Giselle Salandy

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Giselle Salandy
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Statistics
Real nameJoenette Giselle Ife Salandy
Nickname(s)Magic
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
NationalityTrinidadian
Born(1987-01-25)25 January 1987
Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago
Died4 January 2009(2009-01-04) (aged 21)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights16
Wins16
Wins by KO6
Losses0

Joenette Giselle Ife Salandy ORTT (25 January 1987 – 4 January 2009) was a Trinidadian professional boxer. She was an undefeated unified light middleweight world champion, holding the WBA and WBC, as well as the IWBF, WIBA, WIBF, and GBU female titles, from 2006 until her death in 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Joenette Giselle Ife Salandy was born on 25 January 1987 in Siparia[1] in southern Trinidad. Her mother Maureen died[2] when Giselle was 11 years old. She then resided with Ivy Corian who raised her until she was 14 years old. She attended St. Bridgid's Girls' RC School, Penal Junior Secondary School and then Fyzabad Composite School. She had two siblings, Josanne and Joel.[2]

Athletic career[edit]

At the age of eleven years, nursing a broken arm, Giselle visited the White Eagles Gym with her stepbrother Joel Eligon and started punching a punching bag.[2] She was immediately recognized by the trainers in the gym, Kim 'Bone Crusher' Quashie and Fitzroy Richards.[2] Giselle thereafter got involved in the sport. She made her professional debut at 13 years of age, under coach/manager, Fitzroy Richards. She picked up a series of six victory fights throughout Trinidad and Tobago and the islands of Tortola and Anguilla, with opponents such as Johanna Peña-Álvarez and Ria Ramnarine.[3]

In October 2001, Salandy fought and defeated Paola Rojas, becoming the youngest person to win a boxing title, WIBA IBERO Title, at age 14.

After six fights under coach/manager, Fitzroy Richards, Salandy changed manager to her adopted father, Curtis Joseph and trainer to Joseph "Black Mamba" Charles, a former boxer. Thereafter she could not have boxed because the law of Trinidad and Tobago stated a person under the age of 17 cannot obtain a professional boxing license, thus causing her boxing career to come to a temporary halt.

Five days after her 17th birthday, Giselle returned to the ring in Chaguanas and successfully defended her IBERO Title against Paola Rojas on a card co-promoted by Curtis Joseph, Boxu Potts and Cecil Ford. After that fight her manager, Curtis Joseph, failed to secure fights for her causing her boxing career to come to a halt again. Boxu Potts privately contacted her about a show he was promoting. Salandy then pressured Curtis Joseph into allowing her to represent her country by fighting on Potts' T&T vs. US boxing card.

At age 18, on 23 September 2005, on the T&T vs. US boxing card, promoted by Boxu Potts, Salandy fought and defeated Manela Daniels, breaking a second world record by becoming the youngest female in the world to win the NABC World Title. However, again, manager Curtis Joseph was unable to secure fights for her. She became frustrated with this and severed her work relationship with Curtis Joseph. Shortly after, Salandy and Kim Quashie contacted Boxu Potts to take over managing her career.

Salandy fought Manela Daniels at the Petrotrin Grounds in Fyzabad, a fight she had previously booked, which was promoted by Arthur Sanderson. Salandy then signed a promotional contract with Potts and left her Fyzabad home and went to live with Potts and his family at their Arima home while Miller was in training camp in Ghana.

On 9 December 2006 she became the first person to win six world title belts in one fight. Salandy was awarded Top History Making Fighter of the year 2006 by WBAN, was awarded First Citizen Sports Woman of the year 2006 by The First Citizen Sports Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago and was also presented with the Chaconia Gold Medal by the President of Trinidad and Tobago for her achievement in boxing.[1] This is the second highest national award in Trinidad and Tobago.[4]

Salandy successfully defended her six world titles against Yvonne Reis on 24 March 2007.

On 15 March 2008 super middleweight Natascha Ragosina broke Salandy's record by winning seven belts in one fight. However, only two weeks later at the Centre of Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago, Salandy fought and defeated the then unbeaten Karolina Lukasik in her mandatory defense, regaining her world record by winning eight title belts in one fight.[citation needed] These title belts were: WBC, WBA, WBE, WIBA, IWBF, WIBF, GBU and UBC.[citation needed]

Again on 26 December 2008, Salandy fought and defeated the fourth ranked Yahaira Hernandez, securing her eight title belts and breaking a Caribbean record by being the first boxer in the history of the Caribbean to successfully defend all her world titles six consecutive times.

