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Watch Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields vs. Franchon Crews Pro Debuts Here at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m st

Only months after winning her second Olympic gold medal, Claressa Shields is ready to spark a revolution in the pro ranks.

The successful world amateur champion will hit the ring in las Vegas as a part of the Kovalev versus Ward undercard live in Las Vegas Saturday night.

The popular boxer will face a familiar foe in fellow Team USA vet and nation amateur champion Franchon Crews, who will also make her pro debut. Sheilds handed her a loss in their only other outing, and Crews looks to avenge it.

The stream starts at 7 p.m. est/4 p.m. est and you can watch it below.

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Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator

World boxing champion Heather Hardy is heading to MMA.

Hardy decided to crossover and has inked a deal with InvictaFC. She announced the signing via Ring TV. Ironically it was the new insurance plan for fighters under MMA legalization in home state of New York that drove her to the decision. She is still expecting to box along with her MMA career. Continue reading Watercooler: Boxing’s Hardy to Invicta; Schneider to Bellator

Beautiful Brawlers Announces All Pro Boxing Card for December

With the news of women’s boxing getting a boost in 2017, one of the first event to feature amateur and pro female boxers will help kick start it in 2016.

Beautiful Brawlers announce an all pro female boxing show at the Pacifica Cages in Pacifica, California December 3rd. It will be the first of a four card series with the promotion. The December 3rd card will feature a five fight card. Continue reading Beautiful Brawlers Announces All Pro Boxing Card for December

Olympic Boxing Recap: Shields and Adams Repeat; Mossely Takes Gold

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Sheilds

Flint, Michigan’s Claressa Shields continues her dominance as the best amateur female boxer at 75kg. She became the first US boxer male or female to repeat as a gold medalist as she defeated Netherlands’s  Nouchka Fontijn Sunday in an unanimous decision in the 75kg finals at the 2016 Olympic Games. At age 21, we won’t be surprised if she tries for the trifecta in 2020 in Tokyo. Continue reading Olympic Boxing Recap: Shields and Adams Repeat; Mossely Takes Gold

USA Women’s Olympic Combat Sports Teams Official

The four major hand to hand combat sports sees some familiar and new faces to the Olympic teams.

Judo was the last to see their team Monday as we awaited the May rankings to be announced. Two medalists from London will return to the grand stage as gold medalist Kayla Harrison (78 kg) and bronze medalist Marti Malloy (57 kg) earned their tickets to Rio. Joining them will be Olympic newcomer Angelica Delgado (52 kg).

Continue reading USA Women’s Olympic Combat Sports Teams Official

Lynn Le Updates us on Society Nine as it Makes its World TV debut

12439172_1102298136477971_887299483146186748_nOver two years ago, Lynn Le had a vision: to make female fight gear that actual fit and was more reliable.

Le soon began her journey giving creation to Society Nine, a company that will change the combat sports world as a whole. Her kickstarter found huge support, garnered her some awards, and got needed funding to get started.

It wasn’t easy though. Pressure to deliver a completed and well working product is a monumental task. Le and the company had to deal with delays due to find more appropriate vendors for materials, dealing with factories that need to manufacture the products just right, and finally getting the gear in the hands of the individuals who paid good money for a high quality product. Society Nine was able to pull through the hurdles and deliver their product as promised.

Continue reading Lynn Le Updates us on Society Nine as it Makes its World TV debut

“Fight Valley” to Premier at the Artemis Film Festival

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The Artemis Film Festival announced this week “Fight Valley”will make its world premier April 23rd in Los Angeles during their second annual event.

Continue reading “Fight Valley” to Premier at the Artemis Film Festival

Shea vs. Avila to Hit Major US Boxing PPV

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Shea

Moseley Productions has stepped up and given women’s fight fans what they have always wanted.

The boxing promotion announced Sunday that Maureen Shea will face IBF World super bantamweight champion Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila on pay-per-view August 29th. The match will be on the undercard of the Shane Mosley versus Ricardo Mayorga event.

