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of J & P Photography


Kasha The "Fighting Marine" Chamblin began boxing training to stay in shape and to get her younger brother Max involved with Beau Williford's Ragin’ Cajun Amateur Boxing Club in Lafayette, Louisiana. Chamblin had just finished eight years in the US Marine Corps, four on active duty and four of inactive duty, and she was one of only a handful of women serving as Marine training instructors.

The boxing workout suited her style, she said. "I’m always looking for the toughest thing to do ... that’s why I went into the Marines.”

What began for her as a conditioning tool, rather than climbing through the ropes to deal out real punishment, peaked Kasha's  interest.  She signed on to train for competition with Williford and former world champion Deirdre Gogarty, whose all-out battle with Christy Martin on a Mike Tyson PPV undercard had put women's pro boxing back in the media spotlight in 1996.

“I’m breaking ground because I’m one of the first people that Deirdre has worked with and trained,” Chamblin said. “For me to be her first pupil is pretty special. She was number one in the world, you couldn’t ask for somebody any better to teach you.” Chamblin regularly spars with Gogarty as well as with male boxers in Williford's gym.

“I’ve been doing a lot of running, wind sprints, a lot of cardiovascular work,” she said. “I’m doing a lot of just moving around the ring with Deirdre and staying sharp. There won’t be any question about me being in the best shape I’ve ever been.”

Kasha had her first, and only, full-scale amateur bout in March 2004 after months of postponements, walkovers and other cancellations. In that fight, she dominated a more experienced Ashley Gibson of New Orleans, winning all three rounds and claiming the then-vacant Louisiana-Mississippi-Alabama-Northern Florida 125-pound women’s amateur title. Seeing few openings for women’s amateur boxers, Chamblin signed on as a professional after this success. 

She made her pro debut on on the “Forces of Destruction” undercard on June 18, 2004 at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, Louisiana. She weighed in at 124 lbs and TKO'd debut fighter Lisa Zeringue (120 lbs) of Covington, Louisiana at 1:49 in the third round.  Kasha entered the ring with the Marines´ hymn blaring, then used solid combinations to keep Zeringue in trouble almost from the start. She hit Zeringue with a lead left 15 seconds into the fight and scored a solid right 20 seconds before the end of the first round and dropped Zeringue with an immediate follow-up right. A left-right combination early and an overhand right late provided two more knockdowns in the second round, and Zeringue barely survived until the second-round bell. A solid right dropped Zeringue in her own corner, for the fourth time in the fight, at the end of the third round. Referee Kenny Saintes stopped the bout.

“I was trying to see what kind of power she had early,” Chamblin said. “But Beau kept telling me to double up the jab and throw the right hand. When I started doing that, you could tell she was getting shy, she flinched every time I flicked my right hand.”

This was the first sanctioned women's professional bout ever held in Lafayette.

Chamblin vs. Kendrick in August 2004
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of J & P Photography

On August 28, 2004 at Grand Casino Coushatta Pavillion in Kinder, Louisiana, Kasha (122 lbs) TKO'd Dana Kendrick (122¼ lbs) at 1:01 of the first round. Kendrick brought a 7-2 record into this fight but she was quickly overwhelmed. Chamblin hit Kendrick at will for the final 30 seconds before Kendrick turned her back and referee Kenny Licata stopped the one-sided bout.

On November 26, 2004 at the Grand Casino in Gulfport, Mississippi, Kasha (122 lbs) won by a TKO over pro debut fighter Sandi Mitchell (126 lbs), who was unable to answer the bell for the second round. 

On April 16, 2005 at the Isle of Capri Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, Kasha (122 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,39-36,39-36) decision over Kris Sepulvado (130 lbs) of Shreveport, Louisiana. Perennial "opponent' Sepulvado fell to 1-14-2.  "I'm ready to go and I can't wait," Chamblin said before the fight ended a nearly five-month layoff. "I don't care who the opponent is. I only know I'm anxious for it to get here."

