‘The Razor’ holding off pro dreams awaiting IOC decision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week She grew up taking martial arts from world renowned kickboxingchampion Benny “The Jet” Urquidez. She played basketball and ran track at Granada Hills. Barber didn’t take up boxing until she saw Freeda Foreman, a daughter of boxing great George Foreman, in a televised fight. “I didn’t know women could fight,” she said. “After I saw her fight on television, I was like, ‘I need to get into that.’ ” Barber, who trains with Stan Ward, is the No. 3-ranked featherweight by USA Boxing. UCLA’s Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn were selected preseason All-Americans by the Women’s Basketball News Service, which ranked the Bruins 22nd. “If they say women’s boxing is going to be in the Olympics, I’m going to stay an amateur,” Barber said. “Women boxers have never had the opportunity to compete in the Olympics, and I’d love to be one of the first.” If women’s boxing is denied a place on the Olympic menu, Barber says she’ll turn pro. Blue, an honorable-mention All-American last season after leading UCLA in scoring (17.0 points per game) and assists (6.0 per game), is part of the WBNS’s 10-player first team. Also included in Stanford star Candice Wiggins. Quinn, who was averaging 16.9 points per game when she suffered a season-ending knee injury in mid-January, is a third-team choice. Blue and Quinn also are preseason Wooden Award candidates, and Blue is on the Wade Trophy list. UCLA baseball coach John Savage’s incoming recruiting class is the nation’s fifth-best, according to Baseball America. Collegiate Baseball rated the class ninth. The class features three drafted players (Angels 11th-rounder Tim Murphy, a left-hand pitcher/outfielder from Rancho Buena Vista High of Vista, plus Tyson Brummett, a right-hander from Central Arizona Community College, and David Huff, a left-hander from Cypress College). Two local products – Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks’ Robert Dickmann and Agoura’s Jason Novak also are part of the 17-player class. Jordan Taylor, a Valencia High junior and one of the nation’s top college softball prospects, has narrowed her college choices to seven: UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Washington, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Scott French and Gerry Gittelson contributed. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It would be nice to get paid for all the hard work she puts in, but Jennifer “The Razor” Barber said she’s willing to wait if there’s a chance to compete for Olympic gold. Barber, a senior at Cal State Northridge and a Granada Hills High graduate, recently won an amateur boxing national title at 125 pounds. She plans to turn professional but is waiting to hear the IOC’s decision on whether women’s boxing will become an Olympic sport in 2008. last_img

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