5'0" straw-weight/flyweight Sarah "Thrilla from Manila" Goodson was born
Sarah Ann Rama on September 7, 1973 in Lomboy, Cebu City in the Philippines.
She now lives in Paris, Arkansas. Her boxer husband Stacy "Goodnight" Goodson is also her
As described on his Goodnight Clubfights
web page, "She
started out only looking to make the quick money that women's boxing (sometimes)
pays. Something happened ... and it turned this sport into a love for her only
second to her children . Sarah has fought for a title with only one or two weeks'
notice. She believes with more time to prepare she is sure to prove herself."
Sarah began her pro career under the name Sarah Jones Rama.
She made her debut on June 11, 1999 at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi, weighing in at 104 lbs and losing by a TKO 1:27 into the first
Nina Ahlin (100 lbs) of Atlanta, Georgia, who improved
to 3-0-1 (2 KO's) with the win.
On October 3, 1999 at Lady Luck Casino in Lula, Mississippi, Sarah (114 lbs) was
knocked out at 1:22 in the second round by Pamela Barker (115 lbs) of Las Vegas,
who improved to 5-1-0. (3 KO's).
On November 26, 1999 at the Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana,
Nina Ahlin (96 lbs) of Atlanta moved her record to
5-1-1 (2 KO's) with a four-round unanimous decision over Sarah (98 lbs). According
to local reports, Ahlin showed superior boxing skills in winning the
decision 40-36 on all cards. Goodson swung wildly with her right
for most of the bout while Ahlin countered with effective combinations to the
On December 10, 1999 at the Grand Casino in Tunica, Mississippi,
Darla Leopold (5'3", 108 lbs) improved her record to 1-1 with a 4-round
unanimous decision over Sarah (106 lbs).
A Women's Boxing Page correspondent told me that Goodson was able
to control the fight when she used her jab, but that Leopold, a 52 year old former Tough Woman contestant,
was too busy and wild for Goodson to handle overall.
On January 14, 2000 at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri,
Deanna "Dynamite" Nance (100 lbs) of Gore, Oklahoma won a four-round unanimous
decision over Sarah (100 lbs). According to a ringside reporter, it was "a
good action fight controlled by Nance as Goodson displayed a limited offensive
arsenal ... primarily a right hook to the body, which Nance absorbed easily.
Both fighters used few combinations, relying on single jabs or hooks." Nance
was the runner-up in the 100-lb division at the 1999 National Golden Gloves
tournament in August 1999, and this fight was her pro debut.
On February 18, 2000 at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, Iowa,
Deanna Nance (99 lbs) won a four-round majority decision over Sarah (100 lbs).
Nance and Goodson went after each other from bell to bell
in a fight that a local reporter Susan Denk described as having more punches
than the other five (men's) fights combined.
On February 25, 2000 at Veteran's Coliseum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Deanna Nance
(99 lbs) won another four-round majority decision over Sarah (100 lbs).
On April 5, 2000 at Station Casino in Kansas City, Missouri,
Susan Nance (115 lbs) of Gore, Oklahoma won her pro debut
with a six-round unanimous decision over Sarah (105 lbs). This bout is sometimes
listed as an exhibition.
On April 28, 2000 at Ben Hur Shrine Temple in Austin, Texas, Juana "Jay" Vega
(105½ lbs) of Austin won her pro debut with a four-round
unanimous decision over Sarah (105 lbs) who fell to 0-8-1. A local report
says that Vega continually locked
Goodson with the left arm while using her right to land shots to the head.
On May 26, 2000 at the Pavilion on Logan Woods in Kansas City, Missouri, Sarah
(105 lbs) notched her first pro win with a second-round TKO of debut fighter
Crystal Parker (106 lbs) of Little Rock, Arkansas.
On June 2, 2000 at the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, Sarah (101
lbs) won a four-round majority decision over Deanna Nance (99 lbs) who fell to
On June 24, 2000 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sarah won a four-round decision over
5'5" debut fighter Lonita Dow of Coal Hill, Arkansas.
