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Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame: 2015 Inductees to be Honored at 1st Annual Banquet on Nov. 14th!

by on Oct.31, 2015, under Boxing News

Former WBC Lightweight Champion, David Diaz, seen here at left versus Manny Paquiao, will be among those honored at the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet on November 14th (photo by Tom Barnes-TOMBA Images).

Former WBC Lightweight Champion, David Diaz, seen here at left versus Manny Paquiao, will be among those honored at the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet on November 14th (photo by Tom Barnes-TOMBA Images).

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I have just been informed that this event is SOLD OUT.

CHICAGO —  Mike McNamara, the Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, has announced the Hall’s 2015 class of inductees, whom will be read into the Hall Saturday November 14 at the Hall’s First Annual Banquet and Ceremony at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 near Butterfield Road and Route 53.

The Hall, in its first year, is an outgrowth of the successful 12-year-old Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. McNamara, an accomplished kickboxer, tournament fighter, and trainer of former ISKA World Cruiserweight Kickboxing Champion Rob Salazar, is also Director of the Martial Arts Hall. (continue reading…)

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Response to AIBA Uniform Requirements for Female Boxers

by on Sep.18, 2010, under Guest Columnists

New Uniforms Shift Focus from Boxing to Gender

Editorial by Kerstin Broockmann

It may be a minor issue. After all, women are competing for boxing medals in the Olympics, which, not so long ago, would have been thought impossible. Nevertheless, in a sport that is still in its infancy (male boxing having been around for at least 3,000 years), this seems like a step back.  Female boxers have always struggled to gain recognition and respect in the sport of boxing, which is considered by many to be one of the last true bastions of masculine athleticism. Despite this, women continue to make inroads in the sport. In the United States, women have had the right to compete in amateur competitions sanctioned by USA Boxing since 1993. The International Amateur Boxing Association, AIBA, has recognized women’s boxing since 1994. In 2012, women boxers will be competing in the most prestigious amateur athletic forum in the world when they officially become part of the medal competition in the Olympics for the first time, albeit only in three weight classes. Female boxers in international competition have skills that are on a par with their male counterparts. Now, the AIBA has made a decision that shifts the focus from these skills to their gender. They are requiring female competitors to wear skirts and tight vests as the new uniform for international competition. This is not fair to those women who have fought in and out of the ring for the recognition of the Olympic and boxing communities. I believe it is important to shift that focus back to the boxing.

When I first got the message from local boxing coach Amy Hannus about the fact that the AIBA (Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur), the organization that governs international amateur boxing was requiring female boxers to wear skirts in the Olympics, I thought perhaps her account had been hijacked by spammers. (continue reading…)

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Give Old Cell Phones to Help Out Family of Francisco Rodriguez

by on Nov.24, 2009, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

By Rita Figueroa

Hey All -

My brother/sister in law have a business in Florida that collects old cell phones and ink cartridges, processes them and gets money in exchange for these items.  He is setting up a fund for Francisco.  Any cell phones or ink cartridges you have not in use or in the back of a drawer somewhere, send them to me, we’ll get them down to Florida and get Francisco’s widow a quarterly check.  We all have them laying around, let’s put them to good use and help a friend. (continue reading…)

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Photo of the Day: Rita ‘La Guera’ Recovering Nicely

by on Nov.13, 2009, under Boxing News

Rita Figueroa with her cousin, Gary, as she recovers from  her ordeal (photo courtesy of Rita Figueroa)

Rita Figueroa with her cousin, Gary, as she recovers from her ordeal (photo courtesy of Rita Figueroa)

CHICAGO — Female boxer Rita “La Guera” Figueroa is now back home and recovering quite nicely, having undergone an emergency surgery following her bout with Kita Watkins on Friday. 

Figueroa had been knocked down in the bout, but rose, only to suffer a clash of heads, which arguably was the cause of the damage.  Following a close points loss, she retired to her dressing room where she became ill and, on the advice of a fast-thinking trainer, was taken to the UIC Medical Center.  A CT scan and surgery to repair a ruptured vein on the left side of her brain followed, and at roughly 2:15 AM, a crowded waiting room filled with 25 friends and relatives was informed that her operation had been a success.  (continue reading…)

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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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