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UFC170: Ronda Rousey Rules Supreme, Samshes Sara McMann

Ronda Rousey vs Sara McMann. Photo: MMA Nation
25 Mar 2014 / 0 Comments / in UFC/MMA

by Raquel Ruiz LAS VEGAS—It wasn’t love at the first sight. UFC 170 at the Mandalay Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night was a disappointing first date. The best thing I can say about my inaugural experience covering mixed martial arts: I’m open to giving my new lover a second chance. To me, Vegas […]

USA Women’s Boxing Is Now “TeamPedro”

Team Pedro

  By Raquel Ruiz Pedro Roque Otano came aboard a ship that was ready to sink. It didn’t, largely because of the performance of the U.S. women boxers at the 2012 London Olympics. Gold medalist Claressa Shields and bronze medalist Marlen Esparza prevented the U.S. from being shut out on the podium for the first time, after the U.S. dominated amateur […]

USA Jr. & Youth Boxers battling in Reno for Gold

11 Jan 2014 / 4 Comments / in Womenboxing

This year of 2014 is a very important one for the new talent in women’s boxing around the world. The Youth Olympic Games will take place  in Nianjing, China August 23-27; and it will be the first time the youth female boxers from the five continents will be competing in the most prestigious tournament. As it […]

Two Alive Colossus

2012 Olympic Trials

Last night in Oxnard, California at the Police Athletic League National Tournament, the most anticipated bout of two alive colossus: In the 132lb category, Queen Underwood & Mikaela Mayer. A rematch from the 2012 USA Olympic Trials final. This go around, Mayer was the winner. According to my sources the bout could go both ways and […]

3 USA junior and youth boxers going for gold

Marisol Lopez during 2013 US Boxing Nationals
27 Sep 2013 / 1 Comment / in Womenboxing

Three of the six USA boxers who took the ring at the World Junior & Youth Championships today in Albena will be boxing for GOLD 2morrow:  101 lbs/Jr Caitlin Orosco, 125 lbs/Jr Jajaira Gonzalez & 165 lbs & 165 lbs Claressa Sheilds. Shields recorded her 3rd TKO of the tournament. The other three boxers who […]


Alexis Urbina and Coach Soto at the 2013 USA National Championship

When a journalist writes a human-interest story, it’s like entering the lives of a family. Last April, during USA Nationals, I had the honor to write a story for AP-Spanish about boxer Sulem Urbina.  She graciously opened the sacred gates of her heart. Through her, I got to meet her 17-year-old younger brother and youth […]


12 Jul 2013 / 1 Comment / in Olympic Boxing, Womenboxing

Some of the world most famous sculptures are nude. Do we need to cover David’s genitals in order to appreciate Michelangelo’s masterpiece? And what about “The Thinker”, or “The Kiss” by master Rodin? Do we need to be nude to think or to kiss? This week in the boxing community, and perhaps in the sports […]


This year I won’t be present at the USA Nationals Golden Gloves that start today in Fort Lauderdale.  Even though I have a powerful reason to stay home, it totally breaks my heart. Not only, I will miss being around the wonderful women boxers, who every year come to Florida to dispute the precious belt, […]


Yesenia Martínez-Yésica Nery Plata
05 Jul 2013 / 0 Comments / in Pro-boxing, Womenboxing

Un día antes de defender por tercera vez su título juvenil minimosca del Consejo Mundial de boxeo, Yésica Nery “La Poderosa” Plata, dijo encontrarse en excelentes condiciones físicas y mentales para enfrentar a su oponone Yesenia “La Pequeña” Martínez. El combate se llevará a cabo en el Deportivo de los Tabajadores del Metro en México […]


Carina Moreno and Susi Kentikian - Photo from Susi's twitter account
02 Jul 2013 / 1 Comment / in Pro-boxing, Womenboxing

July 6, this coming Saturday, Carina “La Reina” Moreno, (23-5, 6 KOs) will have her thousands of fans from Northern California in front of their computer screens breathing heavy while she defends her WBA flyweight belt against Susi Kentikian, I’ll be one of them. Moreno is one of the many women boxers in the planet […]