On July 15, 2000 at the Fairgrounds in Manchester, Iowa, Sarah (103 lbs) won by
a TKO over Crystal Parker (107 lbs) when Parker retired at the end of the second
round. Parker fell to 0-2.
On August 4, 2000 at Ben Hur Shrine Temple in Austin, Texas, Juana "Jay" Vega
(108 lbs) of Austin won a clear (40-36 on all cards) four-round unanimous
decision over Sarah (105½ lbs) in a rematch. Goodson was now 0-9-1. Vega
improved to 2-0.
On January 19, 2001 at Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi,
Nina Ahlin (100 lbs) of Atlanta
moved her pro record to 7-2-1, (2 KO's) with
a unanimous (60-54,59-55,59-55) six-round decision over Sarah (100 lbs).
On April 12, 2001 at the Hyatt-Regency in Atlanta, Georgia,
moved to 8-2-1 (2 KO's) with a six-round unanimous (60-54 x 3) decision over
Sarah. Goodson showed little defense
and threw many lunging rights in her second bout of the year against
the polished Ahlin. Ahlin did a dance routine in the ring with her fellow
Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders after the bout.
On March 1, 2002 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sarah advanced to
a four-round decision over Stephanie Dobbs of Moore, Oklahoma.
This was Dobbs's pro debut.
On May 7, 2002 in Little Rock, Arkansas,
Sarah (105 lbs) won a four-round bout over debut fighter Melissa Shaffer
(95½ lbs) of Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Goodson had been scheduled
to fight Denise Mullins (1-1-0) on this card and the substitute bout was not
sanctioned by ABC so it was officially an exhibition.
Zaganas (right) vs. Goodson for IFBA title
© Copyrighted photo taken by Chris Cozzone
On June 15, 2002 at Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado:
Vaia Zaganas (103½ lbs) of Burnaby, BC, Canada
won by TKO over Sarah (104 lbs) at 0:36 in the eighth round for the vacant IFBA Strawweight title.
Goodson was outskilled by the 2001
Canadian amateur 45-kg champion (31-4 amateur record), who was usually able to block or slip her
wild haymakers. Goodson had points deducted for illegal tactics (holding and
wrestling) in the third and eighth
rounds. She spit out her mouthpiece and left
the ring when the second point was taken away.
Stacy Goodson told me that, while he does not say that Sarah was
winning this fight, "the ref was not there to give Sarah a fair chance. (The
referee was) unfairly stopping the fight every time Sarah landed a wild ass over
hand right, like they were in a amateur fight. That sanme right hand had
swollen Vaia's eye shut." Zaganas, who was now fighting out of Las Vegas, ended the scheduled twelve-round bout with a goose-egg over her left eye
but she had acquired the IFBA belt and a 5-1-0
(3 KO) pro record as Goodson fell to 5-12-1.
(see the fight photo gallery by Chris Cozzone).
On June 14, 2003 at World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas,
Sarah (116 lbs) returned to the ring after having a baby in the Spring and won a four-round decision over unranked Nikki Verbeck
(110 lbs) of Paris, Arkansas. Verbeck fell to 0-5.
On June 28, 2003 at Farmer's Market, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA:
Sarah (114 lbs) advanced to 7-12-1 (2 KO) with another four-round unanimous decision over
Nikki Verbeck (106 lbs) who was now 0-6-0.
On July 25, 2003 at Creek Nation Gaming Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA,
Vaia Zaganas (105 lbs) of Burnaby, BC, Canada
won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,59-55) decision over
Sarah (106 lbs) in a shorter rematch of their IFBA title fight.
Zaganas controlled the bout with her well-honed boxing skills but
Goodson hung in
trying for a power punch that might turn the fight around. Zaganas, who trained
in Las Vegas was now 10-2-0 (4 KO) while Goodson fell to
7-13-1 (2 KO). Zaganas said "I fight a lot better when I’m mad,” adding that
she had been fired up by pre-fight statements by the Goodsons about being
robbed by the referee Russell Mora's interference in their previous fight.
"I really shouldn't be giving her a rematch. But I dislike
her, and she has a big mouth", added Zaganas.