On August 27, 2005 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, Kasha TKO'd debut fighter Kerri Hill of Arkansas at 0:43 in the first round. For MPEG and photo coverage of this fight, see WBAN Members Records Site MPEG/Photo Gallery #281.

On November 26, 2005 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, Kasha won by a four-round majority (39-37,39-37,38-38) decision in a rematch with Kris Sepulvado. 

On August 12, 2006 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, Kasha (124 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36, 40-36, 39-37) decision in her third bout with Kris Sepulvado (140 lbs), who was a late substitute.

On October 24, 2006 at the Petroleum Club in Shreveport, Louisiana, Kasha won by a TKO at 0:38 in the first round over pro debuter Cantrell (Candy) Sewell of Shreveport. According to local news sources (Donald McDonald of the advertiser.com) Chamblin caught Sewell with a straight right less than 15 seconds into the bout, and then threw a barrage of punches on Sewell before the referee stopped the fight.

On December 2, 2006 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, Ina Menzer (125¾ lbs) of Mönchengladbach, Germany defended the WIBF Featherweight title with an eighth-round TKO of Kasha (123½ lbs).  Menzer caught Chamblin with a straight right hand with approximately 20 seconds left in the eighth round. Chamblin, making her first title-bout appearance, went down for the first time in her career. She quickly rose, but the referee stopped the bout with approximately 10 seconds left in the round.  According to WBAN correspondent Ewan Whyte, "Chamblin was a worthy challenger – stylish, fit and full of heart – but she read the exchanges less well than her opponent, missed widely with her best shots, and did scant mischief with the rest. An exchange in the first round encapsulated the entire fight: a jab so anaemic from Chamblin it may even have been a feint, followed by an uppercut that did no damage, refuted by a right cross to the face that did; a furious but ineffectual flurry of four shots in reply from Chamblin interrupted by a clubbing left hook to the cheekbone that bent her neck; and then a second – a punishment shot, almost – for good measure, that knocked her sideways and left her blinking and covering up". Menzer improved to 16-0 (8 KO's) while Chamblin fell to 8-1-0 (4 KOs).

Chamblin vs Biggers
Chamblin (right) vs Biggers in August 2007
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J & P Photography

On August 25, 2007 at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, Louisiana 
Kasha won an eight-round unanimous (80-72 x 3) decision over Donna Biggers of South Carolina. J & P Photography who covered the fight for WBAN, said: “Biggers looked to be a heavy hitter and she withstood the initial onslaught of Chamblin with a good return of her own. At times, Chamblin was able to land some accurate jabs to Biggers. Kasha looked like she played a "rope-a-dope" with her opponent, staying in a shell stance and letting Biggers wail away with some clubbing shots. Biggers, at times, taunted Chamblin trying to make her mad...trying to make her open up to leave herself open.” 

In a post fight interview, Chamblin said, ““Because she [Biggers] had so many first and second-round knockouts (16 of Biggers’ 19 wins had come by KO, 14 of them in the first two rounds), I wanted to set a tone and show I wasn’t backing down. I went in wanting to throw every punch hard in every round.”  Biggers said after the fight, ““I was trying to get my counterpunching down. she (Chamblin) caught me with some good shots. She had a good jab and she has heart because I know I caught her a couple of times. She’s a little better than I anticipated.” For video and photo coverage of this fight by J & P Photography, see WBAN Members Records Site MPEG/Photo Gallery #442. 

On November 24, 2007 at Paragon Casino and Resort in Marksville, Louisiana, Florida-based Ada Velez (121½ lbs) of Puerto Rico won a ten-round unanimous (97-93,98-92,100-90) decision over Kasha for the vacant IBA Junior Featherweight title.  Chamblin fell to 10-2 (2 KOs) with the loss while Velez improved to 16-3-2 (6 KOs).

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