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International Woman's Boxing Hall of Fame announces 2020 class

IWBHF 2020 class

By Amy Green

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IWBHF 2020
IWBHF 2020

The International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame [IWBHF.COM], proudly announces our 7th IWBHF Induction Ceremony.

Following our first six years since the IWBHF was founded in 2014, we are proud and excited to announce our seventh class of IWBHF Inductees for 2020! We will be hosting our induction ceremony/dinner event to honor our 2020 IWBHF Inductees on August 29th, 2020, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year (2019) the IWBHF hosted its 6th annual induction ceremony in Brisbane, California. Sue Fox, founder and president of the IWBHF and WBAN, noted, "this year’s celebration in Brisbane, California turned out better and more successful than I ever even imagined."

Following the event, the IWBHF received a positive reaction and congratulatory messages via private messages, social media postings and comments from the international boxing community, praising the concept of a women’s boxing hall of fame that not only celebrates females in the sport, but males who have contributed significantly to the sport.

Our 2020 IWBHF Inductees are the following: (Boxer Category) Kelsey Jeffries, 41-11-1 (4KO), 1999-2014, Gilroy, California; Melinda Cooper, 23-2-0 (11KO), 2002-2014, Las Vegas, Nevada; Mary Ortega, 32-6-2 (9KO), 1997-2014, Kansas City, Missouri; Sharon Anyos, 14-3-0, 1998-2007 (4KO), Australia; Michele Aboro, 21-0-0 (12 KO), 1995-2001, China; Isra Girgrah Wynn, 28-3-2 (11KO), Maryland; Lisa Brown, 20-6-3 (6KO), Ontario, Canada; Jaime Clampitt, 22-5-1 (7KO), 2000-2013, Warwick, Rhode Island; Valerie Mahfood, 19-14-4 (9KO), 1997-2008, Beaumont, Texas; and high-profile prominent pioneer boxer, Graciela Casillas who fought professional in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning a world title belt, and undefeated as a boxer.

In the non-boxer category, we have the following; Mary Ann Owen, covering women’s boxing for 22 plus years as a photographer and writer; Shelley Williams, a major force outside the ring, inducted into the National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016 and more.

Sue Fox, founder and president of the IWBHF and WBAN, noted, "last years 2019 celebration in Brisbane, California turned out better and more successful than I ever even imagined."

We are honored that for a third year we have Jake Gutierrez of Las Vegas, Nevada, as our Master of Ceremony (MC). Jake has done an amazing job covering and interviewing inductees and guests at our IWBHF ceremonies. He has also appeared on HBO, Showtime, ESPN, BBC, TSN, Telemundo, Univision, and various Pay Per View and Satellite Networks.

Our events have drawn many people together into one space who are in some way or form connected to the sport and where networking and socializing has benefited many of our sponsors and attendees. And with each induction ceremony we seek to continue to bring many more people together.

The IWBHF will be launching an early-bird ticket sales with a discount for the 7th annual IWBHF Induction Ceremony/Dinner event that takes place on August 29, 2020. We will begin the day’s event with a "Meet and Greet" at 5:00 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m, with the induction ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PST). For more information on the 2020 IWBHF, email wban100@aol.com

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