On October 4, 2003 at World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas,
Sarah (108 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over debut fighter Julianna
Hamil (118 lbs).
On November 22, 2003 at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, USA,
Vaia Zaganas (105 lbs) from Burnaby, British Columbia
won another six-round unanimous (60-54 x 3) decision over
Sarah (106 lbs). According to my correspondent Goodson spent this fight throwing roundhouses that were more like slaps
while Zaganas worked her jabs and combinations inside Goodson's wild swings.
Zaganas improved her pro record to
14-2-0 (6 KO) while Goodson slipped to 8-14-1 (2 KO) with her third loss to Zaganas.
Goodson was a late substitute for Stephanie Dobbs, who
had been TKO'd by Sachiyo Shibata on Nov. 15 and was therefore under a
On April 3, 2004 at Austin-Shain Youth Center in Clarksville, Arkansas,
Sarah (109 lbs) won by a fourth-round TKO over Nikki Verbeck (101 lbs).
On June 5, 2004, Stephanie Dobbs (110 lbs) broke new
ground for women’s boxing when she took two different fights (one
sanctioned and one exhibition) in two different states, on the same day. Dobbs
first fought Sarah (110 lbs)
in a six-rounder at the Leggett and Platt Center in Joplin, Missouri, in Joplin, Missouri, achieving a six-round majority draw. Dobbs then fought a three-round
exhibition against Cindy Christian in Tulsa, OK.
On June 19, 2004 at World Class Fitness in Fort Smith, Arkansas,
Sarah (104 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Beth Hook (103 lbs).
On August 6, 2004 at Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona
Sarah (104½ lbs) won
by an eight round split (74-78,77-75,77-75) decision over Stephanie Dobbs
(104½ lbs) for the vacant WEBA Straw-weight title. Dobbs fell to 12-15-2.
On August 21, 2004 at the Fairgrounds in Paris, Arkansas
Sarah (114 lbs) TKO'd local fighter Tammy McGuire (124 lbs) at the end of the second round of a scheduled
four-rounder. McGuire fell to 0-4.
On May 27, 2005 at the Pope County Fairgrounds in Russellville, Arkansas,
Sarah (105 lbs) won by a TKO at the end of the first round over Nitshia Snyder
(95 lbs) who was making her pro debut.
On June 18, 2005 at World Class Fitness Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas,
Sarah (99 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over
debut fighter Amy Holland (108 lbs).
On August 20, 2005 at the Fairgrounds in Paris, Arkansas, Sarah (102 lbs) won a
four-round unanimous decision over Amy Holland (104 lbs) who fell to 0-2.
On November 26, 2005 at the Convention Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sarah
(102 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Gina Abel (108 lbs) of
Chickasha, Oklahoma, who fell to 0-10-1 with the loss.
On January 14, 2006 at the Indian Center in Wichita, Kansas, Sarah (103 lbs)
TKO'd debut fighter Felica Williams (101 lbs) of Alen, Oklahoma at 1:12 into the
first round of a scheduled four-rounder.
On February 4, 2006 at the Pope County Fairgrounds in Russellville, Arkansas,
Sarah won a four-round unanimous decision over debut fighter April Verbick
On April 5, 2006 at the Ameristar
Casino in Kansas City, Missouri, Sandra Ortiz (104 lbs) of Topeka, Kansas won by
a six-round majority (57-57,59-56,59-56) decision over Sarah (105 lbs). Ortiz improved to 7-3-1 (4 KOs).
On July 19, 2006 at the Hilton Airport Hotel in
Ontario, California, and televised live on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights, Sarah
(102¾ lbs) gained revenge with an eight round unanimous (78-74,77-75,79-73)
decision over Sandra Ortiz (100¼ lbs) for the WIBF Strawweight title.
to WBAN correspondent Bill Ortega "In the eight round fight Goodson used her
right hand like a bludgeon, continually bouncing punches off Ortiz’s head like a
tetherball. Rounds one through four saw Goodson land that right on Ortiz’s head.
