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Ji Hyun Park Retains Title

Ji Hyun Park successfuly defended her IFBA Strawweight world title against Anahi Torres of Mexico by a split decision. Judges scored the bout 97-95, 96-94, 94-95.

The bout, which took place in Incheon, South Korea, was televised live throughout South Korea. E.J. Kang supervised the fight for the IFBA.

Ji Hyun Park to Defend IFBA Title for 15th Time!

IFBA Super Champion Ji Hyun Park will defend her world Strawweight title on November 29th against Anahi Torres in Incheon, South Korea. The long reigning champion will take on a formidable opponent in Torres who hails from Mexico City with a record of 12-11-1. In August, Torres fought IFBA Lt. Flyweight champion Sindy Amador to a draw in an 8 round non-title fight.

The Park vs Torres bout will be televised live throughout South Korea.   

Maureen Shea wins IFBA Jr. Featherweight Title

Oxnard, CA--Before a cheering hometown crowd, Maureen Shea defeated Angel Gladney to win the vacant IFBA Jr. Featherweight World title. Referee Lou Moret stopped the fight halfway through the 4th round after Gladney could no longer defend herself against Shea's pummeling onslaught. The bout was ruled a TKO and brought Shea's record to 23-2,1 TKO. 


The IFBA championship was the headliner for a seven fight card promoted by Top Players Promotions. Judges for the bout were Barry Druxman, Wayne Hedgepeth and Pat Connolly. Kim Messer Caminschi supervised the title fight for the IFBA.

Maureen Shea to Fight for IFBA World Title July 11


Henderson, NV—The International Female Boxers Association is pleased to announce that Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby”, Shea (23-2, 11 KOs), will fight for the IFBA Junior Featherweight Championship of the World in the main event of Ice VS. Fire III on Friday, July 11 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, CA. 

Shea, a native New Yorker, moved to Ventura in 2011 looking to revitalize her career in the ring. Fast forward to 2014 and Shea now finds herself on a sensational 10-fight winning streak. The fast-talking and hard-hitting boxer has become a bona fide celebrity in Ventura County since her last victory at Ice VS. Fire II this past March when she captured a national title. Now, “The Real Million Dollar Baby”, a nickname which comes from Shea’s time working as the sparring partner for Hilary Swank during the actress’ preparation for her Academy Award winning role in the film, Million Dollar Baby, is more than ready for a shot at a full world championship when she takes on hard hitting veteran, South Carolina’s Angel Gladney (8-9-1, 6 KOs), for the vacant IFBA Junior Featherweight Championship of the World. 

The IFBA is pleased to be sanctioning this title bout, headlining an 8- fight card show for promoter Top Players Promotions. Tickets are now available at www.topplayerspromotions.com. The fight will also be televised live online starting at 7 p.m. on GFL TV (www.gfl.tv).

Sindy Amador Retains IFBA Title

Sindy Amador retains IFBA title in a split decision. 96-94, 97-93, 94-96. 

In an action packed fight from start to finish, Sindy's stamina and experience led her to victory over Maria Suarez. 

With the judges flip flopping scores from one round to the next, it was up for grabs until the very end. made it anyone's fight. In the end, the champion stayed the champion.

Congrats to both women for leaving it all in the ring and serving as a great representatives of the skill and toughness in women's boxing.

Sindy Amador Retains Jr. Flyweight Title

It was an action fight from start to finish between the reigning champion in her first title defense and the undefeated challenger.  Maggie Suarez tried to utilized her height and reach to win the beginning rounds on some of the scorecards. Sindy Amador, the shorter fighter worked the inside resulting in a lot of clinching. With the judges flip flopping scores from one round to the next, it was anyone's fight. However Amador's championship experience began to show after round 5.  Her stamina and aggressiveness and surprisingly her jab won her the later rounds.  Amador pressed like an experienced world champion and brought in a win by split decision. 

Judges scored the fight: Judge Max deluca  94-96; Judge sergio caiz. 93-9; Judge Zachary Young. 96-94. Jack Reid refereed the bout and Kim Messer supervised the bout for the IFBA.



Amador and Suarez Weigh-In Results

IFBA Jr. Flyweight Champion Sindy Amador and opponent Maria "Maggie" Suarez weighed in today, ready for Friday's IFBA108 pound title bout.
Amador weighed in at 108 even and Suarez weighed in at 107.4 pounds. Amador is ready for her first IFB title defense against a very strong Suarez

Sindy Amador to Defend IFBA Title May 16th

IFBA Jr. Flyweight Champion Sindy Amador will defend her title on Friday, May 16 against Maria “Maggie” Suarez at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Amador, who hails from nearby Riverside, will be fighting before a hometown crowd in this her first title defense as the 108 pound Jr. Flyweight Champion. She won her IFBA belt last October with a unanimous decision over Amaris Quintana. With a record of 11-1, she comes to the ring with her only loss to former IFBA champion Jolene Blackshear. 

