Female Fight News for May 21, 2018 Tiara Brown’s in Town
By David A. Avila
Tiara Brown won world and national titles in the amateur boxing world, defeated some of the toughest female boxers in the world, patrols as a police officer in one of the more rugged metropolitan cities in America.
So why do they call her Officer Friendly?
“I’m just always smiling I guess,” said Brown.
Brown has more to smile about. The Maryland-based prizefighter and Metro D.C. police officer signed a contract with DiBella Entertainment it was announced on Monday. Her next pro fight will be on June 30 in Washington D.C. It will be her first bout under the DiBella Entertainment banner.
“I’m glad he (Lou DiBella) saw fit that I can be signed and be a member of the DiBella family,” Brown (4-0, 2 KOs) said by telephone. “I’m excited to be a part of his team.”
DiBella Entertainment has signed numerous top notch female prizefighters in the past several years including Heather Hardy, Amanda Serrano, Shelly Vincent, Alicia Napoleon, Raquel Miller and others.
“She is a terrific talent and excellent fighter. Not a just pedestrian fighter she is a championship caliber woman fighter. She has an unbelievable story,” said Lou DiBella adding that it took only one conversation to decide on promoting her. “She spends her spare time training young kids, teens doing voluntary work. She is an amazing person. She is going to change women’s boxing.”
The past two years female prizefighting has taken a huge upswing after decades of being ignored by boxing promoters, television and the Olympics.
Brown, 29, who began boxing in 2001, had stayed in amateur boxing for two decades for various reasons including the possibility of participating in the Olympics.
When her weight class at 125 pound featherweight division was not included in the Olympics in 2012, it was a disappointing blow. But she continued amateur boxing where she won two world championships in the featherweight class and also several U.S. National titles. The final blow to leave occurred this year when close friend Raquel Miller departed from the U.S. Boxing team.
“I had won all the highest commendations at amateur level then my best friend Raquel Miller turned pro I had won everything I could. I thought it was time to step it up and turn professional,” said Brown who made her pro debut in September 2016.
The Fort Myers, Florida native now lives in Maryland and works in D.C. and has fought four times as a pro winning all four bouts and two by knockout.
D.C. and Boxing
While not boxing, Brown works for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and has become an ambassador for youths and sports. She believes her boxing background and discipline has enabled her to do her job.
“As a boxer I’m very disciplined. Words don’t affect me. I don’t like getting violent or physical and I don’t feed into the social media,” said Brown who has worked with D.C. Police Department for three years. “I can control myself very well because I’m a boxer. Police officers wear their feelings on their shoulders and as a boxer you can’t do that.”
Brown also feels her Florida roots help too.
“Where I’m from in Florida is country like. It’s slow. Our traffic and DC traffic are two different things,” she said. “It’s very fast here in DC. But I’m still the same Florida person.”
Working in D.C. Metro Police has also gained her many fans among the police department and the youths she works with on a daily basis in gyms as a trainer.
When Brown finally decided to become a professional boxer it was difficult to leave her many friends in the amateur world.
“I just wasn’t ready. The reason or one thing I miss is traveling to all the other countries. I made so many friends that don’t live in America,” said Brown who has friends in Korea and in Eastern Europe through boxing.
Brown said those international friendships allowed her to not take anything for granted. Simple things like running water, tissue paper and freedom to choose your vocation are things Americans have that other countries do not.
“This is a choice for me to box. In some countries it is not a choice, you were born to do it and you do it every day. In other places they don’t get to see their families because they are training,” said Brown of boxers and athletes from other countries. “Here in the U.S. we have the passion we do it out of love for it.”
Brown loves boxing.
“What I love about boxing is it’s you and one other person standing across from you. They think they are better than you. Mano a mano people are going at it. I Iike it,” she says sharply. “I like combat sports. Boxing is a combat sport but it’s still art and it’s still beautiful.”
Brown’s in town and DiBella has her.
Female Fight News
Erica Farias (26-2) beat Yamila Reynoso (10-4-3) by decision after 10 rounds on Saturday May 19. Farias, 33, retained the WBC super lightweight world title at Goya, Corrientes. Also, Evelyn Bermudez (8-0) beat Debora Gomez (5-2) after a six round flyweight fight.
Anahi Lopez (12-0-1) defeated Victoria Moreyra (1-3) by majority decision on Saturday May 19. The six three-minute round flyweight fight took place in Cordoba.