It has been nearly a decade since a women’s boxing bout was on a US ppv. Mosely credited Ronda Rousey for pushing them to put the match on the televised ppv portion.

Maureen Shea was a great choice to kick off what could be a revolution in the sport. Shea (24-2) won her past 10 bouts, with half of her wins by TKO or KO. The current IBA super bantamweight champ helped Hillary Swank train for the movie “Million Dollar Baby” and was featured in the documentary “Fight Like a Girl”.

She will have her hands full with Mexico’s Avila (12-2) who won the IBF World super bantamweight title this past November. Avila has yet to be stopped in the distance.

The match will hopefully spur more promotions to feature female bouts on their televised cards.

Actress Dana Reinhardt Looks to Take Her Passion to Fighting

IMG_4707Germany’s Dana Reinhardt is looking to refine herself and prove you anyone can learn how to fight, even with a late start.

The 32 year old has started to make the transition from the screen to the ring earlier this year in hopes of boxing at the world famous Gleason’s Gym in New York this summer. Inspired by her acting coach to take up fight training to gain some confidence, she soon fell in love with the sport and is now documenting her journey as she prepare for her first real fight.

We got a chance to talk to Reinhardt about how she wound up from acting on stage to fighting in a ring.

(Photos courtesy Nadine Deckensattl)


Wombat Sports: Can you tell us about your life before this journey? 

Dana Reinhardt: Before this journey, I’d say, I had a typical “single, female, at the beginning of her 30’s life”. I work on my career. Which in my case means working four days a week for a German Pay TV channel and pursuing my acting career more intense the 3-day weekend. I take acting classes, write, socialize, watch movies, enjoy a good glass of wine and … wonder about the world and how I fit in it.

Over the past few years I realized that I keep running into the same issues when it comes to self-confidence and accepting the woman that looks back at me when I look into the mirror.How one feels about himself/herself portrays to others and influences how we interact with them. You know those people who say that you need to love yourself in order to be loved by someone else. I guess that is what I am trying to do.

I feel that I stand in my own way of using all my potential because of doubting myself and comparing myself to others instead of just trusting myself. So, if I find a way to be OK with myself and if I allow myself to become all that I could be (without judging) then I would have so much more to offer and simply have a great chance of being truly happy. And this journey, boxing, facing my self-doubts and fears, is the way to get there.

Wombat: Tell us about the moment when you decided to take up acting.

Reinhardt: During the process of writing my Thesis at UNM about 2nd and 3rd generation Turks in Germany and how they define themselves and are defined by other especially by looking at German Comedies of that time (this was 2006/7), I read a lot about identity. Naturally, I came to the point where I thought about my own identity and it might seem silly but I came up with one question that I sort of live by now: “What do I want to tell my grandchildren when I am 80 years old?”

I alos want to always be able to say – I tried! I’d rather fall flat on my face and get back up then ever have to say, “I didn’t dare”. That was the point I decided, I would dare and chase my dreams. So I applied to German acting schools, and the one school I was very interested in in Munich took me.

W.S.: How has the acting helped you in gaining self confidence?

D.R.: Acting is a ruthless business. I am not sure I could say I gained self-confidence from acting per se. I mean I know my craft and skills well. I am confident about what I can do. I am in the right field of profession. But the business brings a lot of rejection and comparison with it. If you are like me, the subconscious easily drops thoughts like, “she is prettier”, “Wow, she did that really well” … “why would someone chose me?”  Those thoughts don’t get you cast.

Where acting helped me a lot is figuring out the WHY, why I am the way I am. You need to know who you are and who the woman you are playing is. Only then can you make the jump in character to become that person. And ever since I figured out so much about me, I know there is great potential to do whatever I want to, if only I dare and do not hide behind what is holding me back.  (Which if I have to guess is like with most people the fear of failing, of not be accepted or loved.)

IMG_4572 bW.S.: Why did you decide to take up fighting?

