(MAR 31) When Kaliesha "Wild Wild"
West left the United States for her title fight with Anita
Christensen at the Arena Midt, in Kjellerup, Denmark, she fully
intended to bring the title home. However, that would not be the
case. West and Christensen battled through 10 rounds only to see the
fight end in a Majority Draw. "I kept waiting for them to call my
name as they made the announcement in Danish. When the referee
raised both of our hands in the air and I heard the word Draw, my
heart sank. I was sure I had been the stronger, dominant fighter. I
was disappointed....but I am not discouraged."
"I trained hard for the fight and
I believe that I did everything right in training and everything
right in the fight. Maybe when I have a chance to review the
fight, I will see something I may need to do differently, but
right now I am convinced that I put everything I had into that
performance. I know that I am World Champion material. I love
boxing and I work hard at it. My dad is an excellent trainer and
I am so grateful to have his experience and guidance. I know I
couldn't have a better team in my corner, better friends
standing beside me or better fans supporting me.
"Denmark was a beautiful country and the people were so kind. My
whole team was treated very well and there is nothing negative I
can say about my experience there. The people of Denmark are
humble and peaceful, I felt very comfortable. It is the kind of
place that makes you feel at home. I was sad that we did not get
a chance to see more of the country. I really would have loved
that. I was impressed with how well they conserve energy, it was
"I am looking forward to another title opportunity....either a
rematch with Anita or an opportunity here at home. I feel
blessed to have had the chance to go to Denmark. It was my first
time overseas. Even though the fight did not turn out the way I
had hoped it would, the blessing of experiencing such a wonder
place and people far outweighs the disappointment. Denmark will
always have a special place in my heart."
"I want everyone to know that this experience is not in any way
a deterrent for me. I WILL BE A WORLD CHAMPION......it is my
destiny. Boxing is like math...there are plenty of formulas to
learn. If you don't use the right formula, you don't get the
right solution. Well, I am here to tell you....I have plenty of
formulas, and I know my equations!"
There is no doubt in my mind that Kaliesha will reach her goal.
She is talented and committed. Boxing is her passion. She has a
clear understanding of what it takes to be a complete boxer and
works diligently to hone her skills. Kaliesha West represents
the best of women in boxing. It is very clear through my
conversation with her that she is able to look at this decision
(Draw) as a lesson, grow from the experience and look forward.
She does indeed have the mind, the attitude and the skills of a
champion, the only thing missing is the belt.
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Another Story in the past
where Ada "The Ace" Velez traveled from the United States to
Denmark to fight Anita Christensen and lost by a controversial
split decision in April of 2004. Sue TL Fox -
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