Tamara Demarco (7-0) beat Romina Gorosito (0-9-2) by decision after four rounds on Saturday May 19. The light flyweight fight took place in Las Flores, Buenos Aires.
Debora Dionicius (28-0) beat Luna Torroba (12-8-2) by decision after 10 rounds on Friday May 18. The IBF super flyweight title fight was held in Villaguay, Entre Rios.
Anna Guichapani (9-0) defeated Cintia Castillo (8-3) by decision after eight rounds on Friday May 18. The featherweight clash was held in Quilmes. Also, Iara Cortes (4-2) beat Elizabeth Britos (1-6-1) in a four round featherweight fight.
On Saturday May 26, super welterweights Natalie Jenkinsen (2-0) and Nella Priyanto (0-0) meet in a four round bout at Tweed Heads, New South Wales.
On Saturday May 26, an all-female fight card takes place. Lightweights Jessica McCaskill (5-2) meets Lina Tejada (11-5) in an eight round bout at Nassau. Also, Melissa Hernandez (22-7-3) fights Diana Garcia (14-26) in a six round lightweight bout; Alicia Ashley (24-12-1) vs. Grecia Nova (15-27-4) in a featherweight bout; Nataly Delgado (6-2-1) vs. Nairobi Valenzuela (0-1) in a light flyweight bout; and lightweights Mariah Prussia (1-0) vs. Jean Mary Martinez (1-0) in a four round bout.
On Friday May 25, featherweights Sarah Pucek (8-3-1) and Vanessa Bradford (4-0-2) meet in a 10 round contest at Langley, British Colombia.
On Saturday May 26, welterweights Kandi Wyatt (4-0) and Erika Hernandez (6-2-1) meet in a six round fight at Calgary. Also, Stephanie Essensa (2-1) and Eloisa Martinez (2-8-1) meet in a four round featherweight fight.
Li Liu (1-0) was the winner by decision after four rounds versus Caiting Yin (0-1) on Saturday May 19. The featherweight fight was held in Shanghai.
Li Ping Shi (3-2) won by technical knockout over Hyun Hee Gil (4-2) on Tuesday May 15. The flyweight fight was held in Xi An.
Yazmin Rivas (38-10-1, 11 KOs) knocked out Liliana Palmera (28-13-3, 16 KOs) to win the WBA super bantamweight world title on Saturday May 19. The fight took place in Monteria, Colombia which is home base for Palmera. The stoppage came in the fifth round. Palmera, 36, was defending the title for the first time since winning it last November in El Salvador against Alys Sanchez. Rivas, 30, is a former WBC and IBF bantamweight world champion. Also, Dayana Cordero (17-5-3) knocked out Neisi Torres (13-8-1) in the second round of a featherweight clash.
On Friday May 25, lightweights Anissa Benyoub (1-1) and Marion Montanari (2-4) meet in a six round fight at Toulouse, Haute-Garonne.
On Saturday May 26, featherweights Emilie Beaugeard (0-0) and Helene Lascombe (3-0) meet in a four round contest at Angers.
Elina Tissen (23-2) defeated Nina Meinke (7-2) by split decision after 10 rounds on Friday May 18. The featherweight clash for the GBU and WIBF titles took place in Potsdam, Brandenburg.
On Saturday May 26, lightweights Beke Bas (10-0) and Monika Antonik (1-11) meet in a six round contest at Rinteln. Also, super featherweights Leonie Giebel (11-0-1) and Melanie Wagenfuehr (0-3) meet in a six round bout.
Smile Nagisa (1-1) won by majority decision after four rounds versus Tsukiho Suzuki (0-1) on Sunday May 13. The minimum weight bout was held in Shimonoseki.
On Sunday May 27, minimum weights Eruka Hiromoto (2-0) and Chan Mi Lim (2-4-1) meet in a four round bout at Hiroshima.
On Saturday May 26, lightweights Consolata Musanga (6-3-3) and Rehema Abdallah (6-0-1) meet in a six round fight at Nairobi. Also, middleweights Florence Muthoni (11-6-2) and Amina Mohammed (1-4) meet in a six round fight.
Esmeralda Moreno (35-10-2) and Yesenia Gomez (13-5-3) fought to a majority draw after 10 rounds on Saturday May 19. The light flyweight fight took place in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo. Also, Maricela Cornejo (11-2) stopped Claudia Ramirez (1-3) in the third round of a super middleweight fight.