D.R.: In order to tell you why I decided to take up fighting, I might need to tell you why I began boxing. One of my current acting teachers from London, Giles Foreman, taught me to be aware of the division of the body into motoric and sensoric. The sensoric part in me with all its emotional availability is well functioning within me. I am constantly in touch and aware of the flow of my emotions. What I am having trouble with is the motoric part, which you need to play a certain range of roles. So Giles said in order to work on “my spine” (which has a lot to do with giving in and resisting) I should start boxing to learn to resist.

After training with this group of women for a while, Stephan Feldmeier (Owner and main trainer at KS-Gym in Munich) and I talked about a film I am writing on and that I need to ask him a lot of questions about training, preparation and the mental state during preparing for a fight and the fight itself … and Stephan suggested to “just do it”. After thinking about it, I found so many good reasons of why I should fight for my personal development and as an actress.

Boxing is all about discipline, confidence, will power, overcoming your doubts, and facing the pain. Once in the ring, there is only you, your body and mind. No one else you can rely on. I truly believe that by training for this fight, I physically and mentally overpower myself to a point where I can look at who I really am and want to be. And by daring to fight, I will hopefully once and for all realize, that I can count on myself. And the only opinion about myself that should matter to me is my own.

W.S.: You are planning to train  and fight in New York City. What influenced the move there?

D.R.: The reason I don’t have this fight in Germany is because I am to old to have an Amateur fight. Apparently in Germany, your first fight needs to be under the age of 30. Well, … mid-June I will be 33 years old.

New York is a great city and I am looking forward to pick up its vibe and learn about the boxing scene there. How amazing that this reason brings me to NY famous Gleason Gym. (What a story to tell my grandchildren one day. ☺) We will get to New York June 12th; I believe, and pick up training then.

W.S.: What has been the hardest part of fighting so far?

D.R.: Overcoming the fear of being hit is probably hardest to me. Followed by allowing myself to hit someone else. It is incredible what the mind goes through. I am thankful for this experience and admire every boxer now more than ever. As an actress I am trained to have a wide range of emotions, but these feelings when fighting are definitely new and very intense. The feeling that you opponent is stronger and you have 2 minutes to go and nowhere to hide; the adrenalin rushing through the body; the brain checking how much a hit really hurt and it all feels like slow motion whereas it can only be seconds the most. Amazing.

Now I have 3 month to go and hopefully my body will learn to enact on what my eyes see and my mind orders my body to do. Trusting your instincts is therefore another difficulty.And one thing I must admit which is also not that easy is being disciplined about eating. I try to eat healthy and I stayed away from my beloved chocolate, but I am very much looking forward to the day after the fight, where my goal shall be to find the best dessert NYC has to offer. And it might me combined with a terrific glass of red wine.

W.S.: What have you found natural and enjoyable about it?

D.R.: I am very critical with myself, so I am not sure anything in boxing comes natural to me. “Natural” would mean that I am good in something from the get go and I wouldn’t dare say that about anything related to boxing so far.

But I enjoy the disciplined work. I am exited to see that technical aspects I have been taught slowly sink in and take a more natural form. At times I am almost impressed by my will power. I am trilled every time I see progress and I enjoy boxing very much. Ever since I started training for the fight, I am much more content. And knowing that I am on the right way to reach my goals is priceless.

W.S.: What are your current goals? 

D.R.: There are 2 heartfelt, ambitious goals. The current main goal is to fight mid June at the Gleason Gym in New York. I have almost 3 months left to prepare as good as I can. I am well aware that this to most fighters will be very amateur level, but to me this is the biggest fight I ever faced and I am willing to give it my all and see if I got what it takes. Everyone had to start somewhere.

My second goal is to reach people with my story and have women all over say… “If she can work on herself and overcome self created obstacles, so can I”. This is, because I think many women deal with the same self-doubts each day that I do. Therefore, I decided to shot a documentary about then process I am going through. But in order to realize the documentary I still have to find sponsors who are willing to support me (direct funding, box attire, flights for cameraman and sound assistant). So, if someone can relate and would be able to help out, I would be more than happy to send a trailer and show what I had in mind.

