The Women’s Boxing Archive Network, founded in 1998 by former #1-rated fighter Sue “TL” Fox, has become the world’s leading authority for resource and information on female boxing. The WBAN belt is awarded selectively and only in recognition of championship fights featuring best-in-class matchups in a division. Shields and Nelson are ranked #1 and #2 at super middleweight by the WBAN.
Over the ensuing years, a veritable “who’s who” of female fighters have held WBAN Championships, including Holly Holm, Anne Sophie Mathis, Myriam Lamare, Frida Walberg, Amanda Serrano, Mary Jo Sanders, Ann Marie Saccurato, Lindsay Garbatt, Melissa Hernandez, Diane Prazak and Yazmin Rivas.
“Through the WBAN, the ‘best of the best’ have the opportunity to fight for an elite, independent belt,” said Sue Fox. “This is a tremendous fight between the two best female super middleweights in the world and the WBAN is happy to add our sanction.”
In the February 2012 commemorative issue of The Ring Magazine, Fox was named one of the Top-Ten Most Influential female boxers of all time. In 2008, USA Boxing recognized Fox for her contributions in developing the sport. Fox also created the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) in 2014.
Also featured on the January 12 telecast, Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) will face fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio. In the co-feature, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) will take on Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.