News: Manuel Quezada, Team USA Women’s Boxing

Top heavyweight prospects Manuel Quezada (24-4, 15 KO's) and Teke Oruh (14-1-1 6 KO's) meet once and for all when the two warrior's battle in a ten round main event set to take place at the Tachi Palace Casino on October 23, 2008. Quezada, who's riding a thirteen fight winning streak, puts his WBC CABOFE title on the line..

Quezada vs Oruh, was scheduled earlier this year, but Oruh came down with the flu and wasn't able to fight. This time around both fighters are ready to go. Quezada commented by saying, "This is a fight that I've been seeking for a long time. I'm happy that a date is set and both of us are healthy. This is going to be a tough fight, but I feel confident in my ability to come out on top. I've been training real hard during training camp while sparring with some of the top heavyweights in the division. I'll be ready come fight night."

This fight is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with the Tachi Palace Casino. For ticket information call the Tachi Palace Box Office at (559) 924-7751 or call Center at (800) 225-2277.

The United States Claims Four Gold Medals at the 2008 Women’s Pan American Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States closed the 2008 Women’s Pan American Championships with a bang on Tuesday, winning four gold medals at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The United States team led the tournament in the number of finalists with nine boxers competing in championship round action.

Three-time light flyweight champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) kicked off the action for her United States, winning her tournament opener. Esparza claimed a convincing 14-2 decision over Brazil’s Daniela Suza in the bout to win the light flyweight gold medal.

The United States returned to the winning side in light bantamweight Sacred Downing’s (Trenton, N.J.) bout with Loren Capecce of Brazil. The multi-time national champion extended her success to the international level, winning an 11-3 decision over Capecce.

Bantamweight Cynthia Moreno (Phoenix, Ariz.) claimed the third gold medal for the U.S. team in her championship bout with Elisangela Maartinelli of Brazil. Moreno recorded a convincing 17-4 victory over Maartinelli to win her first international gold medal.

Light middleweight Franchon Crews (Capitol Heights, Md.) closed the event for the United States team and she did so in victorious fashion. The reigning middleweight champion claimed her first international title at her new light middleweight class with an 11-4 victory over Andreia Bandeira of Brazil.

Flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Santee, Calif.) didn’t enjoy the same success in her championship bout with Mandy Bujold of Canada. Houlihan and Bujold battled to a 2-2 tiebreaker in their three-round contest, but Bujold pulled out the decision on her 4-3 raw punch count edge. Featherweight Jody Ann Weller (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and lightweight Carrie Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) settled for silver medals with Weller dropping an 8-0 decision to Brazil’s Tayna Cardoso and Barry losing a close 16-14 bout to Brazils’ Adriana Araujo. Light welterweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) claimed a silver medal as well following her 16-5 loss to two-time World Championship medalist Katie Dunn of Canada. Welterweight Vanessa Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) also fell to a Canadian veteran, dropping a 4-0 decision to former World Champion Mary Spencer.

Middleweight Meredith Della Giustina (Versailles, Ky.) joins the finalists in winning a bronze medal to bring the U.S. medal count to 11. Heavyweight Tiffanie Hearn (Louisville, Ky.) was unopposed in the tournament. The 11 medals won by the United States is an all-time high and tops the seven medals won in 2007.

The U.S. team was led by Christy Halbert (Brentwood, Tenn.), Ray Kerwick (Spokane, Wash.) and Daniel Vassar (Spokane, Wash.).

U.S. Results
106 lbs/48 kg: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA dec. Daniela Suza, BRA, 14-2

110 lbs/50 kg: Mandy Bujold, CAN, dec. Cheryl Houlihan, Santee, Calif./USA, 2-2 (4-3)
114 lbs/52 kg: Sacred Downing, Trenton, N.J./USA dec. Loren Capecce, BRA, 11-3

119 lbs/54 kg: Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz./USA dec. Elisangela Maartinelli, BRA, 17-4

125 lbs/57 kg: Tayna Cardoso, BRA dec. Jody-Ann Weller, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA, 8-0

132 lbs/60 kg: Adriana Araujo, BRA, dec. Carrie Barry, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, 16-14

138 lbs/63 kg: Katie Dunn, CAN, dec. Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA, 16-5

145 lbs/66 kg: Mary Spencer, CAN, dec. Vanessa Jackson, Columbus, Ohio/USA, 4-0

154 lbs/70 kg: Franchon Crews, Capitol Heights, Md./USA dec. Andreia Bandeira, BRA, 11-4

Team USA Advances Eleven Boxers to the Finals at the 2008 Women’s Pan American Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA has enjoyed an outstanding three days at the 2008 Women’s Pan American in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, advancing 11 of the 12 participants to final round action. The United States has won nine of ten bouts since competition opened on Friday, October 3. The Pan American Championships is the first international event of 2008 for the women.