Yulihan Luna Avila (15-2-1) defeated Kandy Sandoval (9-11) by split decision after eight rounds on Saturday May 19. The super flyweight fight was held in San Rafael, Guadalajara. Luna Avila is a former super bantamweight world champion.
Guadalupe Bautista (12-10-2) won the vacant IBF light flyweight world title by technical knockout over Argentina’s Andrea Sanchez (8-2-1) in Argentina on Saturday May 12. Since losing to Lourdes Juarez in 2016, Bautista, 26, who fights out of Mexico City, has not lost a fight including a win over Yesenia Gomez.
On Saturday May 26, flyweights Ibeth Zamora (28-6) and Melissa McMorrow (10-6-3) meet for the WBC world title in Mexico City. Also, Lourdes Juarez (23-2, 3 KOs) meets Jackie Calvo (11-2-2) in a 10-round light flyweight clash on Saturday May 26 in Mexico City. It’s a rematch of a fight that ended in a split decision victory for Juarez in 2014. The younger sister of Mariana Juarez is the national champion of Mexico and looking for a world title opportunity. Calvo, 21, has only lost to one other fighter Naroyuki Koasicha in 2014.
On Saturday May 26, light flyweights Jessica Basulto (1-0) and Crystal Solis (0-0) meet in a four round contest at Merida, Yucatan.
On Sunday May 27, minimum weights Jessica Guerrero (3-3) and Esmeralda Sagahon (4-1) meet in a four round bout at Azcapotzalco, Mexico City. Also, light flyweights Lesly Rodriguez (1-2-1) and Carmen Paredes (0-8) meet in a four round bout.
Quinita Hati (1-3-1) defeated Tania Reid (1-1-1) by decision after eight rounds on Saturday May 19. The lightweight clash took place in New Plymouth.
On Saturday May 26, lightweights Ingrid Egner (0-0) and Nana Chakhvashvili (5-5) meet in a four round fight in Oslo.
Maribel Ramirez (12-9-2) upset world champion Linda Lecca (13-3-2) by majority decision after 10 rounds on Saturday May 19. The battle for the WBA super flyweight world title took place in Lima, Peru. The winner Ramirez, 31, fights out of Mexico City. Lecca, 29, was making her second defense of the title.
On Friday May 25, super welterweights Ewa Piatkowska (10-1) and Maria Lindberg (16-3-2) meet in a 10 round fight at Warsaw for the WBC world title. Piatkowska, 33, is making her first defense of the world title. Lindberg, 41, fights out of Sweden and holds the GBU and WIBF titles.
Melissa Miller (3-8-3) won by decision after 10 rounds versus Thelma Zuma (4-1) on Friday May 18. The bantamweight fight took place in Johannesburg.
On Friday May 25, bantamweights Simangele Hadebe (4-1-1) and Ellen Simwaka (6-3-1) meet in a 10 round clash at Johannesburg. Also, Matshidiso Mokebisi (8-8-1) and Sindiswa Ncube (3-0) meet in a 10 round super bantamweight contest.
Katharina Thunderz (9-0) beat Bojana Libiszewska (5-29) by decision after eight rounds on Saturday May 19. The super featherweight match was held in Valencia.
Thananith Yothnithithispaisarn (4-0) beat Alisa Yuhangor (0-1) by decision after six rounds on Friday May 18. The flyweight bout took place in Bangkok.
Lauren Parker (1-0) defeated Teodora Hristova (2-6-1) by decision after four rounds on Sunday May 20. The flyweight bout took place in Bedford, Bedfordshire.
Nicola Adams (4-0) knocked out Soledad del Valle Frias (13-12-4) in the first round on Saturday May 19. The super flyweight bout took place in Leeds.
Kirstie Bavington (0-0-1) and Borislava Goranova (11-54-4) fought to a draw after four rounds on Saturday May 19. The super welterweight match was held in Birmingham.
Rosalinda Rodriguez (6-0) stopped Ivana Coleman (1-10) in the eighth round on Thursday May 17. The WIBF bantamweight title fight was held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On Friday May 25, super bantamweights Alma Garcia (2-5) and Hannah Terlap (0-0) meet in a four round bout at Denver, Colorado.