This Saturday, April 25th, the Buckhead Fight Club in Atlanta Georgia will host the Women’s International Clash of Champions. The event, an Olympic style duel will pit the U.S. elite women boxers against China’s elite team in an event that will feature action in all of the women’s amateur weight divisions.
The event is the first of its kind in the U.S. since 2001, when the Women’s World Championships took place in Scranton, PA. Among the U.S fighters to compete will be Olympic gold medalist Clarissa Shields, Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza, National champ Mikaela Mayer, and nine time New York Golden Gloves champion Christina Cruz. Fighters arrived in Atlanta this past weekend and held an open workout Tuesday afternoon.
The event’s organizer, Terri “The Boss” Moss is former WIBF world champion and the Buckhead’s owner. One of the hardest working people in the sport, the roles of gym owner, trainer, and event organizer keep her busy. Her hard work and dedication have earned her a place in the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame, where she will be inducted this July.
The Women’s International Clash of Champions takes place at the Buckhead Fight Club, Saturday, April 25th at noon. Visit www.buckheadfightclub.com for details.
On the pro side of things, it was a pretty light weekend. In Rochester, New York, former WBC featherweight champ Melissa Hernandez (20-6-3, 6 KO’s) won an eight round decision over Ashleigh Curry (6-9-4, 1 KO) at the Main Street Armory. Hernandez has held titles in four weight divisions for three different sanctioning bodies, winning her first belt in her seventh pro bout back in 2006. Her most recent world title contest was a close technical decision loss to Jelena Mrdjenovich in 2013.
World title challengers Jennifer Han (12-3-1, 1 KO) and Fatuma Zarika (24-10-2, 14 KO’s) faced off in El Paso, Texas. Han picked up her second straight win, taking a comfortable 10 round unanimous decision and winning the vacant IBF Inter-Continental featherweight title.