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Grassroots in the News: August 14

USA Boxing, New Zealand Boxing, Boxing Australia, GB Boxing, England Boxing and the Dutch Boxing Federation have been confirmed as the first six official members of World Boxing, the new international federation, established to support the growth and development of the sport at local, regional, national and international levels.

All six countries have completed a rigorous application process and been approved as members by the Executive Board of World Boxing.

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Local boxer Karena Verbitsky was a part of history last month. Verbitsky has been working hard on making a name for herself in the women’s boxing scene, and to continue to do so, Verbitsky made her way to Toledo, Ohio to participate in the USA Boxing Women’s Championships.

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Boxing returns to Rockford in a big way Saturday with four hours of amateur matches in a downtown festival-like atmosphere.

Here is what you need to know about the second annual Rockford Boxing Classic:

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Oceguera Girls Recently Scored No. 1 and No. 2 National Rankings in Respective Categories; Owe Success to Family

CALEXICO — Having a ranking of No. 1 or No. 2 is no easy feat in any sport, let alone boxing, but for the Oceguera sisters, it’s become a fairly standard achievement.

Yet it hasn’t come without sacrifice, dedication, and tons of hard work, and this week saw the Calexico sisters at the top of their respective categories in the latest USA Boxing Rankings released on Monday, Aug. 7.

Lizbeth, age 18 and who goes by “Liz,” is ranked No. 2, and 13-year-old Nayra, also known as “Yaya,” is ranked No. 1.

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Once the last championship boxing bouts were contested at the USA Boxing Women's Championships on Saturday at the Glass City Center, the winners gathered together in the ring for an official photo.

Then it was all hands on deck as USA Boxing officials tore down the two rings that were used to conduct the matches.

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The new Federation, which emerged in the midst of the conflict between the IOC and the IBA with the intention of keeping the sport on the Olympic program in Los Angeles 2028, officially announced its first six members and will elect its authorities in November.

Haverhill teen wins first amateur boxing match

HAVERHILL — You can hear it from across the room.

The smacking sound of Delanna Palmisano’s leather gloves as she connects with stinging jabs and fiery hooks at Inner City Boxing & Youth Development in Lafayette Square.

“She fights like a champion,” said her trainer Sean Farley as his pads absorb the powerful, sharp blows administered by the 17-year-old Palmisano. “She’s physically strong, she trains hard and she takes boxing very seriously, which is a huge factor in her success. This kid will be a national champion someday.”

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