SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Jeri “Fists of Fury”
Sitzes made a statement Friday night, Aug. 10, with a six-round
featherweight unanimous decision over former WIBA bantamweight world
champion Ada “Ace” Velez of
Hollywood, Fla., at the Springfield Expo Center.
She made it clear she is out for another title, and nothing will
stand in the way.
Sitzes answered any questions about her
mental state with a disciplined decision over a veteran and
determined opponent in Velez. Sitzes was fighting a few weeks after
being stripped of her NABF featherweight title for failure to defend
She had canceled her scheduled defense to be with her
family after the death of her mother, Devonna, on July 13.
Springfield resident Sitzes improved to 14-6-1 with 6 KOs as Velez,
who had not fought in more than three years, fell to 14-3-2 with 6
KOs in the comeback bout. Sitzes leapt onto the ropes and raised
both fists in the air as the hometown crowd chanted her name
following the reading of the decision.
Both fighters came out busy in the first round, but Sitzes had the
edge in the feeling out period. The Puerto Rican-born Velez,
fighting under the tutelage of Bonnie Canino, recognized that Sitzes
had been holding her left low and threw several overhand rights that
gave her the second round and evened the bout.
Sitzes came out in the third with the left up and began initiating
combinations off the jab, piling up points. Velez was game,
occasionally still tagging Sitzes when the winner’s left would
briefly come down, but could not come up with a way to match Sitzes’
aggressive scoring combos as she controlled the remainder of the
Sitzes marked Velez under the left eye in the third, but it did not
seem to be a factor in the outcome, and the fighters hugged in a
show of respect at the bout’s conclusion.
Scoring was 59-55 on two scorecards and 58-56 on the third. This
writer also scored it 59-55. Mike England of St. Louis was the
The bout was the co-feature of a seven-fight card promoted by
Buffalo Run Casino and shown on ESPN2. In the main event, Rob
Calloway won an action-packed unanimous decision over Terry Smith of
Little Rock, Ark., in a battle of Top 50 heavyweight contenders.