(OCT 20) I arrived the
afternoon of October 14th from Portland, OR to Albuquerque, New
Mexico, to attend the All-Women's boxing card, that would have
our WBAN World Title belt on the line. When I
arrived in Albuquerque, I met up with Stephanie Jaramillo,
former pro boxer and promoter, who picked me up from the
Stephanie first took me to the Santa Ana Star Casino, to show me
where the event would be held on October 16th, and to show me
the prop boxing ring that she uses to promote the event that is
located at the entrance of the Casino.
This was a
"prop" Ring that was set up at the entrance of the Santa
Ana Star Casino with Jaramillo's boxing gear. The WBAN
Belt was placed on the ring for photos.
After checking out the arena, and
getting something to eat, I took a shuttle to my hotel. I
then settled into my room, and shortly there after met up with
Lori Steinhorst of Bad Girls Boxing. She talked to me
about her boxing camp that she had just recently conducted in
California. We tentatively talked about putting on a
boxing camp in Portland, Oregon in May of 2011.
The following day the weigh-in
was to be held at the Casino. Before the weigh-in
began, I met up with Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos, of the
Retired Boxers Foundation
for the first time. I had known him for years, but had
never actually met him in person. Also present at the weigh-in
Lou of Repo Operation [Tru TV show].
Repo Operation/Tru TV and Ramos
Official Weights from the video footage
shot at the casino.
130, Melissa Hernandez, 128, DJ Morrison, 134.5, Belinda
Laracuente, 134.5, Mia St. John, 141, Tammie Franks, 138, Alyx
Luck, 119,; Nathalie Roy, 119; Brenda Gonzales. Stephanie
Lori Steinhorst's Photos:
During the weigh-in, I video'd
some of the boxers interviewing them about their fights and
having them autograph some gloves. [Photos]
THE NIGHT OF THE CARD
Five Women's Boxing Bouts
Webcast - Pay-Per-View on Net
Photos by Lori Steinhorst
In the main event, Lindsay Garbatt and Melissa Hernandez fought to a
10-round majority draw. The two were fighting in a rematch, and for three
vacant world title belts, that included the GBU, WIBA, and WBAN super
featherweight belts. Judges scores were 95-95, 95-95, and 98-92 for
Hernandez. Hopefully these two talented fighters can take it to a
televised card for the Trilogy. Both teams were bewildered by
the scoring, and both teams were very disappointed.
In the co-main, and the official retirement bout for Mia St. John, she won
by a six-round unanimous decision over Tammy Franks, final judges scores
were 60-54, on all cards. In her parting words after her fight, she
said that Franks was a very tough opponent, and that at the age
of 43 years old, she felt good about being able to fight.
On the undercard, Belinda Laracuente won a
six-round unanimous decision over DJ Morrison. I really thought that
Morrison would not be able to sustain a six-rounder with a much
more experienced boxer as Laracuente---but DJ really tried her
best and hung in with Laracuente, and getting stronger
throughout the rounds.
Other bouts: Junior welterweight Brenda
Gonzales won by a TKO in the first round (1:23) over Stephanie Maestas, and
bantamweight Natalie Roy, pro debut won by a first round TKO over Alyx Luck.
Official Weights from the
video footage shot at the casino.
[Lindsay Garbatt, 130, Melissa
Hernandez, 128, DJ Morrison, 134.5, Belinda Laracuente, 134.5,
Mia St. John, 141, Tammie Franks, 138, Alyx Luck, 119,; Nathalie
Roy, 119; Brenda Gonzales. Stephanie Maestas, 127.
Will be putting many more photos on the records site soon,
and video streaming.
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exclusively for women's boxing. We
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