W.S.: What kind of support have you been getting in terms of fight training?

D.R.: I began training in January. So far I worked my way up to 4 boxing sessions a week, one of which sparing, one weight lifting, and running. I have the support of our gym and especially Stephan.  I am being taught about technique and how to apply it. I trust Stephan to prepare me as well as possible and I try not to worry about what I cannot change. Certain movements take time to sink in and become natural. We will see in NY how well I can implement under pressure what I learned up to then.  

What surprised me most so far (when it comes to support) though is how other women react to my decision. Of course I thought other women would think: “I am better / stronger/ faster than her. What makes her think she can fight?” and that they would give me looks. But what I heard a lot so far is: “Wow. How can I support you?” A revelation. Other women aren’t automatically out to get you.

W.S.: Anything you want to add/thank?

D.R.:  Even though combined with a great deal of respect and fear of what lies ahead, I am very much looking forward to New York and this fight at the Gleason’s. What an honor to stand in the halls where Ali and other big names have trained and worked hard to make dreams come true. What an experience.I am glad that I can do my part in proving that boxing is so much more than “just” fighting – especially for women.  And I am very grateful for everyone who supports this journey and who believes in me, and what I am trying to do. Thank you and see you in June.

BKB Announces First Female Championship Bout

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The innovators in the boxing realm is looking to make history once again.

Big Knockout Boxing announced its first ever female championship bout for their pay-per-view card April 4 in Las Vegas. Layla McCarter and Diana Prazak will duke it out for the inaugural lightweight (135) title.

Prazak (13-3) is the current WBC super featherweight champion. She was on an 11 fight win streak before losing to Holly Holm in 2012. She would win back to back before her last loss to Delfine Persoon in November.

McCarter (36-13-5) started her pro boxing career 17 years ago and has racked up six titles to her credit including her current WBA welterweight title. She is on a 12 fight win streak.

For those who are not familiar with BKB, they don’t use a ring at all. The fights take place in what they call “The Pit” which is a round open mat area about 17 feet in diameter. Rounds are two minutes in length. Otherwise the rules are pretty much the same as regular boxing.

This will also be the first time BKB will be using gloves with a chip to give fans real time stats on how hard the fighters are hitting and what kind of blows are landing.

The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and will be live on pay-per-view April 4th.

Wombat Watercooler February 18th

In action Monday at RXF 16 in Brașov, Romania, Delia Georgescu defeated Maia Buzas by TKO round 1.


On Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, Momo Koseki successfully defended her WBC atomweight title wiht a KO over Aisah Alico in round 2.


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Justino

With fight week vastly approaching, Invicta and the UFC have announced some events before the two cards commence in L.A.

The first is an open workout at the UFC Gym/Sunergy in Terrance, CA Wednesday.

Invicta Workouts

  • 11 a.m.: Charmaine Tweet workout
  • 11:15 a.m.: Alexa Grasso workout
  • 11:30 a.m.: Irene Aldana workout
  • 11:45 a.m.: “Cyborg” Justino workout

UFC Workouts

  • 1 p.m.: Cat Zingano workout
  • 1:30 p.m.: Raquel Pennington workout
  • 2 p.m: Holly Holm workout
  • 2:30 p.m.: Ronda Rousey workout

If you noticed, Justino and Rousey won’t be there at the same time. It is expected Justino will be cageside for the Rousey versus Zigano title fight Saturday. Shannon Knapp states the Justino and Rousey superfight is closer than everyone thinks.


The other UFC fight week event announced is at 11 a.m. pst Saturday at L.A. Live. The UFC will hold a press conference and fan event for the participants for the next seven events. Expected to be in attendance is Felice Herrig and Jessica Eye.


