Suszannah “Destiny” Warner was born on August 6, 1970 in Leeds, U.K. Her first
venture into sports was as an amateur soccer player, first in England then,
after moving to the United States in 1992, in New York. Most recently she played
Barnstonworth Lady Rovers
of the New York Women's League, where she was a striker.
Suszannah has always been eager to pass her interest in sports on to others.
When she first came to the USA, she taught sports to
impoverished inner city children at summer camps in Detroit, Massachusetts and upstate
New York. Her interest in boxing came later, as a byproduct of surgery for an ACL injury
that she suffered during a soccer game. Her knee required extensive physical therapy,
during which she joined the Equinox Gym. There she saw a "white-collar" boxing class,
which she joined as a way to help rehab her knee.
She then took to boxing as quickly as she had to soccer!
“It’s funny,” says Warner, “but when I first came to the United States,
boxing wasn’t even on my radar. I had gone to a few training sessions, but was too
involved in soccer to take it seriously. It really hit home, though, in 2003.”
On April 3, 2003 she competed in the New York City Golden
Gloves 106-pound finals at Madison Square Garden,
losing to Mincy Monay of Gleason’s Gym. This temporary setback did not
deter her - her competitive
boxing career was now under way!
A year later, on April 16, 2004 Suszannah won the same 106-lb division in the New York
Golden Gloves, defeating Christina Beckles of Gleason’s Gym. “Everything just escalated out of control after that,”
Suszannah went on to win the 106-lb division of the 2005 USA Boxing National Championships
at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
In the semi-final bout on March 18, 2005 she stopped Valerie Duran of Houston, Texas, RSCO-3
and in the final on March 19 she defeated Bianca Ledezma of Van Orny, Texas by a 9-3 margin.
Soon after this, she decided to turn pro and trained at altitude in Colorado
with the respected Krishna Wainwright for the first six months.
Turning pro at age 35 gave her an urgency about her boxing career that many new fighters
do not have. In Colorado, she was training in a sport that she loved, but not in a place where she felt at home
after eleven years living as a New Yorker.
Warner made her pro debut at the
The Paladium in Denver, Colorado in September, 2005. Weighing in at 119
lbs she TKO'd Doreen Hilton (122 lbs) at 0:55 in the first round of a
On October 28, 2005 at Michael Marr Gymnasium in Las Vegas, New Mexico,
Jodi Esquibel (109 lbs)
of Albuquerque won a four-round unanimous decision over Suszannah (108 lbs).
Esquibel out-gunned Warner, winning by 39-37
on all judges' score cards, and advancing her own pro record to 2-0.
On December 29, 2005 at the Convention Center in Pueblo, Colorado,
Terri Cruz (116 lbs) of Colorado won a four-round unanimous (40-36 x 3) decision over Suszannah (115 lbs).
On February 3, 2006 at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho, USA
Suszannah (112¾ lbs) won a four-round split (40-36,39-37,36-40) decision over Kelly
Vannan (116¼ lbs).
On February 23, 2006 at San Manuel Indian Casino in
San Bernardino, California, Suszannah (117¾ lbs) lost a four-round
unanimous (40-35) decision to Kaliesha West
(118 lbs) of Moreno Valley, California, who was making her pro debut. Warner was knocked down in the
On March 18, 2006 at the Boardwalk Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey,
Suszannah won a four-round majority (39-37,39-37,38-38) decision over undefeated Canadian
Noriko Kariya, who fell to 3-1.
This win over the much-publicized Kariya, who is the sister of NHL hockey star
Paul Kariya, marked something of a homecoming for Suszannah. “The
Atlantic City fight came up and I thought it would be a great opportunity to
find the right people to work with and return to where I belong” she says.
It also marked the start of her winning run for her first pro title.
On May 18, 2006 at Huntington Townhouse in Huntington, New York,
Suszannah (110¾ lbs) won a four-round split (39-37,37-39,40-35)
decision over debut fighter Kimberly Tomes (110¾ lbs) of New York.
On July 26, 2006 at Monticello Raceway in Monticello, New York,
Suszannah (104 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36) decision over
Camela Parker (100 lbs) of Winter Park, Florida who fell to 0-5.
In the third round, three successive jabs to the jaw of Parker had
persuaded her not to attempt much pressure on Warner the rest of
On December 8, 2006 at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York,
Suszannah (101¾ lbs) won an eight round unanimous (78-74,79-73,78-74)
decision over southpaw Yvonne Caples
(5'4", 100 bs) of Las Vegas, Nevada for the vacant NABF Atomweight (102-lb)
title. Caples, a veteran of four highly competitive world title fights, fell to 7-11-2 (1 KO)
with the loss.