Maggie Suarez, from Santa Maria, CA, has an 8-0 record and will have her first title shot in this ten round bout against Sindy Amador. Suarez should provide a competitive challenge to the champion, having very recently beat both Chantel Cordova and Jolene Blackshear. 

The fight is being be promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions, thompsonboxing.com.

Jennifer Han Ready for S. Korea & World Championship


Q and A with Jennifer Han 

Jennifer Han, from El Paso, TX will travel to Haenam City, South Korea on March 16 for the final preparations before her March 23 fight against IFBA Champion Ji-Hye Woo for the IFBA Super Featherweight title. Han, a Korean-American, is living a lifelong dream fighting in her father’s home country.

IFBA.com did a quick Q and A two weeks before the fight to see how Han was feeling and check in on how her training is going. 

IFBA: What are you most excited for? 
Jennifer Han: I’m excited about going to Korea and fighting for a world championship. That’s the one goal I’ve been waiting for my whole professional career. I am so happy I get to do it in my father’s home country.

IFBA: What does it mean to you to fight in Korea? 
JH: It’s just amazing. When I was younger, my dad would talk about fighting for the championship in Korea. I didn’t think it would actually happen. Just something my dad hoped for. For this to actually come true and for my dad to be able to be there for me – even if I had prayed, I wouldn’t have believed it to actually be possible. I am truly blessed. 

IFBA: When was the last time you visited Korea? 
JH: I was last there about 3 years ago for a week to visit my sick grandmother. She had cancer. That was the first time my dad had been back to Korea in 35 years. It was quite an experience. 

IFBA: You still have family in Korea. What kind of support do you expect to get for this fight? 
JH: My dad is coming with me to Korea. And some of my Korean family is making the trip. It’s about 5 hours from where they live outside Seoul to Haenam City. My aunts and uncles and cousins all want to come. I’m guessing about eight members of my close family will make the drive down.

IFBA: How is training going? 
JH: I am training the hardest I have ever trained in my professional career. Great workouts. Great sparring. I’m training with Louie Burke, the best there is. My team has been great – really pushing it hard. My brother (pro boxer Abie Han) is in training camp with me. We travel about an hour to get there each day to train with Louie, drive home and teach martial arts class and train again at night.

He fights April 5 in El Paso, so he can’t make it to Korea. He needs to focus on his match. He really wants to come see me, but he has to sacrifice and train for his upcoming championship fight.

When I get to Korea, my hard work will be winding down. Over there I just want to maintain my weight and do light workouts for the week before the fight to stay ready.

IFBA: Are you concerned with the change in culture and diet impacting your preparation? 
JH: I’m half Korean and used to the food. I love the food. We have a small, but very close, Korean population in El Paso, so that won’t impact me at all. I’m really, really excited about visiting Heanam City. I’ve never been there before. 

IFBA: What led you to get into boxing? 
JH: My dad is a martial arts master. Me and my brothers and sisters all trained together and compete together and push each other in martial arts. Then I moved towards full contact kickboxing. From there, we moved into boxing because there was a lot of opportunity for me. If you win nationals as an amateur, you get to travel all over the world - which is amazing. Kickboxing and martial arts don’t always offer you that opportunity.

IFBA: What are your thoughts on your opponent, Ji-Hye Woo? 
JH: I have only seen one video of her, but I’ve seen her stats. She’s been able to successfully defend her title several times in Korea. What I’ve seen of her, she can box and she likes to fight inside. We have a good strategy and we are prepared. 

I know she is determined to successfully defend her title, but I’m determined to be the champion, so it’s going to be an awesome fight. I’ve never been more prepared for a fight in my life. 

IFBA: What would it mean for you to become an IFBA champion? 
JH: That would be amazing. My family keeps telling me, “If you win this, you’ll be the first ever world champion from El Paso.” All my brothers and sisters (all younger) all train together. For me to reach that high of a goal will just motivate them. Everybody has their struggles and sometimes my sisters have had their distractions. But this would motivate them to do whatever they want to do in life. It’s so important for me and my family and community. El Paso is fully supporting me for this fight. I’m going to do this. 

IFBA: How will this fight be different compared to your previous matches? 
JH: This is my first championship title fight. Woo is world-class competition. This is the next level. This is the highest I’m going to reach. I’m very honored to have this opportunity. I’m glad they choose me to be the one to fight her in Korea. I’m just excited and nervous and just want to show everyone what I’ve got. 

Dan Bi Kim Retains IFBA Title

Yecheon City, South Korea-- Dan Bi Kim retained her IFBA Mini Flyweight title against Dorkmaipah Kiatpompetch in a 10 round championship bout March 1.  With her usual bob and weave style, Kim prevailed over her Thai opponent who was game but couldn't return the power or speed of the champion.  With a strong body head work fight game Kim easily scored a shutout with all judges scoring the fight 100-90.  

The bout was televised live on MBC-ITV throughout South Korea. Also on the card, IFBA champion Hee-Jung Yuh won a non- title six round fight against Pantip Sor Worasin of Thailand. 


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