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IFBA Flyweight Champion

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Kim Messer-Caminschi

newly appointed IFBA Commissioner

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Maureen Shea

IFBA Featherweight Champion

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Maureen Shea v Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila

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Former IFBA Champion Dies in Accidental Fall

South Korea--News sources in Korea have reported that former IFBA Bantamweight Champion Eun Young Kim has died from injuries incurred after an accidental misstep down a flight of stairs.

Eun Young first fought for the IFBA title in the Bantamweight division in a challenge against countryman Ji- Hyun Kim.  She was unsuccessful but this did not deter her from continuing her boxing career.

Eun Young Kim's second attempt was against Terri Lynn Cruz of Colorado for the then vacate Bantam belt, with Kim once again coming short of the prize.

2007 would be her success story.  After a couple non title fights she challenged the champion Terri Cruz and fulfilled her ambition of becoming the IFBA world champion. 

We at the International Female Boxers Association send her family and country condolences.  We were proud to have Eun Young Kim represent the best in women's boxing.

May she rest in peace.


IFBA PRESIDENT JUDY KULIS STEPPING DOWN AFTER 19 YEARS FORMER IFBA CHAMPION KIM MESSER-CAMINSCHI NAMED COMMISSIONER

LAS VEGAS, NV – (Monday, Feb. 15): After guiding the organization she founded for 19 years, International Female Boxing Association (IFBA) President Judy Kulis announces today that she is stepping down from her post.


Kulis, who was able to attract the biggest names in women’s boxing to fight for IFBA titles, and who helped grow the sport internationally with dozens of fights throughout Asia, will turn over leadership of the organization to Kim Messer-Caminschi effective immediately.


In her new role as Commissioner, Messer-Caminschi will be directly responsible for day-to-day operations, fight sanctioning and all business dealings involving the IFBA. She has been serving as IFBA Director of Boxing Operations since 2010.


“With her longtime experience in women’s professional boxing, including as an IFBA World Champion, to the last 5+ years working as an IFBA executive, I have seen the multitude of talents that Kim brings to the role. She has the passion, experience and tactical approach to lead the IFBA for a new generation of fighters,” said Kulis.  


Messer-Caminschi served a distinguished reign as the IFBA Jr. Flyweight World Champion before retiring in 2001.


“I'm very excited to take over as IFBA Commissioner. I understand the challenges women’s boxing faces from both a fighter and a promoter's point of view and I am certain I can help grow the sport,” said Messer-Caminschi. “From the beginning, the IFBA has always supported and believed in the potential of female boxing.  With a renewed dedication and support from managers, fighters and promoters, a new chapter is about to begin. I look forward to hearing from all of you who want to compete under the IFBA banner.”


About the IFBA


The IFBA was formed in February of 1997 with its main endeavor to promote distaff species boxing throughout the world as a genuine, professional and athletic competition. It is ascending to the foregoing of boxing by leaps and bounds boasting skyrocketing television ratings. IFBA Championship fights have been presented on Pay-Per-View, ESPN2, Dish Network, DirecTV, USA Tuesday Night Fights, Fox Sports Net, and international broadcast outlets around the world.


In 2016, longtime President Judy Kulis stepped down, naming Kim Messer-Cainschi as the IFBA’s new Commissioner.


www.ifba.com


Maureen Shea v. Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila

August 29th, The Forum, Englewood CA.
Gobox Promotions

Sugar Shane Mosley's Gobox Promotions brought women's boxing back to US PPV in over a decade by featuring IFBA champion Maureen Shea and IBF champion Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila in a double championship fight.

With both titles on the line, each fighter had a lot risk and a lot to prove.

First round action was all Avila, who was the longer lanky fighter. She used her reach and quick combinations to win all three judges scorecards.

Maureen Shea showed her trademark "walk you down style" in the second, which enabled her to catch Yulihan with the overhand right.  Definitely a Shea round.

The next couple of rounds was a toss up between the judges which ultimately showed Avila ahead on the scorecards.

The experience and power punches of Shea began to work for her into the middle rounds.  Depending on the judge, each saw the fight very differently.  At times the judges preferring the quick combinations of Avila, another scoring the power punching of Shea and the third crossing back and forth between the two.

The championship final round needed a fighter to make the big push.  Both were tired and worked hard to get the nod, with two out of the three giving it to Shea because of her aggressive forward pressure.

Both camps felt they did their part to take the decision, but in the end it was a split draw.  The competitors retain their titles, and both camps voicing thoughts of a rematch.

Scores:  92-98, 95-95, 97-93
Judges:  Michael Tate, David Mendoza, Steve Hicks

Supervisor: Kim Messer- Caminschi
Supervisor: Glenn Hamada

Referee: Jerry Cantu 


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