On January 25, 2007 at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx,
Suszannah (107 lbs) scored a third round TKO over Nancy Bonilla (106 lbs) of Camuy,
Puerto Rico, who fell to 2-5. Warner dominated the fight from start to finish,
dropping Bonilla in the second round. The bout was stopped to prevent a further
beating to the overmatched Bonilla.
Suszannah vs. Carina Moreno
© Copyrighted photo taken by Alan Messick
On February 22, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore,
California, Carina Moreno (103¾ lbs) of Watsonville,
California won a clear 10-round unanimous (100-90,100-90,100-90) decision over
Suszannah (103¾ lbs) for the WBC Interim Straw-weight title. Moreno dominated
the action from the opening bell, chasing Warner around the ring and landing
solid combinations whenever she could get inside. The bout set Moreno up
as the mandatory challenger for Nanako Kikuchi of
Japan for the full WBC title. Moreno improved to
11-1-0 (3 KO's) with the win while Warner fell to 7-4 (2 KO's).
For more photos of this bout by
Alan Messick, see WBAN
Photo Gallery #412 on the WBAN Records Member Site.
On August 24, 2007 at the Paradise Theater in the
Bronx, Eileen Olszewski of New York, preparing for a WBC
flyweight title fight on September 14 in Italy against champion
Stefania Bianchini, won a close, fast paced four
round majority decision over Suszannah. Both fighters had weighed in at 107 lbs.
The scorecards were: 38-38, 39-37 and 40-36. Olszewski moved her record to 4-0
On December 6, 2007 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, in Lemoore,
California, Carina Moreno won by a 10-round unanimous
decision over Suszannah in a rematch for Moreno's WBC Straw-weight title. Moreno
improved to 16-1-0 (5 KOs) with the win
while Warner fell to 7-6-0 (2 KOs).
On February 1, 2008 at Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain
Head, Arizona. Suszannah spoiled the ring comeback of previously undefeated
Becky Garcia of Mesa, Arizona, winning a 40-36,39-36,40-35 unanimous decision
over the local favorite, who was cornered by four-time world champ Michael
Carbajal. Garcia had been inactive for almost two years after a knee
injury but she began the fight aggressively, only to be decked by a straight
right. Referee Wes Melton ruled it a knockdown caused by a punch, though many in
the crowd believed it had been a push. Garcia became more aggressive but Warner
landed more punishment, leaving her mark on Garcia’s left eye and nose in the
second round. The third and fourth rounds followed the same script as Garcia's
ring rust began to translate into weariness before the scheduled four were over.
A jubilant Warner threw her hands in the air and hugged her trainer at the
decision. Asked about Garcia’s vaunted right hands, Warner
“What right hands? I’m sorry, but I don’t remember feeling any right hands.”
Garcia conceded that her time away from the ring had affected her
performance, saying “I was really surprised by how tired I felt, but I didn’t
want an easy opponent in my first fight back. I wanted to see where I was.”
Garcia fell to 5-1 (3 KO's)
On September 27, 2008 at
Arena Mexico in Mexico City,
local favorite Mariana Juarez (111½ lbs) won a 10-round unanimous
(100-90,99-89,98-92) decision over Suszannah (111 lbs) for the WBC
International Flyweight title. Juarez improved to 17-5-3 (9 KO's).
On March 6, 2009 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin,
California, Suszannah (103½ lbs) fought to a six-round draw
with Julie Rubalcava (102½ lbs) of Westminster, California
whose record moved to 4-1-1 (1 KO).
On May 14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine,
California, Suszannah (106½ lbs) lost a six-round majority
(58-56,58-56,57-57) decision to Melissa McMorrow (107 lbs)
of San Carlos, California who improved to 3-1 (0 KOs).
On December 4, 2009 at the Isleta Casino near Albuquerque, New
Mexico, USA, Suszannah (101½
lbs) won an eight-round split (74-78, 77-75,78-74)
decision over Jodi Esquibel (101¾ lbs)
of Albuquerque to retain her NABF Minimumweight
title. As reported by Chris Cozzone, "Esquibel won
the early rounds by outboxing Warner, but midway through,
momentum swung the opposite way. In the first, Warner chased
after Esquibel in a close round, Esquibel busier and
bouncing on the outside. Able to get within Warner’s longer
reach, Esquibel took the round by outpointing her foe,
zipping in and out of range. Round three was a better round
for Warner, who was able to close the gap on more than one
occasion, to maul Esquibel. In the fourth, closer still, it
was Warner’s pressure and straight rights against Esquibel’s
attempts to catch her foe coming in. By now, Esquibel’s nose
was starting to bleed; Warner’s pressure making its mark. The
fight changed in the fifth, when Warner came out swinging.
