February 28, 2005 in Tijuana, Mexico
Jackie Nava, 117 1/4, won by :59 seconds TKO8 over Martha Leticia Arevalo,
118. The two were fighting for the WBA Women's
Bantamweight Title. Also, and Jazmin Rivas, 115, won by a ten-round unanimous decision over
Lucia Avalos, 113. The two were fighting for the WBA
Women's Super Flyweight Title. Final judges scores were 99-91, 99-91,
February 26, 2005 in Hamburg, Germany
Susianna Kenitikian won by KO1 over Debbie Lohmaier.
February 26, 2005- at the Silver Reef Casino, in Ferndale,
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Shelley Burton, 158, of Montana, won a six-round unanimous decision over Lisa Holywyne,
158, of Texas.
The six-round bout was the main event on the card. Burton did a
nice job of keeping a jab in Holewyne's face through most of the fight.
Holewyne was rarely able to connect with more than one or two punches at
a time. Burton really did not do a lot of damage either, but she landed
enough jabs and controlled the flow of the fight. She stayed out of
trouble and moved well enough to avoid getting caught with one of
Holewyne's big bombs. Final judges
scores were 59-55. Source: Mike Blair
February 26, 2005 in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mirasol Miranda won a four-round unanimous decision over
February 25, 2005 -
Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, Washington
Photo gallery #242
Beth Westover, 110, of Idaho, fought Cami Hostettler,
110, in a
scheduled four-round bout. Westover scored a TKO at 2:00 seconds
(end of round) of round three. Hostettler looked good in the first
round, where she fought aggressive, and used her height to her
advantage, keeping a quick jab in Westover's face and not allowing her
to get close. But by the midpoint of the second round Hostettler was
tired and her punches came from the outside instead of straight and then
Westover moved in and shot everything up the middle. In the third
Westover's ring experience, albeit limited, was enough to gain control
and she caught Hostettler with quite a few shots. There were a few times
it looked like the referee might stop the fight. It was stopped at the
end of the 3rd as Hostettler's corner and the referee decided there was
no need to continue.
February 25, 2005 in
Angela Cannizzano won by TKO2 over Daniela David.
February 25, 2005 - Maywood, California
Despite a vast experience and weight disadvantage, Mariana Juarez
tore through Philadelphia's Carla (Shakura) Witherspoon in quick
fashion for a knockout victory.
Southern California fight fans got their first glimpse of Mexico's
Juarez in two years at Las Trancas banquet hall before a sold out crowd
on Friday. Juarez wasted little time in launching a calculated
attack that forced Witherspoon into a toe-to-toe battle. Witherspoon was
dropped with a barrage of body shots in the first round. She held on.
"I knew she had a lot of experience and had fought some very good
fighters," said Juarez 14-3-3 (8K0). "I wanted to box more but she
kept holding so I fought my way out of it." Witherspoon (11-40-1),
who had won her last fight by decision, opened up the fight with sharp
jabs and some movement. But Juarez's tight defense and pin-point
combinations made Witherspoon back up quickly. "Our plan all along
was to force the issue," said Ben Lira, who trains Juarez. "Carla has
too much experience to allow her to do what she wants." In the
second round, Juarez walked through Witherspoon's punches blocking and
slipping, then opened up with combinations to the head and body. A
flurry of punches to the body forced referee Cantu to stop the fight at
1:41 in the round. "I was careful with her because I didn't want
to get a head butt when she was holding," said Juarez, 25, who is
scheduled to defend her IFBA junior bantamweight in late March in China.
"I know I have to defend my title so i didn't want to get injured."
Most of the crowd were there to cheer the Mexico City fighter who now
lives and fights out of Southern California. "I was so happy to
fight in front of my fans," said Juarez. "It was a nice feeling." In
a second women's bout: Fontana's Heather Percival (5-1) is
much too good for any pro debuting professional as Bell's Amber
Alvarez discovered. Percival landed punches at will and forced
referee Jerry Cantu to stop the fight at 1:37 of the first round.
