Maureen Shea Wins
By: Ralph Rimpell at ringside
July 20, 2006
When boxing fans last saw Maureen Shea
(6-0, 3KO’s) fight back in May of this year, they saw her lose a
split decision to a lesser fighter named Kim Colbert. Shea really
beat herself because she allowed the showboating Colbert to take her
away from what she does best, which is to box and move, not brawl.
Colbert later tested
positive for marijuana and the bout was subsequently ruled a
no contest. On Thursday at the Manhattan Center in New York,
It seemed the same situation may happen to Shea once again.
Shea took on Olga Heron (4-6, 1 KO) in a six round junior
lightweight bout. From the sound of the first bell there
appeared to be a new found focus in Shea’s entire demeanor.
Shea established her jab and picked her shots well. Heron
unable to deal with Shea’s speed did her best to engage in
toe to toe action.
By the second round it seemed that
Shea, like last time, would fall for her opponents bait by brawling.
Shea was able to get the better of the toe to toe exchanges due to
her speed. In round three Shea returned to her jab and scored well,
Heron did her best to taunt Shea with laughter as if to show her jab
was not hurting her. Shea appeared to win the third round easily. By
the fourth round, she again did more brawling then boxing with
Heron. More of the same action would follow in round five. Round six
was the most exciting because this fight could have been fought in a
phone booth. It was non-stop action from the beginning of the final
round to the end. A very close round. Official scores were 59-55,
60-54 twice all in favor of Shea. WBAN scored the fight 60-54 as
well for Shea.
When asked how she rated her performance
tonight, “On a scale of 1-10, between 8–9.5”, Shea replied.
Regarding her next opponent she stated, “I’m willing to fight anyone
my management puts in front of me. My job is to train.” Shea is not
looking to rush into a title fight anytime soon, but rather continue
to gain more experience. She went on to say, “I want more fights. I
don’t want to fight for a world title after six fights. I want to
remembered as the best Maureen Shea possible. So my job is to train
hard and whoever my management puts in front of me I will fight.”