Backing up Esquibel, Warner’s straighter punches raised a
welt under Esquibel’s right eye. Tying up more often than
throwing, Warner edged the round. Warner
went to the body in the sixth, then turned her attention upstairs where she
landed an increasing number of rights and hooks to Esquibel’s face. It was
Warner’s first dominant round – but not her last. In the final two rounds,
Esquibel was kept on the defense while Warner mounted a relentless attack.
Unable to counter effectively, Esquibel sought to trade with Warner but
control of the fight was, by now,
long gone." The win moved Suszannah's record to 9-8-1
(2 KOs) while Esquibel fell to 5-5-1 (2 KOs).
On February 6, 2010 at Mungyoeong-city
Gymnasium in South Korea, Ji-Hyun Park (100 lbs) of South
Korea won a controversial 10-round split (
decision over Suszannah (101 lbs) for
the IFBA Strawweight world title, as two Korean judges called
the fight for Park while an American judge called it for
Warner. The fight was a battle of body blows,
according to the IFBA's web site, "Round
One was calm and easy paced as Warner stuck out little jabs to
test the distance. Park doing the same, with a little more
activity took the judges' nod to begin the match, as well as
the Second Round. The Third Round quickened with Warner’s team
encouraging her to pick up the pace and start breaking down
the body with more shots. Into the Fourth Park claimed the
ring and pushed Warner back some taking the round.
All that could be heard during the next three rounds was to
tear up the body of Ji Hyun Park. Team Warner seeing weakness
knew this was the best plan of attack. You could see the
reaction on Park’s face as she began lowering her elbows to
try and protect herself. At more than one point it looked as
though she wanted to turn away and quit, but she toughed it
out and made it out of the Seventh. The battle continued into
the Eighth with neither one wanting to give and inch. Back
and forth the pressure would go. Each one with their backs to
the rope and reversing the other, and each judge going back
and forth with their scores also. The ninth began with both
camps urging their fighter to continue to the body. More
shots were beginning to be blocked so some judges favored
Warner and some the Champion Park. Warner had given a lot of
pressure through the middle rounds and seemed like she let up
slightly in this round. Having defended her title many times,
Park began to push harder and won two of the judges nod for
The Tenth had you wondering why Park hadn’t done this earlier,
as she used her reach and movement more and accelerated her
pressure, which won her the final round. The bell rang and
both fighters immediately put up their hands feeling they had
taken the fight." Team Warner formally
protested the fight scoring to the IFBA, the latest in a
series of similar protests of scoring in IFBA-sanctioned bouts
supervised by the Korean Boxing Commission. Park's record is now 10-2 (4 KO's), Warner's 9-9-1 (2 KO's).
October 22, 2010 at the Capitale Club in New York City, Eileen Olszewski (109
lbs) of New York won a six-round unanimous (58-56,58-56,59-55) decision over Suszannah (107½ lbs). WBAN correspondent Bernie
McCoy wrote that "It was, to me
seated at ringside, a very close fight, each round competitively
fought, although the fourth round was clearly a big round for
Warner. On my very unofficial scorecard, I gave Warner the
second, fourth and fifth rounds. I awarded Olszewski the first
and sixth rounds and I called the third round even. I made it
58-57 Warner. Would I have argued with a score of 58-57
Olszewski? No. Does 58-56 for either fighter seem terribly out
of line? No. Was 59-55, for either fighter, an accurate
assessment of the bout? Not for the six round flyweight fight I
watched at the Capitale last Friday night. I don't believe
either of the two fighters dominated the six round bout to the
extent that she should have been awarded five of six very close
rounds ... while there could and, probably, should, be room for
discussion over the decision, there can be no disagreement over
the fact that the standing room crowd of boxing fans saw two
very good female fighters put on six rounds of very good boxing". Warner fell to 9-10-1 (2 KO's). while Olszewski advanced to 6-2-2 (0 KO's).
On October 29, 2011 at Coliseo Mario 'Quijote' Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, undefeated triple world champion Yesica Bopp
(107½ lbs) from Buenos Aires, Argentina TKO'd Suszannah (105½
lbs) at 1:21 of the first round defending the WBO
Junior Flyweight title. The referee waved the bout off after
second trip to the canvas although Warner was back to her feet by the
five count and appeared more annoyed than hurt by her trip to the
canvas. Bopp improved to 18-0 (8
KO's) with the win while Warner fell to 9-11-1 (2 KO's).
“I can’t believe that I’m here,” said Warner of her boxing success. “It is very surreal to me at times. I’m
surprised how quickly everything has happened, hence my nickname of Destiny. I want to go
out and win titles in various weight classes and make my mark. I want
people to be inspired by the fact that I went out and followed my dreams, even if they
came later in life. ”
Suszannah has also worked for the International Commission for Insurance for
“I would love for people to say she went out and did it at the age of 33,”
continued. “The lesson is that you should never give up on your dreams. Not at 20. Not
at 30 or 40. Not ever.”
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Thursday, 13 December 2012