(JAN 17) On Friday night, January
14, 2011, on the Golden Boy Promotions card at the Fantasy
Springs Casino, in Indio, California, about one minute and
thirty seconds into the first round, Ava Knight was able to
catch Gloria Salas with a heavy left hook to the temple that
sent her crashing to the canvas.
Salas KO'd in first round
Up to that point, Salas was
landing some accurate and effective punches. “I was working the
plan my team put together for me and I felt it was coming
together for me. The next thing I knew Ava delivered a strong
hook to my temple….and that’s pretty much all I remember” said
Salas. “Ava had a much longer reach than I had anticipated and
she made it difficult to get inside.
She is a good
fighter and although I would have preferred this end
differently, she earned her win. I am a good fighter, explained
Salas, fighting at a higher weight is not a road I want to
travel again. No excuses, this is Ava’s night, but 106 is really
where I belong. The fact is….she was just too big for me. I am
not discouraged or disappointed. I am grateful for this lesson
and determined to return to my passion with the same dedication,
determination and heart I had when I entered the ring for this
fight. I respect Ava Knight and I wish her continued success.”
While Knight had not fought for
some time, what little we did see would not indicate that she
had been away at all. Ava was strong and had not lost her sense
of speed or timing. In fact if you were not watching closely,
you may have never seen that devastating hook.
She may not have been active in the ring, but it was apparent
she did her work in the gym.
With only a minute and a half to watch these women work….it
would be fair to say that if they were actually fighting in a
weight class that was appropriate for each of them, it may not
have ended so abruptly. Either way….Gloria Salas will return
with a vengeance and Ava Knight already has.