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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.


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.

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 

Maureen Shea to Defend IFBA Jr. Feather Weight Title August 29th

Maureen Shea will take on Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila for Shea's IFBA World Jr. Featherweight title on Saturday, August 29. The bout, promoted by Shane Mosley through his Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The bout will be the featured title fight on the card with Shane Mosley fighting Ricardo Mayorga. 

This will be Maureen Shea's first IFBA title defense since winning her belt in July, 2014 over Angel Gladney. The championship fight will be supervised by Kim Messer for the IFBA.

Woo Retains Featherweight Title BY KO

 IFBA Featherweight champion Ji Hye Woo continued her winning streak on Saturday against Wanphen Sithpratha in Jeonju, South Korea.
 Woo won easily by 10-9 in rounds 1-3.  Entering the fourth Ji Hye Woo dropped her  opponent .  After barely getting up for the eight count, the referee continued the fight with Sithpratha promptly getting knocked down again.  Woo won the championship bout 1 minute 9 seconds into the fourth round, successfully defending her title for the 10th time. with her first KO.

Referee for the bout was Kwon Jung Seok. Judges: Kwon Mandeuk, Lee Gyeonghan, Kwon Hyeokjin
Kim Messer supervised the bout for the IFBA.

Ji Hye Woo to defend title March 21st

IFBA Featherweight Champion Ji Hye Woo will defend her world title Saturday, March 21 against "Chamnankit" Wanphen Sithpracha of Thailand. This will be Woo's 10th title defense since winning her first IFBA title in 2007. 

The bout will take place in Jeonju, South Korea. Kim Messer, IFBA Director of Boxing Operations, will supervise the fight for the IFBA. 

Olszewski Retains Title Against Fuentes

The first women's title fight in Laredo Texas did not disappoint.   As soon as  Christina "Mandy" Fuentes’ name was announced the arena burst out with cheers of support for their hometown girl.  The champion Eileen Olszewski knew she had her work cut out for her on this night.Round One was explosive, Mandy came charging out and pounced on Eileen.  Mandy was able to capitalize and connect putting Eileen on her heels.  But the tide turned when Eileen connected with a left hook, with Mandy ending on the canvas, becoming a 10-8 round.

You could see that Eileen was still trying to get comfortable in round two.  Overall both fighters settled down some, but Mandy was still aggressive with wide punches while Eileen appeared patient setting up a plan. Mandy's power and aggressiveness gave her the round.

The next couple of rounds were back and forth in scoring.   Mandy continued her power punching style, seemingly concentrating on breaking down her opponent with body shots, hurting Eileen at the end of the fourth.Rounds 5 to 7, "The Hawaiian Mongoose" started finding her stride by using more footwork and boxing.  Eileen would sometimes revert back to toe-to-toe action that wasn't as favorable for her.  Progressively Eileen was able to catch Mandy with short clean rights and show she and the better technique and angles.

The 8th round was a slugfest in the middle of the ring bringing the crowd to an uproar.   Mandy's advantage showed here on the scorecards with all judges giving her the nod.The final rounds had back and forth action.  Mandy tried to stay close and use her uppercuts.  The last round didn't disappoint with the final moments finishing with a big defensive volley of 1-2 punches from Mandy while Eileen pressured her on the ropes. 

Eileen Olszewski retains her IFBA Flyweight title with a unanimous decision. Judge Joel Elizondo scored the fight 95-94; Judge Levi Martinez, 96-93; Judge Ruben Carrion, 95-94. Referee for the bout was Laurence Cole. Kim Messer supervised the championship for the International Female Boxers Association.

Olszewski Defends IFBA Title Against Fuentes Today

The IFBA is ringing in 2015 by ringing the bell on a Texas-sized women’s title fight! Christina “Mandy” Fuentes looks for redemption against current champion Eileen Olszewski for the IFBA World Flyweight title TONIGHT in Laredo, Texas.

Fuentes and Olszweski met last September in Brooklyn, NY, in a tough 8round fight that went the distance. Olszweski won in a split decision, which only tells half the story.

Laredo’s Fuentes (3-6-4) was brought into the 2014 fight last minute, having less than two full weeks to prepare. Yet she was able to go toe-to-toe with the champion, something Olszweski (9-5-3) certainly has in the back of her mind as she prepares for this fight. With both fighters having more than two months to prepare, fans will see an entirely different battle.

“Laredo has proven to be an exceptional fight town,” said IFBA President Judy Kulis. “These two fighters have styles that match up well and will put on a show for the fans in attendance. This is one you don’t want to miss.”

Promoted by Triple A Promotions, the IFBA championship bout will be part of a packed Fight Fest 10 card. 

Updates will be posted on IFBA’s Twitter (@IFBA_boxing) and Facebook pages.    

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.   

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