Kaliesha West

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Kaliesha West
Statistics
Real name Kaliesha West
Nickname(s) "Wild Wild"
Rated at Junior Featherweight
Height 5 ft 5 in (162.56 cm)
Reach 71 in (180.3 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1988-02-11) February 11, 1988 (age 26)
South Haven, Michigan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 20
Wins 16
Wins by KO 4
Losses 1
Draws 3
No contests 0

Kaliesha West is a professional female boxer and the former 3 time WBO Female Bantamweight and IFBA super Bantamweight Boxing World Champion. She is the first professional boxer in history, between both male and female, to become a World Champion from Inland, CA. [1][2] She was born on February 11, 1988, in South Haven, Michigan.[2] West currently resides in Moreno Valley California, a small suburb between Riverside and Palm Springs. West is a Motivational Speaker and implements her courage on being a Women's Right's advocate for Women's Boxing. She shares her passionate beliefs that equal opportunities for female fighters should be given to those who have worked hard, and accomplished the greatest of challenges in their profession whether male/female. On September 18, 2010, West won the WBO title, becoming the first world boxing champion from the Inland Empire.(Between men and women)[1][3] Her father, Juan West, is her boxing trainer and manager.[2] She was also a contestant on the CW reality show Capture, she placed 4th out of 12 teams. Currently, West is delivering her voice through social media networks, campaign, and protests across the United States in hopes to generate a following from those who believe in equal opportunities for women's boxing. Some compare her representation in the sport of Women's Boxing to that of Billie Jean King.

Multi-cultural heritage[edit]

Kaliesha West is an athlete of multi-cultural heritage. Her father, Juan West, is African American, Puerto Rican, Irish and American Indian descent. Her mother, Melissa, is of Mexican heritage.

The Early Years[edit]

West was first introduced to boxing while attending her father's boxing fights.[2] However, her father was reluctant to involve her in the sport.[2] Juan West tried to appease his 10-year-old daughter by showing her the proper boxing stance and how to punch.[2] He gave her difficult training exercises to discourage her. When she persisted, Juan took her to a gym to fight a much bigger opponent, and she lost.[2] Kaliesha refused to give up boxing and continued her training.[2]

High School[edit]

She attended Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, where she started freshmen year as Varsity Cross Country and track.[2] She participated in boxing activities outside of school.

Amateur career[edit]

West won numerous tournaments and honors, including the 2002 and 2003 Junior Olympic championships, the 2003 and 2004 Silver Gloves championships, and the 2002 125 lb. National Golden Gloves championship for ages 13–14.[2] Her overall amateur record was 98-10.[2]

West turns professional[edit]

Just after turning eighteen years old, West made her pro debut on February 23, 2006 at San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, California, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Suzannah Warner.[1][2]

West wins the WBO World Title[edit]

On September 18, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Kaliesha West won the vacant WBO Bantamweight title with a seventh round TKO over Angel Gladney of South Carolina at 0:59 in a scheduled ten-rounder.[1] She made boxing history, as she became the first boxing champion from the Inland Empire.[1] West also became the first female to win a world title on a Golden Boy Promotions fight card.[4] West successfully defended her WBO title for three consecutive years traveling the world against Mexico, Argentina, and USA.

West wins the IFBA World Title[edit]

On October 6, 2012, at the Finish Line Sports Bar and Grill in Pomona, California, Kaliesha West won the vacant IFBA Junior Featherweight title with a 10 round unanimous decision over Christina Ruiz of Texas.[1] Kaliesha successfully moved up to the next weight division to become a two division world champion. West also became the first female to headline for Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions.

Public Viewing[edit]

In 2013, Kaliesha participated as a contestant on the first season of Capture, an American reality competition television series on The CW loosely inspired by The Hunger Games. West was also featured as an athlete promoting Sony's new waterproof mp3 Walkman.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 2012 IFBA International Female Boxers Association Super Bantamweight World Title[5]
  • 2011 Moreno Valley Grand Marshall

2010 Proclamation from the city of Moreno Valley.

  • 2010 WBO Female Bantamweight World Title (3 defenses)[5]
  • 2010 First ever world champion between men and women from Inland Empire, CA.
  • 2005 National Golden Gloves Champion[5]
  • 2004 First Female B.C.R. Champion[5]
  • 2004 Silver Gloves Champion[5]
  • 2003 Silver Gloves Champion[5]
  • 2003 Junior Olympic Champion[5]
  • 2002 Junior Olympic Champion[5]

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