(JAN 28) HOLLYWOOD-It was a blockbuster rivaling the thousands of
movies manufactured in the land of motion pictures, a premiere that
took place in the heart of
the real Hollywood.
Women, take a bow.
From featherweights to super middleweights, the Ring of Their Own
fighters promoted by Rock and Sock Productions unleashed a five bout
card of female fighters eager to please at the world famous
Hollywood Palladium on Friday.
Jerri Sitzes - Photo: Mary Ann Owen
In the main event, a match the was originally scheduled to take
place in Palm Springs, saw Jeri Sitzes give away the first round to
Jackie Chavez then stepped on the gas while over-powering her
willing opponent and captured the NABF featherweight world title.
Jackie Chavez - PR photo
Sitzes plowed through Jackie Chavez (9-2, 3 Kos) with a blistering
but controlled attack in capturing the vacant NABF featherweight
world title on Friday.
Before 400 people Sitzes (9-5-1, 4 Kos), from Springfield, Missouri,
won nine of 10 rounds with counter-rights and stinging left hooks
against the tough New Mexican Chavez. The judges scored it 99-91,
98-92 twice for Sitzes.
“It feels awesome,” said Sitzes. “I was going for the knockout you
Suswella Roberts (6-0) kept her winning streak alive in Hollywood,
this time against Daria “TNT” Hill (3-3) with non-stop punching in
capturing the WIBA America’s welterweight title. It was Robert’s
toughest opponent, but she was able to stay inside the longer reach
of Hill in winning a unanimous decision 59-52, 59-53 twice by the
“She hits hard,” said Roberts of Hill who was much taller. “I think
she was a real good fighter.” Roberts is looking to get back
in the ring soon.
Oxnard’s Crystal Morales (3-3-1) got her revenge against Sosa Razo
(3-7-1) in a four-round fight with uppercuts and left hooks to the
body. Last time she lost in a featherweight contest, this time it
was at 130 pounds.
“It was hot and I got tired last time we fought in Sacramento,” said
Morales who won by majority decision 38-38, 39-37 twice. Razo
started fast with a barrage of wide-swinging punches. But soon
Morales began controlling the tempo and found room for her uppercuts
and left hooks. “It was my uppercuts and body shots that won the
fight this time,” said
Morales who is trained by former junior lightweight world champion
“We worked a lot on uppercuts,” said Garcia who also trains Mia St.
John. “She’s also a lot harder t hit now.”
Erin Toughill (7-2-1) of Huntington Beach used straighter punches
and more footwork to win by unanimous decision against Florida’s
heavy-hitting Laura Ramsey (5-2). The judges scored it 58-56, 59-55
twice for Toughill who lost
last year to Laila Ali.
Ali, the light heavyweight world champion, was in attendance and is
looking to fight some time in the spring. She looked ready to fight
Angelica Martinez (4-1-1), formerly of Oceanside and now living in
Dallas, proved too sharp for the willing Yvonne Reis (5-9-1) for the
WIBA Intercontinental welterweight title. Using crisp body punches
and a sharp right hand, Martinez won handily 78-74, 80-82 twice
according to the judges.
“It was amazing,” said Martinez after capturing the WIBA
Intercontinental welterweight title. “She has a very awkward style
to get used to
.”Martinez seemed the harder puncher but could never muster enough
of an attack to trouble Reis. But the Floridian’s punches had no
effect on Martinez who slipped body shots, right hands whenever she
needed to score.