She didn’t have an answer for that right hand until the fifth round. In that
round Ortiz began to take the fight inside by lowering her head and bulling her
way in. Referee Tony Crebs warned her for the intentional head ramming but she
continued to do it, but not as low as before.
By taking the fight inside, she kept Goodson off balance and began giving the
Filipina fighter a better contest. Both tried to fight in close but were pretty
ineffective. Goodson’s stamina allowed her to rev up her punches in the eighth
and final round as she whipped right hands once again. Though few landed, she
was in control."
“She doesn’t throw punches when she’s in like that,” said Stacy Goodson
of Sarah. “In the first two rounds she was perfect. But after the fourth
round she wasn’t throwing enough punches.”
“I don’t know what happened,” said Ortiz, “I guess I didn’t do what my
Ortiz slipped to 7-4-1 (4 KOs).
On August 12, 2006 at the Pope County Fairgrounds in Russellville, Arkansas,
Sarah (101 lbs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Nikki Verbeck (102 lbs)
who fell to 1-13-0 with the loss.
On September 23, 2006, at the Convention Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sarah
TKO'd Jacqueline Carlton of who fell to 0-3.
Goodson improved to 22-15-1
(8 KOs) with the win.
On January 20, 2007 at Columbus Oaks in Fort Smith, Arkansas,
Sarah (107 lbs) won a over Nikki Verbeck (106 lbs) of Paris, Arkansas who fell to 1-14-0.
On May 19, 2007 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Sarah (109 lbs) won a four-round
unanimous decision over over Amanda Lyons (114 lbs)
of Conway, Arkansas who fell to 0-2.
On June 23, 2007 at the Convention Center in Fort
Smith, Arkansas, Sarah (107 lbs) won by a four-round unanimous decision over
Amanda Lyons (115 ls) of Conway, Arkansas who fell to 0-3.
On November 3, 2007 at Paris High School, in Paris, Arkanas, Sarah (105 lbs)
TKO'd Addie Erb (105 lbs) at 1:45 in the fourth round of a scheduled
four-rounder, dropping Erb to 0-3.1
On February 29, 2008 at the
Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany,
Aremenian-born Susianna Kentikian (112 lbs) of
Hamburg TKO’d Sarah (110 lbs) at 0:57 in the third round of a scheduled
10-rounder for the WBA and WIBF Flyweight belts. According to WBAN
correspondent Torben L., "Round one started fairly slow for Kentikian's standards.
The Hamburg girl did give some examples of her skill with beautiful
combinations, but she seemed to hold back. Goodson had little luck with her
attempts to connect, and usually was punished for leaving herself too open, when
she did try. Kentikian stayed in control in round two, which also began
relatively slow. The pressure was increased in the middle of the round, and
Goodson took a series of punches both high and low, from the world champion.
Again Kentikian took her foot off the speeder, and the round ended relatively
quiet.At the end of round three, Goodson was caught by a perfectly delivered
right uppercut from Kentikian, and this time she continued the pressure. Backed
up against the ropes, Goodson's only answer was covering up her face, which gave
Kentikian the opportunity to work the body of her completely over challenged
opponent. The referee stopped the fight." Kentikian improved to 20-0-0 (15 KOs)
with the win while Goodson fell to 26-16-1 (9 KOs).
Goodson declared her retirement after this fight but she returned to pro
competition in 2009.
On November 29, 2009 at Körösi Csoma School Gymnasium in Érd, Hungary, in the
main event, Krisztina Belinszky (100¼
lbs) of Hungary won a ten-round unanimous (100-90 x 3) decision over Sarah (102
lbs). Belinskzy was defending her GBU Strawweight title and also captured the
vacant WIBF Minimumweight title. Both boxers began very aggressively but
Belinszky took control and outscored Goodson with her long jabs. Belinszky
moved her record to 24-7-2 (9 KO's) while the once-retired Goodson fell to
28-17-1 (9 KO's) with the loss.
Other Sarah Goodson links
To check out fight reports, complete up-to-date boxing records, with huge digital photos you can go to
the WBAN Records Member Site
Page last updated:
Monday, 10 December 2012