up a sponsor to pay the sanctioning fee. Promoter Joe Cintron jumped at the idea. The uncle of pro fighter Kermit Cintron, Joe promoted previously in Auburn, WA in partnership with Greg Haugen.

As if McConnell needed any more motivation, she will end up fighting for free because the sponsor dropped out and she ended up paying the sanctioning fee herself. Whatever it takes, McConnell is going for it.

Her original opponent found reasons to refuse the match, so McConnell meets eager Kita Watkins who wants another chance after McConnell stopped her in the third round of their first fight in 2007.

McConnell says she expects a tough fight. Watkins didn’t have much experience when they first fought, but she’s improved a lot.

The 5 undercard bouts are all scheduled for four rounds.

Cruiserweights– Joe Broken Rope (2-0) of Billings, MT vs Yasnay Consuegra (3-0) of Miami, FL.

Heavyweights—Silvester Barron (1-0) of Anacortes, WA vs Samuel Lee (debut) of Ft. Irwin, CA.

141 lbs—Virgil Green (debut) of Vancouver, WA vs Corey Sommerville (1-5) of Covington, WA.

160 lbs—Jesus Vallejo (3-2) of Spokane, WA vs Innocente Fiz (3-0) of Miami, FL.

126 lbs—Rene Gomez (debut) of Connell, WA vs Mike Cross of Vancouver, WA.

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Windy City Fight Night 7: Day of Reckoning Undercard Showcases Warrior Spirit

by on Nov.09, 2009, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

By Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Juan C. Ayllon
Referee Celestino Ruiz looks on as Russell Fiore (right) devastates Jose Hernandez with a smashing left hook to the chin

Referee Celestino Ruiz looks on as Russell Fiore (right) devastates Jose Hernandez with a smashing left hook to the chin

CHICAGO — With the media-hyped Fedor Emilianenko vs. Brett Rogers UFC show being held in Hoffman Estates the next day, the UIC Pavilion was not filled to capacity this night. However, the spectators who attended last evening’s Windy City Fight Night 7: Day of Reckoning were treated to an evening of gutsy performances that gave testimony to the heart required to enter the ring. While some of the fighters on the card are still honing their skills, they all came to fight.

After appearing together on the same card on May 29 of this year, also at the UIC Pavilion, 28-year-old Chicagoan Russell Fiore (133 lbs.,  2-0-0, 2KO) faced off against 22-year-old Puerto Rico native Jose Hernandez (132 lbs., 0-1-0) in the opening lightweight bout, scheduled for four rounds. (continue reading…)

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