Percival fought at 123 pounds to Alvarez's 128.
"She was very tall," said Percival who may not have been hit with a
punch. "Larry Ramirez told me to throw uppercuts and left hooks so I
did." Percival almost didn't make the fight card. Numerous
opponents dropped out until Azteca Gym's Ricardo Mota suggested Alvarez.
"I was just happy to fight," said Percival who had several previous
matches evaporate in other fight cards. Trainer Larry Ramirez said
Percival has improved dramatically in the last few months.
"Sparring with Mariana Juarez really helps Heather," Ramirez said.
"Heather is really learning quickly." In an amateur
fight, Maywood's Sarah Garcia and Los Angeles-based
Lizette Medel showed excellent boxing skills in a rousing
three-round exhibition. Garcia displayed some heavy hands and Medel's
combinations were fluid and fast. (Report by David Avila)
February 24, 2005, at
the Paladium in
Martha Orozca (Orozco), 149, won by a four-round unanimous decision over Tanya
Gallegos, 152. Final Judges scores were 39-36, 40-35,
February 24, 2005 - Kiev, Ukraine
Local boxer Alina Shaternikova, 115, won a 10-round unanimous
decision over Stephanie Dobbs, 104. The two were fighting for the
vacant GBU 115-lb world belt. The judges scores on all cards were
Related Story on weigh-in
February 23, 2005 - Vodafone Arena in Melbourne Park,
Sharon Anyos (125½ lbs) TKO'd Nurys Rincon (124¼ lbs), in the
seventh round. The local news reported that Anyos broke Rincon's ribs
with a "savage body attack" in the third round, and fought three more
rounds before remaining on her stool after the sixth round.
February 19, 2005 in
Nadja Loritz won by TKO6 Elena Miftode.
February 18, 2005 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia
Ijeoma Egbunine (168 lbs) TKO'd Janaya Davis (166 lbs) of
Atlanta at 0:40 in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder. Davis
had been knocked down by a powerful overhand right and fell to the
canvas again as she tried to get up, causing the stoppage by the
referee. Davis's record slipped to 4-2-0 (1 KO) as Egbunine improved
hers to 2-0 (1 KO), both of her wins coming over Davis.
On February 18, 2005 at the Michigan State
Fairgrounds in Detroit,
Kara Ro (132 lbs) of Windsor, Ontario (Trains at Kronk's gym) easily won the WIBA
Intercontinental Lightweight title with a 79-72,79-74,78-73 eight-round
decision over the veteran Tracy Byrd (129
lbs). Ro had more power in her punches and sent Byrd to the
canvas with a long right in the sixth, while Byrd was unable to get
inside Ro's defense enough. Ro improved her pro record to 12-0 (7 KOs)
while Byrd fell to 13-8-1 (4 KOs)
February 18, 2005 - Toronto, Canada
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Lisa "Bad News" Brown, 123.6, KO'd Stephaney George,
120, 1:18 seconds in the second round. George was on the canvas
for several minutes, while a concerned Lisa Brown held her hand. George
was taken away on a stretcher but eventually returned to the arena and
she seemed to be alright.
Weigh-in Story by Rick
Report by Rick McLean
February 16, 2005 - Irvine, California
Report by David Avila:
Though fans showered the ring with money, not everyone was happy
with the result between Rhonda Luna and Margarita Espinoza.
"I felt they stole the fight from me," said Espinoza who boxes out of
Before a standing room only crowd (Feb 16) at the Irvine Marriott Hotel,
Luna used her guile to win a unanimous decision against the strong,
persistent Espinoza. "She was aggressive and she was strong, but my
right hands were the difference," said Luna (9-0) who remains
undefeated. From the onset Espinoza rushed in with body punches.
It was an attack she seldom deviated from for the entire six round
Luna opened up with her jab and fired combination punches when inside
the reach of Espinoza. Both fighters were willing to trade punches often
snapping each others head back. Most of the crowd had expected a let down after three successive
knockouts in previous bouts. But the female prizefighters immediately
won over the crowd with their aggressive nonstop punching. But
with only one pro fight under Espinoza's belt, experience told the tale
in this fight.
