Wonder Woman helps USA Boxing Team secure Gold

Danyelle Nicole Wolf, 2013 USA National Amateur Champion, 2013 Women's Continental Champion.

San Diego’s very own Danyelle Nicole Wolf, 2013 USA National Amateur Champion, 2013 Women’s Continental Champion.

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 which featured 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 a 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, Washington) defeated Argentina’s Karen Carvajal taking an 18-15 decision.

Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Washington) 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. Like me, do you see the resemblance between Wolf and Wonder Woman.

Quote from Wonder Woman: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetypes lack force, strength and power. Being tender and submissive is not something I aspire to.”

Wonder Woman: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetypes lack force, strength and power. Being tender and submissive is not something I aspire to.”

Team members Collageb Collage of the team sitting around9 pack Collage of Danyelleon the surf boardCollageThe latest medal haul, which includes 16 Gold medals, brings the total medal count in the three recent international events to 26. The USA female boxers continue to show up their male counterparts. 

Now the downside – our local Super Hero has had her identity revealed

Like the people who get relocated in that Federal Witness Protection Program, Danyelle Nicole Wolf, aka Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, who grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania and now lives in Pacific Beach, San Diego, Calif., has had her identity compromised. On May 19th, after years of anonymity, her identity was 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. Next, 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 darndest to throw people off. Gone was the tiara, lasso of truth, indestructible bracelets and never once did she wear the 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.”

On the top right we have Denis "Drago's Son" Grachev present day and below a photo of Grachev as a youngster. And who's the man on the left? He’s the character Ivan Drago played by Dolph Lundgren in the movie Rocky IV. Standing seven foot tall and weighing 259 pounds, he was an insanely bada## boxer from the Soviet Union who perpetually beat the crap out of anyone who dared cross his path.

Top right is Denis “Drago’s Son” Grachev present day. (below) Grachev as a youngster. The man on the left? He’s the character Ivan Drago played by Dolph Lundgren in the movie Rocky IV. Standing 7 foot tall and weighing 259 pounds, he was an insane, bada## boxer from the Soviet Union who perpetually beat the crap out of anyone who dared cross his path.

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.

The Super Four Finals, 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 is exposed, he’ll have no reason to play coy with Mr. Rodriguez.

As mentioned, this isn’t the first time 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 “World Peace” had already been taken, he went with “Percy Dove Tonsils.”

 

Share This Post

About the Author

Jim Wyatt, a 1970 graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, has written weekly sports features for several Military newspapers, WCKMuayThai.com, SportofBoxing.com and Examiner.com as their San Diego Boxing Examiner. He was one of the four "Wise Guys" who predicted winning football selections versus the Vegas spreads. Some of the people he enjoyed meeting: Earvin "Magic" Johnson, WWF Wrestler Lita, LaDainian Tomlinson, Nate Kaeding and Darren Bennett of the Chargers, Tony Gwynn and Jake Peavy of the Padres, soccer stars Shannon MacMillan and Julie Foudy, Mixed Martial Artists Cris Cyborg, Junior Dos Santos, the Nogueira brothers plus the many great people involved in boxing and Muaythai.