Former Pan American Championships gold medalist Cheryl Houlihan (Santee, Calif.) opened the action for the United States team, holding Ecuador’s Miaria Arcos scoreless in the contest to win a 14-0 decision. Light welterweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) followed Houlihan’s victory with a double digit win of her own, claiming a 13-2 decision over home country boxer Wendy Allen of Trinidad. Late entrant Vanessa Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) completed the trifecta for the opening day, winning a 17-2 victory over Ecuador’s Celinda Mejia in welterweight action to keep the United States undefeated on Friday

The bouts were closer for all three U.S. boxers taking the ring on day two of competition in Port of Spain. International veteran Sacred Downing (Trenton, N.J.) continued the winning streak in her light bantamweight bout with Jeimy Gomez of the Dominican Republic, winning a 6-2 victory over Gomez to advance on in the tournament. Featherweight Jody Ann Weller (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won an exciting comeback decision in her bout with Trinidad’s own Jamila Jones. Despite facing a 4-1 deficit as the fourth round began, Weller held Jones scoreless over the final two minutes while scoring four points of her own to win a 5-4 decision. Middleweight Meredith Della Giustina (Versailles, N.Y.) suffered the lone loss for the U.S. team, dropping a 16-10 decision to Trinidad’s Chimere Taylor.

The United States went undefeated in Sunday’s action, beginning with bantamweight Cynthia Moreno (Phoenix, Ariz.), who won an 11-4 decision over Ecuador’s Liseth Loma in her international debut. Lightweight Carrie Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) claimed a convincing victory over Canada’s Jennifer McConnell in their match-up, winning a 15-5 decision. Underwood won her second straight bout of the tournament, stopping Nadias Ballot in the second round of their light welterweight contest. Defending champion Franchon Crews (Capitol Heights, Md.) won on walkover Ecuador’s Veronica Anguasha in her 2008 opener.

Final round action will be contested on Tuesday, October 7 with Monday, October 6 serving as an off day. The U.S. team is being led by Christy Halbert (Brentwood, Tenn.), Ray Kerwick (Spokane, Wash.) and Daniel Vassar (Spokane, Wash.).

United States Results

Sunday, October 5
119 lbs/54 kg: Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz./USA dec. Liseth Loma, ECU, 11-4
132 lbs/60 kg: Carrie Barry, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA dec. Jennifer McConnell, CAN, 15-5
138 lbs/63 kg: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA, stopped Nadias Ballott, RSC-2
154 lbs/70 kg: Franchon Crews, Capitol Heights, Md//USA won on walkover over Veronica Anguasha, ECU, W/O

Saturday, October 4
114 lbs/52 lbs: Sacred Downing, Trenton, N.J. dec. Jeimy Gomez, DOM, 6-2
125 lbs/57 kg: Jody Ann Weller, Brooklyn, N.Y. dec. Jamila Jones, TRI, 5-4
165 lbs/75 kg: Chimere Taylor, TRI, dec. Meredith Della Giustina, Versailles, Ky., 16-10

Friday, October 3
110 lbs/50 kg: Cheryl Houlihan, Santee, Calif., dec. Miaria Arcos, ECU, 14-0
138 lbs/63 kg: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash., dec. Wendy Allen, TRI, 13-2
145 lbs/66 kg: Vanessa Jackson, Columbus, Ohio, dec. Celinda Mejia, ECU, 17-2

Classic Boxing Book Series Now Available From Promethean Press

DALLAS, TX – October 6, 2008 - Promethean Press today announced the launch of its new classic boxing book series. The series makes available many classic boxing texts from the late 19th to early 20th century that were long out of print and exceedingly hard to find.

According to R. T. Van Pelt, assistant editor at Promethean Press, each re-released book is a deluxe edition with additional material including new introductions, added photographs, and archival news reports, among other items. “A considerable amount of historical research went into the production of these new editions,” said Van Pelt. “We at Promethean Press felt strongly that the additional material was warranted for each release – not just for the added value, but also to provide historical context for the importance of these books, their subject matter, and their authors.”

Currently available titles in the classic boxing book series include “The Art of Boxing and Manual of Training” by William Edwards, “Scientific Boxing” by James Corbett, and the Jim Driscoll books “The Text Book of Boxing”, “Out-Fighting, or Long Range Boxing”, “The Straight Left and How to Cultivate It”, and “Ringcraft”.

A dozen more titles are planned for release by Promethean Press over the next two years, including books by Robert Fitzsimmons, John L. Sullivan, and Tommy Burns, Van Pelt noted. “We are currently evaluating which titles will have the strongest demand and planning our publishing schedule accordingly.”

Van Pelt believes that boxing books published before the advent of filmed fights are particularly important for preservation, as they are the sole record of that era of pugilism. “These books are the only connection to those old champions,” he says. “They are the lasting testament to those past fighters, and it behooves us to preserve their books and their memories.”

Van Pelt hopes the Promethean Press series will reach new and old boxing fans. “The deluxe re-issues are a wonderful way for new boxing enthusiasts to get a copy of these hard-to-find books,” said Van Pelt. “But for collectors who already have original copies of these books in their collections, the deluxe editions from Promethean Press provide the added value of additional historical material not found in the originals.”

The books are available now through normal sales channels and directly via the Promethean Press website:

Article posted on 05.10.2008

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