In one round, Espinoza seemingly trapped Luna in a corner and fired
several body shots. Then, in an instant, Luna ducked, pivoted out of the
corner, and reversed the trap and had Espinoza under a barrage of a
dozen punches. It was the theme for the entire fight, according to the
judges. Luna seemed to land more eye-opening shots. The judges
scored the fight 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 for Luna. "I thought I gave
the people a good fight," said Luna, who also teaches at Nogales High.
"When you're undefeated, everybody comes at you." Espinoza said the crowd felt she won the fight. "Didn't you hear
them?" she said. "Everyone thought I won the fight. At least a draw."
Victor Valenzuela, who trains Luna, said "these fighters have nothing to
lose so they come at her strong."
Espinoza and Luna split more than $190 dollars sprayed in the ring by
excited fans after the final bell rang. "They threw money in there
because of me," said Espinoza (1-1). Luna, who is ranked as high
as number three as a featherweight, said "I always expect tough fights."
Now Luna's team is looking for bouts with elite featherweights. "I
think she (Luna) is ready for the next level," said Valenzuela, who
formerly trained WBO welterweight title-holder Zack Padilla in the early
90s. "She looked good in there."
February 15, 2005 -
Silke Weickenmeier, 125, fought Jayla Ortiz, to a
10-round unanimous decision, and retained her featherweight belt. On the
undercard, Alesia Graf, 118, won a six round unanimous decision
over Oksana Romanova, 114 ¾. Also, Super Featherweight Ina
Menzer, 127 ¾, TKO3 Julia Kulikov, 127 ¾.
February 12, 2005
Layla McCarter, 133, now 18-11-4 (2KO), of Las Vegas, Nevada,
delivered hometown favorite Jelena Mrdjenovich, 132 1/2, her
first lost, when she won by a six round unanimous decision. Judges
scoring 59-55, 59-55, and 59-56.
In the local news, they reported that McCarter dominated the fight from
the first bell, and taking a “clear-cut” unanimous decision.
It's too bad that this
fight had not been on ESPN2 last night...In
a second women's match on the card, Amy
Johnson won a four-round unanimous decision over pro debuter Alicia Gonzalez.
Editorial by Bernie McCoy
February 11, 2005 - Atlanta, Georgia, and on ESPN2 "Friday
Laila Ali, 168, successfully defended her WIBA belt when she stopped CaSandra Geiggar,
1:13 second in the eight round by TKO. Leatitia Robinson,
KO1 Monica Nunez, 164. David Avila
wrote the following: "Down in Atlanta,
Laila Ali pounded on Cassandra Geigger for nine rounds before finally
forcing the Arkansas prizefighter to capitulate. Ali dispensed with her
jab and speed while concentrating on power shots. It was a heavy toll
for the light heavyweight title-holder who looked like she emptied the
entire arsenal in the last two rounds.
After the fight, Ali hugged Geigger, that was good to see. The Los
Angeles-based fighter showed a lot of class with her post-fight
appreciation of Geigger’s toughness. Though it was a one-sided affair,
Ali would have destroyed most any other fighter in the first three
rounds. And if you saw the first fight on the Atlanta fight card,
you would have seen Leatitia Robinson drop Monica Nunez with the first
left hook she landed. It was right on the button and left the Dominican
fighter immobile. Robinson facing Ali will be the fight of the
year. Now it looks like there are two real challenges for Ali with
Robinson, and of course, Ann Wolfe. Wolfe’s team sent me a reply
on Friday that they did offer a sizeable amount to fight Ali and Ali’s
team said they also offered a sizeable amount to fight Wolfe. Maybe an
arbitrator is needed for the negotiations. It’s a fight that has to be
Hot, What's Not Results (Ali-Geigger) What's
Hot, What's Not Results (Robinson - Nunez)
Editorial by David Avila
February 11, 2005 in
Ciudad Acuna, Mexico
Eva Lidia Silva, 133.5, won by a six-round split decision over Perla
February 11, 2005 -
Bronco's Leagues Club Brisbane), Australia
Jodie Lee V Bec. Laurie (Amateur): Jodie Lee (Gold Coast F.C.)
