USA Boxing

2008 AIBA Women’s World Championships Action to Begin on Saturday

Nov. 21, 2008, 5:39 p.m. (ET)
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - The 2008 AIBA Women's World Championships will open competition on Saturday at the Ningo Youngor Gymnasium in the Ningbo Sports Center in Ningbo City, China. The event draw, which will set the brackets for all 13 weight divisions, will take place at 11 a.m. China time with the opening session of boxing starting at 3 p.m.

A total of 237 boxers from 42 countries are scheduled to take part in the 5th AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.  The bantamweight division boasts the largest amount of registered athletes with 27 boxers followed by the featherweight class with 26 competitors.

The 2008 edition is the first Women's World Championships since 2006 and will feature the top female athletes from across the globe. The United States team arrived in Ningbo City on Sunday for a preparatory training camp at the Ningbo Sports Center. The squad has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. for a run around a nearby park, completing afternoon training sessions and sparring every other day since their arrival in China. They completed their final day of training camp on Friday and are prepared for competition to begin on Saturday.

The boxers scheduled to represent the United States are: light flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas); flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Santee, Calif.); light bantamweight Sacred Downing (Trenton, N.J.); bantamweight Cynthia Moreno (Phoenix, Ariz.); featherweight Alexandria Cardenas (San Angelo, Texas); lightweight Carrie Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.); light welterweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.); welterweight Vanessa Jackson (Columbus, Ohio); light middleweight Grace Parks (Bellingham, Wash.); middleweight Meredith Della Giustina (Versailles, Ky.); light heavyweight Miosha Wagoner (Lawrence, Kansas); and heavyweight Tiffanie Hearn (Versailles, Ky.).   

Coaches Ted Palac (Hamtramck, Mich.), Harry Thomas (Stafford, Texas), and Bonnie Canino (Dania Beach, Fla.) will lead the U.S. team into competition in Ningbo City. Krysti Rosario (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) will serve as Team Manager for the event with Mike Rosario (New York, N.Y.) working as the AIBA Official and Dr. George Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) joining the squad as the Team Physician.

The United States won three medals at the most recent World Championships in 2006, earning two silver and one bronze. The 2008 edition will be the fifth Women's World Championships, with the first taking place in Scranton, Pa., in 2001.

The most up-to-date results for the 2008 AIBA Women's World championships can be found on AIBA's website at http://www.aiba.org/. The AIBA site will be showing live scoring for all of the bouts throughout the tournament as well.

United States Team Bios

Marlen Esparza
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Born: July 29, 1989      
Height: 5' 3"
Coach: Rudy Silva
Club: Portico Boxing Gym
School: Pasadena High School
Began Boxing: 2002
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2007 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST
2006 NATIONAL CHAMPION

CHERYL HOULIHAN
Hometown:
  Santee, California
Birthdate:  July 23, 1984
Height:  5-0
Weight:  110 pounds
School:  Bristol Community College
Began boxing:  2002
Occupation:  Student
SIX-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION

SACRED DOWNING

Hometown: Trenton, N.J.
Birthdate: June 26, 1985
Lives and trains in: Trenton, N.J.
Coach: James Downing
FIVE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION

2002 JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPION

CYNTHIA MORENO

Hometown:  Guadalupe, Arizona
Birthdate:  July 2, 1990
Height:  5-1
Weight:  119 pounds
Coach's name:  Walt Hoskins
Club name:  Maricopa County Sheriff
Began boxing:  2002
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION

ALEXANDRIA CARDENAS

Hometown: San Angelo, Texas
Birthdate: November 26, 1990
Club: Concho Boxing Club
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION

CARRIE BARRY

Birthdate: September 11, 1980
Height: 5-7
Weight Class: 132 pounds
School: Alumni- Eastern Michigan University
Current occupation: Certified athletic trainer
THREE-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION
2005 GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION

2005 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPION
2003 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPION
2002 GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION

QUEEN UNDERWOOD

Birthdate: May 8,1984
Height: 5-6
Weight: 138 pounds
Coach's name: Cappy Kotz
Club name: Cappy's Boxing
School: SSCC
Began boxing:  2003
Occupation:  Sprinkler pipe fitter(fire protection) Local 699
TWO-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION

VANESSA JACKSON

Hometown:  Columbus, Ohio
Birth date:  1983
Height:  5'3"
Weight:  140 pounds
Coach's name:  Coach Reeves
Club name:  Thompson Recreation
Began boxing:  2005 at Lula Pearl Douglas Center
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION

GRACE PARKS

Hometown: Bellingham, WA  
Birthdate: July 26,1980
Height: 5-9
Weight: 154 pounds
Coach's name: Kurt Morlock and Jeremy Noone
Club name: Bellator Boxing Club
2008 FUTURE STARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SILVER MEDALIST

MEREDITH DELLA GIUSTINA

Hometown:  Lexington, Kentucky
Birth date:  October 2, 1984
Height:  5-8
Weight:  160 pounds
Coach's name:  Dr. George Ginter
Club name:  University of Kentucky Boxing Club
Began boxing:  October of 2006
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION

MIOSHIA WAGONER

Hometown:  Lawrence, Kansas
Birth date:  1982
Height:  5-7
Weight:  176 pounds
Coach's name:  Erick Railey and Darren Jacobs
Club name:  Haskell Boxing Club
Began boxing:  August of 2006
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION

TIFFANIE HEARN

Hometown:  Louisville, Kentucky
Birth date:  January 15, 1984
Height:  5-10
Weight:  180 pounds
Coach's name:  James Doolin
Club name:  Louisville Legends
Began boxing:  2007
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION

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