Sunday, May 19, at the 2013 Women’s Continental Championships in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, Team USA won eight gold medals in final round action featuring the top female athletes from North, Central and South America.
Olympic bronze flyweight medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) added another international medal to her list of accolades with her 20-11 decision win over Brazil’s Clelia Marquez.
Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) defeated Argentina’s Leonela Sanchez in the bantamweight championship bout 13-11.
Featherweight Jennifer Hamann (Seattle, Wash.) defeated Argentina’s Karen Carvajal taking an 18-15 decision.
Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) competing in the deepest weight class in the event, defeated Argentina’s Dayana Sanchez 19-11 to win the gold.
Light welterweight Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, N.Y.) won her third double-digit victory (18-6) in a final round contest against Canada’s Sara Kali to win her first major international title.
Tiffanie Hearn (Oxnard, CA) faced Claude Bergeron of Canada in the light heavyweight title bout and won a convincing 19-6 decision.
In heavyweight action, Denise Rico (Los Angeles, CA) won her first major international title with a 23-4 victory over home nation boxer Diosmary Matutes of Venezuela.
Middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, MD.) dropped her championship bout to the Dominican Republic’s Yeneiber Guillen, 15-7 to claim a silver medal. Light flyweight Elisha Halstead (Philadelphia, Pa.) took a bronze medal to bring the U.S. medal count to 9.
The U.S. medal count reached 10 after Danyelle Nicole Wolf (San Diego, CA) defeated Brazilian welterweight Jessica Carline. Wolf won convincingly, perhaps too convincingly, 17-5, to claim that eighth gold medal.
The latest medal haul brings the total medal count in the three recent international events to 26, including 16 gold medals. The USA female boxers continue to show-up their male counterparts.
Now the downside – our local Super Hero had her identity revealed.
Like the people who get relocated in that U. S. Witness Protection Program, Danyelle Nicole Wolf, aka Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, who grew up in Millersville, PA and now lives in San Diego, CA, has had her identity compromised several times. On May 19, after years of anonymity, her identity was once again compromised. For years she remained inconspicuous, hid her super human powers, until little by little the quick reflexes, superior strength and extra stamina gave her away.
Carlos Barragan Jr., her boxing coach at San Diego’s House of Boxing, caught on after he saw paint marks on the bottom of his heavy bags. Here she was pounding them so hard, they started hitting the ceiling. Then, her male counterparts refused to spar with her. She would block every punch and make them look bad.
For years, the former Justice Society of America heroine tried her best to throw people off. Gone was the tiara, lasso of truth, indestructible bracelets and never once did she wear that swimsuit costume. But somethings you just can’t hide, that being her uncanny resemblance to the comic book version of Wonder Woman who is a brunette, tall, well built and beautiful.
To pay for her living expenses, Danyelle would often work as a model. Before long, the photographers with whom she worked discovered her true identity. Then, everything came to light after she joined the Team USA Boxing Team.
Danyelle’s not the only super hero from San Diego to be exposed. On March 30, 2013, Denis “Drago’s Son” Grachev of San Diego’s City Boxing Downtown was outed after he defeated Zolt Erdei (33-0) in that “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four Tournament.”
If per chance they were to disqualify Grachev from the finals against Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (23-0, 15 KOs), it’s believed Grachev already has an offer, a seven figure offer, to star in Rocky VII, Drago’s Son gets his revenge.
That Super Four final, for the $1-million purse to be split 60/40, takes place at the glittering Salle des Etoiles on the Monte Carlo beachfront on July 13. Rodriguez of Worcester, Massachusetts by way of the Dominican Republic won’t stand a chance if he has to face Drago’s Son (13-1-1, 8 KOs) of San Diego by way of Chaykovsky, Russia. After his identity was exposed, he has no reason to play coy with Rodriguez.
As mentioned, this isn’t the first time that a local, super hero has had to change their name. It wasn’t long ago that Jonathan Koppenhaver changed his name to “War Machine.” A good buddy from the same gym considered doing the same. After discovering that “World Peace” had already been taken, he went with “Percy Dove Tonsils.”