Latinas toman por asalto el boxeo amateur de Estados Unidos

 -Esta historia fue publicada en La Opinion. Por Raquel Ruiz Todo el equipo que participa en el campeonato mundial en India se compone de chicas de sangre mexicana o puertorriqueña    Ocho boxeadoras de origen hispano, entre los 17 y 18 años, conforman el equipo juvenil de los Estados Unidos que se encuentra en la […]

Future Olympians Keep Their Focus on The Prize

By Raquel Ruiz for Boxing Canada They are two very hard working athletes who in 2012 had their Olympic dreams ripped out of their hands. After all, to participate in the Games is the dream of every serious athlete. Mandy Bujold (51kg) and Ariane Fortin (75kg) have dreamed and worked many extra hours for many […]

Tripartite Commission Named Boxers for Olympic Games

Early yesterday, AIBA released the names of the 3 female boxers that the Tripartite Commission selected to compete in Rio 2016. This now completes  the list 36 women that will compete at the 2916 Rio Olympic Games. We already knew the 75kg boxer since last week, when the Panamanian Olympic Committe anounced that police officer […]

Women’s Boxing History in Glasgow 2014

  Monday evening was the debut of women’s boxing in Glasgow with three bouts in the 51 kg: Michaela Walsh, 21, (Northern Ireland) defeated Thessa Dumas, 19, (Mauritius) 3-0. Kristy Harris, 21, (Australia) defeated Christine Ongare, 20, (Kenya) 3-0. Nicola Adams, 31, (England) defeated Oluwatoyin Oladeji, 26, (Nigeria) 3-0 With 11 participants in the flyweight […]

Regina bouts a mini preview of boxing at Glasgow 2014

  May 23, 2014 By Raquel Ruiz Guest Contributor Canadian Olympic Page Friday night the ring at Credit Union Eventplex in Regina, Saskatchewan will hold a battle between two teams – Canada and Wales – getting ready to compete at the Commonwealth Games in July. Women Bouts On Friday, Canadian Ariane Fortin (above right) – current […]

USA Women’s Boxing Is Now “TeamPedro”

  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 […]

Two Alive Colossus

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]