Hanna Gabriel Valle (born 14 January 1983), known as Hanna Gabriel, is a Costa Rican professional boxer and two-weight world champion. She has held the WBA super welterweight title since 2016. Previously, she held the WBO welterweight title in 2009 and the WBO junior middleweight title twice between 2010 and 2018.

Hanna Gabriel
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Gabriel in 2010
Statistics
Real nameHanna Gabriel Valle
Nickname(s)La Amazona / Black
Weight class
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
NationalityCosta Rica Costa Rican
Born (1983-01-14) 14 January 1983 (age 37)
Alajuela, Costa Rica
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights23
Wins20
Wins by KO11
Losses2
Draws1
No contests0

Gabriel is the daughter of Yolanda Valle Moreno and Lesslie Gabriel Binns, a promising boxer who qualified for the Olympic Games in Moscow 1980, but was unable to attend. She has one brother, Windell, who played football in the Costa Rican Primera División.[1]

Professional CareerEdit

Gabriel made her professional debut on 17 November 2007, against Nicaraguan Aoska Xochilet Herrera at the Gimnasio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica, winning by third-round technical knockout (TKO).[2]

On 19 December 2009, Gabriel fought for the vacant WBO welterweight title against Argentine Gabriela Zapata at the Dennis Martínez National Stadium, Managua, Nicaragua, winning by TKO in the fourth round. The event and was part of an evening of posthumous tribute to three-weight Nicaraguan world champion Alexis Arguello, El Flaco Explosivo, considered one of the greatest boxers of all time.[3]

On 14 January 2010, just over a month after capturing the WBO welterweight title, Gabriel relinquished the belt after suffering several blackouts - said to be caused by having to cut-weight in order to make the welterweight limit.[4]

On 29 May 2010, Gabriel moved up in weight to face Dominican Gardy Álvarez for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, winning by first-round TKO in a fight that lasted only 11 seconds.[5]

On 11 January 2011, Gabriel successfully defended her title against American Melisenda Pérez, winning by TKO in the tenth-round. Her cousin Andrés Calderón was present for the fight and was noted as part of her motivation to win in a following interview.[6]

On 31 March 2011, Gabriels once again fought Melisenda Pérez, this time winning with a seventh-round TKO. With 14,000 in attendance, the event was part of the inauguration acts of the National Stadium of Costa Rica.[7]

On 28 February 2013, Gabriels suffered her first career loss via second-round TKO to Oxandia Castillo of the Dominican Republic, losing her unbeaten streak and WBO junior middleweight title.

On 20 December 2014, after nearly two years out of the ring, Gabriels once again fought for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title against Mexican Paty Ramirez, regaining her title with a second-round TKO.

On 18 June 2016, Gabriels fought Katia Alvariño of Uruguay, winning by TKO in the third round, capturing the vacant WBA super welterweight title and becoming a unified world champion.

Gabriels defended the unified light middleweight championship twice in 2017; On 27 May, she won a unanimous decision over Canadian Natasha Spence, and on 13 October, avenged her first career loss against Oxandia Castillo by unanimous decision.

On 22 June 2018, Gabriels moved up in weight for the third time to challenge two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields for the vacant WBA and inaugural IBF middleweight titles at the Masonic Temple, Detroit. After becoming the first fighter to knock Shields down, Gabriels lost a 10 round unanimous decision (91-98, 92-97, 92-97).[8]

