Rashida Ellis Wins 2022 Elite Women’s
World Championships Gold!
(May 20th) Lightweight Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) closed out the 2022 Elite Women’s World Championships the same way she began this tournament, having fun and winning.
Ellis, who won bronze at the 2019 Elite Women’s World Championships, became the first American woman to win the lightweight division at the IBA World Championships following her 3-2 decision victory over 2019 World Champion and 2020 Olympic silver medalist Beatriz Ferreira of Brazil.
“It’s about time,” stated Ellis following her victory. “I feel good, I worked hard for this. I had to just fight my fight and look what happens when I do.”
Ellis was in the lead following the first round, which saw the judges score it 4-1. The second and third round were more evenly matched, with both rounds being scored 3-2 for the American, resulting in a final 3-2 decision.
This marked the fifth time the American and Brazilian have met in international competition, with Ferreira taking the last three decisions, including the recent 2022 Elite AMBC Championship finals held this March in Ecuador.
“It was absolutely fantastic,” said USA Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh. “This year she has changed after coming out of the Olympics disappointed, so she got herself in really great shape for this and produce a performance that was world class. All five of her performances were world class.”
Ellis defeated Marija Malencia of Croatia (5-0), Krisandy Rioz of Venezuela (5-0), Jaismine of India (4-1) and Donjeta Sadiku of Kosovo (5-0) in route to her championship bout.
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, dec. over Beatriz Ferreira/BRA, 3-2
Elise Seignolle Voted To IBA Board of Directors!
(May 16th) USA Boxing Foundation Board of Directors member Elise Seignolle was recently voted as one of the 10 new Independent Directors of the International Boxing Association (IBA) Board of Directors after earning the most votes of all candidates during the final day of the IBA Extraordinary Congress in Istanbul, Turkey.
“I am grateful for all the support, however there is a lot of work to be done,” stated Seignolle. “I feel like this is a huge win with the top three Board of Directors that were voted on were females at the Women’s World Championships. This represents the start of a change in leadership and culture.”
“Elise is uniquely qualified to be an Independent Board of Director for IBA,” said Mike McAtee, USA Boxing Executive Director. “Her finance background will be invaluable in helping IBA with financial accountability and transparency. Also, her energy, business knowledge, ability to connect with people and her boxing tenacity will all be used to make a difference in helping change the leadership and culture of Olympic-style boxing."
The election for the Board of Directors saw the following candidates elected:
Elise Seignolle, USA (106 votes)
Pearl Dlamini, Eswatini (88 votes)
Belhaj Abdeljaouad, Morocco (82 votes)
Kristy Harris, Australia (84 votes)
Zsuzsanna Toth, Hungary (71 votes)
Marta Forcen Celaya, Spain (63 votes)
Volodymyr Prodyvus, Ukraine (76 votes)
Yousuf Al-Kazim, Qatar (71 votes)
Jinquiang Zhou, China (69 votes)
Dian Gomez, Sri Lanka (69 votes)
Out of 155 voting National Boxing Federations, Seignolle’s 106 votes was 68% of the nations voting in her favor.
Per IBA’s aim for equal representation, at least five of the 10 elected directors had to be women, and only three candidates could be elected per continent.
Umar Kremlev was elected by acclamation to serve a second term as IBA President following the decision of Dutch Boxing Federation leader Boris van der Vorst being ineligible to run by the Boxing Independent Integrity Unit (BIIU).
The IBA Board consists of 18 members, Kremlev, heads of the five continental governing bodies, 10 independent directors and two representatives of the Athletes’ Committee.
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