defeated Bec "Lightnin" Laurie (Toowoomba Fighting Fit) It was a
clear win for Jodie but can't take the spirit away from Bec because she
kept coming right to the end even after a couple of knockdowns. In
a professional boxing bout, Kina Malpartida fought
and defeated Mirelle Walford by a four-round unanimous decision
.. Kina proved to be the stronger fighter in this bout. Mirelle fought
back all the way and showed great sportsmanship until to the final bell.
Kina a very exciting boxer and dominated the fight from the onset. Kina
got tired a little halfway but still landed her shots which her reach
allowed her to do very effectively with Mirelle landing some solid blows
which didn't faze Kina on her Mission for a win. Source: Les Anyos/Mike
February 11, 2005 in
Tatiana Riabokobylenko won by TKO2 over Inga Gromova.
February 11, 2005 - San Diego, California
Heather Donoho, pro debut, won by a four round unanimous decision
over Cindy Christian.
February 11, 2005 -
Cynthia Lozano, 175, and Alexandra Maloy, 172, fought to a four-round
February 10, 2005 - The Palace Indian Gaming Center, in Lemoore,
WBAN Mpeg/Photo galleries #240
Jessica Rakoczy, 134, of Las Vegas, stopped Mia "The
Knockout" St. John, 137, in the second round. An insider
said that Mia had received a headbutt, but the ref ruled it a TKO.
David Avila wrote the following: Mia, the brunette fighter
known as “the Knockout” suffered a severe cut to her left eye during her
fight against Jessica Rakoczy. A clash of heads between the two
lightweights opened a cut below her eyebrow right over the eye. Blood
was dripping into her eye and that’s not good when you’re facing one of
the best fighters in the world Pound for Pound. Though the ringside
physician allowed the fight to continue after the second round ended,
St. John’s corner person and former lightweight stalwart Fredia Gibbs
told her friend not to go out again. “Fredia was looking out for me. She
told me the cut was too bad,” said St. John, who says Gibbs is her best
friend. “I trust Fredia to watch out for me and she did. It’s always
good to have someone in your corner who doesn’t care about the money,
someone you can trust.” A visit to a doctor in Northern California
resulted in 27 stitches and a startling revelation. “The doctor
told me if I had been hit more on that cut I would have been coming in
for surgery, not just stitches,” St. John said. “She said the cut was
clear down to the muscle and could have permanently damaged my eye.”
St. John shudders at the thought that her eyesight was endangered, but
she still wants to fight.
“I plan to come back next month,” she said. “If the doctors says it’s
OK, then I’ll fight. But if they say it’s not healed I’ll postpone it.”
Thinking back on the fight with Rakoczy, St. John is grateful Gibbs
convinced her to stop the fight.
“People think it was the ringside doctor who stopped the fight. But it
was really Fredia who stopped the fight,” St. John said. “Can you
imagine if I had gone back out against Jessica? She is so accurate with
her punches I really believe my eye would have been much worse.”
And about the fight in general, St. John said, “Jessica Rakoczy is the
best fighter in the world.”
February 5, 2005 - Greensboro, North Carolina
Promoted by Cheryl Nance
Bonnie Mann, 164, stopped Tamesha Roger, 160, in the
second round with a TKO. Mann had taken the fight with a two day notice.
February 5, 2005 - Club
de Pesca, Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba (Argentina)
Carolina “Chapita” Gutiérrez, 120 3/4, improved to 3-0 (2 KOs) when she
stopped Graciela Inés Deluca, 121 1/4, in the last of the four scheduled
rounds of their fight at super bantamweight. Inés Deluca was making her
professional debut. Source: Ewan Whyte