(DEC 30) ALEXNDRIA, LA
---Last night at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria, LA,
Selina "Aztec Queen" Barrios (3-0, 1 KO) remained undefeated
with a majority decision victory against "Lovely" Lisa Porter
(1-1-1), capturing the lightweight NABF title.
From the opening bell, Barrios
applied constant pressure, forcing Porter to fight going
backwards. Both fighters, who were outstanding amateurs, showed
their experience as adjustments were made throughout the fight.
Porter used effective holding to disrupt Selina's come forward
style, but it wasn't enough as Barrios was determined to land
her power shots. Barrios made the fight uncomfortable for Porter
by cutting off the ring, forcing her to fight on the inside.
Porter, who likes to use lateral movement, couldn't get into a
rhythm, due to Barrios' going right at her. Scorecards read
97-93, 96-94, and 95-95.
"First off, I want to thank the NABF for giving me the
opportunity to fight for their belt this early in my career,"
said Selina Barrios. "I wanted to come out tonight and show the
world that I'm elite when I step in the ring. I knew fighting a
hungry boxer like Lisa Porter wasn't going to be easy. I had to
control the action from the first bell, and dictated my game
plan, just like my trainer Rick and I discussed. She didn't like
the pressure and it showed as the fight went into the later
rounds. Lisa Porter is a class act and I'm thankful to her for
taking this fight. Now that I'm the new NABF lightweight
champion, I'm looking to step in the ring with anyone. Bring on
all the champions!"
"Selina is one hell of a fighter and she showed why she belongs
in the ring with the best fighters in the world," stated Kerry
Daigle, who advises Selina Barrios. "A win against a decorated
fighter like Lisa Porter, should say a lot about Selina and her
talent. All the champions should be put on notice, Selina
Barrios is coming for their belts."