(MAR 21) Elena "Baby Doll" Reid,
was far from her former glory in last night's challenge for the
WBA-WIBF Flyweight titles against Susi Kentikian. The experienced
Reid seemed passive and without a game plan, or if she had one;
unable to carry it out.
Kentikian took control from the first bell, and didn't have much
trouble getting through the American's very
ineffective guard. Reid showed little imitative and was too slow to
catch her younger opponent. She received quite a punishment
throughout the 10 rounds, as Kentikian got through with her
combinations without much difficulty. The judges score the fight
100-90, 100-90 and 100-91.
Reid proved she is no quitter in the ring, and she absorbed
everything the hard punching champion threw at her, but the fight
ought to make Reid seriously consider an end to her boxing career.
Reid has given the fans some very exciting and entertaining fights
in the past. Reid was only a shadow of the fighter who was
unlucky to get only a draw against the "then" champion Regina
Halmich in their first fight in 2004 and made a very close affair of
the rematch a year later.
Kentikian made a very convincing performance, and it will be
interesting to see which suitable challenger can be found for her
next title defence. A fight against Simona Galassi, could be very
interesting, and would be an opportunity to unify the WBA, WBC &