ActivismEdit

In July 2019, Gabriel acknowledged in an interview that she suffered sexual abuse at age five as part of an effort to raise awareness about the issue. Gabriel is an activist for gender equity and against violence.[9] That same year Gabriel was appointed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a special collaborator to help campaigns for refugees and against xenophobia.[10]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
22 fights 19 wins 2 losses
By knockout 11 1
By decision 8 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 Win 20–2–1   Abril Vidal UD 10 17 Jul 2019   Gimnasio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Retained WBA super welterweight title
22 Win 19–2–1   Sarah Dwyer UD 10 26 Jan 2019   Managua, Nicaragua Retained WBA super welterweight title
21 Lose 18–2–1   Claressa Shields UD 10 22 Jun 2018   Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, United States For vacant WBA and inaugural IBF middleweight titles
20 Win 18–1–1   Oxandia Castillo UD 10 13 Oct 2017   Gimnasio Nacional Eddy Cortés, San José, Costa Rica Retained WBA and WBO junior middleweight titles
19 Win 17–1–1   Natasha Spence UD 10 27 May 2017   BN Arena, Hatillo, Costa Rica Retained WBA and WBO junior middleweight titles
18 Win 16–1–1   Katia Alvariño TKO 3 (10) 18 Jun 2016   Polideportivo José María Vargas, La Guaira, Venezuela Retained WBO junior middleweight title;
Won vacant WBA super welterweight title
17 Win 15–1–1   Kali Reis UD 10 17 Oct 2015   Estadio Edgardo Baltodano Briceño, Liberia, Costa Rica Retained WBO junior middleweight title
16 Win 14–1–1   Paty Ramirez TKO 2 (10) 20 Dec 2014   El San Juan Resort and Casino, Carolina, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO junior middleweight title
15 Lose 13–1–1   Oxandia Castillo TKO 2 (10) 28 Feb 2013   Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Aymá, San Juan de Tibás, Costa Rica Lost WBO junior middleweight title
14 Win 13–0–1   Dakota Stone TKO 8 (10) 7 Jan 2012   Palacio de los Deportes, Heredia, Costa Rica Retained WBO junior middleweight title
13 Win 12–0–1   Melisenda Pérez TKO 7 (10) 31 Mar 2011   Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Retained WBO junior middleweight title
12 Win 11–0–1   Melisenda Pérez TKO 10 (10) 9 Jan 2011   Hotel & Casino Conrad, Punta del Este, Uruguay Retained WBO junior middleweight title
11 Win 10–0–1   Gardy Pena Alvarez TKO 1 (10) 29 May 2010   Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO junior middleweight title
10 Win 9–0–1   Gabriela Marcela Zapata KO 4 (10) 19 Dec 2009   Estadio Nacional, Managua, Nicaragua Won vacant WBO welterweight title
9 Win 8–0–1   Yvonne Reis UD 6 26 Sep 2009   UVI Sports & Fitness Center, Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
8 Win 7–0–1   Nayeli Vazquez UD 9 18 Apr 2009   Gimnasio Nº 1 de La Sabana, San José, Costa Rica
7 Win 6–0–1   Irasema Valerio KO 1 (8) 12 Dec 2008   Gimnasio Nº 1 de La Sabana, San José, Costa Rica
6 Win 5–0–1   Nayeli Vazquez UD 8 15 Nov 2008   Gimnasio Villa Olímpica, Desamparados, Costa Rica
5 Draw 4–0–1   Rachel Clark MD 6 13 Sep 2008   Expo Pocosí, Limon, Costa Rica
4 Win 4–0–0   Wanda Pena Ozuna KO 1 (4) 23 Aug 2008   Gimnasio Nº 1 de La Sabana, San José, Costa Rica
3 Win 3–0–0   Cristy Nickel UD 4 5 Jul 2008   Gimnasio Nº 1 de La Sabana, San José, Costa Rica
2 Win 2–0–0   Evelina Diaz KO 3 (10) 16 Feb 2008   Gimnasio Nacional Eddy Cortés, San José, Costa Rica
1 Win 1–0–0   Aoska Xochilet Herrera TKO 3 (4) 17 Nov 2007   Gimnasio Nacional Eddy Cortés, San José, Costa Rica Professional debut

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Los Gabriels llevan el deporte en la sangre
  2. ^ Hanna Gabriel, una mezcla de belleza y poder
  3. ^ Hanna Gabriel se alzó con el título mundial
  4. ^ Boxeadora Hanna Gabriel renuncia al título mundial para cuidar su salud
  5. ^ Hanna Gabriel se proclama campeona mundial super welter de la OMB
  6. ^ Costarricence mantiene el título OMB.
  7. ^ http://www.nacion.com/2011-03-31/Deportes/UltimaHora/Deportes2734412.aspx
  8. ^ "Claressa Shields knocked down, but fights back to beat Hanna Gabriels". eu.freep.com. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  9. ^ Alfaro, Antonio (31 July 2019). "Hanna Gabriel: 'Fui abusada sexualmente cuando tenía cinco años'". La Nación. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  10. ^ Herrera, Walter (24 junio, 2019). "Hanna Gabriels designación ONU: "Finalmente puedo ayudar a la humanidad de manera masiva"". La República. Retrieved 13 January 2020. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion WBO female Welterweight champion
December 19, 2009 – 2010
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Cecilia Brækhus
Inaugural Champion WBO female light-middleweight champion
May 29, 2010 – February 28, 2013
Succeeded by
Oxandia Castillo
Vacant
Title last held by
Oxandia Castillo
WBO female light-middleweight champion
December 20, 2014 – Present
Incumbent
Vacant
Title last held by
Layla McCarter
WBA female light-middleweight champion
June 18, 2016 – Present