On 31 August 2009 Salandy was posthumously awarded Trinidad's highest national award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Salandy was the first boxer in the history of the Caribbean to ever receive such an award.[2]

She was inducted into the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame in July 2016[5]

Death[edit]

Salandy died in a motor vehicle collision on the morning of 4 January 2009, crashing her vehicle into a concrete pillar while driving west into Port of Spain on the Beetham Highway. She succumbed to her injuries at around 8:29 a.m.[1] She was 21 years old.[2] The other occupant of the vehicle, national footballer Tamar Watson, was admitted to hospital in critical condition, having suffered massive internal injuries and broken limbs.

Salandy was given a state funeral.

Controversy[edit]

Relatives of Salandy questioned why she was allowed to drive herself on Sunday, as she had a driver was assigned to her.[6] Salandy, who held a driver's permit for the last two years, hired a 21-year-old man to be her driver because of her hectic schedule. Boxu Potts dispelled rumours that the driver abandoned his job, and claimed it was Salandy's decision to drive herself, and her cousin stressed that no one was to blame for the accident.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
16 fights 16 wins 0 losses
By knockout 6 0
By decision 10 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
16 Win 16–0 Dominican Republic Yahaira Hernandez UD 10 26 Dec 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago Retained WBA, WBC and WIBA female light middleweight titles
15 Win 15–0 Poland Karolina Lukasik UD 10 29 Mar 2008 Trinidad and Tobago Dr. João Havelange Centre of Excellence, Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago Retained WBA, WBC, WIBA and IWBF female light middleweight titles;
Won WIBF and GBU female light middleweight titles
14 Win 14–0 United States Dakota Stone UD 10 30 Nov 2007 Trinidad and Tobago Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago Retained WBA, WBC and WIBA female light middleweight titles
13 Win 13–0 United States Yvonne Reis UD 10 24 Mar 2007 Trinidad and Tobago Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago Retained WBA, WBC, IWBF, NABC and WBE female light middleweight titles;
Won vacant WIBA female light middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Miriam Brakache UD 10 9 Dec 2006 Trinidad and Tobago Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago Retained WBA and WBC female light middleweight titles;
Won IWBF, NABC, WBE and vacant IWBA female light middleweight titles
11 Win 11–0 United States Elizabeth Mooney TKO 7 (10) 15 Sep 2006 Trinidad and Tobago Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago Won vacant WBA and WBC female light middleweight titles
10 Win 10–0 Guyana Manela Daniels TKO 3 (6), 2:10 15 Jun 2006 Trinidad and Tobago Petrotrin Grounds, Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
9 Win 9–0 Guyana Manela Daniels UD 8 23 Sep 2005 Trinidad and Tobago Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago
8 Win 8–0 Colombia Paola Rojas UD 8 30 Jan 2004 Trinidad and Tobago Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo, Trinidad and Tobago Retained WIBA Iberian-American light welterweight title
7 Win 7–0 Colombia Paola Rojas UD 8 9 Nov 2002 Curaçao Willemstad, Curaçao Won vacant WIBA Iberian-American light welterweight title
6 Win 6–0 Dominican Republic Johanna Peña Álvarez PTS 6 5 Aug 2001 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Maria Rosario KO 1 (4) 4 Feb 2001 United States Virgin Islands Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
4 Win 4–0 Trinidad and Tobago Erica Benjamin PTS 4 19 Jan 2001 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
3 Win 3–0 Guyana Ann Howard KO 2 (4) 14 Oct 2000 Trinidad and Tobago Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago
2 Win 2–0 Trinidad and Tobago Nimba Wahtuse KO 3 (4) 15 Apr 2000 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
1 Win 1–0 Trinidad and Tobago Nimba Wahtuse KO 3 (4) 25 Feb 2000 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Boxing champion Giselle Salandy is dead". trinidadandtobagonews.com. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Alibey, Walter (31 August 2009). "TT's most decorated boxer". Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Salandy to answer critics". Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Citizen".
  5. ^ http://www.womenofboxing.com/wbc-recognizes-the-legacy-of-jizelle-salandy-ahead-of-her-induction-into-hall-of-fame/
  6. ^ Gumbs-Sandiford, Anika (5 January 2009). "Why was Jizelle driving herself?". Trinidad & Tobago Guardian. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.

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Sporting positions
Inaugural champion WBA Women's Light Middleweight Champion
15 September 2006 – 4 January 2009
Vacated
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WBC Women's Light Middleweight Champion
15 September 2006 – 4 January 2009
Vacated
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Title next held by
Christy Martin
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Title last held by
Vienna Williams
IWBF Light Middleweight Champion
9 December 2006 – 4 January 2009
Vacated
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Preceded by
Karolina Lukasik
GBU Women's Light Middleweight Champion
29 March 2008 – 4 January 2009
Vacated
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