The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Ashlee Evans-Smith for testing positive from the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after her fight with Raquel Pennington. Smith was fined 30% of her purse and her license is suspended for nine months retroactive from the fight. This means she will be able to return to fighting August 6th if she tests clean before she is re-licensed.


Congratulations to Society Nine on reaching their kickstarer goal. We have been helping to campaign for the company which is going to revolutionize women’s MMA gear. There is still four days left if you want to contribute and get yourself some of their great stuff including a pair of those revolutionary gloves.  Go here.


Abshire Courtesy CMT
Abshire Courtesy CMT

Congrats to amateur MMA fighter Jackie Abshire, who is the current Steve Austin’s “Broken Skull” Challenge champ. She defeated the “Skull Buster” obstacle course record by three and a half minutes. She won $10,000 and will continue to win $10,000 every episode her time in the extreme obstacle course isn’t broken.

You can watch her episode here.


England’s Helen Harper has signed with the PXC.

The undefeated fighter will take on Cortney Casey in her promotional debut March 13th in Guam. Harper has finished in all of her wins, and had trained in Thailand for several years in Muay Thai.

Casey (3-1) is coming off back to back finishes.

The fight will stream on the PXC website March 13th.


Next weekend, Finland’s Suvi Salmimies has a new opponent. Karla Benitez will step in to take on the hometown fighter at Cage 29 in Helsinki. Salmimies (2-0-1) will find her biggest challenged in the more experienced Spain’s Benitez (10-7-1). Benitez is coming off back to back losses,


Invicta fighter Cassie Crissano is asking for your help.

The featherweight is in a custody battle for her youngest son. You can read more and help her get a good lawyer by going here.


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Ughi and Baars

Fights this Weekend

Jorina Baars returns to Lion Fight to defend her Muay Thai title against Chantal Ughi. This is a rematch of their 2009 battle (video here).This will air on AXS TV.


In the only world boxing title match this weekend, Victoria Argueta defends her IBF World minimumweight title against Nancy Franco in Hidalgo, Mexico.


The DEEP-Jewels 106 title tournament starts this weekend in Tokyo, Japan. The opening round matches are as follows:

  • Mei Yamaguchi vs. Miyoko Kusaka (105)
  • Emi Tomimatsu vs. Mina Kurobe (105)
  • Satomi Takano vs. Masako Yoshida (105)
  • Tomo Maesawa vs. Yukiko Seki (105)

Besides the quarterfinal matches,  Emi Fujino teams up with Sachiko Fujimori to face off against Ayaka Hamasaki and Yuko Oya in a tag team 10 minute grappling match.


In a rare Sunday UFC event in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jessica Andrade will face Marion Reneau. The fight will air on Fox Sports 1.


Kowalkiewicz and Faria
Kowalkiewicz and Faria

InvictaFC star Karolina Kowalkiewicz will fight Kalindra Faria in Poland. The match was set to be a title bout for the KSW strawweight title, but Faria missed weight by 2.2 pounds. The match will now be a three round non-title affair.


In other pro MMA bouts this weekend:

Big John’s: Ogichida Spirit – Saulte Ste Marie, MI

  • Kaline Medeiros vs Chelsea Bailey
  • Raquel Magdelano vs Holly Cline

TXC – Novi, Michigan

  • Calie Cutler vs Nikki Duncan (115)

AFL – Barcelona, Spain

  • Irene Cabello vs Laïla “Lilou Dallas” Sekaf (105)

LCS 20 – Mitchell, NE

  • Rosa Acevedo vs Amanda Lovato  (115)

EFC 37 – South Africa

  • Danella Eliasov vs Zita Varju (125)

Battle on Sura – Penza, Russia

  • Natalya Denisova vs. Svetlana Gotsyk (121)

King of the Cage – Carlton, Minnesota

  • Moriel Charneski vs Christina Jobe
  • Katiel Adelman vs Katheryn Bassignana (ammy)

You can see a complete schedule of pro and amateur MMA and pro boxing fights here.